Stand

A fatigued man finds himself standing in the midst of the night, staring off against a terrifying creature that only moves when he sits

Genre: Horror

Length: 8:30

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2.5 out of 5 stars

Producer/s : Chris K. Daniels,

Director/s : Chris K. Daniels, 

Writer/s : Chris K. Daniels, 

Actor/s : Kinson Theodoris, Sunheng Tain

 

Stand up for your life

Dr Who’s terrifying weeping angels stay as motionless as the statues that they aren’t, as long as you keep looking at them. Turn away, even for an instant, and they close in, eat your energy, and make you one of their own. It was Carey Mulligan who first had to walk among them without blinking, in one of the scariest TV sequences ever seen.

The monster in Stand was clearly inspired by them. It approaches when its victim sits, or rests. Its target, ably played by Kinson Theodoris, walks as if in lead boots, and is so, so tired… The empty car park setting provides ample scope to convey isolation, fear, and the sense of being able to run but not hide.

Composer Christien Ledroit is the real star of the show. His music groans, squeaks, tinkles mysteriously, whistles and rumbles. It does more than anything else to create the horror, and make the jumps scary.

Sadly Stand doesn’t actually add up to much more than an overlong scene from an It Follows type movie. If it’s an exercise in creating tension by director Chris Daniels, the next exercise would be to create the same mood at half its length. Actually, that would have more impact. And surely impact is what horror is about.

As is so often the case, satisfaction depends upon story, not acting or even music. The guy has a problem: to escape a malevolent monster. A story would show him trying different means of escape, each more desperate than the last, finally to succeed, or to fail. As it is, the ironic ending, which I won’t spoil, is not so much a conclusion, as the storyline can being kicked down the road.

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