All of us have experienced it. The times we are certain we are alone, but then a nagging, unsettling feeling tells us we are being watched.
The Spanish short film BEHIND, written and directed by Ángel Gómez Hernández, exploits that feeling to create a story of intense psychological horror.
The short opens during a children's birthday party. There we meet recently divorced young mother Arianne (Macarena Gómez).
While rambunctious children swarm around her, Arianne is having an altercation over the telephone with her ex-husband regarding custody of their infant daughter.
The tone and tenor of the conversation immediately reveal the custody battle is taking its toll on her.
As she prepares to leave the party with her daughter in tow, a mysterious stranger approaches and delivers a cryptic, blood-chilling warning: at home, a "man" has been standing behind Arianne and watching her. This man will not leave her alone until he gets what he wants, and she will not be able to see him - until it is too late.
Understandably rattled, Arianne rushes home.
At first, she dismisses the warning. But when strange phenomena begin to occur, Arianne realizes the warning may have terrifying merit.
From the tense opening moments of its 15-minute runtime to the final disturbing scene, BEHIND is a showcase of edge-of-your-seat, psychological horror.
Much credit for this must be given to the extraordinary performances of the actors, as well as the director's masterful exploitation of one of humanity's most visceral fears - being watched and hunted.
Experience the unnerving horror of BEHIND for yourself...
(Please note the film is in Spanish with English subtitles)
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