Experience the terror in Morgan’s head. Pray she doesn’t answer the phone… and end up dead!
Close Calls is an upcoming horror film from S & Drive Cinema that was produced, written and directed by S & Drive’s founder, Richard Stringham, who started the indie production company in Sherwood, Arkansas. Vowing to make a retro horror piece that tipped its hat to genre heroes like Bava, Argento, Romero, Craven, Kubrick and Lynch, Stringham assembled a local team of Arkansans to force Close Calls into existence. It included a talented art department from Jeff Nichols’ rural drama, Mud.
The film, which is currently making a festival run, will feature an original synth-driven score by Grammy winner, Rocky Gray (formerly of Evanescence, composer for The Barn), and special makeup effects by visual FX artist, Les Galusha (Contracted). It stars a talented actor by the name of Greg Fallon (LBJ, 11.22.63) as Barry Cone, and also introduces us to a lovely leading lady named Jordan Phipps, who plays the tough, young heroine, Morgan. Phipps is an up-and-coming scream queen in the making. After seeing just her face in the ad campaigns and her strong performance in the Close Calls trailer, several producers have contacted her for roles in other upcoming genre films, such as 10/31 and Safe Place.
Producer/Writer/Director Richard Stringham promises to horror fans that Close Calls will not just be another 70’s/’80’s throwback film (which it is), but a film that “hopefully delivers a refreshing, stylish take on old-fashioned visual storytelling. Not only does Close Calls utilize synthwave music, practical FX, and soundstage sets to set its retro tone and provide viewers with a nostalgic feel. It also features a vibrant color palette (reminiscent of classic Italian thrillers) that was enriched by talented colorist, Omar Godinez (Richard Linklater’s Slacker, I Spit on Your Grave).”
Synopsis: Close Calls follows Morgan, a troubled teen girl who is forced to stay home and tend to her crazy grandma after being grounded by her father. But when he leaves for a dinner date, Morgan’s paranoia heightens as she starts receiving several disturbing phone calls while dealing with grandma. Between all the phone calls, the drugs she has taken and the surprise visits from some unexpected guests, Morgan now thinks everyone around her is out to kill her. And to make matters worse, she keeps forgetting to give grandma her meds.
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