I heard a lot of praise for The Black Phone which pushed me to decide to check it out during its theatrical run. At first, I was going to wait until it released on streaming. I’m glad I saw it in theaters as yes, it was worth the experience.
The plot is about kids being abducted by a perpetrator known as the Grabber, and his latest victim named Finney who tries to escape with the help of previous victims that call him on a black phone in the perp’s basement.
This is not necessarily a scary movie, though you will find yourself creeped out by Ethan Hawke’s performance as the Grabber. His masks are the selling point, and he can interchange them to show different expressions such as insane happiness or dark and angry.
There are a few jumpscare moments throughout to get your already frayed nerves working up overtime. Those who are parents will feel the dread of the moment as the movie plays on the real life fears of having your child taken. The movie is based on a short story by Joe Hill, and with him being the son of Stephen King, there are some King tropes such as a kid with psychic abilities, and even some references to Stephen King’s IT.
As a whole, this movie grasps your attention and keeps you on the edge of your seat, hoping that Finney is able to escape. Whether he does or not, well you will have to see for yourself. I will say by the end, valuable lessons are learned.
This film is still playing in theaters, and you definitely should check it out. It deserves the positive hype it has been getting, and I’m sure once you see it, you would agree. If you already seen The Black Phone, feel free to leave your thoughts below!
Till next time, stay scared!
-Tha Thrilla –