Based on the hugely successful CANAL+ French series of the same name, Apple TV+’s latest horror outing that’s guaranteed to shock audiences this week is the groundbreaking, immersive television experience “Calls.”
Playing on the audience’s imagination through masterful use of audio and minimal abstract visuals, director Fede Álvarez (“Don’t Breathe”) chronicles nine bone-chilling events, each told as if we were eavesdropping on a series of mysterious phone conversations.
The huge ensemble cast brought on board to bring this succession of eerie conversations to life includes Nicholas Braun (Succession), Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption), Lily Collins (“Emily in Paris”), Rosario Dawson (Jane the Virgin), Mark Duplass (“The Morning Show”), Karen Gillan (Avengers: Endgame), Judy Greer (Halloween), Paul Walter Hauser (Cobra Kai), Danny Huston (Children of Men), Nick Jonas (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), Riley Keough (The Girlfriend Experience), Joey King (The Act), Stephen Lang (Avatar), Jaeden Martell (Defending Jacob), Paola Nuñez (Bad Boys for Life), Pedro Pascal (“The Mandalorian”), Edi Patterson (The Righteous Gemstones), Aubrey Plaza (“Parks and Recreation”), Danny Pudi (Mythic Quest), Ben Schwartz (“House of Lies”), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Tenet) and Jennifer Tilly (“Family Guy”).
With all nine episodes of the first season set to premiere globally this Friday, March 19, SCREAM sat down with the series’ writer/director, Fede Álvarez who revealed how he approached such an ambitious project that ultimately succeeds in turning a series of seemingly average, unconnected phone calls into a surreal and absolutely unsettling story arc…
Words: Howard Gorman