The plot follows shy but clever 13-year-old Finney Shaw (Mason Thames, For All Mankind), who is abducted by a psychopath 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.
The film is directed by Scott Derrickson, the Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose helmer returning to his horror roots after directing Doctor Strange for Marvel. Derrickson and his longtime collaborator C. Robert Cargill (Sinister, Doctor Strange) wrote the script, an adaptation of the 2004 short story of the same name by Joe Hill (interestingly, son of Stephen King).
It’s another good trailer for the promising film, although, as with that first trailer, there’s an uncomfortable feeling that we’re being shown a tad too much. Still, we won’t know that until we’ve seen the film. Either way, pumped to see this one. It looks like a tense, unsettling outing, with Hawke looking to drive nightmares as “The Grabber,” as he is credited. And the highly positive reviews from the film’s screenings at Fantastic Fest and Beyond Fest certainly bode well.
The Black Phone, also starring Madeleine McGraw, Jeremy Davies, and James Ransone, will open in U.S. cinemas on June 24th and Australian cinemas on June 30th.