A new horror film, titled The Black Phone, has been given a ‘perfect’ score on Rotten Tomatoes.
The movie, which was written by Doctor Strange duo Robert Gargill and Scott Derrickson, follows a 13-year-old boy who is being held in a basement by a disturbing man.
Its official synopsis reads: “Finney Shaw is a shy but clever 13-year-old boy who’s being held in a soundproof basement by a sadistic, masked killer.
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“When a disconnected phone on the wall starts to ring, he soon discovers that he can hear the voices of the murderer’s previous victims – and they are dead set on making sure that what happened to them doesn’t happen to Finney.”
So far, it’s scored an impressive 86% approval rating on the movie review site. Plus, several critics have praised it in their reviews.
Steph Green, from WeLoveCinema, penned: “The message of this inert film – the type that immediately ceases to exist as soon as you walk out of the cinema – is that kids should have self-belief or something. If that sounds a little thin, you would be correct: this phone rings hollow.”
Variety’s Owen Gleiberman said: “The Black Phone carries you along on its own terms – that is, if you accept that it’s less an ingenious freak-out of a thriller than a kind of stylised contraption.”
Another ‘top rater’ on the site, Perri Nemiroff, wrote: “A nightmarish scenario packed with very effective scares, but the film’s most remarkable quality is that it’s also a rather inspiring display of what the youngest of heroes can do to combat the most horrific of monsters.”
The film is based on a short story with the same title. It was written in 2004 by Joe Hill, who is the son of horror writer Stephen King.
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