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Horror fans rejoice, while the rest can cover their eyes in fear. A24’s upcoming horror film, Talk To Me, will “drag you straight to hell.” The production studio, which is behind Midsommar, The Witch, Tusk, Hereditary, Pearl, and X, returns to give fans a “viral twist on possession horror” with a new trailer, which dropped this week.

A group of friends from Australia discovers how to conjure spirits using a white ceramic hand. The story follows teenager Mia (played by Sophie Wilde). On the anniversary of her mother’s death, she and her friends take turns clasping the creepy hand. When they do, their eyes turn black, and they convulse as conjured spirits speak through their bodies.

It’s supposed to be an insane rush, and Mia is willing to try anything to get out of her own head. So, she agrees to get strapped into a chair and go for the ride. Light the candle. Grab the hand. Say, “Talk to me,” and invite the spirit in. There’s a catch, though. Don’t let it last longer than 90 seconds, or whoever you welcome in is going to want to stay. Mia soon discovers that both the high and the danger of the hand are very, very real.

In a press release, first-time filmmakers and twin brothers Danny and Michael Phillipou say that they “really want our stories to have a strong emotional core. The stuff we want to create, we want it to work on multiple levels.” Danny emphasizes that the movie is clearly and confidently a work of genre. “We don’t want to be scared of something that’s a horror movie. We want to embrace that it’s a horror film and be proud of making a horror film. That’s the new wave of horror, where it’s exploring so many different things.”

Danny adds that their film isn’t just about it being terrifying. He says, “Losing someone is the worst feeling in the world. But the main theme for me wasn’t as much grief as it was connections between people: real ones and forced ones.” In this coming-of-age horror, the directors say the consequences of risks are “more brutal.” They add, “You are your own worst enemy. This film is a sincere look at not knowing how to cope with your feelings as a teenager and finding out-lets that mess with your mind.”

Reacting to the new trailer on Twitter, fans raved about A24’s newest addition to their horror films. One person wrote, “excited to see this getting a wide release, genuinely one of the best horror movies in recent memory.” Another commented, “If nobody got me, A24 horror got me.” A third said, “I’m gonna keep hyping this movie because it is my favorite horror movie of the year so far.”

Rounding out the cast is Alexandra Jensen as Jade, Joe Bird as Riley, Otis Dhanji as Daniel, Miranda Otto as Sue, Zoe Terakes as Hayley, Chris Alosio as Joss, Marcus Johnson as Max, and Alexandria Steffensen as Rhea.

Watch the second trailer of Talk To Me, which releases in theaters on July 28, below:

For a preview of some stills from the film, keep scrolling.

  • Mamma Mia

    Mia (played by Sophie Wilde)

    Photo courtesy of A24.

    These damn teens with their need to satiate their curiosity and their constant thrill-seeking! In this scene, we see Mia in a fuzzy yellow robe courageously grasp the embalmed hand on a table. There are shot glasses, a lit candle, and what seems to be a beer. This is the start of something bigger than these teens could ever fathom of handling.

  • Talk To Me

    Joe Bird as Riley

    Photo courtesy of A24.

    Whether it is a dare or something they chose on their own terms, grasping the hand will have you having convulsions and eyes blacking out. As we see here, Riley (played by Joe Bird) is bloodied up pretty bad from his session with the hand.

  • Something To Stab

    Mia (played by Sophie Wilde)

    Photo courtesy of A24.

    When faced with saving your life or someone you love, it looks as though Mia is willing to go as far as it takes to make that happen. In this still, our protagonist is gripping a screwdriver in her hand while looking down at something.

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