A24, the studio credited with being at the forefront of the growing “elevated horror” subgenre, is back in their bag with their newest film, Talk to Me.
As many moviegoers know, A24 has a reputation for releasing slow burn, unsettling horror movies oft classified as art house. Their films like Hereditary, Midsommar, Saint Maud, and The Witch changed the horror genre, dragging us out of an era of jump scares and poor storylines that were prevalent in the 2000s and early 2010s. Early reviews of Talk to Me show no signs that the studio’s work is dipping in quality hits, the film currently sits at 97% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Talk to Me is directed by Australian filmmakers Danny and Michael Philippou, two brothers who began their careers as popular YouTubers under the channel name RackaRacka. Their page has amassed over 6 million subscribers thanks to funny, engaging videos with impressive visual and sound effects that the two, amazingly, taught themselves.
This horror film is their first feature which follows a group of friends who decide to play a supernatural game conjuring spirits using an embalmed hand. It stars Sophie Wilde as Mia, a teenager who is struggling to cope with the death of her mother. Joining her is Zoe Terakes, Miranda Otto, and an abundance of newcomers who deal with some of their worst nightmares throughout the movie’s runtime.
Speaking of runtime…
How long is the movie Talk to Me?
For horror movies, usually my thought is that anything over 100 minutes is a bit too long. Luckily the Philippou brothers spared us a grueling, hellish affair (I’ve heard some people are into that) as Talk to Me sits at a breezy 95 minute runtime.
If you want a little taste of what’s in store for the cast before watching you can check out the activation that was created in Fortnite. Players have to fight to survive in a séance room modeled after the room in the film.
Talk to Me releases July 28 in theaters nationwide. So get your tickets and grab some popcorn with an Orange Vanilla Coke (this isn’t a Coca-Cola ad, I’m just a massive Orange Vanilla Coke fan) when you go see what’s sure to be one of the scariest movies of the year.