Calls from the dead

AS expected black phone it’s a brilliant, tense, and tense horror film that captures viewers’ emotions as quickly as the film’s antagonist kidnaps children in broad daylight. It is based on the short story of the same name by Joe Hill. Ethan Hawke plays Grabber, a masked kidnapper who terrorizes a suburban Colorado neighborhood in the 1970s. He hides under the guise of a bumbling wizard, luring children in before eclipsing their world with a hammer and a swarm of black balloons.

The plot is portrayed from Finny’s (Mason Thames) point of view, giving viewers a glimpse into his family and personal life before he becomes the kidnapper’s next victim. When Finny is kidnapped, his sister (Madeline McGraw) frantically searches for him through the nightmares she has at night. Finny’s attempts to escape work well enough to create a strictly realistic tension, but that’s not all we get. There is an old dial telephone hanging on the wall in the basement, and it rings a lot because of the cut string underneath it.

Finny begins to receive phone calls from the ghosts of the basement’s former residents, each offering advice to the young man. It’s clear none of them have escaped, so Finn will have to rely on his own skills as well as Gwen’s as she develops the ability to interact with the spirits of the same victims, which she will use to try and find Finny when the local police escape. . from real leads.

The scares and horror elements in the movie show up a bit, but when they do, there are some real scary moments and some really unsettling moments. The otherworldly element adds to the fear, but it’s Finney’s realism and Hawke’s unsettling Grabber that keep the tension going throughout the film.

Teen Mason Thames, who plays Finny, does an amazing job, especially when he has little to work with, alone in a bare basement. Despite his surprisingly stern appearance, his determination and journey from fear to courage are brilliantly portrayed.

As Gwen, Madeleine McGraw is a beautiful combination of mischief and naivety, suffering and courage. black phone. The young actress flares up in every scene. Whether she is desperately asking for Jesus’ help, arguing with him in other sweet prayers, or arguing with her father, she achieves everything without difficulty.

But the super-talented Ethan Hawke does it for me. Despite the fact that Hawk spent most of the film behind a frightening mask that changes depending on his mood, Hawk manages to convey a sense of perverse evil. In every scenario, his choices are exactly the same. Yes, he’s overacting and at times absurdly dramatic, but he also portrays it in a much more muscular and edgy way.

General, black phone it’s a solid and almost perfect horror movie. It draws you in with its own ideas, as long as you agree that it’s more of a twisted storyline than a smart thriller. It’s an exciting journey into the horror genre and will have no problem finding an audience.

The Black Phone is in theaters now.

Producer: Scott Derrickson

Throw: Mason Thames, Ethan Hawke and Madeleine McGraw

E-VALUE: 9

CURRENT: eight

PLOT: eight