Talk to me is the new A24 horror film written and directed by Danny Philippou and Michael Philippou.
In Talk To Me, when a group of friends discover how to conjure spirits using an embalmed hand, they become hooked on the new thrill, until one of them goes too far and unleashes terrifying supernatural forces.
This is a film for the age of cell phones and the internet, and leans into age old ideas of peer pressure and the impact of recreational drugs. The embalmed hand that allows the characters to access the dead is an allegory for all of these things, and perfectly makes the connection to broader universal ideas who anyone who is or ever was a teenager can relate to.
For first time feature filmmakers, the directing in Talk To Me is phenomenal. The Philippou brothers direct with a deft hand, showcasing immaculate control of their story, and a deep understanding of their themes and how it all ties to the visual language of the film.
I can’t finish this review without mentioning Sophie Wilde in the lead role as Mia. She is the one who sells the horror and the supernatural elements of this film. Everything that happens hinges on her performance which she commits to fully. Miranda Otto appears in this film briefly, and it’s always great to see her, while young actor Joe Bird delivers a phenomenal physical performance that will shake you to your core.
While Talk To Me delivers jump scares and drama, it’s the pure dread that permeates every moment of the story that really excites and captivates audiences, myself included. With a sequel already planned, it’s safe to say that this film was the hit that A24 expected, and audiences can look forward to more great scares from the world of Talk To Me.
Watch the trailer for Talk To Me now:
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