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Out There – 7

Director – Randal Plunkett

Cast – Conor Marren, Emma Eliza Regan

Release Year – 2012

Reviewed by John of the Dead

Out There is the newest short film from Irish horror director Randal Plunkett (Walt). This time delving into the zombie sub-genre, Plunkett and his brother deliver a storyline that keeps you guessing and engaged throughout its 15 minute runtime.

When a man wakes up in the woods bloodied and with no memory of how he got there, he wanders in search of help and an explanation – only to find more questions and horrors he never saw coming.

With only 15 minutes the Plunketts create a moving story that keeps us in the same confusion that the male lead is in. “Why did he wake up in the woods? Why is he bleeding?” are the first questions asked, yet brilliantly they are also the last questions answered. Before he can answer those his memory begins to resurface and he remembers he was not alone earlier, but his significant other was with him. “Where is she now?” becomes the new question, and his quest for answers brings him face to face with a zombie apocalypse he may wish he had forgotten about. As the film progresses more of his questions are answered, building up to a terrifying and shocking climax that I really enjoyed.

Plunkett’s direction is great once again, making good use of his sets and locations to give us gloomy atmosphere reminiscent of the film’s spooky and eventually sad subject matter. The acting performances are positive, with our lead actor forced to carry the film on his shoulders and doing so with ease. Plunkett’s execution of the horror is solid and he thankfully relies heavily in live-action FX for the zombie carnage, and for a short film we were given enough zombies to please the viewer.

Rating: 7/10

  1. mikey
    November 26, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    where can i see this and walt???

    • November 28, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      Sorry for the late reply. Out There may be available on YouTube in its entirety, but Walt must been seen by speaking to the director himself. I don’t believe Walt is available to the public just yet.

  1. January 4, 2013 at 4:51 pm

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