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The Black Phone Movie Review and Movie Summary (2022)

Based on the short story of the same name, written by Joe Hillson of Stephen King, “The Black Phone” tells a suspenseful tale about The Grabber, a child killer who snatches teenage boys in broad daylight to never be seen again. When Finney (Mason Thames) becomes the next prisoner, kept in a soundproof basement, he begins receiving phone calls from The Grabbers’ previous victims through an interrupted landline phone.

Stylistically, the film is nostalgic and reminiscent of vintage photographs and the era of striped baby t-shirts, flared jeans and The Ramones. Warm browns and oranges, film grains and filtered light flood the screen. But this idyllic 70s suburb is ruined by Derrickson’s horror.

The only interruption of the otherwise consistent color scheme is the life of the blood and the neon of police lights, making these moments even more jarring. The weathered concrete of the basement is painted with brushstrokes of rust and blood: a distinct mural of violence uninhibited. The optimistic 70s soundtrack is interrupted by a bassy, ​​resonant score that resonates in your ribs, sinks into your eardrums and at times sounds like you hear it from underground in Grabbers basement. The film’s opening lyrics flash through the nostalgic B-roll of the halcyon everyday events of suburban youth – ice sticks, baseball games and sunny avenues – only to be intertwined with the vision of bloody knees and stacks of missing persons’ posters.

This juxtaposition of calm and collection with the face forward while the violence sticks out underneath is not only stylistic but thematic. Timid Finney and his spunky sister Gwen (Madeleine McGraw), after dealing with warlike thugs in school, go home to does not be brought up by their abusive alcoholic father. “I Want to Take Care of Dad,” becomes a pattern of dialogue throughout the film as Finney is left to return home while his sister stays with a friend. Son takes care of father and siblings raising each other, children protect each other from thugs, while school staff are absent during youth fights, Gwen (with his clairvoyant abilities) leads the police investigation, and former victims communicate with Finney while in the clutches of a killer. It is this common feature with a child-to-child support system in the absence of reliable adults that makes “The Black Phone” more than a simple story.

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