Directed by: Philip Brocklehurst
Written by: Muhammad Holmatov / Philip Brocklehurst
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Alone In The Dark
As written on the iMDB page, The Reader sits alone in a chair reading a book when the lights go out. All except some green light that for whatever reason happens to be on the floor point up. A really strange furniture piece for any apartment if I do say so myself. Then, possibly from the depths of hell itself, a creepy whisper fills the ears of whoever is listening. "I am you and you are me." reverberates through the room. "I am you and you are me."
As if that were not enough, The reader gets yet another shock. Himself, staring blankly into his own eyes. "I am you and you are me." before the mysterious echo begins to unleash a terrifyingly empty smile. The readers response is equally terrifying and the 2 continue to stare at one and other. "I am you and you are me." And then the lights return and the reader is back in his chair reading his book. Until he looks at me, breaking that fourth wall and smiling with all the horror his double had a few seconds earlier. And that's it. The end.
Alone In The Dark is an experimental 4 minute film written by Muhammad Holmatov and Philip Brocklehurst, and directed solely by Brocklehurst. The implication is that some demon or something has possessed the Reader by the end of the film. Taking his place. I gathered this from the synopsis asking if the Reader is actually alone. Because in the film itself, things are very vague.
The sound is mixed together really well and alone creates the atmosphere of dread one feels when watching this short title. Without it, all would be completely lost.
The picture is dark and grainy and the edits feel a little bit sloppy, but not overpoweringly so. But it's the story that hinders this title. Or lack of it. There is literally nothing. I've written out the entire short film above. I would compare this to a school project or a self portrait. But that can't even be the case because if it was a self portrait, the possession would make no sense.
But Brocklehurst does manage to create an atmospheric experience in the short length of the film. That is a saving grace and is reflected in my rating. As an experiment in filmmaking, I would call Alone In The Dark a success. As an actual film maybe not as much so.