We Are The Missing cleverly uses its limited budget to create a narrative that feels much bigger without the need for big, dramatic set pieces.
Synopsis: The scariest nightmares are the ones you can wake up to in “We Are The Missing”; a drama/horror mockumentary following The Madisons’ desperate search for their missing daughter.
Premiering on YouTube on June 15th, We Are The Missing is a great example of creating atmosphere and even indulging in world-building when using a very low budget. Director and writer Andrew J.D. Robinson incorporates numerous self-filmed videos which enhance the collective hysteria of the situation, as well as being economically sound for a film of this type.
We Are The Missing may not be for those looking for a loud, energetic film with scares per-second, instead opting for a slower-burn that focuses on the similarities and differences in individual experiences. That said, there is plenty of creep factor to be mined in exploring and repeating dialogue from interviews as the plot develops.
Starting out as a mockumentary focusing on Riley Madison, the missing daughter of John (Mark Templin) and Angie (Maissa Houri) the film soon expands into something on a much larger scale. Still, it is those early, grounded and naturalistic performances that perfectly set the scene for what is to follow. In fact, all the performances are convincing, made all the more impressive by many being extended monologues, often difficult to pull off.
Despite not being made under quarantine conditions, the film feels incredibly relevant to the current situation, exploring the nature of human fear and the desire to protect those around us.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
You can now watch We Are The Missing for free on YouTube here.