I rather enjoy it when writers C. Robert Cargill and Scott Derrickson give Ethan Hawke something to do. It was a terrifying trifecta with Sinister (2012), about a demon that preys on the souls of children and the destructions of their families. Now we have The Black Phone , a reversal of sorts as Finney (Mason Thames) is kidnapped by a child murderer (Ethan Hawke), and the clock is ticking towards his death. But Finney has a trick up his sleeve: an ancient phone with a connection to the kids that couldn't be saved.

Based on the 2004 short story by Joe Hill, The Black Phone rings in theaters February 4, 2022.

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.

The Black Phone
Movie Reelist Contributor: MontiLee Stormer
MontiLee Stormer is a writer of horror, dark and urban fantasy. She’s also is a troublemaker, concocting acts of mayhem and despair for her own selfish pleasure. An avid movie watcher, she prefers horror but will see just about anything if you're buying. Poltergeist (1982) is her favorite movie and she actively hates The Shining (1980) due to its racism, misogyny, the butchering of the source material. She could host a TEDtalk on this single subject. Writing about herself in the third person is just a bonus.

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