In the ever-evolving landscape of horror cinema, A24 has proven time and again its ability to captivate audiences with unique and unsettling tales. Their latest endeavor, a sequel to the cult horror hit “Talk to Me,” has fans and critics buzzing with anticipation. A24’s collaboration with the Philippou brothers, Danny and Michael, promises to deliver another spine-tingling journey into the depths of fear.
Following the success of the first installment, A24’s decision to reteam with the Philippou brothers for “Talk 2 Me” was met with widespread excitement. The original film, which was acquired by A24 from Sundance’s Midnight section, garnered attention for its chilling narrative and effective scares. The announcement of the sequel was accompanied by news that Danny Philippou, in collaboration with Bill Hinzman, would be crafting the screenplay. Additionally, the directing duties would once again be shouldered by Danny and Michael Philippou, ensuring a continuation of the distinctive vision that made the original a standout in the horror genre.
In recent interview with Deadline, before the film hit theaters, directors Danny and Michael Philippou talked about being game for a sequel. “Because I was writing it for so long and we were redrafting and redrafting, you just can’t help but start writing other scenes, scenes of different people experiencing the hands, continuing on these characters’ story. So, there’s scenes for a sequel, yeah. And if A24 want it, I’ll bloody give it to them,” Danny said.
The financial success of “Talk to Me” was undeniable, with its domestic gross reaching an impressive $22 million. This achievement firmly places it among A24’s highest-grossing horror films to date. The movie’s performance even outpaced other notable A24 horror offerings, such as “Bodies Bodies Bodies” and “The Witch.” While “Talk to Me” currently trails behind A24’s top-grossing horror film, “Hereditary,” its trajectory suggests the potential to surpass that milestone as well.
Produced by Samantha Jennings and Kristina Ceyton of Causeway Films, “Talk 2 Me” promises to build upon the eerie atmosphere and captivating storytelling of its predecessor. With A24’s track record of nurturing unconventional and thought-provoking narratives, the sequel is poised to delve deeper into the unsettling themes that made the original a hit with audiences.
“Talk 2 Me” joins the ranks of A24’s growing roster of horror franchises. With films like Ti West’s X trilogy and the upcoming “MaXXXine,” starring a cast that includes Mia Goth, Halsey, Elizabeth Debicki, Moses Sumney, and Michelle Monaghan, A24 continues to push the boundaries of horror cinema, captivating viewers with their unique blend of terror and intrigue.
The studio’s prowess isn’t limited to horror alone. A24 recently took the industry by storm, walking away with nine Oscar wins in a single year, an accomplishment unmatched by any other studio. Their indie box office hit, “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” raked in an impressive $141.2 million worldwide and secured seven coveted statuettes, including the prestigious Best Picture award.
As anticipation for “Talk 2 Me” continues to mount, fans of horror cinema can rest assured that A24 and the Philippou brothers are dedicated to delivering an unforgettable and chilling experience. With a proven track record of pushing boundaries and challenging conventions, A24’s latest collaboration promises to leave a lasting mark on the horror genre and further cement their reputation as cinematic trailblazers.
“Talk to Me” follows “lonely teenager” Mia who becomes obsessed and excited about conjuring spirits through an embalmed hand with her friends, per the synopsis. But when one of those spirits claims to be her dead mother, it releases a “plague of supernatural forces.” This leads to the teen struggling to decide who she can really trust – the living or the dead.
“Talk to Me,” took audiences on a chilling journey into the depths of fear, garnered a critical reception that resonated with both horror enthusiasts and film critics alike. The originality of the narrative and the skillful execution of suspenseful sequences left an indelible mark on reviewers, sparking conversations about the film’s impact on the genre. Critics praised the Philippou brothers’ directorial prowess in crafting an atmosphere of unease that kept viewers on the edge of their seats. The film’s ability to balance psychological terror with visceral scares was hailed as a testament to A24’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of horror storytelling. As the sequel, “Talk 2 Me,” looms on the horizon, the critical reception of its predecessor stands as a testament to A24’s dedication to delivering thought-provoking and spine-chilling cinematic experiences.
“Talk to Me” is in theaters everywhere now. See trailer below: