Black-eyed children is a paranormal phenomenon that has captured the imagination of horrified people across the country. The mere mention of his name strikes immediate fear in the hearts of those who know the mythology behind this spooky urban legend. Now, we get the first film to directly tackle supernatural beings in new horror thriller let us in. And if there’s one person who can save us from the menace of black-eyed kids, it’s horror legend Tobin Bell.
tobin bell stars in let us in Everyone fears as the creepy neighbor who may be hiding some deep, dark secrets, the rest of the world isn’t quite ready for it. We recently chatted with Tobin Bell about his wicked turn as Frederick Munch in director Craig Moss’s intense thriller.
let us in Follows a spirited twelve-year-old girl and her best friend, who begin an investigation into the sudden disappearance of several missing teenagers in their small town. Realizing that something deeper may be happening, Emily and Christopher turn against forces they can’t even imagine. And that means only Mr. Manch can save the city.
let us in Based on the incident of a child with black eyes. As Google tells us, “Black-eyed children is an American contemporary legend of paranormal creatures, who look like children aged 6 to 16, with pale skin and black eyes, which were supposedly hitchhikers or beggars.” are seen asking for, or encountered at the doorsteps of residential houses.” As legend has it, Black Eyed kids love to stand at the front door, asking to be let into the house. As long as they stay outside, you’re safe. That’s why you never call them in. No matter how aggressive they are with their lamentation of “Let us in”.
let us in Now available digitally and on demand. To celebrate the release, we chatted with Tobin Bell, probably better known as Jon Kramer, the jigsaw killer. saw franchise, to explore his own experiences with black-eyed children and why he decided to involve himself in this horror.
You make some strong allegations against black-eyed kids in this movie. I’ve seen enough evidence to support that they could possibly be real. Do you ever worry that they might not like certain things about your character in this movie?
tobin bell: What do I say about him in the movie? No, I’m too old to worry about it. I don’t care about them. Hopefully, if it succeeds with the younger generation… I think it’s going to be… the least I have to worry about. Plus, I love black-eyed kids. I like the whole concept, that they come back every 10 years. They are not looking for me anymore. He has already taken the love of my life. He took the love of life of Mr. Munch. They are interested in kidnapping a teenage girl… Well I don’t want to give too much. I don’t think Mr. Munch is particularly concerned about them. As you have seen…if you have seen the whole movie…you will understand why.
Do you live in a secluded area?
tobin bell: You are talking about Mr. Munch?
No, I’m talking about you. Because real black-eyed kids can come to your door. You wouldn’t be expecting them. And they may be upset about how they are represented in this film.
tobin bell: No, no… I don’t live in a secluded area. I clearly would not. I live really close to Times Square. And it is no less secluded than that.
I think you are safe. I don’t think real black-eyed kids will come to hunt you in Times Square.
tobin bell: Well, I’m glad to hear that. I’m sure
Mr Manch. He’s a guy with lots of layers. I don’t want to give too much away about the ending. But what do you think is his true purpose in terms of what he’s actually trying to achieve in this story? Because there is a turning point. What is the real purpose and intention of Mr Manch?
tobin bell: Well, he has been living in this city for a long time. He really just wants to be alone. He has been living with bad memories, pain, since this grave loss, when he was a young man. When they took his beloved. I guess, if you look at a scene between the kids, when they’re knocking on my door… you get the idea. How is their life talking to them? I think he just wants to encourage them. Don’t get in their way, but encourage them to follow the path they’re on. And I think his demeanor provides a really cool contrast… by the end, I guess.
You’re not very much in the movie. From an acting standpoint, does it work in your favor when you’re not around kids too much. And they just come into this little world you’ve created for yourself? Unlike bonding with kids on set. You have to be cool to these kids, and a little on the grumpy side.
tobin bell: Yes. He treats them equally. I don’t think he talks to them. And he calls the spade a spade. He speaks directly, he does not give them the child. He tells them the truth as he knows it. Or wants to tell them. At that point, I think the interesting thing with roles like this is that you don’t want to go in an obvious direction. Because if you do, it becomes a short note. So you try to create a sense of some humanity in the character. And that helps get people interested in the character. And it’s in the relationships that they have in the film, which in this case comes with the kids when they come. uh. It raises questions and those questions are eventually answered.
Well, that’s what I find interesting. What you’re saying is usually a relationship like this, the older person in question just befriends the kids. This man Mr. Munch? I wouldn’t necessarily say he’s a friend. And by the end of the movie, we know he has intentions behind him. It’s definitely not what the audience expects. It’s refreshing to see things moving in the direction they eventually do.
tobin bell: Yes.
There is a cold space between these two kids and the mean Mr Munch. This is not the neighbor we might expect.
tobin bell: And did you think it worked?
Absolutely. Because I never understood what this dude was about. all the way till the end. It’s about wonder.
tobin bell: I think he still keeps his word. Yes, as far as he wants to let them in, he lets them in. I don’t want to give too much. As the film progresses you get to know what his real inspiration is.
Not to stress the ending, but is there room for more black-eyed kids’ movies? Because it definitely sounds like a franchise that you should definitely be a big part of moving forward.
tobin bell: Really? I don’t know It is possible. you never know. It all depends on the legs of the film. And how popular the film becomes. and how it is obtained.
Now, this is really weird.
tobin bell: What is that?
It sounds weird to me now. Because a movie comes to you and it becomes quiet. Then after seven months, people watch it on a particular streaming service. Suddenly it gets huge. Even if it’s out for a while. So you never know when and how something is going to hit. Nowadays when you release a film, it is a strange feeling.
tobin bell: Yes. I think in the next one month we will see how the film gets. where it fits. I think Craig Moss and the people behind it, Golden Studios, they’re always thinking, those people. They are creative people. I know Craig is a great director and producer. If there is anything more to be said, it will be found.
I think this is the first Black Eyed kids movie. Were you aware of the urban legend and who were these kids? Do you know the truth behind this incident?
tobin bell: No, I honestly didn’t, I didn’t know about the urban legend of black-eyed kids. I was born in Queens, New York. Spent twenty nine years in New York. Was raised in Massachusetts. North east. Every thing. But I’ve been asked since then, people living in New Jersey and places like that… have these questions about black-eyed kids. And clearly, they are now also present in states like Utah and Nevada. Where there is so much open landscape. Sometimes you will be driving on the road late at night. It would stand there, you know… so I had no idea, being raised in Massachusetts. I knew more about the Witches of Salem and Lizzie Bourdain than anything else. I wasn’t really raised on that other stuff. I loved westerns as a child.
If you didn’t grow up in horror, what’s it like to be known as one of today’s biggest horror icons?
tobin bell: I don’t think about it. I am an actor and I act. I honestly don’t think about everything else. Horror icon and all that. He is somewhere in the marketing world. Somewhere in the PR world. Somewhere in the minds of others. I do the same thing, whether I’m playing an astronaut or a priest or a cowboy. I approached my work in the same way. I ask the same question. Obviously, you ask different questions depending on the road. You add questions. This is a tremendous adventure. It runs parallel to human life. Our body is our machine. We don’t have trumpets, we don’t have drums or guitars. We only have ourselves and our soul. And trying to bring things to life, moment by moment, as if it were happening for the first time. Whereas in reality, it could be the 30th take. So it’s beautiful, beautiful, so wonderful.
Inspired by a very popular online urban legend, we created a story that brings back many elements of the amazing family sci-fi adventure thriller from the 80s and 90s.
In addition, we cast the film with some of the most talented young actors, including Mackenzie Moss, Sadie Stanley, O’Neal Monahan, Sienna Agudong, Mackenzie Ziegler as well as horror/thriller master Tobin Bell. All these great actors are playing these interesting characters who live in this fictional small town that became a character in itself. And although the city is small, we wanted to make this location larger than life because we shot the film on a wide lens, giving the audience not only frames full of information, but enhanced suspenseful moments throughout the film.
Plus, having a twelve-year-old female protagonist at the center of our story was something we hadn’t seen in a long time… not to mention a twelve-year-old girl who eventually turns into a bad ass. Finally a true hero. Our hope is to inspire generations of young girls to believe in themselves and always do the right thing.
Ultimately, let us in Set to be a gateway sci-fi thriller for younger audiences that combines great family sci-fi adventure thrillers from their parents’ childhoods while simultaneously applying a modern take on the genre… All the things we haven’t seen in a long time.