Stars: Diana Miller Streater and John McCann
|This film was an official selection at the 10th annual International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival in Phoenix in 2014. Here's an index to my reviews of 2014 films.|
Almost all of the twelve minutes that this picture runs are spent confined to the apartment of Richard and Marjorie Davies, appropriately given the circumstances. They're stuck in the big city while the apocalypse rages outside, for reasons that become clear through television news footage and a brief flashback to the beginning of the end. Diana Streater is surprisingly short of credits given how well she emotes Marjorie's plight; she only has one other to her name and that's as part of an ensemble cast in a 2012 thriller called The Class Reunion. She really sells this story, as she struggles to stay strong as civilisation collapses, not only for her own sake but for her husband's. Richard has become infected and she's keeping him tied up in the bedroom, where he lies in his own effluent, parched and restless with overt struggle marks around his wrists where he's fought against the ropes. She updates her diary in the bath by candlelight and tries to keep quiet, because they're out there.