Here Alone – USA, 2016

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Here Alone is a 2016 American science fiction post-apocalypse horror film directed by Rod Blackhurst from a screenplay by David Ebeltoft.

Main cast:

Holly Adams, Abel McSurely Bradshaw, Jonathan Gundel, Mary Guzzy, Aubrey Hart, Willow Keith,  Mike Lavarnway, Sophia Nickerson and Gina Piersanti.

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Plot:

Deep in New York’s upstate wilderness, Ann, a young woman in her late 20’s, struggles to survive after a mysterious epidemic decimates society. On the constant brink of starvation, Ann leads an isolated and regimented life. Haunted by memories of her past she also battles the current bloodthirsty threat that lurks just outside of the forests borders, those that the epidemic has infected.

When her food stores run dangerously low Ann must make the desperate journey into a nearby town to forage for any remaining food. During one of these raids, a chance encounter brings Olivia, a teenage girl, and her injured stepfather, Chris, into Ann’s life and regimen of survival…

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Review:

“The performers are all credible as ordinary, fallible folk who’ve managed to survive a plague (so far) through sheer luck as much as anything; no one here is larger-than-life. Adam McDaid’s handsome widescreen photography of the almost entirely outdoor locations and Eric D. Johnson’s edgy, melancholy score highlight a sharp overall assembly.” Dennis Harvey, Variety

“What is compelling about Here Alone is the protagonist’s ability to survive in the wilderness when deprived of nearly all recredited sources. What does not invigorate interest or entertainment is the film’s reliance on archaic platitudes and hackneyed tactics.” Daniel Engelke, The Upcoming

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” … because Here Alone is set on slow cook, subdued scenes of Ann and Chris getting to know each other eventually become tiresome. Even though both actors have chemistry and the writing (at least until the end confrontation) is confident, there’s just not much happening underneath the surface and too few characters to create any real spark.” Drew Tinnin, Dread Central

“This has a cool widescreen look, and the quiet tone does eventually rack up the suspense.  It’s a minor entry in its cycle, and might have been stronger without the plague victims, but it is effectively downbeat and poised.  Walters gives a striking, strong physical performance – all the better for holding in the agony as the world ends.” The Kim Newman Web Site

“Beautifully shot and perfectly paced Here Alone is the zombie film for those who want more than just gore and head shots. An emotional journey that focuses in on character relationships and the human psyche. Fans of The Walking Dead and The Last of Us are going to love this one.” Kat Hughes, The Hollywood News

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