12 Best Horror Movies About Mental Health
Emily Bennett makes a powerful star in “Alone with You,” an indie feature she co-directed with Justin Brooks. The small-scale horror image was filmed at the start of the global pandemic, so its cultural context certainly accentuates the claustrophobic nature of the story. However, its thematic root extends far and wide to issues of mental health, depression, suicide, and religious trauma. Bennett plays Charlene, a working makeup artist. With her girlfriend who arrives from a work trip, she prepares their apartment for a large welcoming house to celebrate their anniversary.
On the surface, everything reads as usual, but cracks around the edges tease a much different story. Hours pass and paranoia reaches a suffocating level. Charlene leaves countless voicemails on her girlfriend’s phone, lamenting where she is, and the walls come crashing down on her shoulders. She begins to hear a moaning scream from her air vents, and her close friend Thea (Dora Madison) is too drunk to care. Her mother (Barbara Crampton) is a religious fanatic, and an uncomfortable video call only adds fuel to the fire. Charlene slips further into her delusions, breaking down crying and believing herself trapped inside the apartment. “Alone with You” tightens the screws on mental turmoil in a way that’s a remarkable feat, and the filmmakers also make sure to bring plenty of dread and unsettling thrills into the mix.
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by dialing 988 or by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
If you or someone you know is dealing with spiritual abuse, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233. You can also find more information, resources and support at their website.