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The 2017 New York City Horror Film Festival features a wealth of fright fare movies, and one that looks to especially appeal to the retro-lovin’ readers of That’s Not Current is writer/director/producer Richard Stringham’s Close Calls. This shocker from Stringham’s S & Drive Cinema company is a shocker that tips its hat to genre heroes like Mario Bava, Dario Argento, George S. Romero, Wes Craven, Stanley Kubrick, and David Lynch.
“Close Calls” features a troubled young girl named Morgan MacKenzie (Jordan Phipps), 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 a series of 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 believes everyone around her is out to kill her. To make matters worse, she keeps forgetting to give granny her meds.
Stringham promises to horror fans that Close Calls will not just be another ’70s/’80s throwback film, but rather “a slow-burn film that hopefully delivers an alternative, stylish take on old-fashioned visual storytelling. Not only does Close Calls utilize synthwave music, practical FX, and soundstage sets to establish its retro tone and provide viewers with that nostalgic feel, but it also features a vibrant color palette reminiscent of classic Italian thrillers that was enriched by talented colorist Omar Godinez.” Godinez also worked on Richard Linklater’s Slacker, as well as on the 2010 remake of I Spit on Your Grave. The original synth-driven score is by Grammy winner Rocky Gray, formerly of Evanescence, and composer for the 1980s homage horror film The Barn. Special makeup effects are by visual FX artist Les Galusha, who worked on Contracted.
Close Calls plays at the NYC Horror Film Festival on Thursday, October 26, at Cinepolis Chelsea. For more information including how to purchase tickets, visit http://nychorrorfest.com/. If you can’t make that screening, take heart: Close Calls is currently on its film festival run, and in addition to that, it will also be seen at conventions such as Spooky Empire in Orlando, Florida, and Days of The Dead in Chicago, Illinois. You can read more about Close Calls on IMDb, and follow the film’s page and S & Drive Cinema’s page on Facebook.