Directed By: Scott Derrickson

Produced By:

Release Date: September 25, 2021

Genre: Horror, Thriller


  • Mason Thames
  • Madeleine McGraw
  • Jeremy Davies
  • James Ransone
  • Ethan Hawke


  • Mason Thames as Finney, a young student captured by The Grabber
  • Madeleine McGraw as Gwen, Finney’s sister experiencing psychic dreams
  • Ethan Hawke as The Grabber, a child kidnapper and serial killer
  • Jeremy Davies as Terrence, Finney and Gwen’s alcoholic and abusive widowed father
  • E. Roger Mitchell as Detective Wright
  • Troy Rudeseal as Detective Miller
  • James Ransone as Max, the Grabber’s eccentric brother
  • Miguel Cazarez Mora as Robin, Finney’s friend who becomes a victim of the Grabber

Country: United States

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Language: English

Runtime: 103 minutes


The Black Phone is a 2021 American bringing supernatural horror film directed by Scott Derrickson and written by Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill, who also produced with Jason Blum. It is an adaption of Joe Hill’s 2004 short story of the same name. The cast involves Mason Thames, Madeleine McGraw, Jeremy Davies, James Ransone, and Ethan Hawke. In the film, an abducted adolescent (Thames) communicates with his captor’s past victims via a weird telephone (Hawke).


A serial child abduction known as “The Grabber” roams the streets of a Denver suburb in 1978. Finney and Gwen Blake, siblings, live in the neighborhood with their violent, alcoholic father. Finney is often ridiculed and mistreated at school. He has a classmate named Robin who helps him fight the bullies. Bruce, a Finney acquaintance from another school, is kidnapped by the Grabber.


Firstly, Gwen, who gets psychic dreams like her late mother, dreams of Bruce’s kidnapping and sees a guy in a black truck with black balloons capturing him. Detectives Wright and Miller question Gwen, but they are sceptical of her assertions. Days later, the Grabber kidnaps both Robin and Finney. Finney awakens in an acoustically sealed basement.

On the walls is a detached black spiral phone that the Grabber claims does not function. Later, Finney answers the phone. Bruce’s ghost, unable to recall his own identity or who he was when he was alive, tells Finney about a floor tile he may remove to construct a tunnel to escape.

Following which, The police hunt for Finney is fruitless. The Grabber delivers Finney food while leaving the basement door unguarded. Finney is about to slip away when he is interrupted by another youngster on the phone named Billy. He says that this is a game that the Grabber plays, and that he is waiting upstairs to assault Finney with a belt if he leaves the basement.


Billy urges him to use a rope he discovered to escape via the basement window. Finney falls and smashes the bars on the window, preventing him from getting back up. Gwen has a dream about Billy being stolen and tells her father about it.

In Addition, Wright and Miller meet with Max, an oddball man who is touring his brother in the vicinity. Finney is being kept in Max’s basement, which he is not aware of, and the Grabber is his brother. After a heated conversation with the Grabber in which he checks Finney’s honesty, he appears to have let Finney go. Finney is on the phone with another of his victims, Griffin.

Indeed, Griffin provides Finney a lock combination and informs him that the Grabber has passed out upstairs. Finney sneaks upstairs and opens the door, but the Grabber’s dog detects Finney’s escape and warns him. Finney flees down the street, but is apprehended.


Despondent about his failed escape attempt, Finney answers the phone to hear the voice of another victim, a punk named Vance, whom Finney feared. Subsequently, Vance tells Finney about a linked storage area where he can escape by breaking a hole in the wall and exiting via the freezer on the opposite side of the wall. Finney makes a hole in the rear of the freezer with a toilet tank cover, only to discover that the freezer door is locked.

At this time, The phone rings again, this time with Robin on the other end of the line. He consoles Finney and urges him to stand up and fight for himself. He tells Finney to take out the phone receiver and stuff it with the earth he excavated.

Gwen has a dream about Vance’s kidnapping and uncovers the Grabber’s property. She locates the residence and contacts Wright and Miller. Max knows Finney is being held in the home and runs to the basement to liberate him, but his brother murders him with an axe. The police hurry to Gwen’s house, but it is vacant.


Furthermore, They discover the Grabber’s victims’ hidden remains in the basement. The Grabber assaults Finney with the axe, but Finney manages to trip him with the rope, forcing him to tumble into the tunnel Finney excavated, where the Grabber breaks and jams his ankle in the window bars put at the bottom.

The spirits tease the Grabber on the phone before Finney kills him by breaking his neck with the phone wire. Finney distracts the guard dog with meat from the freezer and uses the combination he learned to flee the home.

Finally, Finney walks out of the house across the street from the gravesites, where he reunites with Gwen, and the cops hurry to the scene. When their father comes and apologizes for his harshness, the siblings console each other. Back at school, Finney sits confidently next to his crush in class.