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The Black Phone

2022
Suspense/Thriller, Crime
1h 43m
After being abducted by a child killer and locked in a soundproof basement, a 13-year-old boy starts receiving calls on a disconnected phone from the killer's previous victims (imdb.com).
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26th
53
Often in mid-tier horror interesting ideas and performances can save a bad script and half-baked execution. Sadly, despite some commanding acting by the principal child actors and Hawke and lovely dread, this is not one of them. It tries to be a kidnap thriller, ghost story, and trauma picture all at the same time so becomes none of these. It’s the kind of piece you just swear feels like a remake of a better unknown Japanese horror film. Which is a bummer it isn’t because I’d totally watch that.
Rated
29th
65
Great beginning. Hawke is fine but there isn't enough material for him to be memorable, outside of the masks and a few parts. The fault is in the writing. Take away the supernatural stuff and you got another "serial killer locks someone in a basement." I use this as a criticism because at the same time, the supernatural stuff adds nothing. The pacing is fine. The message is fine. The sister is the best character ("you dumb fucking fartknocker" and "jesus, what the fuck?"). Good atmosphere too.
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2nd
5
Exceedingly bad. The premise is exceedingly confused. The gimmicks are exceedingly stupid, the writing is exceedingly fake. It's nigh unwatchable. The destructive influence of Stranger Things, including but not limited to its loathsome cookie-cutter suburban kids and "retro" paranormal shit, is ubiquitous.
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77th
80
Some places are like people: some shine and some don't.
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64th
90
Might be Derrickson’s best movie. Hawke is pretty haunting (and damn excellent) as The Grabber, but the real horror here, for me at least, was the unease of the town. The other kids at school and the father were scary in a different way. The supernatural stuff was great too though. I like all of those elements. I actually like how ambiguous some things were by the end. The acting, pacing and claustrophobia more than made up for that. The child actors were damn good, as was the movie.
Avg Percentile 44.58% from 760 total ratings
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