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Blu-ray Review: Come Play

February 2, 2021

By John Corrado

One of the movies that I really enjoyed last year that seemed to sort of slip through the cracks was the horror film Come Play, which is now available on Blu-ray. The film did receive a limited theatrical release in Canada for Halloween when cinemas were briefly reopen, but the pandemic unfortunately stopped it from becoming the sleeper hit that it might have been in a different year.

Which is a real shame, because this is quite an enjoyable little spookfest, built around a very clever concept. The main character is Oliver (Azhy Robertson), a non-speaking autistic boy who uses his phone as a communication device. Things turn freaky when Oliver starts being visited by Larry, a lonely monster who uses digital screens to connect to our world and is trying to break through.

The film’s writer/director Jacob Chase, who is expanding his own short to feature length, does a fine job of weaving these fantasy elements into an engaging, character-driven dramatic tale. The result is a solid PG-13 horror film that has a nice sense of creepiness to it, while also telling a surprisingly touching story with a good deal of heart. Robertson delivers a believable performance in the main role, and he’s backed up by solid work from Gillian Jacobs and John Gallagher Jr. as Oliver’s parents. Finally, Larry himself is impressively brought to life through some excellent practical effects.

This is the sort of movie that deserves to find a bigger audience at home, and for more on the film itself, you can read my full review of it right here.

Bonus Features (Blu-ray):

The Blu-ray includes no bonus features, which is strange considering that there is a noticeable black bar on the right-hand side of the menu screen where the bonus content would appear on a typical Universal release. A code for a digital copy is included in the package, which comes with a slipcover.

Come Play is a Universal Pictures Home Entertainment release. It’s 96 minutes and rated 14A.

Street Date: January 26th, 2021

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