Modern horror films are not always able to create real moments of horror. We know all the tricks by now, and it’s hard to be intimidated by a movie slasher when we know they’re going to be covered in the final act. However, The black phone looks like it’s taking all the old tricks and putting a new twist on the material. And in the latest trailer for the film, Ethan Hawke’s villain The Grabber is downright chilling.
In the footage, a young boy named Finney Shaw is unlucky enough to encounter The Grabber on a sidewalk. But instead of running away from this creepy clown magician, Finney sticks around long enough for The Grabber to make him disappear. Unfortunately for Finney, The Grabber has done this many times before, leaving several victims behind. But the murdered children found a way to fight back through Finney and a mysterious black phone.
The Grabber seems unaware that the dead children can talk to Finney over the phone, and they use their connection to this world to offer him a way to break free. Meanwhile, Finney’s little sister, Gwen Shaw, begins having visions that could lead to her brother. And the spirits of the dead could also speak to her.
Here is the synopsis for the film:
“Finney Shaw, a shy but smart 13-year-old boy, is kidnapped by a sadistic killer and held captive in a soundproof basement where screaming is of little use. When an unplugged phone on the wall starts ringing, Finney discovers he can hear the voices of the killer’s previous victims. And they are determined to make sure what happened to them doesn’t happen to Finney.”
Mason Thames stars as Finney Shaw in the film, Madeleine McGraw as Gwen Shaw, Jeremy Davies as Mr. Shaw and James Ransone as Max.
Doctor Strange Directed by Scott Derrickson The black phone and co-wrote the screenplay, based on the original story by Joe Hill, with C. Robert Cargill. Universal Pictures and Blumhouse are released The black phone on June 24th.
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