Ethan Hawke plays The Grabber, a monster who kidnaps children in a Colorado village, in the upcoming horror film The Black Phone.
It’s based on a book by Joe Hill(opens in new tab), the son of long-time horror writer Stephen King, so we can expect a lot of jump scares! Meanwhile, Firestarter, King’s next adaption, will be released soon.
Scott Derrickson wrote and directed The Black Phone alongside his longtime partner C. Robert Cargill, who was initially collaborating with Marvel Studios on the forthcoming Marvel picture Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
What’s The Black Phone About?
The abduction scenario is turned on its head in The Black Phone. The Grabber is a serial murderer who stalks children in the Colorado suburbs in the 1970s.
Finney Shaw is a little boy who is abducted and imprisoned in a soundproof cellar after being duped by the Grabber dressed as a magician. The young abductee discovers an ancient black phone that can relay the voices of all of the Grabber’s young victims who wish to assist him in his escape.
Meanwhile, Finney’s sister Gwen begins to have visions that may lead her to her stolen brother.
The release date for the Black Phone
After its premiere at Fantastic Fest in 2021, The Black Phone will hit theatres on Friday, June 24, 2022. It’s unclear whether it’ll be available on any streaming platforms.
The ensemble cast of The Black Phone
The scary Grabber, played by Ethan Hawke, kidnaps Mason Thames’ Finney Shaw throughout the film’s events. While the tale revolves mostly around these two individuals, the project also has a strong supporting cast.
Mr. Shaw, Finney’s alcoholic single father, is played by Jeremy Davies, while Gwen, Finney’s sister, is played by Madeleine McGraw.
Does The Black Phone Have a Trailer?
In case you missed it, here is the first official trailer for The Black Phone, which was released on October 13th, just in time to coincide with the release of another Blumhouse film, Halloween Kills. The trailer plays on the creep factor while also evoking memories of Andy Muschietti’s original It movie.
On April 26, six months after the original trailer’s release (though the film’s postponement until June is likely the cause), a second trailer for the film was released online, just before the film was shown to exhibitors at CinemaCon this year.
The trailer doesn’t necessarily reveal anything new, but it does have multiple blurbs from critics praising Ethan Hawke’s unhinged performance as well as the fact that the picture is truly disturbing.
Is There Anything On Which The Black Phone Is Modeled?
Yes, it is. In truth, The Black Phone is based on Joe Hill’s short tale of the same name from 2004, which was written by Stephen King’s son. Hill’s short story collection 20th Century Ghosts has the short tale if you want to read it before viewing the movie.
This isn’t the first time one of Hill’s writings has been adapted. In 2014, Alexander Aja, the director of Crawl, adapted Hill’s novel Horns into a film, which starred Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, and Max Minghella.
After years of development hell, Hill’s comic project Locke & Key was picked up by Netflix and converted into a popular show. Darby Stanchfield, Jackson Robert Scott, Emilia Jones, and Connor Jessup feature in the series, which just finished its second season and is set to return for a third.
Hill’s novel NOS4A2 was made into an AMC series, with Zachary Quinto and Ashleigh Cummings co-starring. The Tall Grass, a Netflix film directed by Vincenzo Natali and starring horror veteran Patrick Wilson, was based on a novella Hill authored with his father King.
Several of Hill’s novels have also been made into episodes of the Shudder anthology series Creepshow.