Short Film Review: After Her (2018)

June 14, 2019

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

Hailey (Natalia Dyer) and Callum (Christopher Dylan White) are best buds who make an excursion to the woods…woods where Hailey has discovered some strange object that she decides to keep…what could go wrong? Fuckin’ plenty, that’s what.

You see, after that fateful day, ol’ Hay-hay is never heard from again…but she haunts Callum’s dreams like a pro. Flash forward five years Callum returns home and ends up continuing the search for his long lost friend…which brings him back to those wicked woods, and in contact with that outre object mentioned up yonder…which rends reality apart!

Let me tell ya; Writer/Director Aly Migliori has created one hell of a fantastic piece of psychotronic cinema with After Her! Filled to bursting with missed phone calls, strange artifacts, and metaphysical/cosmic ponderings…this short film is everything a fan of H.P. Lovecraft or Silent Hill could love…but the story presents an extra layer when it adds in a dash of J.M. Barrie to the mix with a heroine that enters a mysterious “neverland” where she remains eternal.

This is heady stuff for sure…but it’s brought to believable life by the multi-talented Migliori (who also was the co-cinematographer and editor here as well) who’s steady hand makes all of the fantastic elements gel into an irresistible universe where answers don’t come easy, but the journey is well worth taking, and the great performances from Dyer and White make it even more so!

If you are looking for a short flick that’ll take you on a strange journey you won’t soon forget; I urge you to slap your putrid peepers on After Her! post-haste!

 

 

 

 

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