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Starring: Ethan Hawke, Mason Thames, Madeleine McGraw, Jeremy Davies, James Ransone, E. Roger Mitchell
Blum House Production horror directed and co-written by Scott Derrickson. Set in the 1970s, The Black Phone (2022) follows young Finney Shaw (Mason Thames), who is abducted by serial killer The Grabber (Ethan Hawke), and trapped in a soundproof basement. When a disconnected phone on the wall begins to ring, Finney discovers that he can hear the voices of The Grabber’s previous dead victims who are set on helping Finney escape.
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Gwen Shaw: I’ll be home in the morning.
Finney Shaw: Where you going?
Gwen Shaw: I’m staying over at Susie’s tonight.
Finney Shaw: [referring to the missing child poster] It’s new. The flyer.
Gwen Shaw: The paper’s call him The Grabber.
Finney Shaw: I wish they wouldn’t call him that.
Gwen Shaw: You don’t actually believe that story, do you? Because he can’t hear you. And he doesn’t really take kids that say it.
The Grabber: [as he drops his grocery bag] Oh! You goof! Wasn’t that just peachy-keen!
Finney Shaw: Do you need some help?
The Grabber: Do you see that? Would you hand me my hat? Yes, sir. I am a part-time magician.
Finney Shaw: [as he looks at the back of the van] Are those black balloons in there?
The Grabber: Would you like to see a magic trick?
School Principal: I have an announcement to make. One of our students, Finney Blake, was abducted.
Gwen Shaw: What if I could help the police find Finney?
The Grabber: [referring to the black phone] Doesn’t work. Not since I was a kid.
Finney Shaw: I’ll scream. I’ll scratch your face.
The Grabber: This face?
Gwen Shaw: [referring to Finney] Daddy, I had a dream about him.
Detective: What happened in your dream?
Gwen Shaw: [referring to Finney] He was taken.
Detective: By a man with black balloons.
Gwen Shaw: Yes.
Detective Miller: We never released those details.
Finney Shaw: [as the black phone starts ringing] Hello?
Billy: Don’t hang up.
Finney Shaw: Who are you?
Griffin: You know all our names.
Bruce: You’re getting out of here.
Gwen Shaw: Please. Please let the dreams be real.
Billy: [over phone to Finney] See the wall in front of you. I tore a long cable loose from down there.
Griffin: There’s a combination lock from the inside of the storm door.
Finney Shaw: What’s the combination?
Griffin: I carved it in the wall.
The Grabber: Hang up the phone! Now!
Gwen Shaw: The tree. The door. The gate. I’d never seen it before, except in my dream!
Billy: You don’t have much time!
Bruce: You’re going to use a weapon. You raise the phone, step back, and swing!
The Grabber: Look what you made me do.
Gwen Shaw: Please hurry!
Bruce: You remember what I told you?
Finney Shaw: That some day I have to stand up for myself.
Bruce: Some day is today, Fin.