They’re Outside (2020)

The longline for this says, “While filming a documentary about an agoraphobic woman, a celebrity psychologist is drawn into supernatural events.” But I was surprised that I liked this movie, in spite of my aversion to found footage films, as it plays with time and perception and moves who is the protagonist of the film several times.

One of the directors of the film, Airell Anthony Hayles (who was joined by Sam Casserly) has an uncle with agoraphobia and wanted to explore that condition through a movie influenced by The Sixth Sense and Picnic at Hanging Rock. The dup asked themselves, “What if a person’s agoraphobia was linked to supernatural events rather than being a purely psychological condition? And what if nobody believed them?”

Sarah Sanders (Chrissy Randall) is the patient and she’s been unable to leave her home since the death of her daughter and the sighting of something she calls Green Eyes. Enter YouTube therapist Max Spencer (Tom Clayton-Wheatley), who wants to fix her for the entire world to see.

Max may not be the best therapist or the best person or even the best anything, but he’s determined to fix things even if it means angering his patient, the spirits in the woods and getting to cosplay The Beyond until the end of time.

There’s also a great opening with a stuffy academic — Nicholas Vince, the chattering cenobite from Hellraiser — taking us on a folk horror journey through the woods and what they mean.

They’re Outside surprised me — I ended up liking it way more than I thought when it started. It’s available on October 29 on digital from Terror Films.

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