HERE ALONE (FrightFest 2016)

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Ann (Walters) is living in a forest in an apocalyptic world where humans have been infected with a virus that turns them crazy with rage. Yes, this sounds like 28 Days Later, and yes this is essentially a zombie movie, but with a fresh perspective. As the title suggests, she is completely alone. Her days are spent running the risk of the nearby infected to scavenge food – an existence purely about survival. Through flashbacks we learn about her husband (West) and baby, starting with the outbreak of the apocalypse, through to living in the woods, her learning how to survive, and the inevitable that happens.

One day her existence is shattered by the arrival of teenage girl Olivia (Piersanti) and her sick stepfather Chris (Thompson). She decides to help them; a decision that has powerful repercussions for all three of them.

While not the most original concept, it definitely adds depth to it. This is from the perspective of a woman, a mother, and one who is completely alone and has been for some time.  It’s stripped down, about survival, about characters, and very little about zombies at all really, although they’re obviously an important part of the plot. Here Alone poignantly conveys a sense of isolation and delivers it in both a beautiful and a bleak way.

HERE ALONE / DIRECTOR: ROD BLACKHURST / SCREENPLAY: DAVID EBELTOFT / STARRING: LUCY WALTERS, ADAM DAVID THOMPSON, GINA PIERSANTI, SHANE WEST
 


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