The Black Phone Horror Movie Review: Ethan Hawke and Child Actors Mason Thames and Madeleine McGraw Shine

DWQA QuestionsThe Black Phone Horror Movie Review: Ethan Hawke and Child Actors Mason Thames and Madeleine McGraw Shine
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The Black Phone, the latest horror-thriller from Blumhouse Productions, is finally hitting UK cinemas this month. The film stars Ethan Hawke as creepy masked killer ‘The Grabber’, and child actors Mason Thames and Madeleine McGraw are also praised for their performances. The Black Phone has had a long journey to the big screen – it was originally planned for release last year but was pushed back due to post-production issues. However, early reviews indicate that it could be one of the best horrors of 2018.
“Starring four-time Oscar® nominee Ethan Hawke in the most terrifying role of his career and introducing Mason Thames in his first-ever film role, The Black Phone is produced, directed, and co-written by Scott Derrickson, the writer-director of Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Marvel’s Doctor Strange.”
The picture is produced by Derrickson, Jason Blum and C. Robert Cargill, while Universal and Blumhouse are responsible for its distribution.
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The film earned a wave of positive reviews after its international premiere at Fantastic Fest in late 2021, and now boasts a fresh 100 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating.
The Black Phone, according to Marisa Mirabal of IndieWire, is a ‘sleek, stressful, and violent zeitgeist of a horror film,’ capturing the audience’s sentiments as rapidly as the movie’s villain abducts kids in broad daylight.
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The antagonist was described by Eric Vespe from Slash Film as a ‘mask-wearing psycho’, who is portrayed with ‘exceptional relish and devotion’ by Hawke. Vespe also complimented young newcomer Thames, who ‘absolutely knocks it out of the park here, carrying the movie with confidence and a sense of reality that you need in order to make the supernatural stuff hit home’.
Vespe continued to say that Derrickson and his team took a lovely little horror premise from a really short short story, and succeeded in broading it using methods that are really feasible, without making audience feel like filler.
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In the meantime, IGN’s Amelia Emberwing believed that the film seemed like the cousin of Derrickson and Cargill’s 2012 horror movie Sinister, which featured Hawke as well. However, Emberwing deduced that somehow it incredibly exceeded great expectations in practically all aspects.
“The writing/directing combination brilliantly showcases the problems of children in the ’70s and the very real monsters of our world,” Emberwing commented, “while the performances of the young actors Mason Thames and Madeleine McGraw push the already tight plot to new heights.”
Infomation “the black phone rotten tomatoes“:

  • Release Date (Theaters): Jun 24, 2022 wide
  • Runtime: 1h 42m
  • Box Office (Gross USA): $23.6M
  • Genre: Horror

On the 24th of June, The Black Phone will be released in UK and US theaters.
The Black Phone Cast:
The cast also includes Rebecca Clarke as Donna, Finney’s crush; J. Gaven Wilde (Moose), Spencer Fitzgerald (Buzz), Jordan Isaiah White (Matty), and Brady Ryan (Matt) as the school bullies; and Miguel Cazarez Mora (Robin), Tristan Pravong (Bruce), Jacob Moran (Billy), Brady Hepner (Vance), and Banks Repeta (Griffin) as The Grabber’s victims.

  • Mason Thames as Finney, a young student captured by The Grabber
  • Madeleine McGraw as Gwen, Finney’s sister experiencing psychic dreams
  • Ethan Hawke as The Grabber, a child kidnapper and serial murderer
  • Jeremy Davies as Terrence, Finney and Gwen’s alcoholic and abusive widowed father
  • E. Roger Mitchell as Detective Wright
  • Troy Rudeseal as Detective Miller
  • James Ransone as Max, The Grabber’s brother