The King Zone Podcast Episode 26 – “We Don’t Own Things, Things Own Us.” Answering the Call of Cell (2016) and Mr. Harrigan’s Phone (2022)

The King Zone Podcast Episode 26
“We Don’t Own Things, Things Own Us.”
Answering the Call of
Cell (2016) and Mr. Harrigan’s Phone (2022)

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Welcome to this Podcast series from The Super Network with The King Zone! This podcast series is all about the adaptations of Stephen King, from the cinematic films, mini-series, TV shows and TV movies!

Unfortunately your regular co-host ‘Super’ Marcey Papandrea wasn’t able to join this episode due to prior commitments but don’t worry, co-host Bede ‘The Terrible Australian’ Jermyn along with returning guest Steven T. Boltz, Marcey’s co-host on this show’s spin-off The King Zone’s Book Club Podcast. For this episode, Bede and Steven take on two Stephen King adaptations that centre around the theme of phones with Cell (2016) and the recent Netflix Original film Mr. Harrigan’s Phone (2022).

Cell was directed by Tod Williams, based on the novel Cell by Stephen King and it stars John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Isabelle Fuhrman, Owen Teague, Clark Sarullo, Erin Elizabeth Burns and Stacy Keach.
Plot synopsis from IMDB: When a mysterious cell phone signal causes apocalyptic chaos, an artist is determined to reunite with his young son in New England.

Mr. Harrigan’s Phone was written & directed by John Lee Hancock, based on the novella Mr. Harrigan’s Phone by Stephen King and it stars Donald Sutherland, Jaeden Martell, Joe Tippett and Kirby Howell-Baptiste.
Plot synopsis from IMDB: When Mr. Harrigan dies, Craig, the teen who befriended and did odd jobs for him, puts his smart phone in his pocket before burial. When the lonely youth sends his dead friend a message, he is shocked to get a return text.

Highlights include:

*Bede welcomes Steven back to the show!

* Both Cell and Mr. Harrigan’s Phone feature actors who have appeared in other King film/TV adaptations we’ve discussed on this show.

* Is Cell the best adaptation of a bad book?

* So… What was the point of the film’s villain The Raggedy Man?

* Isabelle Fuhrmann was the clear stand out of the cast. 

* Even though he hasn’t read the original story, Mr. Harrigan’s Phone feels almost like a word-and-word adaption of it

* Donald Sutherland & Jaeden Martell are great in the lead roles

* Bede & Steven love the ambiguous nature of its approach to the supernatural

* Ratings for each film.

* Plus much, much more!

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