While the the title of this short film, “Lasiurus,” leaves a little something to be desired (What does it mean? How do you pronounce it?) the film itself is nicely executed and intriguing. Creator Marcus Alqueres, a Canadian-Brazilian filmmaker and visual effects artist who worked on movies like 300, Source Code, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, had a superhero short that was optioned by Sony in 2015, then turned his attention to the supernatural horror genre with this short film.

The press release for Lasiurus summarizes the concept:

Filmed on a shoestring budget, Lasiurus introduces a world to be further explored into a feature length narrative, which will follow a young family dealing with the morbid secrets of an uncharted town. The short focuses on a single character, Julian, who unsuspecting of his surroundings, stumbles upon a deserted market. The eerie atmosphere builds up to the reveal of the dark presence around him.

Take a look.

Lasiurus from Marcus Alqueres on Vimeo.

If I had to offer one critique, it would be the voiceovers at the beginning and end, which to me seem unneccessary. It’s easy to understand how a director with a much larger vision might feel the need to explain with voiceover, but I find the film itself is explanatory without being too on-the-nose, and leaves me wanting more. The voiceovers were a bit too revelatory for me.

What do you think of Lasiurus?

Troy Larson is a father, author, and photographer from Fargo, North Dakota.