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Article by Brandon the Hero Guy
The 34th Film from the MCU
The Black Phone is an original Horror feature written and directed by Scott Derrickson. It Stars Mason Thames, Madeline McGraw, Jeremy Davis, James Ransone and Ethan Hawke.
This movie takes place in the late 70’s when a child abductor called the Grabber (Ethan Hawke) kidnapping and murdering children. Using horrific torture methods for his own sadistic amusement. When Finn (Mason Thames) a young middle school kid who’s constantly bullied in his class is his next target. He along with his sister, who’s psychically gifted with preconditions, are aided by eerie supernatural forces through a Black Phone in order to assist Finn and help him escape the horrors of the Grabber.
I begin this review by saying I never really watched a lot of horror movies, but this one is highly recommended and its story is nonstop heart-pounding! It delivers intensity and fear for the Grabbers’ victims because you want to help these children, but feel helpless. Especially after seeing each of their backstories. Also, Ethan Hawke as the Grabber was incredibly terrifying there were moments with him that really had me almost hiding in my seat this actor in particular has had a really good year with so many features, he’s been in but this one definitely tops it every scene he was in as the Grabber was eerie and Sinister.
Also, the child actors did an amazing job. Their characters had a difficult time trying standing up for themselves throughout the first half of the movie. Especially the main lead who played the character Finn due to him not wanting to fight. His character growth later on helps him get through the fear in the most horrific but epic way.
Two of my favorite characters in this movie were definitely Vance and Robin. They were the realist support characters, not to mention they stole the show and really played key parts in Finn’s character growth. This movie has an insane amount of shocking jump scares that will literally catch you off guard and will give you a fearful thrill. They’ll also induce anxiety. Letting you wonder if the lead protagonist will live through his dire situation.
The Black Phone is definitely a movie that’s worth seeing. This is the type of movie people haven’t seen in a very long time. It also has an important message of how you can’t always live in fear, and eventually you have to fight back. This is something other studios should really think about, and see this as an example of how a movie is supposed to be done for your audience!
So, without further ado, I give The Black Phone a 10/10!
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