In the horror thriller ATM, directed by David Brooks and written by Chris Sparling (Buried), David Hargrove (Brian Geraghty) finally gets up the nerve to ask out Emily Brandt (Alice Eve) at their company Christmas party. But, after getting saddled with their co-worker, Corey (Josh Peck), who asks them to make a late-night stop at an ATM, their impromptu first date takes and unexpected turn when an unknown man appears outside of the vestibule, blocking their exit, and they quickly become trapped in an intense game of cat-and-mouse.
During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, first-time feature director David Brooks talked about why he responded to the script for ATM, the tweaks they made prior to shooting, the biggest challenges of making such a self-contained and claustrophobic film, finding the right level of violence and tension, getting the three characters isolated without any mode of communication, and deciding how much of the killer’s backstory to include. He also talked about how his love of film developed, why he enjoys working closely with actors, and his ambition to make big films that connect with people. Check out what he had to say after the jump.