Video Interview: Stars Gillian Jacobs, John Gallagher Jr. And Director Jacob Chase Talk COME PLAY

Gillian Jacobs (left) stars as 'Sarah' and Azhy Robertson (right) stars as 'Oliver' in writer/director Jacob Chase's COME PLAY. Credit : Jasper Savage / Amblin Partners / Focus Features

Come Play, an electric new thriller featuring a memorable monster named Larry that feeds off technology (and fear) to jump from screen to screen right into your bed, is sure to be one of the standout genre entries as we approach the end of the year. From the mind of director Jacob Chase, Come Play was born out of the director’s short film, Larry, that’s rightfully been compared with the smash hit Lights Out from David Sandberg (Annabelle: Creation, Shazam!).

Gillian Jacobs (Star Trek: Lower Decks, Bad Milo) and John Gallagher Jr. (The Belko Experiment, Underwater) star as two young parents at their wits end as their son Oliver’s (Azhy Robertson) imaginary friend begins to manifest itself through every mobile device their home is littered with. As Larry grows stronger, the monster under the bed becomes a very real entity that wants to suck the life out of the entire family.

Synopsis: Come Play is a terrifying new vision in horror. Newcomer Azhy Robertson stars as Oliver, a lonely young boy who feels different from everyone else. Desperate for a friend, he seeks solace and refuge in his ever-present cell phone and tablet. When a mysterious creature uses Oliver’s devices against him to break into our world, Oliver’s parents (Gillian Jacobs and John Gallagher Jr.) must fight to save their son from the monster beyond the screen.

Check out the interview with Gillian Jacobs and John Gallagher Jr. below to hear about how much more interesting it is to play parents in a horror movie, how excited both actors are to be a part of the Amblin legacy of films like E.T. and The Goonies, and what movies they love to watch during the Halloween season.

With his first feature film, director Jacob Chase now has the number one horror movie in America with Come Play. Every kid is on a device now, so what better way is there for a sinister creature to infect the mind of a little boy than through the monitor he’s always staring at? Everyone’s screen time has probably gone up lately, so Chase’s modern take on the monster movie seems even more relevant and prescient than ever.

Check out the video interview below with Jacob Chase where we talk about the challenges of turning a high concept short film into a full blown feature, the Amblin movie easter eggs found throughout Come Play (look for Back to the Future) and why he decided to name one of the scariest monsters of 2020 Larry.

From Focus Features, Come Play is in select theaters.



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