Overall Score: 8/10
FEAR FACTOR: 9/10
SPECIAL EFFECTS: 8/10
I decided to try something new. A quick Google search will bring you to “Downstairs,” an 18-minute film about a security guard who gets trapped in a dark basement with someone (or something) else.
What I love about this movie is that, because the director only had 18 minutes to work with, it jumps straight into the action without giving viewers time to warm up to the terror. If you don’t have time/patience for a whole movie, or if you’re bored with some friends and want a quick scare, “Downstairs” has it all. And even better? IT’S FREE ON YOUTUBE.
As I’m writing this review, I’m legitimately looking over my shoulder . . . so . . . that tells you something. I would say the only downfall with a film like this is that there’s not much time to develop the plot. It’s frightening and most people can make out what’s going on, but watchers are much less attached to the characters and there seems to be a lack of purpose. Still, I would recommend this fast fright to anyone brave enough.
P.S. Turn the lights off. It’s only 18 minutes long. You’ll survive, and you’ll enjoy it more.