At some point in most people’s lives, they’ll have a moment when they’re home alone in the dark, and the numbing silence causes them to see or hear things that aren’t there. It’s typically just their mind playing tricks on them, but what if there really was something lurking? What if they weren’t alone? The horror short Alone (2017) gives audiences a hauntingly eerie taste of what that would be like.
Presented by Angry Student Films, Alone is directed by Tofiq Rzayev and co-written by himself and Mehmet Fatih Guven, who stars in the film. The story revolves around a man (Guven) who, while relaxing at home realizes that he may not be alone.
With a run time just over two minutes, Alone delivers a simple, yet frightening story that most can relate to; the fear of someone or something waiting for them in the dark. The lighting and slow paced movements help build the anticipation and wonder of what is lurking and whether the audience will get to see it.
Tofiq Rzayev delivered an exceptional ending, especially with the very last shot. After much anticipation, there is a brief moment where we catch a glimpse of something in the background and then the screen goes completely dark.
I must also mention that the score by Gergo Elekes helps set the eerie atmosphere and emotion of the film. Slowly, but surely, the music ensures the audience that “it” is coming.
Alone is one of those films that although you can relate to it, you hope the ending is something that will never happen to you. Give it a watch when you can, but make sure to have your night light handy…