ATMs Being Circled By Sharks.
My husband is a nice guy, but he writes some pretty twisted stuff. Case-in-point is ATM, a movie that unnerves me and is being released this weekend on VOD and in theaters on April 6th. Chris and I had a quick chat about the film ... and Rolos.
Kerri: So, Chris ... you live here. In our house. We're married, and you seem to like me. So why do you keep writing movies that make me nervous?
Chris: Because they make other people nervous, too. And those other nervous people spend their money on these movies, which allows us to remain in this house.
Kerri: Excellent point. Okay, so today is a big day. Your second movie is being released today. Can you tell me a little bit about the film?
Chris: You know what the film is about …
Kerri: Work with me here.
Chris: The film is horror-thriller called ATM. It's a story about three coworkers who, instead of having what they thought was going to be a fun night after their company holiday party, end up in a fight for their lives.
Kerri: This is exactly why my mother asks me if I sleep with one eye open. What do you mean by "a fight for their lives?" And why is it called ATM? (And pretend I haven't read the script.)
Chris: The fight for their lives part is as literal as it sounds. The movie is called ATM because, like Buried, it's a contained thriller. Most of the action takes place in and around an ATM vestibule, with an unknown killer stalking the main characters like prey. Sort of like Jaws circling the boat.
Kerri: I am scared of sharks. And now I'm sort of scared of ATMs.
Chris: That's actually what I'm hoping. This movie plays with the very real, very scary idea that something like this could happen to any of us, at any time sort of thing.
Kerri: So those ATM booths like in the middle of parking lots? Like the stand-alone ones?
Chris: Right - it's not attached to a bank or a mall or anything.
Kerri: And there's a guy outside, trying to kill them?
Chris: Basically, yeah.
Kerri: For what - their money? Do these people have something he wants?
Chris: Yes. ... Rolos.
Kerri: They are the most bomb candy.
Chris: I know. But in all seriousness, that's part of what the characters are trying to figure out - what does this guy want? - until it becomes pretty clear that the "why" doesn't matter; what matters is surviving.
Kerri: Do any of the characters have diabetes?
Kerri: Are they at the ATM to take money out to donate to a diabetes charity?
Chris: Um … no?
Kerri: Then why are we interviewing you on my diabetes blog?
Chris: You said you had writer's block.
Kerri: Excellent point once again. And last question - where/when can people see ATM?
Chris: It comes out today [Friday, March 2] on Video on Demand (VOD) and digital download (iTunes, Amazon, etc), and will then see a limited theatrical release on April 6th.
Kerri: I can't wait to see it. And then have nightmares about ATMs being circled by sharks.
Chris: We're gonna need a bigger ATM.