The marketing campaign for the horror thriller The Black Phone of Blumhouse Productions y Universal Picturescontinues to provide us with promotional material for its theatrical release on June 23, 2022 in Mexico, and on June 24 in the United States.
The most recent of the project that marks the return to the roots of horror cinema, both by the director Scott Derrickson (Sinister, Doctor Strange), as well as his frequent collaborator and co-writer on this film, C. Robert Cargill (Sinister, Doctor Strange), it is a featurette in which we see the protagonist Ethan Hawke compare the film to Sinister, Derrickson and Cargill’s grisly horror film released in 2012, which starred Hawke himself:
“It’s like a sister movie to Sinister going to a deeper and stranger place.” And he jokes, “Being scared is what the movie is about.”
Hawke plays The Grabber (“The Raptor”), a sadistic assassin who wears a chilling mask (designed by Tom Savini), who in the previews shown, we have seen terrorize a little boy, who deceived by magic tricks, is kidnapped by “The Raptor” and taken to a basement. The young actor is the co-protagonist of the story, Mason Thames (serie For All Mankind of Apple TV), who is making his film debut with this film.
You can find the featurette at the end of the note.
The story follows Finney Shaw (Thames), a shy but intelligent 13-year-old boy, who is kidnapped by a sadistic killer (Hawke) and trapped in a soundproof basement where screaming is of little use.
When an unplugged phone on the wall begins to ring, Finney discovers that he can hear the voices of the killer’s previous victims.
Cargill adapted the screenplay from the award-winning short story of the same name written by Joe Hill. Derrickson, Cargill y Jason Blum Blumhouse and Universal produce the film. Hill is the executive producer, along with Ryan Turek, and Christopher H. Warner.
Madeleine McGraw (Toy Story 4, Secrets of Sulphur Springs), y Jeremy Davies (Hannibal), complete the cast.