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We talked to the Vancouver-based director Scooter Corkle about his first movie, 2017’s Hollow in the Land, Friendship star Peyton List, and favorite movies of 2022.

Vancouver director Scooter Corkle’s second feature, The Friendship Game, is streaming on VOD. jpeg

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The Friendship Game

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When: Jan 3

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Filmed in Vancouver, The Friendship Game is a horror movie about a group of teens whose friendship is put to the test by a mysterious object.

Peyton List (Cobra Kai) and Brendan Myer (The OA, The Guest) star in the flick, which is the second from Castlegar-born-and-raised Scooter Corkle. We talked to the Vancouver-based director about his first movie, 2017’s Hollow in the Land, Friendship star Peyton List, and favorite movies of 2022.

Q: What Hollow in the Land meant as a goodbye to your hometown?

A: I don’t know if it was a goodbye. It was definitely me returning more than anything else. I left when I was 18 and I’d always wanted to shoot a movie in a very small town. It was more like I wanted to make a movie there and have my mom in it and my dad and that kind of thing.

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Q: And then what kind of reaction did you get from the hometown folks?

A: It was amazing. We were we were the top movie in Canada for the weekend we opened, mainly because people in Castlegar and the Kootenays just kept going to see it. The reaction was really positive and just recently it was screened again at the local theatre, the Castle.

Peyton List stars in Vancouver director Scooter Corkle’s second feature, The Friendship Game, streaming on VOD. jpeg

Q: How did The Friendship Game come about?

A: After I finished Hollow, I was looking for my next project and I got in touch with the movie’s producer. He sent me the script for a drama but it didn’t quite land. I was looking for something a little bit weird because I wanted to do a genre movie. So he sent me the weirdest one he had, which was The Friendship Game.

Q: It’s shot in Vancouver but set in a small town. What were you trying to achieve with the setting?

A: It’s a nondescript town, sort of an every town. Unlike hollow in the land, which takes place in a specific town and the town itself is a character. In The Friendship Game we float through alternate realities and play with reality a lot. The town itself needed to be familiar but also not ground the audience. It’s the same with the timeline. We didn’t really want it to feel like it was modern or that it was in the eighties or anything. We tried to keep the audience on their toes, so they don’t really feel comfortable with where they are.

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Q: Were there any particular movies that you looked to for inspiration?

A: We get compared to Hellraiser a lot, I think mainly because of the puzzle box, but we’re not as gory or gruesome. We’re a bit more cerebral, something like Coherence, which I think is a is a great little indie flick. And then we took some influence from the new American horror wave like It Follows, which really allows the characters to be at the forefront of the narrative while throwing a lot of questions at the audience to keep them active.

Q: One of the actors, Peyton List, is kind of a big deal. How did she become involved?

A: Peyton is great. She grew up in the Disney machine and had some massive hits. And she’s got a very dedicated audience. We had a different actress who was locked in, Bella Thorne, but there was a scheduling conflict. Luckily Peyton was available. She read it on the weekend that we lost our other star. She’s the sweetest and most professional person I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. I think for her fans this is a very real character, maybe more real than she’s done before, so I think that’s pretty exciting for her fans. It’s exciting for me, too. I really like pushing people to find their voice.

Q: Do you want to give a shout-out to any of your favorite movies from 2022?

A: Everything Everywhere All at Once was probably the most fun I’ve had in the theater almost ever. And I liked Nope. That was a good one.

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