Peter Jackson calls Talk to Me one of best horror movies in years


Peter Jackson has joined Steven Spielberg and Jordan Peele in praising Australian horror movie Talk to Me.

Talk to Me has garnered nearly unanimous praise since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, even going on to win big at the Fantasia International Film Festival just this week. Now, Talk to Me has earned some major backing from yet another Oscar winner, with New Zealand native praising the Australian horror film.

Speaking with Ahi Films (via Newshub) – a distributor of the film – Peter Jackson said that Talk to Me is “relentlessly scary and disturbing – in the best possible way”, adding that it “isn’t just good – it’s very very good. The best, most intense, horror movie I’ve enjoyed in years.” That’s some high praise for a guy that started off his career with two of the most relentless horror movies of their era, Bad Taste and Braindead (aka Dead Alive). While Talk to Me leans more supernatural than, say, lawnmower bloodbath, that Jackson has shown support for the movie can only help the cause of first-time directors Danny and Michael Philippou. This adds to the reported championing that has come from the likes of Steven Spielberg and Jordan Peele.

On the JoBlo front, our own Chris Bumbray gave Talk to Me an 8/10 out of Sundance, saying horror fans will love it, some of its images are downright disturbing and it could mark the beginning of a noteworthy career for the directors.

Talk to Me is poised to be another hit for A24, pulling in $36.5 million so far on a $4.5 million budget. And yes, there will be more movies, as the directors are clearly beyond ready to expand, claiming they already shot a prequel and have plans to helm a sequel as well, all of which gives off vibes of Ti West’s X trilogy.

Talk to Me’s plot: “When a group of friends discover how to conjure spirits using an embalmed hand, they become hooked on the new thrill, until one of them goes too far and unleashes terrifying supernatural forces.”

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