Jacob Chase on Developing Come Play Into A Full Feature [Exclusive Interview]

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

Jacob Chase
Jacob Chase directed Come Play that stars Azhy Robertson (left) as “Oliver” and Gillian Jacobs (right) stars as “Sarah”

Jacob Chase certainly knows how to put scares with technology.

In Come Play, it’s a terrifying story of an autistic boy, who seemingly befriends a being from a different dimension. The creature can only assess his world through the window of the child’s tablet.

The film stars newcomer Azhy Robertson, the autistic child haunted by the creature in the shadows. He is supported by Gillian Jacobs (Community) and John Gallagher Jr. (10 Cloverfield Lane). Chase directed and wrote the movie.

Here’s the official synopsis of Come Play:

Oliver is 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 must fight to save their son from the monster beyond the screen.

RELATED INTERVIEW: Gillian Jacobs and John Gallagher Jr. on Practical Effects With Come Play [Exclusive Interview]

LRM Online’s Gig Patta talked with director Jacob Chase about his film. We talked about the development that started with a short film into a full feature film.

For many years, Jacob Chase created numerous shorts. He made his feature film directorial debut with Come Play, which was based on his short film Larry. A few other short films, included Amy, After-School Special, Patient Zero, and The Four-Faced Liar.

Come Play is one of the films that rely upon practical effects rather than CGI effects to showcase the terrors. The creature looks horrifying with simple jump scares from flickering lights, shadows, and creepy creature sounds. It’s not a film to miss on the big screen.

Come Play is out in theaters nationwide today.

Watch the exclusive interview with Jacob Chase below. Let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Focus Features

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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