Reely Bernie Horror Fest: You Won’t Be Alone (2022)

IT’S A WICKED THING THIS WORLD.

Origin/Director: Australia and Serbia/Goran Stolevski

Viewings Tally: This was my first viewing! I wanted to make sure to include a recent horror release in my lineup.

Synopsis: In an isolated mountain village in 19th century Macedonia, a young feral witch accidentally kills a peasant. She assumes the peasant’s shape to see what life is like in her skin, igniting a deep seated curiosity to experience life inside the bodies of others. [Letterboxd]

Reely Bernie’s Take: The ambiguous witch in the woods among animals movie has been done before (I saw this when it was called The Witch in 2015 and then Hagazussa two years later), but You Won’t Be Alone benefits from a refreshing “impressionistic horror” interpretation. Accompanied by faux classic piano ballades and overvoiced by Macedonian prose poetry, the ugliness of witchcraft is somehow made beautiful – on occasion.

At other times, it is a brutal body horror flick that reminds us that witches can be relentless, shapeshifting beasts. The course of transforming from body to body in shadows and pine needles grows redundant by the halfway point, but credit goes to Director Stolevski for conveying a kind of sympathy for these creatures. He conjures an implied backstory that the land of these witches was stolen by the villagers, and they are simply playing their part in survival of the fittest.  

If blood and entrails strewn on the ground is your thing, grab a broom stick. For most people, I think this would be a hard pass.

The Shot that Won’t Let Go:

This ain’t no “Hocus Pocus

Final Score: 2.5 sausage casings out of 5

Happy (Early) Reely Bernie Horror Fest,

RB

11 thoughts on “Reely Bernie Horror Fest: You Won’t Be Alone (2022)

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  1. This sounds interesting enough, I can take or leave the blood and guts, but witchcraft isn’t entirely in my wheelhouse. However Noomi Rapace can sell me on just about anything!

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    1. Indeed, she’s always reliable. Yeah, this is like Terrence Malick takes on the witches of the forest. Overvoice narration/dialogue works for me in short segments like this one…

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      1. Yeah, I decided to go back and finish my degree, and homework eats up so much of my time. I graduate in 4 months, do there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Yeah, you know me and my love for all things horror. I hope you are well, too, my friend. Happy summer!

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        1. Way to go! Anything “degree” is worth the toil and effort. 4 months! So close! Yeah, I needed a horror binge this summer… Good luck with the rest of the studies!

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    1. Thanks for reading, WalkingofftheChessboard. Yeah, it’s funny: Ever since starting my horror binge (especially while my wife has been away on a girls’ trip in Florida), I’m already reaching a limit on the scares and need a good dose of rom-com or Disney, haha! You can always have too much of a good thing. I will probably watch a few more, especially when we get into the autumn season, but with my wife coming back home tonight, I’m excited to take a break from the ghouls!

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      1. I have a tough sell coming up, Bernie. Have you heard of the film “Prey” coming out on Hulu tomorrow? A prequel to the “Predator” series. Based on recent attempts, I didn’t think any of us needed another film…but resetting it into an earlier timeline could be worth a view. I am hoping my wife will take the plunge with me, but if she waves it off I’m probably going to check it out anyway. Thanks for the follow, Bruce

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        1. I’m going to check it out. My problem is that my nostalgia of the original Predator and watching Schwarzenegger will be tough to replace or expand upon. However, we do like and watch Hulu, and this could be good, fun entertainment before school starts up next week!

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