Apple TV + released a trippy and terrifying trailer for its auditory mystery series Callsthat comes from Don’t breathe director Fede Alvarez.
Based on the French series of the same name from the creator Timothy Rattle, Calls is described as an immersive TV experience, using audio and minimal abstract graphics to tell nine “boneless” short stories.
Each episode of the genre thriller follows a dark riddle that unfolds through a series of seemingly average disconnected phone calls that quickly become surreal as the characters are exposed to increasingly unsettling experiences.
The all-star cast who will bring these creepy conversations to life includes Pedro Pascal, Nick Jonas, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Aubrey Plaza, Lily Collins, Karen Gillan and Rosario Dawson, Plus Mark Duplass, Ben Schwartz, Danny Pudi |, Paul Walter Hauser, Judy Greer, Riley Keough, Nicholas Brown, Clancy Brown, Joey King, Danny Huston, Jaeden martell, Edi Patterson, Paola Nuñez and Jennifer Tilly. And don’t worry, Álvarez ‘Don’t Breathe Star Stephen Lang I will also ride, although I am surprised that the director has the lucky charm Jane Levy is not involved. Maybe next season, should Apple renew the show …
Calls is an Apple Original series that was produced in collaboration with Canal +, Studiocanal and Bad Hombre. A French-language version of the series will premiere on Canal + in select markets where the channel is available, and the series will debut under the title in select Latin American markets Calls with custom graphics in Spanish.
I am very curious about calls that can either be very difficult to see or absolutely exciting. The concept reminds me of The guiltyin which a competitive 911 operator answers a call from a woman who claims to have been kidnapped. This film didn’t work for me at all, but if it was a short film – or in the case of Calls, a short form series – it could very well be. I’m curious to see how long these episodes actually run because I don’t know how long to stare at a screensaver, no matter how gripping the story. I mean, isn’t that what podcasts are?
For now, I’m going to give Alvarez the benefit of the doubt here as I liked him evil Dead Remake and kind of loved Don’t Breathe, which was positively twisted and can take a second (and third) watch just fine. It’s a shame that his film is Lisbeth Salander The girl in the spider web was such a mess because he was well on his way to a big assignment.
Instead, he was last brought to direct new admissions Mess walking, which I haven’t heard encouraging things about, though it certainly isn’t because of him. To like Ron Howard on soloSometimes all you have to do is be professional and improve when a studio needs a helping hand. However, I trust his genre instinct – he’s producing the new Leatherface movie – and I look forward to seeing Calls, which premieres its entire nine-episode first season on Apple TV + on March 19th.
Check out the trailer below and try to stay open … as well as open ears. Please forgive me
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Jeff Sneider is a Senior Film Reporter at Collider, where he publishes film and television news and curates the Up-and-Comer of the Month column. He also hosts the podcast “The Sneider Cut” and the award-winning series “For Your Consideration” with Scott Mantz and Perri Nemiroff. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Jeff began his career at Ain’t It Cool News before moving to Los Angeles to write for Variety and later for TheWrap and Mashable. Jeff was also the Editor-in-Chief of the Tracking Board and has contributed to the MTV Movies Blog, Hollywood Life Magazine, Washington Square News, and the Colorado Springs Independent. His Oscar selection appeared on the LA Times Envelope site, and he agrees with screenwriter William Goldman, who famously said of Hollywood, “Nobody knows.” Jeff is from Needham, Massachusetts and has never had a salad. He can be found on Twitter, Instagram, Cameo, and Blogspot by searching his Nom de Plume @TheInSneider.
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