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After Hours

Released 1985
Distributor Warner Bros.

A hapless Griffin Dunne tries to make his way home from New York’s Soho district in this quirky, unexpected black comedy that was nearly directed by Tim Burton, who stepped aside for Martin Scorsese when funding for The Last Temptation of Christ fell through. In some ways, this is Scorsese’s own version of Kafka’s The Trial. Sometimes its fractured tone recalls Corman’s A Bucket of Blood, so it’s only proper to see Dick Miller pop up as the diner-owner who intones the film’s title. Joe Minion’s script was originally titled “Surrender Dorothy”.

About Brian Trenchard-Smith

Brian Trenchard-Smith has been burning to make genre films ever since seeing Hitchcock’s Vertigo at age 13. So far he has directed 42 Crimes Against Cinema, and counting (He’s an enthusiastic recidivist.) The Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival recently gave him a career achievement award. His cult hits include The Man from Hong Kong, Turkey Shoot, BMX Bandits, Stunt Rock, Dead End Drive In, The Siege of Firebase Gloria. He has also made over 100 trailers ranging from Hammer horrors to Australian films of the 70′s and 80′s. His latest film is Drive Hard, a quirky action comedy with John Cusack and Thomas Jane. He hopes to shoot a Sci-Fi action picture in Tianjing, China later this year. Brian shares a passion for history with his wife Byzantine historian Dr. Margaret Trenchard-Smith. His first novel The Headsman's Daughter is available this summer on Amazon and Kindle.