The Black Phone – Film Review

The Black Phone is an excellent horror film starring Mason Thameswith Ethan Hawke like the weird villain. It is led by Scott Derrickson.

Undeniably, this is well-crafted cinematography in all its technical aspects. Nor is it the first feat of the duo Hawke-Derrickson, who have already collaborated on the film. Claim in 2012.

Synopsis

Set in small town America, a number of kidnappings of young teenagers have taken place, putting the town on edge. Finney Shaw (played by Mason Thames) is a young high school student who lives in a dysfunctional home with his sister and an abusive alcoholic father. Going about his daily business in already rather grim circumstances, everything is about to get even grimmer when he is kidnapped by the sinister clown-masked kidnapper. Held captive in a dark, damp and barren basement, he finds himself in the midst of his despair when he realizes he will never get out of this place. Just then the phone rings – yes, there’s an unplugged phone in the basement. Finney answers, and on the other side there are voices, voices of former victims of the psychopathic kidnapper. The distorted voices seem to be trying to help Finney escape…

Film critic

All in all, The Black Phone is a good movie, and in terms of genre, it’s a great horror movie. Full of intention and high-end work behind the camera, it’s a classic film that counts with a very inspired Ethan Hawke in the role of a psychopath, and in which, Mason Thames dared to give a real performance – this kid goes places.

It’s a classic kidnapping/thriller, until it surprises with a twist where it takes on a supernatural element, elevating it to a horror story. The Black Phone is well-paced to meet horror standards, but it also goes a step above in its approach.

The Black Phone is a film in which everything is in its place, technically and in the narration. It works with the precision of a Swiss watch: assembly; effects; picture frames; performances; and above all management. Derrickson knows how to make a horror film that relies more on suspense than on gore, building the climax in all the sequences that require it, playing more on psychological tension than on the overt dread factor of gore. It’s a job to be proud of and quite an achievement as far as horror movies go.

It is well executed in terms of atmosphere, timing, editing – such as the insertion of flashback footage – photography and sound effects.

Without going into the question of whether it’s frightening or not (it’s up to everyone, and to the ghouls who could haunt them), we recognize that The Black Phone is an excellent film in all its technical aspects, with a script well well-crafted and well-executed, and in which everyone plays their part in crafting this film, making for a film that will surely go down as one of by Blumhouse best movies of the year.

Our opinion

It’s a film that won’t be ignored, given that it managed to put together a good horror story together, without giving up notable cinematic achievement. It’s well-directed and orchestrated, with great performances and technical know-how.

The director

Scott Derrickson

American director Scott Derrickson attends a press conference to promote his new movie ‘Doctor Strange’ in Hong Kong, China, 13 October 2016. Depostiphotos

Scott Derrickson is an American filmmaker known for the films Sinister (2012) and Dr. Strange (2016).

Scott Derrickson was born on July 16, 1966 in Los Angeles, California.

He made his debut in the films of the Hellraiser saga with Hellraiser V: Inferno. He directed: The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005), The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008), Sinister (2012), Deliver Us From Evil (2014) and Doctor Strange (2016).

And he is currently working on an adaptation of the epic poem written by John Milton, paradise lost.

The casting

Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke
Ethan Hawke at arrivals for JULIET, NAKED Premiere, Metrograph, New York, NY August 14, 2018. Photo By: Jason Mendez/Everett Collection. Depostiphotos

Ethan Hawke is an American actor and writer known for cinema, Training Day (2001) and Sinister (2012)among others.

Ethan GreenHawke was born November 6, 1970 in Austin, Texas; United States.

Ethan Hawke rose to fame in 1985 thanks to the movie Explorers and the film starring Robin Williams, Dead Poets Society. He has a role in reality hurtsnext to winona ryder and he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Training Day (Denzel Washington).

It was also nominated, but this time for Best Screenplay, for Movies before sunset and Before midnight.

He was married to the actress Uma Thruman from 1998 to 2004). They both starred in Gattaca (1997).

We watched… Predestination (2014) and stockholma funny movie of 2018.

Other movie reviews

“The Black Phone” marks another solid effort from the writer and director. Scares work, and so does tension. Small neighborhood town feels lived in

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Derrickson can set the mood and create chilling images, and he moves his camera with precision. But it feels like a notebook of compelling visual and narrative ideas that never quite fit together.

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Cast and crew

The Black Phone (2021)

Black Phone (2021)

Movie title: The black phone

Description of the movie: Set in a small town in America, many kidnappings of young teenagers have taken place, putting the town on edge. Finney Shaw (played by Mason Thames) is a young high school student who lives in a dysfunctional home with his sister and an abusive alcoholic father. Following his daily life in already rather grim circumstances, everything is about to take an even darker turn, when he is kidnapped by the sinister clown-masked kidnapper. He is held captive in a dark, dirty, and sterile basement, where, curiously, there is a disconnected telephone on the wall. In the midst of his despair considering he will never get out of this place, the phone rings. On the other side, voices, voices of former victims of the psychopathic kidnapper. The distorted voices seem to be trying to help Finney escape…

Date published: June 13, 2022

Country: United States

Duration: 102 minutes

Author: Martin Cid

Director(s): Scott Derrickson

Actors): Ethan Hawke, Mason Thames, Jeremy Davies, James Ransone, Madeleine McGraw, Gina Jun, E. Roger Mitchell

Gender: Horror

Our opinion

It’s a film that won’t be ignored, given that it managed to put together a good horror story together, without giving up notable cinematic achievement. It’s well-directed and orchestrated, with great performances and technical know-how.

  • Script – 7/10
  • Photography – 6.2/10
  • Performance – 8/10
  • Entertainment factor – 8/10

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