by Michelle SwopeSalem Horror Fest, which runs from October 22nd through October 31st. Bennett, who is known for Chicago Fire (2014) and Blacklist (2016), wrote and directed the film with Justin Brooks (Jessa Kill, A Dark Meeting).
Bennett stars as Charlie, a makeup artist who lives with her girlfriend Simone, a photographer, played by Emma Myles (Orange is the New Black). Simone has been away on a photo shoot and Charlie is preparing a romantic evening for her when she returns, complete with flowers, wine, and lingerie. When Simone doesn’t return home several hours after her flight lands, Charlie begins to worry.
To add to her concern, Charlie begins hearing strange noises in the apartment and realizes her front door is stuck and won’t open. Since this is a regular occurrence, she leaves a message for her landlord and receives a video call from her mother, played by horror icon Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, You’re Next), in a fantastic surprise performance. It’s evident her mother doesn’t approve of Charlie’s lifestyle or career choices and soon it becomes glaringly obvious that the only reason she called is to ask Charlie to return a necklace given to her by her grandmother, who just passed away. Charlie also realizes she can’t see out her windows but she’s more worried about the possible reasons for Simone’s delayed homecoming.
Not sure how much time has passed because she can’t see out the windows, and oddly, the time on her phone has disappeared, Charlie becomes disoriented. Although the first half of Alone With You might be a little too slow for some, the way the tension and terror are ramped up in the last half of the film, as well as Bennett’s tormented performance as Charlie, make it worth the wait.