We are only a few weeks away from the release of the Blumhouse horror/thriller, The Black Phone. This has been a highly anticipated film since its debut last year at film festivals. All the marketing for this feature has showcased Ethan Hawke’s sinister character wearing horrific masks. Masks that give me Twisty the Clown vibes from FX’s American Horror Story.
A few days ago, Universal Pictures released a new featurette “A Look Inside”. Here Hawke, who plays the killer, describes the kind of sinister character called, “The Grabber” that we are going to get to know in The Black Phone. You can check it out below!
Looks like Hawke had a great time at playing this dark character. It will be interesting to see if the film is going to take any time in explaining “The Grabber”‘s background. Or if it will be left vague and a mystery. For a killer, sometimes it’s scarier to not understand why they do what they do.
It is no coincidence that I have mentioned the word “sinister” a few times as The Black Phone is directed by Scott Derrickson. Sure a lot of people are going to recognize him from his work on Doctor Strange. But his roots are in horror. Specifically, films like Sinister, Deliver Us from Evil, and The Exorcism of Emily Rose. I cannot wait to see how where this film in particularly rates among his other horror offerings.
Here is the synopsis for The Black Phone
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.
Tickets for The Black Phone are available now! In theaters on June 24th, 2022.