The Black Phone
Finney Blake, a shy but clever 13-year-old boy, is abducted by a sadistic killer and trapped in a soundproof basement where screaming is of little use. When a disconnected phone on the wall begins to ring, Finney discovers that he can hear the voices of the killer’s previous victims. And they are dead set on making sure that what happened to them doesn’t happen to Finney.
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"Surprisingly lives up to the hype! I was worried I would be let down because I’ve heard almost nothing but rave reviews, but it turned out to be a solid horror film. It’s tense as hell and has a supernatural element that should be ridiculously cheesy yet somehow isn’t at all. The performances are great. The seventies setting was *chefs kiss* an excellent choice. And listen: something about a long haired Ethan Hawke shirtless with a creepy mask on makes me feel some tingly things in my own basement and I know some of y’all know exactly what I mean."
"I went in knowing this would be good, but it was way better than I thought. I love Ethan Hawke, but he was so unsettling as the Grabber. Even the way he breathed made me sick to my stomach. This film hit every suspenseful beat right on the money. The abduction scenes were foreboding and the flashbacks to who the boys were were so sad. The script was well-written, giving small indications of how Finn could escape that all made sense at the end. Speaking of the ending… Probably one of the most satisfying endings I’ve ever seen. I loved how they brought back Robin, Bruce, Vance, Griffin, and Billy to give their killer one giant middle finger by reusing dialogue they said to Finn earlier in the movie. The only negative I can even think to give this film is that the lighting was very dim. I know they did that to make it look like everything was happening in the 70s (which it did date the movie as intended) and make it scarier, but it also made some scenes hard to see. Seeing as that was my one complaint, it’s obvious that this movie is MINT!"
"It’s well known I’m not a horror fan but this was really good. Another Stranger Things ripoff in style. But the kids all could really act. There wasn’t a lot of violence but when there was it was pretty brutal. More paranormal/psychological. Good fun movie. Well, except all the child murders. "
"Movie had me interested from start to finish. I didn’t like how 3 characters just were added to the story like I thought it was only gonna be Bruce and the last kid that got taken before him were just gonna help because they basically added 3 characters that we never seen or knew about."
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