Fans of terror, rejoice. After several starving months in terms of chills, the American filmmaker Jacob Chase launches, with Come play, an invitation very difficult to refuse.
Writer and director Jacob Chase laid the groundwork for this Come play already three years ago with the devilishly effective short film Larry. Back then, the titular character – a monster straight out of a tablet – terrorized a parking attendant on a night shift.
This time, it is on an autistic and lonely boy that this Larry sets his sights on the multiple screens available to the kid. But as his grip tightens, it is his victim’s entire entourage that feels the repercussions of his violent anger.
Agreed, but effective
We admit from the outset, originality is not necessarily the greatest strength of this Come play, its scenario echoing that of the excellent The Babadook, and its treatment at times reminiscent of that of In the dark.
In short, Jacob Chase is not here in the unprecedented nor the revolutionary.
But what he does, he does well, even very well.
Because the filmmaker shows here a particularly impressive skill when the time comes to build – and especially to maintain – a climate of real and palpable tension. Special mention, also, to his creature Larry, particularly successful, evoking both the worlds of the masters Ray Harryhausen and Guillermo Del Toro.
At the right time
I have to say that Come play comes at the right time for terror fans who have been going through a certain withdrawal for a few months. Of course, we were treated to the excellent The invisible Man, Host and Freaky last year, but the pandemic nevertheless deprived us of Spiral, Conspiracy, Sainte-Maude and others Candyman, whose arrival on our screens has been postponed many times.
In short, Come play arrives today as a buoy for thrill seekers who will gladly cling to it while waiting until their next dose of fear, hemoglobin and chills.
Come play★★★ 1/2
A film by Jacob Chase.
With Gillian Jacobs, Azhy Robertson and John Gallagher Jr.
Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my email@example.com 1-800-268-7116