“Talk to Me” is an imaginative and cleverly crafted Australian supernatural horror film set to captivate audiences on July 28, 2023. Directed by the talented duo Danny and Michael Philippou, this film marks their impressive debut as feature directors. The screenplay, written by Danny Philippou and Bill Hinzman, is based on a unique concept conceived by Daley Pearson.
The film stars the talented Sophie Wilde as Mia, a young woman whose life takes a terrifying turn after a séance involving an embalmed hand. Joining her in this chilling journey are Alexandra Jensen, Joe Bird, Otis Dhanji, Miranda Otto, Zoe Terakes, Chris Alosio, Marcus Johnson, and Alexandria Steffensen, who deliver compelling performances in supporting roles.
“Talk to Me” had its highly anticipated preview screening at the esteemed Adelaide Film Festival in 2022, followed by its world premiere at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in January 2023. The film is scheduled for theatrical release in Australia on July 27, 2023.
The premise of the film revolves around a group of friends who stumble upon the ability to summon spirits using an embalmed hand. Initially enamored by the thrill, their fascination takes a dark turn when one of them delves too deep, unleashing terrifying supernatural forces.
This co-production between Causeway Films, Bankside Films, and Talk to Me Holdings is proudly presented by Screen Australia in collaboration with South Australian Film Corporation, Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund, Head Gear Films, and Metrol Technology.
“Talk to Me” garnered significant attention at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, with international distributors eagerly acquiring the rights to distribute the film worldwide. The film’s debut at the Adelaide Film Festival was met with great enthusiasm, as it closed the event on a high note.
Following its successful premiere, the film made its mark at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, where it sparked a fierce bidding war amongst major studios. Ultimately, A24 emerged victorious, securing the rights to distribute the film in the United States.
Continuing its festival journey, “Talk to Me” also had its European premiere at the esteemed Berlin International Film Festival and was showcased at South by Southwest (SXSW) in the same year. Canadian audiences eagerly await the film’s premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival on July 23, 2023.
With Maslow Entertainment, Umbrella Entertainment, and Ahi Films handling the theatrical release in Australia on July 27, 2023, and A24 taking charge of the United States release on July 28, audiences around the world can anticipate a spine-chilling cinematic experience.
Critical reception for “Talk to Me” has been overwhelmingly positive. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film boasts an impressive 97% approval rating from 62 critics, with an average rating of 8/10. The consensus reads, “With a gripping story and impressive practical effects, Talk to Me spins a terrifically creepy 21st-century horror yarn built on classic foundations.” Metacritic also reflects favorable reviews, with a score of 72 out of 100 based on 10 critics.
Damon Wise of Deadline Hollywood commended the film for its fresh approach to familiar tropes, describing it as an enjoyable twist on an old idea. Chris Bumbray of Joblo praised the cast, with special mention given to Sophie Wilde and Joe Bird for their exceptional performances. Cassondra Feltus of Black Girl Nerds applauded the powerful performances of the young actors, particularly highlighting Sophie Wilde’s talent.
David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter praised the film’s ability to intertwine existential fears with grief and trauma, creating a truly haunting experience. Rooney also commended the performances, with Joe Bird and Sophie Wilde standing out for their impressive portrayals.
Chuck Bowen of Slant Magazine lauded the film for its ability to ground possession in the reality of modern teenage life, while Peter Howell of the Toronto Star highlighted the film’s ability to instill dread with minimal special effects and a masterful sound design.
“Talk to Me” promises to be a groundbreaking addition to the horror movie genre, showcasing the immense talent of its cast and crew. Audiences can look forward to a unique and spine-tingling experience when the film hits theaters in July 28, 2023.