Don’t Run (2020)

There isn’t a person reading this review who didn’t experience the childhood fear of monsters under the bed or in closets. And if you’re reading this review, you could probably rattle off quite a few films about monsters under the bed, in closets, or under the stairs. Probably even a few evil doll or Teddy Bear flicks.

That childhood fear and anxiety of confronting what lurks in those shadows—not just of the supernatural, but in one’s youthful reality—is at the core of this old school horror tale. And when we say old school, we mean ‘60s Hammer Studios and not ‘80s slasher blood-spatter.

Pete is your garden variety geek who moves into a new neighborhood and is besieged by bullies while he pines for the fawn-eyed girl with sun-browned hair next door. He finds an unlikely ally in a faceless monster residing in his new home that threatens to kill him and his aunt if he isn’t in bed every night by sundown.

One you consider this Ohio-shot ultra-low budget indie by Ben Rood was self-financed and produced at a cost of $40,000 over a three-year period courtesy of the filmmaker’s dual income as a part-time employee as a furniture mover and firefighter, you’re willing to overlook to usual cinematic faux pas that come with first time films made without studio backing. You know how we root for the self-made filmmaker at B&S About Movies, with guys like Andy Milligan (Guru the Mad Monk) and Don Dohler (Nightbeast). Rood shows that same inventiveness and promise (but with a greater skillset than Milligan and Dohler) with Don’t Run. So, it’s a given that with an extra zero in the budget, we’ll be seeing more from him at B&S About Movies.

Don’t Run is currently streaming at Amazon Prime. You can learn more about the film on its official website.

Disclaimer: This was sent to us by the film’s PR company. That has no bearing on our review.

About the Author: You can learn more about the writings of R.D Francis on Facebook. He also writes for B&S About Movies.

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