Blind

Faye Dayne (Sarah French) is a former actress left blinded by an unfortunate surgical mishap. She cannot face the world or who she has now become. Her only friends are Sophia (Caroline Williams), who is also blind, and Luke (Tyler Gallant), a mute who communicates using his iPhone. Unfortunately for Faye, a stalker named Pretty Boy decides to make her plush L.A. mansion a little less lonely.

There is a lot of style in Blind, and by a lot, I mean many different styles meshed together without much cohesion. Dramatic sequences and everyday life are shot in soft focus and meant to convey a naturalistic setting while other sequences are clearly filmed with an eye for excess and excitement at setting a story in a cool mansion. This would be fine if the film shifted in tone between the two, but for the most part it’s just characters talking and Pretty Boy stalking.

Although it’s an 80-minute story, Blind moves at a snail’s pace as characters say a whole lot of nothing and are stalked in a one-sided way slowly, slowly, slowly. The graphic bits that punctuate the dull storytelling are hardly worth the experience as it unfolds and nothing to write home about. There is only so much tension to be milked from supposedly blind characters unaware a stalker is hanging out right next to them.

Director Marcel Walz attempts a dream-like atmosphere that just doesn’t gel. The soundtrack is ostentatious and oppressive, setting up moments that never land regardless. I wanted desperately to like Blind. I am always rooting for independent horror. This shit is hard to pull off, especially at feature length. But with little tension and a lot of time spent on nothing, this one just doesn’t hit the mark.


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Administrator of Midwest Film Journal. Previously a staff writer for TheFilmYap.com, Evan has been writing film criticism in the Indianapolis area for over half a decade. He is a member of the Indiana Film Journalists Association. He also reviews Oreos.


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