Blu-ray, DVD Release: Come Play

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 26, 2021
Price: DVD $17.96, Blu-ray $19.99
Studio: Universal

Now available on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital, Come Play was reviewed by Irv when it was released theatrically last year. Here’s his review:

An eerie exercise in horror taken from an adolescent’s perspective, Come Play often plays likes junior version of Insidious, a Blumhouse-produced PG-13-rated hit that spawned a couple of sequels. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing for a terror tale to be these days.

Azhy Robertson (HBO’s The Plot Against America) plays Oliver, a lonely autistic boy who seems to be able to communicate with an entity that’s living inside his cellphone and tablet. Named “Larry,” the entity has the ability to manifest itself outside of the portable devices as well, controlling lamps and other electrical items. As Larry appears more consistently and frighteningly in Oliver’s life, defending him from school bullies and such, Oliver’s mother (Gillian Jacobs, I Used To Go Here) and father (John Gallagher Jr., The Miseducation of Cameron Post) must figure out how to stop the otherworldly being before it does something to their son.

Based on his short film. writer-director Jacob Chase gets the most out of finding shocks in the dark by way of some surprising jump scares and, because Oliver is non-verbal, cranking up the jolts with an expert sound design. In this respect, the film may remind audiences of A Quiet Place. Meanwhile, as Oliver, Robertson pulls off the difficult, non-speaking part convincingly, while Jacobs and Gallagher do solid work as the concerned parents.

For a PG-13 effort, Come Play delivers the maximum amount of creepiness minus the excessive gore but with enough startling scenes to satisfy teenage horror fans and beyond.

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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.