While the Horror genre is certainly not starved for masked killers, it definitely always has room for those with new methods of murder or those with specific prey. While teenagers were very commonly the fodder for the likes of Jason, Freddy and Ghostface, The Grabber in Scott Derrickson’s upcoming The Black Phone has a much more unsettling and twisted target; children.
If you’re someone who flinches at the thought of kids being harmed or killed, then this horror film is definitely not for you as it seems set to be both tense and terrifying. Watch the trailer below if you have the stomach for it:
Based on the novella by Joe Hill (Son of none other than Stephen King), The Black Phone is set in the 70s and sees 13-year-old Finney (Mason Thames) kidnapped and held hostage in a basement by Child Abductor ‘The Grabber’ (Ethan Hawke). In said basement lies a disconnected black landline, which then inexplicably starts to ring as the spirits of the Grabber’s former victims use it to try and help Finney escape a similar fate.
The film has already had positive early reactions from its debut at Fantastic Fest a few weeks ago and will be coming to cinemas in February 2022. This film should be a rightfully terrifying return to horror for director Scott Derrickson, fondly known for his previous horror flicks The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Sinister (which also starred Ethan Hawke). He took a slight detour in order to direct the first Doctor Strange film but is now back to inject his trademark terror into this twisted tale of murder and masks.
We don’t know whether to be full of excitement or dread given this film’s particularly dark premise, but all the same, it looks like it’s more than just Ghostface’s phone that we need to be wary of this season…