Don't Hang Up (2017)
Directed by Alexis Wajsbrot and Damien Macé
Written by Joe Johnson
Starring: Gregg Sulkin, Garrett Clayton, Sienna Guillory and Bella Dayne
As I look up reviews on movies I watch I always check Rotten Tomatoes…I’m starting to wonder why? Who do these people have writing for them??? Do ANY of them like ANY horror movies??? Good grief, they hardly ever have anything good to say about any horror films. DO they want everything to be all love stories and rose petals, lake houses and notebooks??? Excuse me while I go ralph…
Okay, now that THAT is all out of my system, I really liked this movie. It’s not that it’s a really original idea or anything but I think it was pretty well done. I always relish the idea of over-confident and excessively arrogant muscle-bound douchebags getting a dose of their own medicine. And boy do a couple of these guys really fit that description. Namely Brady, a guy so insecure he oozes overcompensation in EVERY way and a guy we only know as PrankMonkey69. There are so many telling things about this asshole simply by his chosen screenname (that’s @ to you younger folks). He’s obviously immature, hopelessly compensating, seriously isn’t getting enough because he feels the need to imply he IS and it is WAY too wickedly close to SpankMonkey, which implies something that I think is much more up his alley.
Sam seems to be the nicest one, often getting caught up in the “fun” of his friends’ ridiculous antics. In their free time, they make prank calls in a very calculated fashion, recording them to post on the internet, all in the hopes of course to get attention and get clicks…because, you know, that is how self-worth is defined now…by how many likes and clicks and followers you get (I still don’t understand that part of this whole social media thing).
One night, while they are making prank calls, a call gets made to them that seemingly starts out as a prank but, goes terribly wrong…and then even more wrong…and keeps going wrong.
While there are some kind of dull moments in the film they don’t last long as the movie moves at a fairly steady pace. There are a couple of good zingers from our mysterious prank caller as well that add a good small comedic value to the script.
There’s quite a bit of back and forth between Brady and Sam and the prankster, making for some good banter. There does come a point in the film where I really start feeling bad for poor Sam. He really isn’t the true asswipe in all of the shenanigans that these boys get into. However, when we finally find out why they are being pranked back…that feeling quickly shifted. And there were certainly predictable parts to the ending, I, for one, did not predict all of the ending. I’m not going to spoil it for you either.
You realize, by now, I’m not telling a lot about the movie. Only really my opinion about the movie. That’s because I feel like there’s enough that’s woven together that in order to tell you specific details and for it to make sense I’d basically have to tell the whole story and this one is good enough, you should see it for yourself.
Don’t be turned off by the short spot in the beginning of the obnoxious imbeciles acting like twelve year olds home alone on a Friday night and they just discovered *67. That will all be over soon.
I definitely thought this was a good movie. I would recommend it to any horror lover. It was totally worth watching. A real moral tale with a grip on human emotions and some blood and scare moments thrown in just for the real horror fans.
Leave a Reply.