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.
This is not Seen-Level torture porn shockfest as Scott Derrickson developed a narrative that wades through an uncompromising teen-focused story. Once again, Derrickson and co-writer C. Robert Cargill seem to have worked to make a perfect horror film without aiming for that R rating. It just so happens, similar to how they did theirs Cult horror hit Creepythey accidentally strayed into this area per MPAA guidelines.
Which is a pity, because apart from this arbitrary evaluation, The black phone seems perfectly fine to show to a teenage audience. However since Creepy is now streaming for Peacock Premium SubscribersYou can always use this film as a theoretical test drive to see if The black phone is right for your kids.
Watching Finney (Mason Thames) commune with the spirits of The Grabber’s (Ethan Hawke) previous victims could also serve as a metaphor for all the hard times that await young people of all ages. The black phone It may be a supernatural story, but Joe Hill follows his father in the source material as he uses the fantastic to parallel the perils of youth. It’s a prime example of what horror fans know as “gateway horror,” aka those films that help younger fans get into the scary stuff.
Inspiring with villains like Hannibal Lecter and The Joker Scott Derrickson’s rendition of The Grabber, The black phone is even more of a top notch introductory film that will lead into some of the more difficult stuff such as: The silence of the Lambs. True, this is a little harder than a typical Gateway horror film ghostbusters or The monster squad. However, in this day and age, a movie is like The black phone is kind of along those lines of content; especially if franchises like resident Evil are easily accessible on the nearest video game console or Netflix streaming device.
One of the biggest anchors that helps The black phone Game for a hypothetically younger audience is the inclusion of age-appropriate leads, and pretty impressive ones at that. Mason Thames’ Finney offers a range of strength, vulnerability and tender friendship, making for a compelling lead to follow. Madeline McGraw’s performance as his on-screen sister, Gwen, is both hysterical and captivating. The younger audience will be delighted The black phone Show actors around their age with R-rated language and with the right comedic effect.
None of the young actors alienate the audience with precocious behavior or excessive profanity. If anything, the strongest factor The Black Telephone Overall package is that this is a down to earth, supernatural horror film. Yes, the main idea is that Finney is trying to defeat The Grabber through the Council of the Dead, but it’s never overdone or sensational. Time and time again we have seen such concepts in stories with younger children, and it is that fine line between innocence and skepticism or wonder and horror that we allow ourselves to believe that such a story can exist.
I’m afraid to even use that term, but you get the idea The black phone as an Amblin-related horror movie to show your kids. Actually Ethan Hawke startled his boys black phone co-starsand the realism of such terror might even startle younger viewers, jaded by the media they are already allowed to participate in.
I’m about to make a very subjective statement, but as for me, The black phone is the kind of movie I would have rented as a teenager with my parents permission. For a film that has its roots in horrifying crimes and the voices of the dead, it’s actually a pretty cozy watch. Familiarity with this type of horror story is comforting because these are the types of ghastly stories we’ve all heard at some point.
Don’t just take my word for it though. The trailer too The black phone pretty thoroughly sells the horror part of this experience as you will see below:
All The black phone gives the world another fine example of storytelling that connects with young people. It’s a terrifying story that shows them that with confidence and the right advice they can overcome their fears and conveys a powerful message. Because this is the movie that Both Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill left the company Doctor Strange 2 To make it even more fitting, these one-time MCU storytellers still think with blockbuster brains that know how to aim for the heart.
The black phone It’s still in theaters but is currently available to rent on PVOD. So if you tend to let the tweens or teens in your life watch this movie, you can always watch it first during this 48-hour rental period. Trust me, if you let your kids and their friends see this movie, they might feel like they are taking part in some secret almost forbidden thrill. Which of course is one of the reasons we watch horror movies when we are young; as a rite of passage in the cinema.