See: Scott Derrickson on bringing back nostalgia in the black phone
I need a break from all of that Strange thingsNostalgia fed? Well, the new Scott Derrickson horror the black phonenow in theaters, it could be exactly what you’re looking for.
“Love Strange thingsI really do,” the director told Yahoo in an interview. “I’m on the fifth episode of the new season. It’s fantastic. But I got a little tired of constantly seeing stories where the high school kids in these kinds of paranormal, you know, fantastical movies always came from the same suburban Spielberg universe.
“I felt like we’re always playing an entire era of growth through the window of what Steven Spielberg’s legacy really was.”
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the black phoneadapted from the 2004 short story by Joe Hill (son of legendary horror author Stephen King), it follows a young man named Finney Shaw (Mason Thomas).
On a clear day, in the middle of the sidewalk in front of his school, Finney is attacked and thrown into a van by a masked man known only to him as The Grabber (Ethan Hawke). He wakes up in a basement. All there is is an old mattress and a disconnected phone.
Derrickson, with his film, is directly based on the main fears and paranoias of the late seventies, since the release of influential films such as Friday the 13th Y Hallowe’ento the massive cultural changes that followed the Manson murders and the horrific carnage of serial killers like Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy.
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It’s an attempt to capture just a little bit of the director’s own childhood, which he spent in Denver in the late 1970s.
“I grew up in a violent neighborhood,” Derrickson said. “It was a working-class neighborhood where people were fighting all the time, bleeding all the time. Everyone’s parents were pretty abusive. They all got the belt or worse.
“My own friend next door knocked on my door when I was nine years old. I opened the door and he was crying and he said, ‘Somebody murdered my mother.’ His mother had been kidnapped and raped and wrapped in a telephone wire and thrown “The local lake. My main association with my own childhood is fear. I just remember being scared all the time.”
For a film as disturbing as the black phoneit became an immediate priority for his young cast to feel safe and supported on set at all times.
Speaking with Yahoo, Mason Thomas joked that Ethan Hawke gave him ‘a knuckle to the head’ to lighten the mood between takes of the film’s central abduction scene. “I think I have a picture of that somewhere,” he added.
Madeleine McGraw, who plays Finney’s sister Gwen, also praised Derrickson’s approach to such sensitive material. “We talked a lot before this really intense scene that we had to do, which helped me a lot, because she was so nervous,” she said.
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“One of the best parts of working with Scott was that we felt like he was always there for us, no matter what.”
the black phone it’s in theaters now. Check out a trailer below.