A young couple Joanna (Tianna Nori) and Geoff (Mark Matechuk) with a baby move into a small sublet apartment and tries to settle in. The family is very much normal as they look, but the sublet seems to have its creepiness with paranormal activities that slowly unsettles everything around.
As we watch the first few minutes of the film, we get the sense that the sublet has one room which is the source of the weirdness. Joanna in the absence of Geoff, who remains busy in his career, starts experiencing things that further builds up the pressure on her daily life.
Joanna finds a journal in the mysterious locked room written by a woman who experienced similar things when she lived in the apartment. Things take turn when she starts seeing a lady outside the apartment staring at her house. She also finds herself in weird circumstances prompting her to question her sanity.
Week after week, as Joanna reads the diary, she discovers a violent past of the lady in the journal and how her husband was abusive, and cheated her. Joana feels that the house is haunted and hence wanted to move to another place, but the history of house somehow feeds with her present.
Director John Ains has done a great job in creating this spooky atmosphere without any jump-scare moments. The story and the screenplay leads the characters very intelligently to a not so expected ending.
I kind of like The Sublet for couple of reasons: one is that the film never really tries to justify any genre, rather focuses on telling the story; and the other thing is the director’s ability in making a feature film out of a thin plotline based on post-partum depression and anxiety.
Tianna Nori’s performance as Joanna is incredible. She is very much believable in the role as a young caring mom, and on the other side with mixed persona including controlled violence and anger. Mark Matechuk as Geoff also delivered a good performance with emotions such as frustration, confusion, and denial.
The Sublet is certainly the movie that everyone must watch for its treatment. It is certainly not the usual horror film, rather falls in the bracket of psychological thriller with few elements of horror.
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Genres: Mystery, Horror, Psychological Thriller
Starring: Tianna Nori with Mark Matechuk, Krista Madison, Rachel Sellan, James Murray & Porter Randell — with Rachel Sellan, John Ainslie, Krista Madison, Jimmy-James Murray, Mark William and Tianna Nori
Directed By: John Ainslie
Written By: Alyson Richards & John Ainslie
OFFICIAL PLOT LINE: The Sublet is a suspense driven psychological-thriller about Joanna, a new mom struggling with postpartum depression and coping with her baby alone in an odd sublet apartment. Left alone as her husband neglects her for his career, she discovers that the apartment has a violent past and she clings to her sanity as the apartment’s blood soaked past leaks into the present.