The premise of Stalked is simple enough; Sam (Rebecca Rogers) is a newly single mother to a five month old baby who’s father is useless. It is these circumstances, coupled with Sam’s position in the military and accommodation on an estate which is conveniently un-populated over the weekend – I say ‘conveniently’ because it suits the set-up. In a plot device which felt like it had been written to accommodate the low-budget nature of the production, Sam leaves her baby alone in the house to get medication from the pharmacy, and is then abducted.
The rest of the film takes place inside a non-descript warehouse which is seemingly full of advanced military hardware and is patrolled by an assailant who is invisible to the naked eye. Without wanting to offer any more plot details, anyone who is familiar with this type of low-budget B-Movie horror making can make a fair assumption as to how the rest of the film plays out; whilst the genre is probably closer to being a horror-inflected suspense thriller.
There is an inventive use of the limited space within the warehouse which is made to feel claustrophobic and although it does at times have a sense of being more of an escape room – where there is everything required to escape if only you can find all the pieces.
What Stalked does do well is build tension and give you a real sense that everything will not necessarily be alright in the end. It also manages to make you as a viewer have a genuine investment in its lead and although Sam is not necessarily three-dimensional, she is certainly two and half.
As the film progressed it required increasingly great leaps of faith about the accessibility of cutting edge military equipment (and indeed, the capability of said equipment)and it would not have been detrimental to the film’s effectiveness to have trimmed back on the sci-fi. With that said, the film is at least consistent in how the technology works and that isn’t something which can be said for some of even the largest blockbusters.
There is a lot about Stalked which shows promise, both from Rogers’ performance and from the film as a whole – even if it’s not quite there just yet.
Dir: Justin Edgar
Scr: Justin Edgar
Cast: Rebecca Rogers, Nathalie Buscombe, Billy Cooke, Vanessa Donovan
Prd: Philip Arkinstall
DOP: Graham Allsopp, Liam Iandoli
Music: Phil Mountford
Run time: 82 minutes
Stalked is available now On Demand.