Original horror movies can be hard to come by. Earlier this year we got a new Scream, a Texas Chainsaw Massacre and in October another Halloween is coming out. “The Black Phone”, now playing is a great example of horror filmmaking. It is based on the short story by Joe Hill, who is the son of Stephen King and it is easy to say that the “apple does not fall far from the tree.”
The year is 1978 and a small Colorado town is being stalked by a figure known as The Grabber (Ethan Hawke) who kidnaps children. Young Finney (Mason Thames) becomes his latest victim. He is kept in a soundproof basement that only has a cot and a disconnected black phone. However, Finny starts to get phone calls from the past victims. The question becomes, can they help him survive when they could not?