The Black Phone is not for those who are easily offended. The upcoming feature is a mash-up of genres, with some obvious horror elements such as jump scares, ghosts, and terrifying masks, but also a strong thriller tone, as the protagonist, 13-year-old Finney Shaw, has a limited time limit to escape from a kidnapper before becoming another victim of the killer. Both the horror and thriller elements in this film are certain to get audiences’ hearts pounding in the theatre.
The Black Phone is adapted from Joe Hill’s 2004 short film of the same name. Ethan Hawke, who also played in Derrickson’s 2013 film Sinister, portrays a serial killer named “The Grabber” who carries a heavy legend akin to other horror icons such as Pennywise – Hawke apparently disregarded his “no villain” rule to play the character. Additionally, the picture stars Mason Thames as Finney, Madeleine McGraw as Finney’s sister Gwen, and James Ransone as Max, another Derrickson regular.
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When and Where to Watch ‘The Black Phone’?
The Black Phone is scheduled to have its theatrical debut on June 24, 2022. The film was originally scheduled to open on February 4, 2022, but has now been rescheduled for that day. Surprisingly, the delay was not due to the coronavirus epidemic but to an unspecified other cause.
As of now, The Black Phone will be released exclusively in theaters nationally, with no plans for streaming distribution. However, the picture is distributed by Universal Pictures, which means that if it airs anywhere, it will almost certainly be on Peacock. For the time being, fans can be assured that they will experience the deep scary atmosphere associated with seeing a horror film in a cinema.
Expected Plot of “The Black Phone”:
The Black Phone” is the story of a 13-year-old boy named Finney Shaw who is abducted and taken to a soundproof basement where his screams go unheard. The film’s logline states, “When a disconnected phone on the wall begins to ring, Finney realizes that he can hear the killer’s prior victims.” And they are hell-bent on preventing what happened to them from happening to Finney.”
“The film promises unadulterated terror as Hawke tortures the Thames by donning horrific masks and tormenting him with stories of prior basement dwellers and his own youth,” Donnelly noted of the trailer.
“The supernatural is presented through phone calls, in which fallen children’s spirits attempt to aid Thames’s escape by leaving clues and life hacks in his physical surroundings. A young neighborhood girl is likewise haunted by visions of the Thames being apprehended and attempts to assist the police in apprehending him before it is too late.”
Cast and crew of ‘The Black Phone’:
The Black Phone boasts an impressive cast and staff. Ethan Hawke stars as the film’s antagonist, The Grabber, a vicious masked assassin. Mason Thames portrays quiet but bright 13-year-old Finney Shaw, who is kidnapped and imprisoned in The Grabber’s basement. Madeline McGraw portrays Finney’s religious yet vivacious sister, who is hell-bent on locating her missing brother.
The horror film’s creative crew is highly talented. Scott Derrickson is the director responsible for the horror blockbusters Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, and Deliver Us From Evil, as well as the critically acclaimed Marvel feature Doctor Strange.
Scott Derrickson has partnered with horror icon Jason Blum and Blumhouse Productions. Blumhouse is a horror industry behemoth, with hit franchises such as Paranormal Activity and Insidious. The film is being produced by Blumhouse in association with Universal Pictures.
The Black Phone’s Trailer:
The Black Phone is now scheduled to open in theaters on June 24, 2022, and you can view the October trailer below.
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