Director Marcus McCollum Talks ‘Noise in the Middle’, Horror, and Autism

Keeping the horror genre fresh isn’t an easy task. Every decade or so we see a new technique or story element that manages to change things up and injects the audience with renewed interest. Director Marcus McCollum is taking on that challenge by giving us a bit of the new and some of the uncomfortable.

Nosie in the Middle centers around an non-verbal autistic girl who encounters the paranormal. We spoke with Mr. McCollum about the experience of presenting a realistic mental illness in a horror setting. Check it out below.

‘Noise in the Middle’ will have its premiere on the Kings of Horror YouTube channel on October 29th. It will be available on digital December 11th.


After the sudden death of his wife Sara, Richard, a grieving and emotionally ill-equipped father, is left on his own to care for his severely, non-verbal autistic daughter Emmie. Before her death Sara had arranged for Emmy to partake in an experimental therapy and rented a house near the facility where the treatments would take place. Little does Richard know the house has a haunted history. While Richard struggles with his wife’s death he soon realizes he has no patience, skills, or even any empathy to deal with Emmie’s condition and begins to find solace in drinking and drugs. As the spirits in the house grow restless, so does the noise in Emmie’s head, awakening her psychic abilities along with Richard’s personal demons. When visions of his dead wife begin to appear, Richard is convinced she has returned to help him. But is the spirit really his wife or something more sinister sent to take them both?


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