Get a Twisted Inside Look at New Thriller “The Black Phone”

Easily my most anticipated release of the summer, The Black Phone brings together one of my favorite actors (Ethan Hawke) in a story by one of my favorite writers (Joe Hill). Universal delayed the release of the latest horror movie from Scott Derrickson (Sinister) to the summer, a move of confidence in the low-budget film. In advance of the release later this month, the studio has released a terrifying behind-the-scenes look at the film.

In just 90 seconds, Ethan Hawke explains his role as "The Grabber," the evil man who abducts and kills children. "Some part of his soul has been so eroded that he can justify things most of us don't even want to think about," the Oscar-nominated actor said. He'd avoided playing villains because, according to him, audiences start to believe the actors who do a great job are actually "The spawn of Satan." He closes by encouraging viewers to grab a group of friends to go to the theater to be "scared out of your mind."

The Black Phone opens in theaters on June 24.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.