After a quick however well-regarded segue into the Marvel universe with Doctor Strange, director Scott Derrickson returns to his horror-drama roots with The Black Cellphone, a strong, spooky interval chiller. Like his breakthrough image, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, it combines typical horror themes – on this case a masked little one assassin (totally and terrifyingly inhabited by Ethan Hawke) and a supernatural aspect – with a rewarding depth of dramatic element. The backdrop, blue-collar Denver within the late Nineteen Seventies, is evoked via a nicotine and spilled Coors palette and the form of parenting that’s palms off other than the occasional beatings.
Finney (Mason Thames) and his sister Gwen (Madeleine McGraw) dwell in concern of two issues: the Grabber, the mysterious man behind a string of kid abductions, and their very own father, who whips them when any trace of their mom’s psychic skill manifests in them. It’s this skill, nonetheless, that may simply save Finney when he’s snatched. A disconnected cellphone within the basement jail hyperlinks him with earlier victims, every with an important trace on the way to escape.