You're Not Alone
Ever have the feeling that... YOU'RE NOT ALONE? Brand new to video-on-demand services this last week is this mysterious new horror-thriller written by Andrew Wong and directed by Eduardo Rodriguez that tells a super creepy story with some totally unpredictable twists. The story follows the life of Emma (excellently played by Katia Winter) whose ex-husband recently passed away, and she inherits everything: the big beautiful house, the possessions kept within and even their daughter - Isla (Leya Catlett) - that Emma hasn't even seen since her birth. Emma's ex kept their daughter from her - for good reasons the film will explain - but now that time has passed and Emma's had time to learn and grow from her past, she's fully capable of taking care of their awesome little girl. Once they get back to the house, the atmosphere begins to feel unsettled rather quickly as odd things begin to happen and her daughter starts to see an apparition in the house she refers to as the lost ghost. As the film progresses, things go from weird to dangerous as the film throws its sometimes predictable, other times totally unpredictable twists and turns at you, as you find yourself struggling to grasp what is real and what is paranoia. Is the house really haunted by the ghost of her former husband? Or is her mind playing games on her as a new mom in a big house alone? Find out in... You're Not Alone!
While the majority of the film is far from original, without giving anything away, the ending will totally come out of nowhere and shock you, for sure. The events leading up to the ending aren't exactly the most thrilling we've ever seen in a movie like this - sure, there's some spooky things happening here and there - but if you can get past the slow burn element to the film, there really is a pretty great little treasure waiting for you at the end. The film runs just over an hour and a half, and the slow burn makes it feel more like two, but I'm confident in saying that most people will enjoy the final fifteen or so minutes and agree that those few minutes justify the rest of the time you put in. But just be warned that it really is a haunted house film we've all seen dozens of times before, up until those last fifteen minutes. However, what does make that build up a little bit easier (for those that don't enjoy slow burn) and more enjoyable is the mother and daughter dynamic that takes place between Emma and Isla; the two girls have an up and down relationship from the get-go that really adds to the tension of the film and that, at times, will make audiences feel uncomfortable. While that definitely plays out more like a drama than a horror, it makes for some great sub-story and helps set up some other great scenes in the movie. Catlett and Winter are both fantastic actresses and their performances were certainly on point; don't be mistaken, this doesn't feel like a cheap B-movie or anything like that. Quite honestly, if it wasn't for it's lack of over-the-top jumpscares the movie feels like it could have been a big budget Hollywood horror - not saying that's a bad thing.
I have a feeling that where the film will lose people will be the lack of quality scares and the fact that what you do get (leading up to the ending) are nothing too significant or even memorable. You'll get a few creepy things going on and Isla will be talking to the lost ghost here and there, but it's the lack of good quality scares that will turn most people off and call it boring. Those who make it to the end will probably rethink that pre-judgement, but I can't lie to myself and say I don't know where people are coming from with that. The movie throws in an old "friend" of Emma's - Mark (Zach Avery) - who comes off disgustingly uncomfortable and creepy, and every scene he's in is just so awkward and cringy in how he acts towards Emma; I think horror fans would love his borderline obsessive personality. Avery did a totally killer job coming off as an obsessive and creepy fuck - I loved the character. What the movie does a good job at is tying a lot of things together at the end and yet somehow giving you an ending you honestly probably wouldn't expect.
All in all, You're Not Alone makes for a good late-night slow burn movie if that's your style. Honestly, the film is one you can throw on in the background while you're poking around on your phone or cooking; it's not really one that mandates you to keep your eyes on the screen the entirety of the film. There's absolutely some scenes you're not going to want to miss, but those are few and far between, and it's the dialogue and questionable insanity Emma's going through that really make the movie. It's far from the worst movie of it's kind, but I don't see it becoming a movie I'd rewatch again. Worth the few bucks to rent it, maybe for a stay-in date night or something like that, but I don't think this is one you'd feel you'd need as part of your collection. Check it out!