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Larry – by Jacob Chase

A man, a parking lot, a friendship: a tender and scary tale about our loneliness

0 – 5 | 2017 | Friendship | Horror | Live-Action | USA

A man is working in a parking lot at night. Trying to pass the time, he discovers an abandoned iPad loaded with a children’s story about a lonely (and misunderstood) monster. His name is Larry and he never gets to play outside in the sunlight. Larry looks different and everyone’s making fun of him. Larry just wants a friend. And he just finds a friend in that parking lot.

Larry is the horror short film written and directed by Jacob Chase, alum of the 2017 Sundance Episodic Lab and winner of the 2016 Crash the Super Bowl Contest. Jacob, who recently sold his musical TV show Harmony to ABC, directed the feature film The Four-Faced Liar (which premiered at Slamdance Film Festival and went on to win the HBO Audience Award for “Best First Feature” at Outfest), and the short films After-School Special (written by Neil LaBute and starring Sarah Paulson and Wes Bentley) and Amy, starring Alex Karpovsky and Troian Bellisario.

In the vein of Poltergeist and The Ring, Larry is a short and simple tale about our loneliness and its escalation through high-tech devices like smartphones and tablets. Chase builds suspense and tension in a very basic but effective way. He is a “huge fan of horror films that are built around suspense more than jump scares.” So the unnatural design of the creature looks intriguing and fascinating. The director chose not to use CGI for the creation of Larry and went with an old, altered costume that he had made for a haunted house, “Sherwood Scare,” he used to run with close friends for three years. Jacob sees the film as an “opportunity to get back into the horror/suspense mindset and try to make people nervous giggle with fright.”

This has actually happened now. Amblin Partners has acquired the rights to turn Larry into a feature-length film. The hope is to follow in the footsteps of Lights Out and Mama, two short films that were turned into genre feature hits. Chase will write and direct the movie version, and The Picture Company partners Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman will produce. Another case of a feature length film which is the evolution of a completed short film.

Alessandro Zoppo

Alessandro Zoppo

Editor-in-Chief @ Good Short Films

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