Interview with THOSE WHO CALL Director Anubys Lopez

Anubys Lopez, the captain on the scary new ride THOSE WHO CALL (January 10 on Digital and On Demand), tells us the film has found the perfect home in independent horror leader Uncork’d Entertainment.

-How did you break into the business, sir?

I’ve always been a fan of horror films. I used to make shorts for YouTube way back in high school. I knew I’d make a feature someday, but it’s a lengthy and expensive process. My wife and I own a photography and video company for events, so when the pandemic hit in 2020, we were out of work. We decided to get together with our DP, Alex Mirabal, and formed Harrow House Films. The pandemic was definitely a tragedy for a lot, but it gave us the opportunity to enforce our will in creating something new and exciting that we always wanted to do but never really had the chance to.

-Did you have encouraging folks?

I had a few, can’t say that I didn’t. My beautiful wife, of course, always supports me and my adventurous ideas, alongside a handful of friends. Unfortunately, alongside said support came doubts and discouraging words from a few. Several people were bold enough to say I was foolish for pursuing something I’ve always been passionate about. I thank those few just as much for the success of the film and everything else that’s to come. Life is made up of balance, and sometimes negative people can be just as inspiring and encouraging.

-Was the movie of choice at the homestead usually a horror or sci-fi movie?

Always horror and psychological thrillers. As odd as it may sound to some, I enjoy feeling “weirded out.” I like movies that mess with your head and make you feel uneasy.

-What were some of your faves growing up?

Oh, man, where to even begin! I didn’t have access to a lot of horror films growing up in Cuba, only a few every now and then when I knew I could get away with it, ha! All of that changed when I migrated to the US. I fell in love with a lot of good films, such as Dawn of the Dead, An American Werewolf in London, The Descent, The Blair Witch Project, the Paranormal Activity franchise, and 28 Days Later. Some recent ones being Lamb, The Witch, The Ritual, Smile, Hereditary, Midsommar, Us, Umma, X, and Pearl. Huge fan of the A24 films!

-What came first in THOSE WHO CALL – the script or the main characters?

The main characters came first, with the idea of two sisters traveling out of state. All the other details and the script flourished from then on.

-Did you always intend on directing, or was there a time you considered selling off the script?

I always intended on directing the film. Since it was my first, I didn’t think much of it; I simply wanted to immerse myself in the process and enjoy every bit of it.

-Any characters here based on yourself? Ha!

No, I can’t say there are any. However, part of the story is based on something very real that happened on a road trip with my wife: We were traveling to Colorado and after a tiring full night of driving, I fell asleep at the wheel. When I woke up, we had gone off the road and were in the middle of the woods somewhere. The sound of the car hitting random branches and bumps woke me up. Very scary situation, for sure. The irony of it all was that my initial thought was, “This would make a great movie!” and here we are!

-Very cool art. How much say did you have in all that?

Can’t say I had much to do with it, but I love it, nonetheless. Our distributor Uncork’d had full reigns on this release. They’re professionals and talented, so I was confident their work would leave me amazed. We’re all very thankful they decided to acquire the film.

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