The Walk Home begins by setting a very frightening tone. The short includes some nice moody music to accompany its very dark visuals, and at first it may not even seem obvious that this is going to be a silent movie. It is a short that at no times seems to be lacking due to its silence, but instead it becomes stronger because of it. Focusing on a plot that makes great use of a very atmospheric soundtrack, The Walk Home is another engaging thriller from talented filmmaker Dave Thorpe, the director of Impetuous.
The Walk Home is surprisingly concise for such a short feature. The plot is very minimal, so I will try to keep it to one sentence: a young woman walks home from the bar only to find that it seems as if she is being stalked by a masked apparition. That about covers it. Clocking in at a very brief five minutes, the short manages to stand out as a very strong trial run for Thorpe. The short deliver an intriguing story within very strict confines, and does so while presenting a great deal of style along the way.
The lighting is a tiny bit too low at times, it could have perhaps used a bit more contrast, but overall the visuals are splendid. The most impressive part of this visual style would be the camera usage and the excellent use of frame. Almost equally as important as the visuals would be the excellent soundtrack composed for the film. As mentioned earlier, the story is told with no dialogue, so the strange audio cues and music become integral in creating atmosphere within the movie. If this project was purely a test of the filmmaker’s talents, then I would say it is a resounding success. While it isn’t required viewing for any horror fan, this is a very strong offering that shows promise of more to come. Certainly give it a look if it pops up on your radar.