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In These Unprecedented Times

A satirical horror that unveils the inner struggles of isolation.


Matthew Allen Rahn’s captivating one-man film takes viewers on an immersive journey into the mind of a man locked inside his home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Delving into themes of anxiety, paranoia, and trepidation, this 8-minute work of art is a testament to Rahn’s creativity and talent.

Shot entirely in black and white, the film beautifully captures the bleakness and uncertainty of the protagonist’s world. What sets this production apart is its ability to convey a story without any character dialogue. Rahn relies solely on music and character actions to depict the tone and themes, a choice that proves to be both ingenious and hauntingly effective.

Isolation and paranormality permeate the narrative, creating an eerie atmosphere that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats. Despite the limited budget, the film shines with the brilliance of Rahn’s solo craftsmanship. To single-handedly bring this piece to life is truly praiseworthy, revealing an artist capable of evoking emotions through minimalist means.

With a comical underbelly, the film offers moments of levity amidst the prevailing darkness. However, the constant navigation of the character throughout the home may prove repetitive for some viewers. Although it is a minor drawback, it does not detract from the overall brilliance and impact of the film.

‘In These Unprecedented Times’ is a thought-provoking journey into the depths of isolation’s impact on the human psyche. Rahn’s ability to create such an immersive experience using only one actor (himself) showcases his exceptional talent and promises a bright future in the world of filmmaking.

This remarkable production stands as a testament to the power of individual creativity, leaving viewers captivated and pondering the myriad of emotions encapsulated within the confines of home.

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Runtime: 8 min
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