The Night Caller
The telephone communicates fear after Dad leaves for work.
Directed by Peter Podgursky & Donna Thorland.
Q&A with the Filmmakers
How did you come across Gary Raisor’s story?
Donna first read “The Night Caller” in a horror anthology over a decade ago, when she was writing and producing the Halloween program “Eerie Events” at the Peabody Essex Museum, in Salem, Massachusetts. The story stayed with Donna, and when we set out to make a new film, we realized that Gary Raisor’s skillful blend of old-fashioned ghost story and modern suspense would make a great short. Unfortunately, Donna couldn’t remember the title of the story, the name of the author, or what the anthology was called… Eleven anthologies and six hundred short stories later, we found “The Night Caller” again.
Describe the shooting process.
We shot the film over three days in Donna’s apartment in Los Angeles, during record July heat.
How have audiences reacted to the film?
In October, “The Night Caller” premiered at Screamfest, in front of a packed audience of devout horror fans. With no blood or overt violence, the film still managed to chill the Screamfest audience–high praise indeed!
What are you working on now?
We’re hard at work getting ready to shoot our first full-length feature, a suspense film in the same vein as “The Night Caller.”