Rent Here Alone (2016)

2.7 of 5 from 88 ratings
1h 34min
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Synopsis:
After a mysterious epidemic decimates society, a young survivor, Ann (Lucy Walters), leads an isolated existence. Haunted by memories of her past she must also battle the current bloodthirsty zombies that threaten her regimented life. When her food supplies run dangerously low, Ann must make the formidable journey into a nearby town where she has a chance encounter with a teenage girl (Gina Piersanti) and her injured stepfather (Adam David Thompson). Learning that her new friends, Chris and Olivia, are trying to go further north - where the infection is supposedly contained - Ann lets them take shelter in her wooded camp.
But tensions soon grow as they are forced to fight for survival once again when their home comes under attack.
Actors:
, , , , , Abel McSurely Bradshaw, Jonathan Gundel, Mary Guzzy, Aubrey Hart, Willow Keith, Mike Lavarnway, Sophia Nickerson, Jeffrey Rinick, , , Ryken A. Whitfield
Directors:
Rod Blackhurst
Producers:
Rod Blackhurst, David Ebeltoft, Arun Kumar
Writers:
David Ebeltoft
Studio:
Precision Pictures
Genres:
Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
10/07/2017
Run Time:
94 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour

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Reviews (1) of Here Alone

Spoilers follow ... - Here Alone review by NP

Spoiler Alert
24/11/2017

From the beginning, this is clearly some kind of post-apocalyptic story featuring Ann (Lucy Walters) suffering the indignities of a world without amenities: a world that is starkly beautiful and deadly dangerous. Director Rod Blackhurst takes full advantage of the mesmerising locations and presents us with a convincingly isolated existence. Indeed, for a good while, the only dialogue is featured in flashbacks to a more fruitful past. The music too, by Eric D. Johnson, is suitably morose and ambient.

Whilst the going is undoubtedly and convincingly tough for Ann and those few she meets up with, it’s pretty galling for the viewer too. For a long time, the trivialities that make up their existence become pretty wearing and the (understandably) melancholy dialogue gets rather dull.

Love is found within the desolation between Ann and Chris (Adam Thompson) and not even the overdue reveal of members of the living dead spices things up hugely. Chris’s step-daughter, teenage Olivia (Gina Piersanti), in shorts and a flimsy top, is chased through the woodlands before the creature is despatched, gore-free, and only then do we get a scenario that could fall under the horror banner. It’s a long time coming.

I’m quite surprised to read online reviews that praise the first two thirds of this only to be disappointed by the final act. For me, it is the other way round. Whilst I am a huge devotee of slow-burning horrors, the build-up is so morose and uneventful that the final act makes it worthwhile: the pay-off, although brief, is pretty effective and proof again that it isn’t the monsters you need necessarily fear, it is the person standing at your side.

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