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You never forget a good sleepover film. It used to be that you could go to your local video store, browse the aisles for a while, and walk out with two or three movies that your parents had rented for you and your friends. With this kind of surveillance, everything was up for grabs as long as whoever was watching over you agreed. This week, director Scott Derrickson and his co-writer C. Robert Cargill add their own contribution to this historic practice The black phone finally meets premium VOD.

While video rental isn’t exactly thriving at the moment, streaming and VOD are just as helpful for such activities. The cinematic adaptation of Joe Hill’s short story of the same name is rated R, but is not particularly difficult from my subjective point of view. The black phone tells a story that has quite a bit of gore and the troubling themes of murder, physical abuse and child abduction, but it uses those components to tell the story properly.

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