Based on the novella of the same name by Stephen King, Mr Harrigan's Phone is a thriller/horror movie written and directed by John Lee Hancock.
For those of you unfamiliar with Hancock, he has previously directed movies such as The Blind Side (2009), The Highwaymen (2019) and Saving Mr. Banks (2013).
What Is Mr Harrigan's Phone About?
So what is Mr. Harrigan's Phone all about? The premise is simple. The story is told from the perspective of a young boy living in Maine named Craig.
Craig (Jaeden Martell) is hired by a reclusive billionaire, Mr. Harrigan (Donald Sutherland), to do the chores he can no longer do himself.
Craig quickly befriends Mr Harrigan, and when he wins some money from a scratch card, he buys his friend an iPhone when they are first released on the market.
However, Mr. Harrigan sadly passes away, and Craig, as a mark of their friendship, places the iPhone in his pocket before the funeral.
And that's when things get a little creepy. After he is beaten up by the school bully, Craig leaves a message on Mr Harrigan's phone. Though the phone is buried, Craig receives a reply from it.
Quickly Craig realises that not everything is as it seems. He can communicate with his friend from the grave through the iPhone continuing their unlikely bond.
But what happens when those that have wronged him suddenly start dying? Are they just unlucky accidents? Or is it Mr Harrigan?
Mr Harrigan's Phone Official Trailer
Is Mr Harrigan's Phone Worth Watching?
From director John Lee Hancock, Ryan Murphy and Blumhouse, Stephen King's Mr Harrigan's Phone has a phenomenal team of creators behind it. So if it's eerie and creepy you want, then you have it in spades with this movie.
Jaeden Martell is superb as Craig and genuinely carries the film playing an otherwise normal teenager who is suddenly out of his depth as his life goes off the rails.
Everything about the production just oozes that creepy vibe. The music, the cinematography and the dreary small town setting are all designed to keep you hooked as you try to figure out what direction the story is going to go in.
Overall Mr Harrigan's Phone is a proper thriller with real depth and a plot that just keeps giving right until the credits roll.
Mr Harrigan's Phone Release Date
In July 2020 Netflix acquired the film rights to Mr. Harrigan's Phone.
It is by Blumhouse Productions and Ryan Murphy, with John Lee Hancock writing and directing the movie. Filming began in October 2021 and wrapped in December of the same year.
Netflix then announced that Mr. Harrigan's Phone would premiere on October 5th 2022. Perfect timing for Halloween!
Mr Harrigan's Phone Netflix Cast
Stephen King has himself described this movie as ‘brilliant' which is high praise coming from the legend himself.
Mr. Harrigan's Phone is Produced by Jason Blum, Carla Hacken and Ryan Murphy alongside production companies Blumhouse Productions and Ryan Murphy Productions.
But in order to make a brilliant film, you also have to have the perfect cast…
Jaeden Martell (Knives Out) as Craig
- Colin O'Brien as young Craig
Donald Sutherland as Mr. Harrigan
Kirby Howell-Baptiste (The Good Place, Killing Eve) as Ms. Hart
Joe Tippett as Craig's father
Thomas Francis Murphy as Pete
Cyrus Arnold as Kenny Yankovich, Craig's bully