Movie Review: You Are Not Alone
Derek Mungor's You Are Not Alone is a two act film, in the same way that Wolf Creek & Hostel are. You Are Not Alone is totally different to these films but the setup is the same. You spend time with the characters and then they are thrown headlong into a nightmarish scenario. For this to be effective the lead in must be done slowly and methodically. Now this is where others may call a film boring or the first half of the film 'filler' but with out this setup there is no pay off.
With low budget films (You Are Not Alone certainly doesn't look it) you get a few issues and yes whilst there is the occasional blip from the actors, a few moments of character stupidity (which lets be honest wouldn't be the first time and certainly won't be the last we see that in a horror/thriller), a setup that could probably be about five minutes shorter and a moment or two of plot points that draw you out of the film. You Are Not Alone succeeds on most levels, it isn't a scary film perse but it manages to unsettle you after the credits have rolled. Director/writer Mungor and writer Chris O'Brien have created a suspenseful horror/thriller that is certainly worth seeing.