New Blumhouse Horror The Black Phone Has 100 Percent On Rotten Tomatoes

A new horror from Blumhouse has a perfect 100 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes ahead of its release next month, with critics saying it manages to exceed “extremely high expectations.” Watch the trailer here:

Directed by Scott Derrickson and produced by modern horror lynchpin Jason Blum, the black phone is based on a 2004 short story of the same name by Joe Hill.

It follows a kidnapped boy (Mason Thames), who is able to communicate with his kidnapper’s (Ethan Hawke) past victims through a disconnected phone.

A synopsis reads: “Director Scott Derrickson returns to his horror roots and once again partners with the genre’s leading brand, Blumhouse, with a new horror thriller.

“Finney Shaw, a shy but intelligent 13-year-old boy, is kidnapped by a sadistic killer and trapped in a soundproof basement where screaming is of little use. When an unplugged phone on the wall begins to ring, Finney discovers that he can hear the voices of the killer’s previous victims. And they’re hell-bent on making sure what happened to them doesn’t happen to Finney.

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Credit: Universal

“Starring four-time Oscar® nominee Ethan Hawke in the scariest role of his career and featuring Mason Thames in his first feature film role, the black phone is produced, directed and co-written by Scott Derrickson, the writer-director of Sinister, Emily Rose’s exorcism and the Marvel ones doctor strange.”

Derrickson, Jason Blum and C. Robert Cargill serve as producers on the film, which is presented by Universal and Blumhouse.

After having its world premiere at Fantastic Fest in September of last year, the film received a slew of rave reviews, now holding a perfect 100 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Credit: Universal

by IndieWire Marisa Mirabal said that the the black phone it is a “stylish, nerve-wracking, violent period spirit of a horror film”, adding that it “captures the audience’s emotions as quickly as the film’s antagonist kidnaps children in broad daylight”.

Eric Vespe of Slash Film called the villain a “masked psychopath” played with “great delight and dedication” by Hawke, also praising young newcomer Thames, who “absolutely knocks it out of the park here, taking the movie with confidence.” and a sense of reality that you need to make supernatural things come home’.

“Derrickson and his team took a small horror concept from a really short story and were able to expand it in a way that made sense and didn’t feel like filler,” Vespe added.

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Credit: Universal

Meanwhile, IGN’s Amelia Emberwing said the film felt like the “sibling” of Derrickson and Cargill’s 2012 film. Sinister also starring Hawke, but concluded that it had somehow managed to “exceed extremely high expectations in almost every respect”.

Emberwing wrote, “The writing/directing team showcases personal trauma while expertly depicting the complications of ’70s childhood and the very real monsters of our world, while performances by child actors Mason Thames and Madeleine McGraw take the already close story to new heights”.

the black phone hits UK and US cinemas on June 24.

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