The Black Phone Dials Terror

By RodneyHatfieldJr for Movies

A new movie from director Scott Derrickson and writer C. Robert Cargill has created some buzz this week. The pair are teaming up again for an adaptation of Joe Hill’s 2004 slasher/paranormal/psychological short story The Black Phone. 


I have had the pleasure of reading The Black Phone, and it is very good. Everyone knows I am a connoisseur of short stories and flash fiction.(Hate the name flash fiction, let's call it what we use to call them; Campfire stories). It begins as a slasher, turns psychological, and then paranormal. Some stories would get lost in the shuffle, but this one stays true. So if you need something good to read, then pick up The Black Phone. If you want the audiobook, Youtube has it.


Sorry back to the movie. The synopsis is as follows: It’s 1978, and children are going missing in a North Denver neighborhood. Finney Shaw (Mason Thames) already has enough on his plate as it is; he’s bullied in school and at home. Finney and younger sister Gwen (Madeleine McGraw) spend their homelife walking on eggshells around their drunk dad (Jeremy Davies), which can prove impossible sometimes. But not long after one of Finney’s only friends goes missing, he crosses paths with the kidnapper (Ethan Hawke). Finney gets trapped in the kidnapper’s near-empty basement, save for a broken black phone, with no way out. With time of the essence as death looms larger, Finney gets help from beyond the grave as the kidnapper’s past victims dial in on the black phone.

The Black Phone releases in theaters on January 28, 2022. But you might be lucky enough to catch it before that at one of the different conventions that it will be at. Also, Tom Savini designed the mask.

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