Alone in the Dark (2019) short film review

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Philip Brocklehurst returns to Screen Critix with another effort, this time a surreal micro-short film entitled Alone in the Dark. Check out our review.

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It was only just over a month ago when we had the pleasure of watching a reviewing Philip Brocklehurst’s 40-minute film I Am The Wanderer and now he is back with Alone in the Dark – a four-minute movie that asks as many questions as it does answer.

A man (P.M. Thomas) is sat in an armchair reading a book when, all of a sudden, the lights in his living room go out. If that wasn’t bad enough, he starts to hear a voice repeating the same sentence over and over “I am you, you are me”. Now, any sane person would have run out of the room faster than Speedy Gonzalez, but the man sticks around to investigate.

There is not much more I can say about the plot without giving away the ending and readers of Screen Critix know that we hate spoilers. The story is certainly interesting yet lacking any real depth. It’s just one man, in one room for a few minutes, yet I was certainly interested in seeing where Brocklehurst took me as a viewer.

Alone in the Dark Image 11 300x168 Alone in the Dark (2019) short film reviewAlone in the Dark does well with having some great sound design. The voice that is heard is distorted in an almost demonic way and the music that is playing during that section is also eerily well done. The cinematography is slightly lacking, which is likely down to a lack of lighting or a decent camera that is capable in low light. As soon as the lights go out, you can see that the camera is really pushed to its limit as the picture becomes very noisy. Also, the lighting isn’t great either and the light from the practical besides the man is blown out.

Still whilst these are just technical niggles and can be explained due to a lack of resources, you have to commend Philip Brocklehurst for experimenting through film. Instead of following in the same footsteps as other amateur or independent filmmakers and copying whichever film is popular at the time (which is a thing, we have seen an abundance of Annabelle clones and Saw rip-offs) Brocklehurst is trying to find his own signature and style, and that deserves applause.

3 / 5 stars     

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