When a group of friends discovers how to conjure spirits by using an embalmed hand, they become hooked on the new thrill — until one of them unleashes terrifying supernatural forces.
Release date: July 27, 2023 (Australia)
Directors: Danny Philippou, Michael Philippou
Screenplay: Bill Hinzman
Producers: Samantha Jennings, Kristina Ceyton
Production companies: Causeway Films, Bankside Films, Screen Australia, Talk to Me Holdings
Talk to Me Trailer
When and Where Will Talk to Me Be Released?
Shortly after A24 acquired the film at Sundance, the indie giant scheduled the film for a wide theatrical release on July 28, 2023. This date will put the film up against Disney’s star-studded Haunted Mansion reboot and the psychological horror film Sympathy for the Devil, starring Nicolas Cage and Joel Kinnaman, so this should make for one spooky weekend at the movies.
What Is the Plot of Talk to Me?
Talk to Me follows Mia (Sophie Wilde), a girl who recently lost her mother, attending special parties thrown by characters Hayley (Zoe Terakes) and Joss (Chris Alosio). These parties have a central focus on a supernatural game involving an embalmed, inscribed hand that allows whoever holds it to be possessed by a random spirit. The rule is not to hold the hand for more than ninety seconds; any longer and the spirit can make its forever home in the possessed. There are a series of these parties that quickly escalate into a sinister outcome. The kids know how to open the door to unseen worlds, but they do not know to close it. Mia gets dangerously eager about the game and her ulterior motives cause her to push the limits, resulting in the horrific death of a friend. This tragedy, coupled with Mia’s resurfacing traumatic past, provides a well-oiled coalition between the supernatural events occurring externally and the introspective exploration of the toll trauma takes on the mind. Darkness within, and darkness on the outside. The plot mirrors the age-old adage, “as above, so below.”
Who Is in the Cast of Talk to Me?
Talk to Me stars Sophie Wilde (You Don’t Know Me) as Mia, Alexandra Jensen (Joe vs. Carole) as Jade, Joe Bird (First Day) as Riley, Otis Dhanji (Aquaman) as Daniel, Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) as Sue, Zoe Terakes (Nine Perfect Strangers) as Hayley, and Chris Alosio (Surviving Summer) as Joss.
For a lot of the cast, Talk to Me is a breakout project that will propel them to new career heights. With such high accolades for the film, fans are likely to see much of the cast in future big-screen projects.
Who Made Talk to Me?
The Australian film was directed by YouTubers Daniel and Michael Philippou and written by Daniel Philippou and Bill Hinzman. Samantha Jennings and Kristina Geyton of Causeway Films produced the movie. It’s another win for them after producing the critically acclaimed films The Babadook and The Nightingale. Aaron McLisky is behind the film’s cinematography, and Cornel Wilczek composed the film’s score.