Sometimes less is more, which is confirmed when talking about Scott Derrickson’s Black Phone. Horror movies don’t necessarily need the biggest or best budget to be their best version. Quite the contrary, if you have a gifted director and an ensemble up to the challenge, then the results are more often than not fine. In the case of The Black Phone, not only did we have an ensemble that was up to the challenge but a villain played by Ethan Hawke that was downright scary as hell. The setting for the film is as basic as it gets. It’s your basic small town, and 90% of the film is shot in one particular basement. In the hands of most directors, it could have led to disastrous results, but Derrickson is a master of tension and quite deft at ramping up the twisted elements of his tales ever so slowly that it creates investment in the outcome. A shadow here, a dark corner there, and a black phone that rings with no wires attached are just some of the toys Scott uses in this nightmare for any parent.
Look no further if you are a fan of quality cinema or original programming from cinematic creators. I’m not necessarily a huge horror fan, but I love this! What do you guys think?