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Screener Squad: Mr. Harrigan’s Phone

Mr. Harrigan's Phone Movie Review


If you don’t know by now, October is the time for spooky things. “What’s spookier than burying a phone with your very old, very dead, mentor?” Ummm… Spiders… Running out of ice during a Halloween party… reminiscing about the time I lost my virginity to both Freddy and Jason… Huh, I guess a lot of things are scarier than Mr. Harrigan’s Phone. The first half of this movie is basically Jaeden Martell (Craig) reading literary classics to an aging Donald Sutherland (Mr. Harrigan). The performances are solid, but once Mr. Harrigan takes a dirt nap, the movie turns into a story that could be considered by the minority as “scary.” Netflix has a decent movie here, but because I was sold a horror movie, the movie makes a big miss. Rae, Neil, and Chad are here to tell you that you can skip the 2nd half of this movie… But if you’re not looking for a horror movie, you might enjoy the overall performances.


DIRECTED BY: John Lee Hancock

STARRING: Donald Sutherland, Jaeden Martell, Colin O’Brien, Joe Tippett, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Cyrus Arnold, Thomas Francis Murphy, Peggy J. Scott




Chad Halvorsen (Screener Squad)

Chad Halvorsen currently resides in Milwaukee, WI, where he produces and edits commercials, films, and everything in between. He was always a fan of film/television growing up, spending days in the Summer, making (terrible) home movies with his brothers. Little did he know that passion would carry on into adulthood. Since 2006, Chad has worked for several agencies in various departments. Shooting, producing, editing, production management, directing, and when forced to, writing copy. In 2015, Chad decided to take the big leap and become a freelancer. Since then, he’s produced content for Lyft, AT&T, Target, and Discovery Network. His passion lies in entertaining people, making them feel better, even for a moment. All the pain and suffering of this business is worth it, if even just one person views his work. Chad is a frequent podcaster, most notably posing as a co-host for the podcast “The Film Illogical Society.”



Lyrae Anderson (Screener Squad)

You can call me Rae. You can also call me a film lover. I’ll watch it all — small screen; big screen, and everything in between. I have attended and worked for Fantastic Fest and South by Southwest for many years. I married a film geek as well. While we don’t agree on everything, we agree on our love of movies.




Neil Anderson (Screener Squad)

I first got hooked on movies when I saw Star Wars at a drive-in theater as a kid. Growing up in a small, rural town meant not having access to a lot of movies. In college, that all changed. I couldn’t get enough. I love it all — flicks, films, movies, and cinema. I still have that wide-eyed wonder of that kid watching movies from the back of a pick-up truck at the drive-in.



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