The Black Phone is a horror movie that will give dread and fear because the main character is a helpless 13-year-old boy. The events of this movie are entirely fictional, but there seem to be some influences from real-life serial killers. Ethan Hawke is no stranger to horror as he was the lead actor for Sinister, but he will be the villain this time around. His performance as the demon masked killer The Grabber is intimidatingly unsettling. The Grabber is someone you don’t want to be near children, and now we see the point of view of a child he kidnapped.
Finney Shaw (Mason Thames) is a shy 13-year-old boy on his way to go from school when a strange man in a top hat befriends him. He looks like a magician, and he asked him, “Do you want to see a magic trick?” With no hesitation, he said yes, but after that, he lost consciousness. The “Friendly Magician” is the serial killer known as “The Grabber.”
He wakes up in a soundproof basement with a bed, a toilet, and The Black Phone hanging on the wall.
The abduction will take a toll on his head because he starts to see things. The Ghosts of kids, the killer’s previous victims, are haunting him. They also call him through the Black Phone. Most of the time, in horror movies, the supernatural elements are the antagonist, but this time it is the lead character’s hope for survival.