If there’s one way to get us horror fan’s attention, it’s to tell us a film is fucking scary. That’s exactly what The Prodigy director Nicholas McCarthy is selling in a brief interview.
McCarthy, who directed the excellent indie horror The Pact, helms this new thriller for Orion Pictures in which young a mother (Taylor Schilling) is concerned about her 8-year-old son’s (IT‘s Jackson Robert Scott) disturbing behavior and thinks something supernatural may be affecting him.
So how scary is The Prodigy?
“I’ll say this,” says the filmmaker with a laugh to EW. “The first time we previewed the movie, there is a section where people screamed so loud that we had to go back and re-edit the scene that followed it, because people were still recovering from what they had just seen, and they were missing the dialogue.”
This story is perfectly timed with this piece on Halloween in which director David Gordon Green revealed that the audience cheered so loudly for Judy Greer’s big line that they missed the big one from Jamie Lee Curtis.
Here’s the trailer for The Prodigy, which opens February 8, 2019.