There's something about distance from society that just brings out the horror in people, isn't there? You can set a horror movie in the middle of a city, sure, but is it really as scary as when the character realizes they have miles around them and no place to go? You can have all the green hills in the world in front of you, but when there's an aggressor around you and you don't know which way is out...well, you might as well be trapped in a box or cell.
By following those ideas, Low is an exercise in tension that approaches the viewer with only a few resources. One woman walks into the British countryside for her own reasons. She encounters one man who is wandering the same countryside for his own reasons. The movie adds a few more characters and a couple other settings, but the focus of the film is directly on three things - the woman, the man, and the rolling green hills. And - if you're following the definition strictly - none of these three things are innocent.
The less you know about Low's plot will be a definite benefit to the experience. Though it runs under 70 minutes, the indie feature is packed full of twists - some blatant, some shocking - as we follow the path of Alice (Amy Comper), the scared woman, and Edward (David Keyes), the man who seems to hold her captive in the wide open countryside.
On the other side of the coin is Alice, who is better prepared for a bullying male figure than Edward might think. The character seems like the traditional damsel in distress early in the film, but a big reveal about what is going on in her life stands the film on end and makes us think twice about Alice and why she's here. I won't go into the details of just what she endures through the film - again, the surprise of this film is crucial to its charm - but there was certainly a moment that had me fully shaken from my comfort zone and left me feeling deeply affected by the film's representation of human horror.
Considering how professional the film appears, it's a bit of a surprise to learn that director Ross Shepherd put the film together over a two week span in 2010, working with merely a three man crew. I can't imagine the limitations that the filmmaker and company were dealing with, but the final product definitely overcomes most of the shortcomings. My few complaints were tied to the plot, where a few of the developments seemed a little forced and the characters' motivations occasionally border on silly.
If you want more information, don't hesitate to check out the film's official website, and make sure you check out the trailer below.