In the horror film Come Play by Jacob Chases, we find a young boy by the name of Oliver with autism. Oliver soon comes across an e-book “Misunderstood Monsters” where Larry is first introduced. Larry is a lonely monster who just wants a friend as Oliver knows well. The story itself is well made but like many horror movies, I found it predictable. It is a good horror movie for many young teens.
In the film, Oliver is an autistic boy who can’t speak and interacts with others using an app that allows him to speak. The e-book “Misunderstood Monsters” shows up mysteriously on his phone one day. “Larry just wants a friend” is the line in the book that gave Larry access into the real world in a sense. Although he cannot fully travel through the glass just yet, he can be seen through the camera of the devices his story has been projected on.
Throughout the story, after the parents discover Larry is real and not a figment of Oliver’s imagination, both parents face encounters with Larry which results in the dad getting involved in a serious injury before Larry could make it all the way through the screen. This leaves the mom alone to defend Oliver against Larry who seems to only want him because just like him Oliver understands what it means to be lonely.
The film already gives viewers a sense of empathy for our main character but also encourages Oliver to keep moving forward. Unlike most horror movies where characters do things that are beyond stupid like go to the dark basement with weird noises and shadows, this movie actually seems logical. The ending, however, might leave you shocked and was somewhat unexpected which is a really good way to end off the movie.