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The Black Phone (2022, D: Derrickson) S: Ethan Hawke, Mason Thames



The Black Phone follows an abducted boy locked in a basement that's stained with the blood of half a dozen other murdered children. In the cellar with him is an antique telephone, long since disconnected, but which rings at night with calls from the dead.

Adapted from Joe Hill’s short story of the same name.
Premiered at Fantastic Fest... a few reviews:
https://bloody-disgusting.com/review...wling-villain/
https://www.indiewire.com/2021/09/th...ew-1234667445/
https://www.slashfilm.com/615658/the...antastic-fest/

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In Theaters February 4

The phone is dead. And it’s ringing.

Director Scott Derrickson returns to his terror roots and partners again with the foremost brand in the genre, 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 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.

The film’s screenplay is by Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill (Doctor Strange, Sinister franchise), based on the award-winning short story by Joe Hill from his New York Times bestseller 20th Century Ghosts. The film is produced by Derrickson & Cargill’s Crooked Highway and presented by Universal and Blumhouse. Jason Blum, Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill are producers on the film, which is executive produced by Ryan Turek and Christopher H. Warner.
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re: The Black Phone (2022, D: Derrickson) S: Ethan Hawke, Mason Thames

I guess this got pushed back...had been looking forward fmto its release this weekend
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re: The Black Phone (2022, D: Derrickson) S: Ethan Hawke, Mason Thames

Yeah this was delayed until June.
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In Theaters June 24

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Re: The Black Phone (2022, D: Derrickson) S: Ethan Hawke, Mason Thames

That looks pretty good.
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Re: The Black Phone (2022, D: Derrickson) S: Ethan Hawke, Mason Thames

This opens on 6/24 but they're doing those AMC Investor Screenings on 6/15, a full 9 days early. I snagged my tickets for it. There's no premium screens for this one since Lightyear is getting some and Jurassic World will still have them.
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Re: The Black Phone (2022, D: Derrickson) S: Ethan Hawke, Mason Thames

Looks dreadful and wussy, like 90% of new-millennium "horror" films, but I'll give it a peek anyway.
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Originally Posted by Norm de Plume
Looks dreadful and wussy, like 90% of new-millennium "horror" films, but I'll give it a peek anyway.

Dreadful and wussy? How? Shit looked intense and demented.
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Dreadful and wussy? How? Shit looked intense and demented.
It looks like so many other horror flicks released since around the turn of the century: Cliched jump-scares, lots of noise, guys wearing silly masks, and you know the kid's going to be just fine. To me, it doesn't look scary at all, but I hope I will be proven wrong.
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Re: The Black Phone (2022, D: Derrickson) S: Ethan Hawke, Mason Thames

This one looks interesting to me but so did Sinister and I think that was one of the most overrated horror movies in recent memory.
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Re: The Black Phone (2022, D: Derrickson) S: Ethan Hawke, Mason Thames

Just got back from my Investor screening at AMC and it was bloody awesome! Derrickson brought his A-game. Best move he could have made by leaving the MCU. I was not a fan of Sinister but Black Phone buries that one no question. It's definitely a hard rated R. There are many scenes of violence and physical abuse towards children. It was a packed screening and everyone had a blast.

I may watch it again when it officially opens at the end of the month.
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Re: The Black Phone (2022, D: Derrickson) S: Ethan Hawke, Mason Thames

This is actually getting some later evening Dolby Cinema screenings after all. Lightyear is getting hosed and losing most of its premium ones and they're being split off to this one, Maverick, and Elvis.

I also read that this will not be getting a 4K disc stateside - they're doing what they did with Wrath of Man and also doing a Peacock push. The BD of this also releases in August from what I read. That's a fucking bummer if no stateside 4K disc. Hopefully there will be an English friendly import at some point.
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Re: The Black Phone (2022, D: Derrickson) S: Ethan Hawke, Mason Thames

You can always import the 4k
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Re: The Black Phone (2022, D: Derrickson) S: Ethan Hawke, Mason Thames

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There are many scenes of violence and physical abuse towards children... everyone had a blast.

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Re: The Black Phone (2022, D: Derrickson) S: Ethan Hawke, Mason Thames

When I saw the trailer I had this weird feeling of Deja Vu like I had seen this film before. Like it have been released already.
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Originally Posted by TomOpus
You can always import the 4k

Yes, I mentioned that in post.
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Re: The Black Phone (2022, D: Derrickson) S: Ethan Hawke, Mason Thames

I thought this was just OK.

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Indeed it does have plenty of loud, jolting jump scares, a lot of sound and fury surrounding a villain whose purpose is kind of nebulous, and a resourceful kid who doesn't look all that frightened by his predicament. There's a religious/supernatural capability given to one of the characters that doesn't pay off well. And some of the emotional beats seem forced. But there are some striking images, and the nostalgia aspect of the setting is interesting.


Oh, and I live north of Denver, and it looks nothing like it does in this film. They make it look like a town at the foot of the Alps. LOL.
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Re: The Black Phone (2022, D: Derrickson) S: Ethan Hawke, Mason Thames

Originally Posted by Giantrobo
When I saw the trailer I had this weird feeling of Deja Vu like I had seen this film before. Like it have been released already.
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There are many scenes of violence and physical abuse towards children. It was a packed screening and everyone had a blast.
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I was planning to see 'Elvis' before I read your post, which intrigued me. Went to 'Elvis' and decided to make it a double feature. Really enjoyed it. Great film to see in a theater with others.
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And this made 23 million opening weekend on a budget of 18 million, so it's a success. Here's hoping it can make more before Thor opens up.
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Re: The Black Phone (2022, D: Derrickson) S: Ethan Hawke, Mason Thames

This was really good, glad I caught it. I was shocked to see about 80% of the theater full for a Sunday afternoon showing
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Re: The Black Phone (2022, D: Derrickson) S: Ethan Hawke, Mason Thames

There was a lot I liked about this, but supernatural stuff just didn't work for me.

Great performances from the kids.
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Jeremy Davies is the Eric Roberts of his generation. Except instead of yelling he whispers.
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Re: The Black Phone (2022, D: Derrickson) S: Ethan Hawke, Mason Thames

Originally Posted by dex14
There was a lot I liked about this, but supernatural stuff just didn't work for me.

Great performances from the kids.
Saw this yesterday afternoon and I was about 50/50 on the supernatural elements, even though I know they were present in the original source material.

The idea of previous victims communicating to Finney was fantastic but Gwen's dreams in combination with the Grabber's surprising lack of real menace, took so much tension out of the film for me.

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While the film does acknowledge that the Grabber has soundproofed the basement, Finney's time in the basement becomes a matter of trial and error, with no real threat, as not once does the Grabber interrupt Finney. There is also the scene where Finney pulls off the covering of the basement window and the Grabber doesn't acknowledge that it is missing in the film. On top of that, later we see that the window has been replaced by a brand new one.


As you mentioned, there were quite a few things I enjoyed about the film but in terms of level of tension, I thought The Boy Behind The Door (2021) did much more with a similar base concept.

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