Released on Netflix on October 5, “Le Telephone de M. Harrigan” is a hit on the platform. Adapted from a short story by Stephen King, this feature film from the director of “The Highwaymen” is a moral fable that warns of the dangers of hyperconnection.
Mr. Harrigan’s Telephone : the dangers of hyperconnection
After 1922, In the tall grass and jessieNetflix just released another feature film based on a Stephen King story, which is here a short story from the collection If it bleeds. Before taking an ominous turn, Mr. Harrigan’s Telephone starts with the friendship between a child and an old manas is the case in Low-level scoundrels in yellow coatsa story that appears in Lost Hearts in Atlantis.
In a small town in the United States, Craig (Jaeden Martell) lives alone with his father (Joe Tippett) since the death of his mother. When he reads in church, the young boy catches the eye of Mr. Harrigan (Donald Sutherland), the richest individual in the area known to be a ruthless businessman. The latter offers to pay him to read to him in his impressive home. At his side, Craig discovers classics like We finish the horses well, In the heart of darkness or Crime and Punishment.
When the first iPhone comes out, the teenager decides to offer one to the old man to thank him for his generosity. At a time fascinated and frightened by this objectMr. Harrigan warns Craig about his excesses, starting with the proliferation of false information, the fragile survival of the press and addiction to smartphones.
Shortly after, the old man dies and Craig places his phone in his grave at the time of his burial. The hero then continues to receive calls and strange messages from Mr. Harrigan’s phone. He also realizes that terrible things happen to people who come after him or those close to him and wonders if a connection with the afterlife has been established.
Stephen King involved in the project
Billed as a horror movie, Mr. Harrigan’s Telephone is more a moral fable, limiting the effects of surprise to favor mystery and emotion. Asked by netflix on the birth of the concept behind the short story and the feature film, Stephen King explained:
I always wanted to write a story about someone buried with a phone. The first thing I thought of was a story about a guy being buried alive in a coffin with a phone ringing or something. And we can update that with iPhones. I thought back to the first iPhone.
The author then wrote the short story that we know, to which Netflix bought the rights, before calling on director John Lee Hancock (The Founder, The Highwaymen) to stage the adaptation. According to the filmmaker, Stephen King “loved his script” and got involved in the project, on which he serves as executive producer. The writer notably help with location selection. Mr. Harrigan’s Telephone obviously takes place in the state of Maine, where he was born and where most of his stories take place.