Child-Killing Magician in The Black Phone

By RodneyHatfieldJr for Movies
Taken from the Joe Hill shortstory of the same name, The Black Phone has been adapted by none other than C. Robert Cargill and Scott Derrickson. It is a retro feature that takes us back to the kidnapping fears of the 70’s and 80’s. There was a time where kidnapping, catching on fire, and being locked in abandoned refrigerators were the three largest PSA or public service announcement in the US. The absolute worse thing you could ever do is get in a vehicle with stranger. This is why people in my age group represent the smallest demographic in ride-sharing companies, we have been brainwashed. I still rarely ever use Liftshare or Uber. This big terror was driven by the media. And the message was simple, it wasn’t a mater of if but when your kids would be kidnapped.

Director Scott Derrickson returns to his terror roots and partners again with Blumhouse, with a new horror thriller. Finney Shaw, a shy but clever 13-year-old boy, is abducted by a sadistic killer and trapped in a soundproof basement. 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.

Ethan Hawke plays a deranged magician in a black van, which is terrifyingly for a guy who doesn’t usually play the bad guy in movies. The Black Phone stars Mason Thames, Madeleine McGraw, Jeremy Davies, James Ransone and Ethan Hawke.

The Black Phone opens in theaters June 24.
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