Film Column – You’ll Never Find Me

Bell and Allen's debut feature is creepy and atmospheric, and keeps the audience pinned to the edge of their seat.

YOU’LL Never Find Me is a claustrophobic horror-thriller set in a desolate caravan park.

The debut feature from Australian film-makers Indianna Bell and Josiah Allen is intensely menacing despite its deliberately slow-moving pace. New to Shudder, this tense chiller unfolds like a Shakespearean play, and actually feels like it was made for the stage.

The drama builds during a violent storm when an isolated man living at the back of a run-down trailer park, and obviously going through his own dark night of the soul, receives an unwanted caller in the early hours.

Patrick (Brendan Rock) has been hiding away from the world for many years, leading a lonely existence, in a forgotten corner of the back of beyond.

As the uproarious squall worsens, a desperate woman (Jordan Cowan) seeking shelter from the violent weather outside pounds on his door, and shakes Patrick from his languor. Her appearance in the middle of the night, is as much a mystery, as why he would chose to live such a secluded life away from prying eyes?

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As the savage storm worsens, these two solitary souls begin to feel threatened, skirting around each other at close quarters, like caged animals.

With all the feel of a taut fever dream, Bell and Allen’s debut feature is creepy and atmospheric, and keeps the audience, pinned to the edge of their seats, and left guessing right up to the final scene.

Deliciously edgy, you could cut the heavy and unpredictable atmosphere with a knife.

You’ll Never Find Me is visually dramatic, and uses flickering light and rumbling noise to powerful effect to create a tempestuous and dread-filled stage for these two broken night-owls. Every utterance, every movement is filled with apprehension and will leave you, wooly-headed and intoxicated, by its tortuous momentum.

This is a deftly brilliant ride from start to finish.