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Talk To Me has become the highest-rated horror film on Rotten Tomatoes of 2023, scoring an incredible 96 per cent on the movie review website.

The new supernatural Aussie film is making waves and earning rave reviews from critics and moviegoers alike.

If you’re not quite up to speed, the flick follows a group of friends who discover how to conjure spirits using an embalmed hand, leading them to become hooked on the new thrill.


However, things turn ugly when one of them goes too far and unleashes terrifying supernatural forces.

Clarisse Loughrey from The Independent gave the film an impressive four-star review, noting it pays homage to classic '80s horror.

“Its practical effects are effective, rendering it dead in bloated, blotchy, dripping flesh. And when the spirits reveal more demonic, subversive desires, the tricks they play on the living are delivered with a taunt and a giggle,” she added.

Adam Graham, writer for Detriot News, called it a ‘sleek and stylish ride’ and said the film offers a clever ‘social commentary about teenage behaviours’.

While Justin Chang for The Los Angeles Times praised the flick for its execution, which seamlessly explores ‘unhealed traumas festering just beneath the surface’.

Chang also marvelled at Sophie Wilde’s performance, who plays the film’s protagonist, Mia.

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“More than just a great scream queen, she makes vivid sense of Mia’s ravaged emotions, revealing her to be a captive less to the spirit realm than to her own inconsolable grief. She’s the movie’s revelation, hands down,” he said.

According to movie critic Andrew J. Salazar, the movie also has a 'killer ending that will leave you speechless, it’s easy to see Talk to Me growing a healthy cult following'.

Talk To Me marks the feature directorial debut for brothers and YouTube creators Danny and Michael Philippou.

The two recently revealed in an interview that they had initially released a short clip, which the film is based on, via YouTube to test how audiences would perceive it.

The brothers have their own YouTube channel, RackaRacka, where they first got their introduction to filmmaking.

“YouTube was a practice ground for us as filmmakers, and we used every video that we did to sharpen our skills and learn something new and try a stunt for the first time, or try a certain [visual] effect, or try a certain makeup effect. Each of those videos was building up to finally taking that leap and doing the feature film,” Danny told Looper.

Michael added: “Now, with story and stuff, we're excited to take a leap and have a go at the more narrative-driven stuff.”

Talk To Me is out in cinemas now.

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