An interesting spin on the child abduction narrative here. The plot follows 13-year-old boy Finney Shaw (Mason Thames, For All Mankind), who finds himself kidnapped by a sadistic child killer – the Grabber (Hawke), as the character is credited as. Trapped in a soundproof basement, Finney is shocked when the disconnected black phone mounted on the wall begins to ring. The calls are from the killer’s previous victims – and they want to help.
Hawke looks to be going all in with quite the dark role in this one. The trailer shows off a tense and unsettling supernatural horror-thriller, although it does appear to show off a little too much. We won’t know until we see the film, of course, but a few less flashes of plot would have been great. Nevertheless, this looks good, and the highly positive reviews that have come from the film’s two festival screenings thus far are promising indeed.
Derrickson, the Exorcism of Emily Rose and Deliver Us from Evil helmer returning to the genre following 2016 Marvel film Doctor Strange, directs from a screenplay he penned with Sinister and Doctor Strange scribe C. Robert Cargill. The film is an adaptation of the 2004 short story of the same name by writer Joe Hill (son of Stephen King).
The Black Phone, also starring Madeleine McGraw, James Ransone and Jeremy Davies, will be in Australian cinemas on January 27th and US cinemas on February 4th.