2016 | R | 83 min | Directors: Damien Macé & Alexis Wajsbrot | Writer: Joe Johnson | UK
Don’t Hang Up scares some sense into social media obsessed teens.
Synopsis: A few millennial pranksters take crank calls to the next level while trying to achieve internet stardom. They soon find out the hard way that there are very real life repercussions for their actions.
Don’t Hang Up is a really good film. I was super excited to see a horror film that is rated “R” as that in itself has become as likely as finding a unicorn. This film evokes many of the better elements of Wes Craven’s Scream (1996) as well as I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) combining pranks, poor choices, and a few selfish kids. Remember the opening scene in Scream when Casey Becker gets a prank phone call? Well, imagine that on crack and you have Don’t Hang Up.
Most thrilling about this film is the commentary on social media use. Don’t Hang Up tells a tale of a handful of teenage boys who video themselves making pretty vicious prank phone calls for the purpose of getting “likes” online. When bad things happen, we could superficially assume that their horror-trope indiscretion was exploiting others for personal gain. However, this film is actually much more complex than that. Social media and technology greatly enhance the cat-and-mouse component within this film.