This horror short is a very effective, highly unnerving tale about predators and the victims that find themselves caught in their paths when least suspected, also, the circumstances which lead to these unfortunate events.
Here, we get a setup involving turmoil in a relationship that leaves a woman shattered and alone. Abandoned by her boyfriend at the most crucial time possible, she's forced to "walk home alone". This is where things get dark, and fast. We learn right at the opening of the film that a serial killer is on the loose; their method of murder - drowning. The targets? Those unfortunate souls who, you guessed it, "walk home alone".
I'm not going to give away the ending to this, even if it does seem like the writing is on the wall, you'll more than likely still end up having the same reaction I had once the credits show up - cold shock. And while this kind of thing has been tackled before in plenty of horror movies, it's the realistic setup, which leads to very realistic misfortune - misfortune that COULD have been avoided - that allows these 6 minutes to have as much an impact as something telling the same story, in 90. Oh, and the moody black-and-white visual style mixed with a very David Lynch feeling cinematography helps too.
Incredibly efficient work by Andrew J.D. Robinson, A Walk Home Alone is definitely one to watch, with others.
A Walk Home Alone is a short film directed and written by Andrew J.D. Robinson. It begins with an unnamed girl - played by Maura Stephens - arriving home alone to her apartment. She is going through some tough times with her boyfriend and trying to sort things out. This all sets the table for a terrifying scenario that could happen to any of us. The black and white aesthetic compliments the low budget perfectly, and adds to the overgrowing sense of dread.
As effective as this short is, I would love to see it evolve into a web series. Who are the other victims? Who is the killer? What happens to our main victim’s boyfriend? Does the strangler get caught?... For a short clocking in just under 7 minutes it leaves you with a lot of theories, which is something you usually don’t get in these types of bite sized terrors. If you don’t have the time for a feature length film, take a few mins and check out this little bite sized gem.