The Friendship Game Is A Hellraiser For Teens

 In this episode of Castle Talk, Jason chats with Scooter Corkle, director of the new film The Friendship Game. RLJE Films will release the movie in theaters, on-demand, and digital on November 11, 2022. The Friendship Game follows a group of teens as they encounter a strange object that tests their loyalty to each other and has increasingly destructive consequences the deeper they go into the game.

The Friendship Game
The Friendship Game poster and Castle Talk logo used with permission.

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Directed by Scooter Corkle (Hollow in the Land) and written by Damien Ober ("The OA"), The Friendship Game  stars Peyton List ("Cobra-Kai", "Bunk'd"), Brendan Meyer (Color Out of Space), Kelcey Mawema ("To All the Boys…" franchise), Kaitlyn Santa Juana ("The Flash") and Dylan Schombing (Warcraft). 

In many ways, as the director discusses, The Friendship Game is like a teenage Hellraiser, as Peyton List and her friends reckon with the price of playing with a strange, puzzle-like apparatus they find at a garage sale/flea market. But unlike the hedonistic questions explored by that series, The Friendship Game instead explores the heightened emotions of youth. In the film, a small group of young people each profess to the game their fondest wish, and for them, most of their wishes are about staying together or avoiding the pain of being apart. It's a fraught moment because the characters are all graduating from high school and wondering if they'll even stay in touch. The same story would play differently with adult characters, who tend to have totally different concerns. The horror becomes cosmic and hallucinogenic– and bloodier by the end than you may expect. Corkle talks about what drew him to the project and the process of putting films together, including changes that can be made along the way. 

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Jason HendersonAbout Jason Henderson

Jason Henderson, author of the Young Captain Nemo (Macmillan Children's) and Alex Van Helsing (HarperTeen) series, earned his BA from University of Dallas in 1993 and his JD from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C., in 1996. His popular podcasts “Castle Talk” and “Castle of Horror” feature interviews and discussion panels made up of best-selling writers and artists from all genres. Henderson lives in Colorado with his wife and two daughters.
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