‘The Black Phone’: The stars reveal how the villain got even more menacing

Sometimes all you need is a brilliant idea to stage a good horror film.

On Thursday, June 23, 2022, horror fans can gather in the cinemas to shudder when “The Black Phone” finally starts in the local cinemas. embodied in it Ethan Hawke the serial killer known only as “the snatcher” and locks his teenage victims in a claustrophobic soundproof basement.

When young Finney (Mason Thames) falls into his clutches, he may find his way out alive thanks to a black phone in the basement. Actually, it hasn’t worked for years, but the grabber’s previous victims give him tips from the afterlife on how to escape the grabber. In addition, Finney’s little sister Gwen (Madeleine McGraw) tries to find and save her brother alive. For this she uses her prescient dreams.

On the occasion of the theatrical release on June 23, 2022, we met the stars of the film around Ethan Hawke, the two child stars Mason Thames and Madeleine McGraw as well as director Scott Derrickson to the interview. In doing so, they revealed some secrets from the set:

The masks as the secret star of the film

The threat to the gripper is not only due to his psyche, but also to the menacing masks, which can be changed in many ways. Sometimes the gripper “smiles”, sometimes he is anything but happy. Scott Derrickson explained the use of the masks to us as follows:

“I knew the masks were as important to the film as anything else. And if I’m Ethan [Hawke] sometimes I want to see something of him too. That’s why I came up with the idea of ​​making three masks and cutting them all in half. And then it got interesting to find out why he wears which mask in which scene.”

Ethan Hawke was also fascinated by the masks:

“The mask is constantly changing. That’s what makes it so unique. How we selected each for the specific scene to affect performance. That alone was terrifying. Because you wonder, why is someone hiding? What is this someone hiding? That’s when our brains start to boil.”

Young actor Mason Thames saw the masks in the basement on his first day of shooting and described his initial reaction as follows:

“I remember how [Ethan Hawke] came down the stairs ready to shoot and he had the mask on. I just stood there and was like, ‘Oh my God!’”

How the masks will act in the finished film, and how disturbing it is for the audience to see a changing mask over a running time of 104 minutes, can be experienced by viewers starting on June 23, 2022, when “The Black Phone” in starts in cinemas.

You can find out how well you pay attention to details in horror films by taking the quiz:

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