The Black Phone
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- Ethan Hawke
- Mason Thames
- Madeleine McGraw
- Jeremy Davies
- E. Roger Mitchell
- Troy Rudeseal
- James Ransone
- J. Gaven Wilde
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So good it’ll make you wanna slap your momma
The Black Phone exude nostalgia, mystery and crime even though I wasn't born around the 70’s. That is due to the amazing acting performance of all the cast and the stylistic choices by the director. The cinematography and visual helps depict a forlorn era, but relatable as a human experience. The music composition and soundtrack also evokes them even further. If you like reading Stephen King's best mystery/horror books, this movie is for you. Be forewarned, some scenes might be triggering because it depicts child abuse. Don't expect a lot of gore. There are few jump-scares that works to dial up the suspense instead of giving you a cheap scare like most commercial horror movies. This movie should get high recognition, but I feel that it is going to be a sleeper hit since they are competing with other blockbusters. Must see for Stephen King, Stranger Things, Eerie Indiana and other suburban horror/mystery fans.
The result is a beautifully shot and well-acted live-action short story, but one that's missing enough connective tissue, fresh ideas, and time spent between its characters to produce a lasting feature film experience.
There are stretches in this movie, which I saw in a crowded preview last night, where you literally could hear a pin drop. The silence on the soundtrack is breathless, the held breaths of the audience deafening.
The Black Phone mixes the supernatural with relatable horrors in ways that will leave you both terrified and hopeful.