With demonic possession being so completely explored within the Evil Useless, Exorcist and Conjuring franchises it takes a particular horror movie to face out amongst such stiff competitors. But Discuss To Me – an exhilarating debut characteristic from Australian twin brothers Danny and Michael Philippou, who gave the world the chaotic RackaRacka YouTube channel (six million subscribers and counting) – injects the topic with a freshness that’ll go away audiences clamouring for extra.
After a stunning opening scene which sees two teenage boys violently killed, we’re launched to 17-year-old Mia (Sophie Wilde), a younger girl whose mom killed herself. As if that trauma wasn’t sufficient emotional misery to deal with, her finest good friend Jade (Alexandra Jensen) goes out together with her ex Daniel (Otis Dhanji). At Mia’s insistence, the trio attend a séance the place boisterous Hayley (Zoe Terakes) leads attendees to carry an embalmed severed hand and let evil spirits take management of them for not more than 90 seconds.
Mia’s flip on the spooky sport yields ugly visions but additionally reinvigorates her to such an extent that her fellow Adelaide teenagers quickly observe swimsuit. The ritual is frightening however, as with many harmful experiences in life, it’s an thrilling diversion from the mundanity that curious individuals need to maintain pushing so far as they will. Given this, some might view Discuss To Me’s cautionary story as a drug habit allegory. Issues start to unravel when Mia lets Jade’s youthful brother Riley (Joe Chook) have a short go on the hand with painful penalties. When he’s inevitably hospitalised, Mia’s psychological state takes a flip for the worst and nightmarish visions start to plague her.
The standard and vitality of the Philippous inaugural effort is much less to do with any narrative originality and extra to do with the world during which they situate their motion and what they do with it. Mia and her buddies are mixed-up teenagers, susceptible to foolishness, want and jealousy like the remainder of us however crucially, speak and act in recognisable methods. The place totally grown-up adults do seem on display screen, they’re spectacular too, with Miranda Otto (Eowyn in The Lord Of The Rings) on lightning type as Jade and Riley’s mom Sue, a humorous and smart scene-stealer. Marcus Johnson’s portrayal of Mia’s father Max is completely different once more, a caring, tender man making an attempt to assist his daughter navigate grief whereas retaining his personal in test.
That mentioned, this can be a horror movie and plenty of will watch as a result of they need to be scared – or, on the very least, spooked – and possibly even repulsed by some grisly sights, no matter stable appearing and sensible characterisation. Pleasingly, there are some stomach-churning scenes and a smattering of leap scares. Hardcore horror followers ought to count on much less of a full-on pageant of bloody carnage and extra a new-school chiller consistent with the primary two movies by Ari Aster (Hereditary, Midsommar) or Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us). Regardless: for a top-ranking summer season fright from Down Underneath, don’t miss Discuss To Me.
- Administrators: Danny Philippou, Michael Philippou
- Starring: Sophie Wilde, Miranda Otto, Joe Chook
- Launch date: July 28 (in cinemas)