Alone (2017)

Although it’s only about three minutes in length, sometimes that’s all you need to really scare someone out of their seat. You need a good set up, a very relatable scenario, and a nice final scene to end the movie on. Reminiscent of the short “Lights Out,” director Tofiq Rzayev has a definite future in filmmaking and horror filmmaking, as “Alone” is a really good horror short that kind of spooked me a bit.

As a TV junkie, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sat in front of the TV and turned around, utterly certain that I’d seen something standing behind me. There isn’t much of a narrative but there’s a damn good set up. Not to mention, director Tofiq Rzayev knows exactly how to draw tension, along with rely on sound and the absence of sound. A lone man is spending the night preparing for a smoke until he sees a white shape behind him reflecting on his television. When he turns he realizes he’s alone, but upon turning back to the television, the shape is there once more, but clearer.

We’re never quite sure who or what is there, but director Tofiq Rzayev does a great job leaving a lot to our imagination, and allowing us to decide for ourselves what might be lurking in the darkness. The imagination is so much more terrifying than what anyone could concoct, and Tofiq Rzayev seems to understand that and leaves so much in the air, leaving us to ponder on the terror we’d witnessed. “Alone” is a neat, creepy, and simple horror short, and I look forward to seeing what Tofiq Rzayev has in store for movie fans.