In the long history of the horror genre, lesbian relationships have been something of a preconceived notion for directors. That passion has created camp works, extremely homophobic characters and, occasionally, refresh representative. Alone With You, the first film from director and screenwriter duo Emily Bennett and Justin Brooks, is the latest horror film to join the franchise. Unfortunately, its lesbian representation was so shoddy that its fears were also affected.
The film revolves around Charlie (Bennett), a makeup artist in New York who lives with her girlfriend, Simone (Emma Myles), a photographer. Charlie is delighted when Simone returns home on their anniversary, but as Simone becomes increasingly uncontactable and Charlie finds himself locked in their Brooklyn apartment, a more sinister story begins. sneak in. Looks like Simone isn’t what she says she is. is, but apparently not, Charlie.
First, the lesbian issue: The heroines never kiss (or, for that matter, touch), but there are many pictures of Simone, who is mostly portrayed as careless and untrustworthy. trust, kiss a man.
The horror problem is a little less serious. “Alone With You” is often creepy, layering ominous quirks before emerging. But since Charlie and Simone’s relationship is already in doubt, the entire third act – including the “why” behind all this terror – falls apart. Is Charlie a tortured mistress or just another lesbian psychiatry textbook? Either way, revealing the film’s climax is receding, stepping on the same ground as “High Tension” or “What keeps you alive?. ”
Alone with you
Not rated. Running time: 1 hour 23 minutes. Now showing in theaters, on demand February 8.
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