Don’t Hang Up (2017)

Are you telling me NONE of the people they prank called have Caller Id?

An evening of drunken prank calls becomes a nightmare for a pair of teenagers when a mysterious stranger turns their own games against them… with deadly consequences.

Duo directing team Damien Mace and Alexis Wajsbrot follow up from their short film ‘Red Balloon’ with their debut feature, a home invasion cyber thriller, ‘Don’t Hang Up’.

My expectations for this film were so low, judging it from its trailer it didn’t exactly seem to be breaking new territory, the basic premise being ‘shitty teenagers acting badly, get what’s coming’. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find this nowhere near as bad as what I imagined it to be. Sure, the story is very formulaic and every single character is clearly horrible. Like, am I meant to be caring about these assholes? They are mean, so not funny and worst of all use words like “amazeballs”… The single redeeming feature is the two leads are so god damn good looking.

Not all horror films have to have something important to say. They don’t all have to have some underlying social commentary message… sometimes you want just a good ol’ fashion slasher, and Don’t Hang Up delivers with its slick atmosphere whilst giving you vibes of previous classics; Scream, Saw, When A Strangers Calls.

For an awful script, it is directed rather well. With what the actors are given, the performances are a cut above the b grade nature of the script, making everything not as silly as it would appear on paper. To ensure enjoyment one must sacrifice any sense of realism or logic, because there is not for one second that I could buy that this group of teenagers could impersonate law officials in such violent practical jokes, tape it and upload it online and NOT get into any trouble. For Christ’s sakes, we are shown in a horrendous montage sequence that there is a fanbase of muppets loving their pranks… Please, I’m insulted.

Looking past the lack of originality and super predictable story line it surprisingly held my interest throughout. The film is full of the greatest horror cliches; the power is continuously turning on and off, it is a dark and stormy night and the scary voice on the phone is always so calm and monotonous. Best of all the running time is perfect, a swift 83 minutes, any longer and I think there would have been some issues. Don’t Hang Up is a perfect, taut, somewhat hysterical little midnight thriller.

6.0 / 10

“… and no matter what, don’t hang up”

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