The Black Phone

2021 film directed by Scott Derrickson

The Black Phone is a 2021 American supernatural horror movie. It was directed by Scott Derrickson. The movie was written by Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill. It is based on the 2004 short story of the same name by Joe Hill. The movie stars Mason Thames, Madeleine McGraw, Jeremy Davies, James Ransone and Ethan Hawke. The movie is about a kidnapped teenager (Thames) and how he uses a mysterious telephone to talk with the dead victims of his kidnapper "The Grabber" (Hawke).

The Black Phone
Directed byScott Derrickson
Screenplay by
Based on"The Black Phone"
by Joe Hill
Produced by
CinematographyBrett Jutkiewicz
Edited byFrédéric Thoraval
Music byMark Korven
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release dates
  • September 25, 2021 (2021-09-25) (Fantastic Fest)
  • June 24, 2022 (2022-06-24) (United States)
Running time
103 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$16–18 million
Box office$10.3 million[2]

The movie was released by Universal Pictures in the United States on June 24, 2022. It had many positive reviews from critics.


  1. "The Black Phone (15)". British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved June 24, 2022.
  2. "The Black Phone". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved June 25, 2022.