Director Scott Derrickson and long time collaborator Ethan Hawke make a return to the horror genre for a very scary surprise new horror film with The Black Phone, and his new piece of scary cinema will be sure to have you on edge thanks to its edgy premise and freakish originality.
Watch the full trailer below:
Here’s the official synopsis:
Finney Shaw, a shy but clever 13-year-old boy, is abducted by a sadistic killer and trapped in a soundproof basement where screaming is of little use. When a disconnected phone on the wall begins to ring, Finney discovers that he can hear the voices of the killer’s previous victims. And they are dead set on making sure that what happened to them doesn’t happen to Finney. Starring four-time Oscar® nominee Ethan Hawke in the most terrifying role of his career and introducing Mason Thames in his first ever film role, The Black Phone is produced, directed, and co-written by Scott Derrickson, the writer-director of Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Marvel’s Doctor Strange.
Adapted by best selling author Joe Hill’s short story of the same name, The Black Phone is a period piece horror film set in the 1970s and which heavily focuses on a shocking story of stranger danger, mixed in with a unique ghost story and the resulting film is sure to scare the hell out of audiences. This is a thoroughly gripping trailer and as an audience member, it absolutely leaves you on edge.
Ethan Hawke looks particularly creepy as a fiendish serial killer known only as ‘The Grabber’, who clad in a horrifying facial mask, designed in part on Lon Chaney’s character from London After Midnight, and it gives Hawke an unsettling demonic quality to his performance.
There’s plenty of shock value contained within The Black Phone and I have a feeling that this horror film will completely re-think the genre.
The Black Phone will arrive in cinemas on January 27, 2022.