The Halloween season is kicking into full gear and it seems like we’re getting one new horror film after another. Here’s one from director Scott Derrickson and the folks at Blumhouse that actually looks original. “The Black Phone” is most certainly a horror movie, but it’s just as much much a dark abduction thriller. Better yet, the chilling antagonist is played by none other than Ethan Hawke who worked with Derrickson on 2012’s underrated “Sinister”.
Derrickson’s last feature film was 2016’s “Doctor Strange” for Marvel Studios. He was set to direct its upcoming sequel but left the MCU due to creative differences. Now he returns to the horror/thriller genre with screenwriting partner and friend C. Robert Cargill. The two set their story in a Colorado suburb during the 1970s where several children have been kidnapped by an eerie creep known as “The Grabber”. In the new trailer Hawke is absolutely terrifying which is all I needed to have this added to my watch list.
“The Black Phone” opens in theaters February 4th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.