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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

Talk to Me - Low Budget, High Terror.

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5 stars)

Released 07-28-2023

Watched 09-15-2023

Reviewed 09-19-2023

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"As soon as she lets it in, it cannot go for more than ninety seconds. Am I clear? "

In an era where horror films often rely on excessive CGI and inflated budgets, "Talk to Me" emerges from the cinematic shadows, proving that a compelling storyline and raw talent can often outshine their big-budget counterparts. With a humble budget of $4.5 million, this Australian gem manages to evoke terror and suspense that rivals many of Hollywood's biggest names in horror.

The premise is intriguing - a group of friends dabbling with the supernatural, using an embalmed hand as their conduit. What begins as a mere thrill-seeking game quickly descends into a dark, spiraling abyss of unspeakable horrors. This is not a horror film for the faint-hearted. It's violent, it's visceral, and it makes you deeply uncomfortable, which is, of course, the hallmark of a great horror film for enthusiasts.

While the plot sounds somewhat familiar to fans of the genre, it's the execution that sets this film apart. The realism infused into the narrative and the raw, unfiltered violence it portrays can be attributed to the movie's gritty, low-budget feel, which in turn enhances its haunting charm.

It's also a refreshing change to see Australia leading the way in the horror genre. With its unique landscapes, talented actors, and a fresh perspective on storytelling, "Talk to Me" acts as a wake-up call to Hollywood.

However, while "Talk to Me" thrills in many aspects, it may not cater to everyone's taste. If you're looking for a glossed-over, jump-scare-filled horror with a feel-good resolution, this might not be your cup of tea. But for those who relish in the unsettling, the disturbing, and the authentic terror that lurks in the shadows, this movie is a must-watch.

So, here's a toast to "Talk to Me" - a testament that you don't need the flashiness of Hollywood or an exorbitant budget to deliver genuine, heart-pounding horror. Hollywood better watch its back because it seems the Aussies are not just knocking on the door – they've already entered the room.

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