Do teenagers really still make prank phone calls? And even if they do, here in the age of caller ID does anyone still answer a phone displaying an unknown number?
Such questions are invited by “Don’t Hang Up,” an unnecessary horror film out of the “I Know What You Did Last Summer” playbook.
Brady (Garrett Clayton) and Sam (Gregg Sulkin), his best friend, are among a group of youths who amuse themselves by making prank calls, which they record and post online, with viral results. How best to discourage young people from this kind of thoughtless cruelty? Turn the tables on them, of course.
In the midst of an epic phoning session, Brady and Sam receive a call of their own, and the man on the other end of the line has the kind of calm but sinister voice that cuts through their cockiness. What really gets their attention, though, is that he seems to know everything about them, including what they had been doing only moments earlier. Soon he’s feeding them video that shows he is also menacing their loved ones, including Sam’s girlfriend, Peyton (Bella Dayne), the only character here you might remotely care about.
The writer, Joe Johnson, and directors, Damien Macé and Alexis Wajsbrot, have a few surprises, but not enough to make this anything other than a formulaic story of teenagers behaving badly and getting what’s coming to them.
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