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The Whistler

By Brian Shaer | February 26, 2020

Well, this is a spooky little treat. Jennifer Nicole Stang’s quickie nightmare The Whistler packs more uneasiness in just over ten minutes than many modern horror features do in two hours.

“…Lindsey wakes up, she goes upstairs to find Becky gone, and her pajamas neatly laid out on the bed.”

If you have a younger sibling and have ever been forced to forego your plans to keep an eye on little Suzie or Mikey, you can identify with Lindsey (Karis Cameron). The teenager has to babysit her know-it-all kid sister, Becky (Baya Ipatowicasz) when their parents head out for the evening. Disappointed but resigning herself to a night in front of the TV, Lindsey agrees to read Becky a bedtime story. Becky’s selection is The Whistler, a story about an odd drifter who promises eternal youth to the children of a small town. Unimpressed with this rubbish, Lindsey pulls out the big guns and relays to Becky the story of a crazy man who, 300 years ago, kidnapped and killed 130 virgins.

Lindsey hopes that her tale will playfully scare her little sister, but all young and precocious Becky wants to know is what a virgin is. Oh well, it did the trick, and Becky is off to slumberland. Shortly after that, Lindsey falls asleep on the couch. When Lindsey wakes up, she goes upstairs to find Becky gone, and her pajamas neatly laid out on the bed. Even more abnormal, Lindsey’s nightgown has been placed on her bed. Where is Becky? Who prepared their pajamas? What is going on?

The Whistler (2019)

Directed and Written: Jennifer Nicole Stang

Starring: Karis Cameron, Baya Ipatowicz, Alison Wandzura, John Emmet Tracy, Nelson Leis, Charli Olson, etc.

Movie score: 9/10

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"…packs more uneasiness in just over ten minutes that many modern horror features do in two hours."

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