REVIEW: After Hours
– By Stephen Harper
Detective Harris (Bill Oberst Jr) is assigned to the mysterious case of a young department store employee Lauren (Dana Mauro), who’s been tragically killed at work after being convinced someone or something was stalking her.
A little while ago I reviewed the excellent short The Cleansing Hour, the similarities between the two films is that they both pose as teasers for what surely should be full features. After Hours has too many unanswered questions not to make the transition. The anticipation has been whetted and I’m predicting horror fans are going to lap this up.
This is a sophisticated production I must say. The production values are top notch with a director with an eye for detail, who certainly doesn’t take himself too seriously. With a unique mixture of retro horror and comedy, and a hint of Craven’s Scream peeping through, I’m extremely interested in seeing were this goes.
The film’s glossy exterior is only strengthened by its excellent performances. Everyone involved are very solid, but it’s the added extra of Bill Oberst Jr. that heightens things to another level. He’s so unassuming in his portrayal, which works beautifully into the surreal narrative. He grounds everything, especially when the film hits its WTF climax!
After Hours played it straight until it became bonkers, which I loved. Stylistically unique, with an ending that’ll get everyone talking, surely we’ll be seeing a full feature of this very soon?