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Exclusive teaser and filmmaker comments: Telephonic terror in “CLOSE CALLS”

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 | Exclusive, Indie Films, News


We first told you here about the upcoming indie chiller CLOSE CALLS, and now we’ve got the exclusive first look at a teaser trailer and words from its creator.

CLOSE CALLS, written, produced and directed by Richard Stringham, stars Jordan Phipps as a teenage girl stuck at home one night, caring for her crazy grandmother (Janis Duley). The experience only gets worse when she starts receiving disturbing phone calls, and it becomes clear that someone’s out to harm her. Greg Fallon (also an associate producer, along with P.J. Starks), Carmen Patterson, Kristof Waltermire, Star McCann and Landen Matt co-star.

“It is my aim for CLOSE CALLS to provide a nostalgic feel to audiences from the VHS days and to horror fans in general,” Stringham tells RUE MORGUE. “It’s obviously a nod to a handful of genre filmmakers from a former era, but at the same time, it’s not just another retro piece or throwback film. Like the movie’s main character, we nearly went crazy when it took us three months to shoot this flick, which runs almost two and a half hours. But I can’t wait to unleash this madness to the world, so they can witness all the hard work the S & Drive Pictures crew put into it. I’m proud of the fact that there’s never really a moment for the audience to relax during our little sick flick. And I hope the overall viewing experience of CLOSE CALLS will evoke dread, panic, and maybe even a feeling of synesthesia.”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and in addition to his work for RUE MORGUE, he has been a longtime writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. He has also written for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM,, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM, MOVIEMAKER and others. He is the author of the AD NAUSEAM books (1984 Publishing) and THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press), and he has contributed documentaries, featurettes and liner notes to numerous Blu-rays, including the award-winning feature-length doc TWISTED TALE: THE UNMAKING OF "SPOOKIES" (Vinegar Syndrome).