John Hyams’ ‘Alone’ (2020) Movie Review: A Terrifying and Emotional Experience

The mark of September 1st means all things spooky and Halloween for me. I’m always seeking out films that will send chills down my spine, and Alone looked like just the film to do it!


This film was directed by John Hyams and written by Mattias Olsson. The cast includes Jules Willcox (Netflix’s Bloodline), Marc Menchaca (Ozark, The Outsider), and Anthony Heald (The Silence Of The Lambs).

Synopsis for Alone

This film centers around Jessica, a grief-stricken widow who flees the city in an attempt to cope with the loss of her husband. When Jessica is kidnapped by a mysterious man and locked in a cabin in the Pacific Northwest, she escapes into the wilderness and is pursued by her captor.

Jules Willcox in Alone, PC: Magnet Releasing

I’ll be honest… one of my worst fears is being trapped somewhere alone and in the hands of a mad person. I hate that feeling of vulnerability, and Alone brought that out in me. I could feel Jessica’s fear, pain, and utter confusion as to why this was all happening. My heart was at the pit of my stomach, and I was left at the edge of my seat.

Another thing that this film did well was to portray how easy it is for some people to live double lives. Loving husband by day, murderer by night. It makes you wonder how one separates the time and how those who love them never catch on. I love the scene where his perfect little life is at risk for exposure to the true monster he is.

Marc Menchaca in Alone, PC: Magnet Releasing

Both of these details are brought on by the phenomenal performance of the stars, Jules Willcox and Marc Menchaca. Jules plays a badass character who isn’t about to let herself become victim to a crazed lunatic without a fight, and she’s relentless, a true heroine. Marc delivers an uncomfortably perfect performance as a madman, and everything about his character gave me the creeps.

If you love films that keep you at the edge of your seat and deliver a rollercoaster of emotions that make you make feel like you’ve gone to Hell and back, Alone is for you. Alone is now available in theaters and on-demand from Magnet Releasing!

About Tori Danielle

Tori has had a passion for Horror and music ever since she was a little girl. She got bit by the writing bug in high school where she was involved in both the school newspaper and the yearbook. While getting her Bachelors degree, she took Journalism and Creative Writing classes where her passion grew even stronger. Now, in between work and family, she spends all of her spare time indulging in music, Horror movies, and nerdy fandoms, all while running/assisting one of the biggest Horror groups on Facebook and writing for various websites.

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