“Have you ever felt like you were being followed?”

This is the question that immediately sets the tone for director Sy Cody White’s exciting and visually stunning thriller short, The Watchers, from Two Man Crew Productions and Hocus Pocus Features.

With the utterance of this chilling line from lead actor Jeff Moffitt (who also co-wrote and co-produced the film), White immediately draws the viewer in to the story of average Wall Street accountant John Porter and his efforts to flee a series of haunting scenarios involving a number of nameless strangers who follow Porter, turning up everywhere in his life, driving him to the brink of insanity.

Watch The Watchers (2010) trailer:

Shot on a shoe string budget in and around New York City and New Jersey this past summer, director White’s film debut, which clocks in at 28 minutes, crackles with non stop thrills and excitement, thanks largely to White’s stylish and fluid direction all the way through the picture, smartly avoiding cliches and ridiculous subplots, instead keeping the focus on the action. As the film progresses, we are immersed in Porter’s struggles and search for the truth, but just when you think you have all the answers, there comes a surprise.

Next to comedy, the suspense / thriller genre may be the toughest nut to crack in the writing department, with most thrillers in Hollywood depending too heavily on cheap effects and violence to sell their product. Avoiding these traps, White and Moffitt have crafted a smart and highly entertaining yarn that will keep the viewer guessing and wanting more.

My vote: More films like The Watchers and less films like Devil.