That busy signal you hear is the sound of no one answering The Black Phone.
The next horror feature from Scott Derrickson (Deliver Us From Evil) had been slated for a Feb. 4, 2022 theatrical release, but Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions this week bumped the debut back to June 24, 2022, according to Deadline. No reason was given, but do the letters COVID strike a familiar note?
The Black Phone–which had been bumped back on the release calendar once before–is helmed by Derrickson, who also wrote the screenplay with C. Robert Cargill. The storyline is based on a 2004 Joe Hill short story of the same name.
The film follows a 1970s serial killer known as The Grabber (Ethan Hawke in a very scary mask) who has abducted and presumably murdered five children before snatching Finney Shaw (Mason Thames) and trapping him in a soundproof basement.
And it’s there that a mysterious, disconnected black phone that transmits the voices of past victims may hold the key to the boy’s dilemma.
The thriller also features Jeremy Davies as Shaw’s father, Madeleine McGraw as his sister Gwen and James Ransone as Max.
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