CAN I STAY WITH YOU?
A Sister’s Nightmare (2013) centers around Cassidy who has spent 15 years in a mental institution. When her regular doctor has a stroke and takes an early retirement, the replacement doctor feels Cassidy is well enough to enter society, after consulting with her regular doctor. With no place to go and other alternative reasons, Cassidy seeks out her sister Jane, a cop, with a live-in boyfriend and a high school daughter who suffers from a nightmare of drowning.
HI EMILY, I’M CASSIDY
When Cassidy first shows up at Jane’s house it’s Emily (Jane’s daughter) who greets her, not knowing she Jane’s sister. When Jane introduces Cassidy as her sister, the daughter blurts out, “You told me your sister died.” This was the first instance of this kid being a complete ass. Then comes a series of strange things happening around the house. For instance is a knife ends up missing from the knife block in the kitchen.
A MISSING KNIFE, BARS ON WINDOWS AND LOCKS ON DOORS
The second instance is Jane catching Cassidy in the kitchen getting water to drink, and the third is Cassidy climbing into Emily’s room to wake her from her nightmare. Yes, I said climb. Because of Cassidy being in the house, Jane has put locks on her daughter’s room as well as her (Jane’s) room. Due to Emily’s door being locked, the sister climbed in through the window. Now, if that doesn’t scream weird and troubling, I don’t know what does. Yet, Emily didn’t find anything off about that, but Jane does and soon she’s having bars installed on her daughter’s bedroom window. At this point, I’m not sure whose more off their rocker, Jane or Cassidy.
Through flashback of Jane and Cassidy as kids, we come to understand the volatile relationship these have had for all their lives.
When Cassidy decides to take Emily camping, without the consent of Jane, all the buried secrets and lies come to the surface.
I enjoy anything Natasha Henstridge is in when she’s playing the stalker, the killer or any bad person, and this movie is no exception. I became a fan of hers since Species (1995).
The daughter, Emily, played by Peyton List, was annoying to me. When the bars were on her bedroom window she didn’t notice them until she was sitting on her bed listening or looking at something on her tablet. I’m not sure how she missed them when the window is right next to her bed.
The live-in boyfriend, Phil (played by Matthew Settle) was middle of the road. He neither added anything or took away anything from the movie itself. It was like they just needed Jane to have a boyfriend. I feel if you’re going to have a male in the picture, at least have him contribute something to the movie.
Jane, played by Kelly Rutherford (Gossip Girl) was enjoyable to watch. Even during her paranoia states when she was adding locks to rooms and bars on windows, she was still enjoyable to watch. She’s one of those people that can hold a movie on her own. This is also how I feel about Henstridge, she can hold a movie on her own.
But the twists and there were a few, happened in the middle of the movie and rest towards the end. I didn’t see any of it coming, which is always the case in a Natasha Henstridge movie. And the final scene of Jane and Cassidy as kids bring everything together.
If you get a chance to see this movie I highly recommend it.
Other Henstridge movies to look out for are Inconsivable (2016) and Cold Spring (2013). If you find Species streaming somewhere it’s worth the time. I haven’t seen Species II and III for sequels can never be done right.