Scott Derrickson's Supernatural Thriller THE BLACK PHONE and The Grabber Come to Theaters in June

Ethan Hawke reunites with director Scott Derrickson as The Grabber in The Black Phone.

Ethan Hawke as The Grabber and Mason Thames as Finny Shaw in Blumhouse and Universal Pictures THE BLACK PHONE directed by Scott Derrickson.
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Scott Derrickson, who previously directed the Sinister horror film series, is back with the supernatural thriller, The Black Phone (2021). A child murderer, called the Grabber (Ethan Hawke), who wears various demon masks, kidnaps Finny Shaw (Mason Thames), a shy but clever 13-year-old boy. He hides Finny in a dark, dirty, soundproof basement, empty but for a mattress and a black telephone. Little does Finny know that the phone will ring, and the dead will be calling in the hopes of helping him escape his captor. Hawke previously worked with Derrickson on Sinister (2012), and his portrayal of the masked killer will surely unsettle audiences. The film is based on “The Black Phone,” a short story by Joe Hill, author of NOS4A2. The book was adapted for television as a supernatural horror series on AMC.

Learn more about The Grabber with Ethan Hawke in the recently released behind-the-scenes featurette The Black Phone - A Look Inside from Universal Pictures.

The Black Phone first debuted at the 2021 Fantastic Fest, but its theatrical release has been delayed twice since its premiere. Thankfully, it’s finally arriving in theaters in June, and it has glowing reviews from critics. In a review for Deadline, Pete Hammond remarked, “It is a highly entertaining and gripping thriller of the best kind, one where the horrors of everyday life are not all that easy to escape.” Critics have praised the film’s performances and have favorably compared the movie to Sinister.

There are many things to be excited about: the performances, the mysterious storyline, Derrickson’s direction, and the Grabber’s creepy costuming. The well-known abduction story is turned on its head in this film, but it's another firm reminder to never talk to strangers. I’m hopeful that it will make audiences sweat. Nothing frustrates me more than a simple ending, but I have high hopes that won’t be the case here.

The Black Phone will release theatrically on June 24, 2022.