19 Juni 2024

Talk to Me Directors Won’t Be Able to Resist a Sequel if A24 Ask

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During a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, filmmakers Danny and Michael Philippou discussed the ending of their new horror film, Talk to Me and revealed their thoughts on a potential sequel. Talk to Me follows a group of friends who become obsessed with contacting the dead after they discover how to conjure spirits using an embalmed hand. At the end of the movie, Mia (played by Sophie Wilde) discovers that she’s died and become one of the spirits that she summoned.

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According to the directors, they wanted there to be a sense of ambiguity with Talk to Me. Still, that doesn’t mean that the Philippou twins aren’t interested in a potential follow-up. As Danny Philippou puts it…

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“Part of me is like, ‘Yeah, maybe it is done.’ The other part of me is like, ‘Oh my God. Give me a sequel, please.’ I’ve got these set pieces that I’m like, ‘Oh, my God, I so badly want to shoot this. This is the coolest thing ever.'”

He continued, “So, if A24 came to me and said, ‘You know what? We’d like a sequel,’ I wouldn’t be able to resist. I’d want to do it so bad.”

Michael Philippou meanwhile wonders how they would approach a sequel if they are asked. Would they continue to tell the tale of Mia, or would Talk to Me 2 go off in another direction?

“I guess a question would be, would you continue the story around Mia and those characters, or do you go to another part of the world? That’s a debate.”

While Talk to Me provides plenty of thrills, the Philippous stated that the Australian horror film tells a tragic story. In the movie, the character Mia struggles to deal with her mother’s suicide and finds comfort in her friend Jade’s (played by Alexandra Jensen) family. After becoming addicted to conjuring spirits, Mia’s obsession with the dead leads to Jade’s brother becoming possessed and to fatal consequences.

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Talk to Me Expresses the Philippou’s Own Fears & Anxieties

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While reflecting on the storyline’s dark elements, Danny said, “The worst possible outcome was what we were writing. And when you’re writing to express your own fears or anxieties, you get that terrible stuff onto the page that just ends up being the story that we’re telling.”

Danny added, “Even with the ending, people are trying to guess, ‘This is what happened. Did she do this?’ But if you really look on screen carefully, all the clues are there.” The director went on to explain what seeing Mia wandering through the hospital after her accident really meant. As he explains it, the character is “a lost soul caught between two worlds and two planes, and the light is slowly fading,” with the filmmakers adding that audiences can decide how to interpret Mia’s visions.

As for the prop hands used for Talk to Me, Michael noted that the spooky limbs were treated with “delicacy.” He went on to reveal, “No one touched it when they didn’t need to really, and it didn’t get damaged or anything.” Michael continued saying, “The person who worked on the hand last before delivering it on set quit the day that they delivered it. And we don’t know why. Something happened that night. Think they spooked themselves or something.”

The pair even began to question whether the supernatural had become reality, with Danny asking, “What if they’re dead? What if they find them, and they’re dead?” Followed by Michael’s reply:

“Yeah. They’re dead with their hands cut off.”

Talk to Me is out now in theaters.