THE BLACK PHONE (2022) 30+ reviews – digital release on July 15th and Blu-ray + DVD + Digital in December

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The Black Phone has taken in excess of $100 million theatrically worldwide and now there is news of home viewing releases. The movie will be available on Digital on July 15th. Rent or buy UHD via Amazon

A Blu-ray + DVD + Digital combo release will follow with Amazon listing its release as December 31, 2022 (we suspect this may come forward in light of the film’s theatrical performance). A standalone DVD release will also be released.

In the meantime, here’s our previous coverage:


The Black Phone is a 2022 American horror film about “A kidnapped kid. A creepy, soundproofed basement. An ancient, disconnected phone. Then, when night falls, the phone rings.”

Directed by Scott Derrickson (Deliver Us from Evil; Sinister; The Exorcism of Emily Rose) from a screenplay by Robert Cargill, Derrickson has adapted novelist Joe Hill’s short story ‘The Black Phone’. Derrickson, Cargill and Jason Blum co-produced. Joe Hill gets an executive producer credit. 

The Crooked Highway Productions movie stars Ethan Hawke ( Sinister), Jeremy Davies
James Ransone (IT: Chapter Two), Madeleine McGraw (The Harbinger; The Curse of la Llorona; Pacific Rim: Uprising), Mason Thames (For All Mankind TV series) and E. Roger Mitchell.

“Ultimately, everything comes together to make a great film. The thriller portions are powerful while the horror is expertly done. The entire cast gives magnificent performances and the end will give those watching an emotional discharge. It is rare to see a scary movie that takes on this much succeed, but The Black Phone does it.” AIPT

“Emotional, tough to watch at some points, and surprisingly full of heart, this is one of the best films to come out of the Scott Derrickson/ C. Robert Cargill pairing. Ethan Hawke does fantastic work, some of his best in years, but this film belongs to the kids in the cast, who steal the show in all the best ways.” 9/10,  Bleeding Cool 

“Thames brings the heart, but McGraw is a rare exceptional talent. But Hawke is in a league of his own, playing against type in a remarkable and remarkably unsettling way. It won’t rank as high on the scare meter as Derrickson and Cargill’s previous horror film [Sinister], but it is more relatable and heartfelt.” Bloody Disgusting

” …The Black Phone ends up being so damn good is just how oppressively suspenseful Derrickson’s latest genre effort is. Honestly, between Sinister and The Black Phone, I’m pretty much on board for any and all collaborations that he does with Cargill because they prove that in this day and age where it can be hard to push horror fans’ buttons, they know precisely the right formula to really amp up the terror in ways that crawl under your skin.” Daily Dead

“The Grabber doesn’t actually seem all that unstoppable […] When his past victims do come calling, they echo haunting warnings of the tortured end they endured, and that should make Hawke’s character more menacing… but it doesn’t. Relying too heavily on quick jolts and jump scares, some moments of The Black Phone feel like the more PG-13 moments of The Sixth Sense.” Dread Central


“A couple of effective jump-scares aside, the film runs on ticking-clock suspense, knowing that whatever the Grabber says, it’s unlikely Finn will stay in his good graces for very long. The story’s final third works even better than the buildup would suggest, shrugging off some of the atmospherics and, with a clever nod to a classic in the serial-killer genre, focusing all the movie’s energies on a sequence that delivers.” The Hollywood Reporter

” …managed to exceed extremely high expectations in nearly every aspect. The writing/directing team puts personal traumas on full display while expertly showcasing the complications of childhood in the ’70s and the very real monsters of our world, while the performances of the child actors Mason Thames and Madeleine McGraw take the already tight story to new heights.” IGN

The Black Phone is a succinct and stressful terror blanketed with themes of friendship, family, and inventive portrayals of resiliency. Every aspect of the film is emotionally arresting and tackles timeless fears with razor-sharp precision. Derrickson and Cargill’s collaborative vision navigate horror down multiple avenues and preys upon traditional forms of strengths and weaknesses through aspects of religion and familiarity.” IndieWire

The Black Phone tackles horrors from various different avenues and while it may come off bleak to some, the film provides a truly entertaining experience that also shows the audience that there is hope in the darkness. The voices from over the phone give Finney the lifeline he needs to keep fighting and that perseverance actually shines through in a story that is blanketed in relentless claustrophobic terror.” JoBlo

“It’s a shame that there’s so much nonsensical clutter in The Black Phone, as in its best moments […] Derrickson displays a talent for crafting a tense sequence. Hawke is genuinely unnerving as the villain, using his physicality and stature to add to the threat he poses to his young potential victim. But those moments are few and far between…” 2.5/5 The Movie Waffler

“Derrickson can build a mood and craft creepy imagery, and he moves his camera with precision. But this feels like a notebook of compelling visual and narrative ideas that never quite fit together, that can’t quite manage to coalesce into coherence […] There’s much in The Black Phone to admire, but even the most patient audience may find themselves frustrated; waiting for these pieces to snap into place.” The Playlist

“It’s more a thoroughly gripping dark drama than an outright scarefest […] The intrusions of the supernatural are handled with a matter-of-fact approach that integrates them gracefully into the very well-grounded reality of The Black Phone. They result in a few jolting moments, eerie visuals and sustained suspense sequences.” Rue Morgue

” …it doesn’t lean into the psychological elements of Finney and Gwen’s life, but it does give us one of the best new horror villains in The Grabber. Ethan Hawke is utterly terrifying and the masks he wears are going to end up being iconic. The story is a throwback that doesn’t feel like it’s trying to cash in on the current nostalgic horror trends though.” That Hashtag Show

“This is an incredibly well-crafted film, from the score, cinematography, and three remarkable performances. Jeremy Davies could have pulled back somewhat, but it’s a minor discordant note in a beautiful, nuanced symphony. The Black Phone is meaningful, scary, thrilling, full of powerful performances, and when you jump — and you will — it will be because you are in the hands of a confident guide…” Vital Thrills

The film had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest on September 25th 2021. The Black Phone was due to be released theatrically by Universal and Blumhouse on January 28th 2022, but this was put back to February 4th 2022. However, the film’s release has now been delayed until June 24th 2022.

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