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‘YOU’LL NEVER FIND ME’ Film Review: A Masterclass in Minimalist Suspense

Horror fans are in for a taut, stripped-down psychological treat with Indianna Bell and Josiah Allen‘s contained shocker You’ll Never Find Me. Shot in a single location with just two actors holding down the fort, the filmmakers show remarkable creativity in turning the minimalist setting into a pressure cooker of mounting terror.

The film centers on a reclusive loner living alone in an abandoned trailer park whose solitary existence is upended when a young woman appears at his door seeking shelter from a raging storm. As the storm outside intensifies, paranoia and dread mount inside the cramped trailer, leaving the two lead characters, played by Brendan Rock and Jordan Cowan, and the audience unsure of who should really fear whom.

Though set in this confined space, the film expands psychologically, probing the dark inner turmoil of the two main characters and plumbing the depths of their (and ultimately our) paranoia. Deliberately written for the two lead actors, the tight script plays to their strengths, allowing them to comfortably sustain intrigue in the limited setting. A highlight is an ingeniously scripted and intensely acted scene when the two characters pull out a deck of cards to play a game of “Bullshit.” Having both characters tell their stories whilst engaging in deception through the card game itself creates an all the more enigmatic experience that pulls the audience in so much deeper. Suffice it to say the film keeps you guessing and you’ll be jumping back and forth in allegiance between the two leads.

The fact that both players seem as trustworthy as a chocolate teapot adds so much intrigue to the film but this isn’t where the true terror lies. The custom-built caravan set, expert cinematography from Maxx Corkindale, and inspired lighting techniques pulls the viewer right into the same space as the protagonists/antagonists and this is what forges a constant underlying sense of unease. Then, throw in some unexpected terrifying images a bit later – which I will not go into for the sake of keeping this review spoiler-free, and I was left feeling more unsettled than I have been for a long time, especially once the last 15 minutes of the film set in.

Though single-location horror films are often an acquired taste, Bell and Allen have elevated this niche genre with their debut feature. Through skillful filmmaking and a creative vision, they overcome a small budget and limited cast to deliver a masterclass in minimalist suspense. If the duo managed to pull something as majestic as this off for their debut feature, I can’t wait to see what they challenge themselves with next. And with a slightly bigger budget, the sky really could be Bell and Allen’s limit.

VERDICT:

You’ll Never Find Me  streams on Shudder starting March 22nd

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