Cheat – Frightfest 2023 Movie Review
Director: Kevin Ignatius, Nick Psinakis
Writer: Kevin Ignatius, Nick Psinakis (Screenplay)
- April Clark (Deadly Cheers)
- Corin Clay (Pretty Crazy)
- Michael Thyer (My Best Friend’s Famous)
- Danielle Grotsky
- Brady O’Donnell (The Long Dark Trail)
Plot: On the surface it’s believed to be another urban legend – a supernatural being from the afterlife, Clara Miller, is violently killing anyone who cheats on their significant other in the small college town of Silvercreek, Pennsylvania. But the town’s unusually high suicide rate is finally convincing both locals and college students that everything is not as it seems.
Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Cheat starts when promising students Maeve (Clay) is granted a scholarship to a college in Silvercreek, Pennsylvania. She gets to live with the family hosting the scholarship Charlie Walker (Thyer) who was their own tragic reason for hosting the scholarship. With the two facing their own problems, one passionate night unlocks a terrifying truth.
Maeve gets to meet the other students and learns about the urban legend surrounding the town. It is believed that anyone who cheats on their partner will be hunted down by the ghost of Clara Miller (Clark). Clara haunts her victims while making the deaths look like suicide. Now, Maeve faces a race against time to survive and break the curse.
Verdict on Cheat
Cheat is a horror thriller following a promising college student that finds herself caught up in a curse. After moving to a new town, she finds herself haunted by a local legend that targets people who cheat on their loved ones. She must work with the other locals to learn about the legend if she hopes to stop it.
This movie brings to life an urban legend surrounding a small town with terrifying consequences. It dives into the idea of a foreboding figure following people in the same manner It Follows created. The movie manages to crawl under your skin with the haunting spirit coming slowly for its victims.
Corin Clay in the leading role is wonderful, showing us an outsider coming to the town. While the supporting cast is great too.
Final Thoughts –Cheat crawls under the skin with a foreboding feeling throughout.