The trailer has arrived for the indie genre thriller Close Calls from S & Drive Pictures which was produced, written and directed by S & Drive’s founder, Richard Stringham, who started the independent production company in Sherwood, Arkansas. “Vowing to make a retro horror piece that tipped its hat to heroes like Baya, Argento, Hooper, Craven, Kubrick, and Lynch . . . Stringham assembled a local team of Arkansans to force Close Calls into existence. He also joined forces with Volumes of Blood creator P.J. Starks, who signed on as Associate Producer for the project.”
The film centers on a troubled teen girl (Morgan) who is forced to stay home and tend to her crazy grandma after being grounded by her father. But when daddy 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 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.
The cast includes Jordan Phipps, Greg Fallon, Carmen Patterson, Kristof Waltermire, Janis Duley, and Star McCann.
Producer/Writer/Director, Richard Stringham, promises to horror fans that “Close Calls” will not just be another ’70s/’80s 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”).
Close Calls has begun making its festival rounds and will premiere at the Hollywood Dreamz International Film Festival”, so we’ll be waiting to hear more good things from several other festivals in the forthcoming weeks. 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”).
The trailer has just arrived, check it out.
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