Boy: "How come Oliver gets to use his phone in class?"
Girl: "He's autistic, dude."
There is a new horror film just released called "Come Play." It features an evil creature named "Larry" who entices a boy who has autism with friendship through the child's communication device. The boy tries to tell his parents there is "something" in their home. They do not believe him. (Horror film making class lesson one, day one "Never believe the kid.") Larry wants to be his friend.... at a steep price.
In the trailer his Mom tells the school official, "Poor guy still doesn't have any friends." I would never have said this sentence to anyone, it sounds far too glib. But I wasn't consulted for the script. None of my daughters with autism has ever had a true friend - by that I mean a boy or girl with whom they have cultivated a relationship that continues without 100% facilitation by an adult. My daughters are adults, by the way. Still, I'll pass on Larry.
Watch the trailer, let us know if you have any desire to watch the full movie.
A terrifying new vision in horror awaits. #ComePlay is in theaters this Halloween. Newcomer Azhy Robertson stars as Oliver, 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 (Gillian Jacobs and John Gallagher Jr.) must fight to save their son from the monster beyond the screen. The film is produced by The Picture Company for Amblin Partners.