Director: Scott Derrickson Author: Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill Forged: Ethan Hawke, Mason Thames, Madeleine McGraw, Jeremy Davies Cinematographer: Brett Jutkiewicz Editor: Frédéric Thoraval
To be the protagonist of a Scott Derrickson movie is to have your religion examined. A hotshot protection legal professional reconsiders her non secular stance after being uncovered to unexplained phenomena in The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005), a cynical cop learns the transformative energy of prayer in Ship Us From Evil (2014) and a person of science overcomes his preliminary skepticism of sorcery in Physician Unusual (2016). The director twists his recurring theme into its simplest kind but in The Black Telephone, a chilling story of abduction and captivity, from which emerges a robust story of self-belief and interior power.
The theme additionally provides Derrickson an opportunity to dip again into his affinity for mixing horror with different genres. In The Exorcism of Emily Rose, the fear of a possession story was diluted by the movie repeatedly chopping to the courtroom drama that adopted in its aftermath. In Ship Us From Evil, an attractive police procedural turned lackluster after the investigation unearthed a spooky historical entity. The Black Telephone, nevertheless, is Derrickson’s best horror movie but, placing a effective steadiness between style thrills and a shifting coming-of-age story.