Mr. Harrigan’s Phone is what happens when you fuck around and find out.
Craig, played by Jaeden Martell, befriends a reclusive billionaire named Mr. Harrigan, played by the immensely talented Donald Sutherland. They bond over books, the odd jobs he does for his new friend, and apparently the iPhone that Craig seemingly teaches Mr. Harrigan how to use. Being a lonely kid, he’s devastated when Mr. Harrigan dies and he’s left to deal with the bullies targeting him all by his lonesome. (Where are his parents?)
During Mr. Harrigan’s funeral, Craig puts an iPhone in the older man’s pocket. After being attacked again, Craig leaves his friend a message, wishing that these bullies essentially get what they deserve. The shocker of the century, at least for Craig, happens when his friend calls back. This sets off a sequence of events where those who have hurt Craig are getting what’s coming to them. And Craig, well, he feels guilty and like he’s an accessory instead of realizing he’s just a kid who needs help and isn’t responsible for a ghost’s actions.
Mr. Harrigan’s Phone also stars Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Joe Tippett. It’s directed and written by John Lee Hancock. And the movie itself is based on a short story by Stephen King. The short story was part of a collection of four previously unpublished novellas included in If It Bleeds. This adaptation is produced by Blumhouse Productions, who have also been responsible and known for other horror successes like Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Halloween, Us, and Happy Death Day.
Watch the trailer for Mr. Harrigan’s Phone below:
Mr. Harrigan’s Phone arrives on Netflix on October 5, 2022.