Ethan Hawke is no stranger to the horror genre. From The Purge to Sinister, Hawke has brought his Oscar-worthy acting chops into the spooky realm. But now, he’s not playing the good guy or the heroic dad. No, in his newest film The Black Phone, he’s a sadistic kidnapper and murderer with a taste for young children.
In the newly released trailer, we get glimpses of a pale, bare-faced Hawke who dons a black tophat and drives a black van. But we only see his full face briefly due to the character’s penchant for terrifying masks. This is Hawke as we’ve never seen him before and my body is ready.
Watch The Black Phone trailer now:
Check out the film’s full synopsis:
Finney Shaw, a shy but clever 13-year-old boy, is abducted by a sadistic killer and trapped in a soundproof basement where screaming is of little use. When a disconnected phone on the wall begins to ring, Finney discovers that he can hear the voices of the killer’s previous victims. And they are dead set on making sure that what happened to them doesn’t happen to Finney.
The trailer also hints at a psychic connection between Finney’s friend and the killer’s victims. While Finney is trapped inside that basement, she is trying to help find him through her visions. Plus, Hawke is watching Finney like, well, a hawk, even sleeping in a chair to make sure the boy doesn’t escape.
Mason Thames plays Finney in his first-ever film role, and what an introduction to the world of film.
Scott Derrickson directed The Black Phone, which marks his second time working with Hawke. They previously worked together on the first Sinister film. Derrickson also directed The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Marvel’s Doctor Strange.
Derrickson co-wrote the film’s screenplay with frequent collaborator C. Robert Cargill. It’s based on the award-winning short story by Joe Hill from his New York Times bestseller 20th Century Ghosts. Derrickson & Cargill’s Crooked Highway produce the film and presented by Universal and Blumhouse. Jason Blum, Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill are producers on the film. Ryan Turek and Christopher H. Warner serve as executive producers.