It is a shame more people are not aware of short films. Often short films can be just as enjoyable if not more so than a feature film and it requires incredible creativity to tell a story in what is often such a short amount of time. So whenever I get a chance to check out a short that I really dig, I like to make sure everyone knows about it. Such a film is After Hours, a new short from writer Adam Weber and director Michael Aguiar.
Lauren Deakin, a human resources employee of a local store finds herself being stalked by someone or something after hours. And Detective Harris (Bill Oberst Jr.) is determined to find out who.
After Hours is a perfect example of a well made short film that uses atmosphere and tension to deliver a quick (13 min) little tale of terror that is effective, scary and fun. It doesn’t hurt that prolific genre character actor Bill Oberst Jr. is in it either. Oberst is great at taking small roles like this and infusing them with an authenticity that elevates the film beyond its budget.
And writer Adam Weber manages to create a solid arc of a story that really emulates old Twilight Zone/Outer Limits/Tales from the Darkside vibes in spades. After Hours is a fun short film that has everything you could want in a 13 minute thrill ride. Highly recommended.