Supernatural Horror Film 'The Black Phone' to Hold PH Sneak Previews on July 11-12

The ringing horrors of the late 70s come alive in the terrifying coming-of-age movie "The Black Phone" starring Ethan Hawke, Mason Thames and Madeleine McGraw. Based on the award-winning short story by Joe Hill, "The Black Phone" follows 13-year-old Finney (Mason Thames), who is abducted by an infamous child abductor and serial killer known as The Grabber (Ethan Hawke) in a small town in northern Denver. Locked in the killer’s basement, Finney discovers that he can hear the killer’s previous victims through a disconnected black rotary phone on the wall. 

Director Scott Derrickson shares on how the film came about, reminiscing on how he learned about the story. “I happened to stumble into a bookstore around the time the book came out. At the time, I didn’t know who Joe was, let alone that he was Stephen King’s son. I stood in the bookstore and read this short story and thought, ‘Wow, this guy is great.’ It was only about 20 pages long, but I thought the concept was fantastic and such a good idea for a movie. I never forgot about it.”

The inspiration for the tale came from a specific memory from Hill’s childhood. “I grew up in Bangor, Maine, in a very old house,” Hill says. “There was a phone in the basement that wasn’t connected to anything, and I found that phone creepy and unsettling. It didn’t make sense for a phone to be in a basement with a dirt floor and crumbling concrete walls. As a kid, the worst thing I could imagine was that phone ringing.”

Released by Universal Pictures International, set your alarms and watch "The Black Phone" in local cinemas nationwide starting July 20.  Rated R13 by the MTRCB (only 13 years old above can watch in cinemas).

Catch it earlier on July 11 and 12 with its sneak previews in select cinemas nationwide.

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