In HERE ALONE, a young woman struggles to survive on her own in the wake of a mysterious epidemic that has decimated society and forced her deep into the unforgiving wilderness, until she encounters two other survivors who make her confront her past while putting all of their lives at risk.
What We Thought:
Here Alone isn’t exactly a proper title for this zombie flick. It starts out with the lead actress alone and uses flashbacks to explain how the virus started turning people into zombies and how she ended up alone. But then a girl and her stepfather show up and the bulk of the movie is all three of them.
The title aside, the film isn’t too bad. It’s not super gory and an episode of The Walking Dead has more zombie kills in it, but for a lower budget film, it’s pretty well made and holds your attention. I’m a zombie fan and watch all kinds of good and terrible zombie films so I guess being decent in the genre is a positive.
I think why the movie works is that it doesn’t try to do anything different. That might sound like a negative, but so many films today, especially horror/zombie flicks, try to rewrite the book and get lost in their creativity. This is pretty straight forward and you understand what’s going on. The flashbacks explain how she ended up alone and why she’s in the woods. The two other characters add to her dilemma of staying or moving on and whether you can trust people in a post-apocalyptic world.
It also gives viewers tips on surviving. She uses urine and poop for distraction and to hide herself. She scavenges for food and relies on the land when she can. She sets a trap to hopefully catch something to eat. She sleeps in a car and rations food even when the new people show up. There’s probably more survivalist tips in it than zombie kills, but I’m ok with that.
For a smaller film that most people have never heard of, Here Alone is pretty decent. I don’t know if it’s something I’d go back and watch over and over again, but for a movie I wasn’t familiar with, it’s an easy watch. I’ve definitely seen far, far worse in the genre.
Cast & Crew:
- Lucy Walters
- Gina Piersanti
- Adam David Thompson
- Shane West
Recommended If You Like:
- Girl in Woods
- Horror/Zombie Flicks