DON’T RUN (2019) Reviews and overview

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‘Peter was afraid to leave his house… until fear hit home’

Don’t Run is a 2019 American supernatural horror film about a timid boy trapped inside a house with a monster that threatens to eat him – if he isn’t in bed by sundown every night.

Written, directed, produced, edited and financed by Ben Rood, the Roundhouse Flicks production stars Danny Irizarry, Charlotte Arnold, Wendy Keeling, Holly Arnold, Grant Brooks and Dan Foley.


“One you consider this Ohio-shot ultra-low-budget indie by Ben Rood was self-financed and produced at a cost of $40,000 over a three-year period courtesy of the filmmaker’s income as a part-time employee as a furniture mover and firefighter, you’re willing to overlook to usual cinematic faux pas that comes with first time films made without studio backing.” B&S About Movies

“The script is a bit of a mess at times. The ‘rules’ the monsters set seem to change and why his bed is the key to it all we never really find out. The director/writer Ben Rood is inexperienced and it shows at times. There are some positives in Don’t Run though. Much of the cast, like the director, have little experience, but they do alright. Performances are decent enough even if it all seems quite amateurish at times.” Nerdly


Don’t Run is available to watch on Amazon Prime

Cast and characters:

  • Danny Irizarry … Peter
  • Wendy Keeling … Peter’s Mom
  • Charlotte Arnold … Amy
  • Holly Arnold … Amy’s Mom
  • Grant Brooks … Josh
  • Cody Cheatwood … Boyfriend
  • Darlene Cooper … Derek’s Mom
  • Jodie Dunn … Aunt Jode
  • Dan Foley … Detective Jacob
  • Cameron Hollstegge … Little Boy
  • Jeremias Iribarren … Josh (as Jeremias Irribaren
  • John Newkirk … Detective Felix
  • Jesse Pepe … Movie Actor 2
  • Dan Ray … Movie Actor 1
  • Barb Rood … Jeanette Berning

Filming locations:

Miamisburg and Middletown, Ohio


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