Black Phone is a story about a kidnapped child, whose only means of communication whilst trapped in a cellar is via a long-disconnected, antique telephone. The film stars Ethan Hawke as a serial killer and Mason Thames as the child who is kidnapped by him, but who can communicate via the phone in order to escape.
Fangoria Magazine has announced that the newsstand edition of their upcoming January 2022 issue will feature The Black Phone. The upcoming horror flick from director Scott Derrickson (Sinister, Doctor Strange), on its cover. An adaptation of Joe Hill’s short story of the same name, with a screenplay penned by C. Robert Cargill (Sinister, Doctor Strange). The Black Phone transports audiences back to the 1970s, as a young boy (Mason Thames) kidnapped by a child killer (Ethan Hawke) must decipher the clues he receives from the killer’s previous victims via a series of calls from a mysterious phone on the wall where he’s being held captive.
For Fangoria issue #14, the trio of Derrickson, Cargill, and Hill come together to discuss the making of The Black Phone the power of nostalgia, and growing up during the unsafe times of the 1970s. This latest edition of the long-running horror publication also features a look at the design process behind the instantly iconic mask in The Black Phone which was designed by FX legend Tom Savini and renowned FX artist Jason Baker.
Fangoria is also ringing in the new year with a celebration of all things Scream. including a conversation between Radio Silence (Tyler Gillett, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, and Chad Villella, the filmmaking team behind the new Scream) and franchise creator Kevin Williamson. who discuss the intimidating challenge of revisiting Woodsboro. And in anticipation of the latest entry in the popular franchise, Fangoria #14 looks back at the entire history of the Scream series, as well as the not-quite-real Stab films.
Fangoria #14 will arrive on newsstands in January 2022 and to celebrate the cover reveal, Fangoria is offering 25 percent off everything in their online shop through the weekend; use promo code BLACKPHONE25 at checkout. For fans who want to get their hands on the subscriber-exclusive Scream cover, the subscription window to get that cover will close on Saturday, December 18th. For more details on how to become a subscriber, visit the Fangoria Shop.
The Black Phone is generating a lot of buzz ahead of its premiere. After its early screenings, the movie sits at a perfect 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes. And that's an incredible accomplishment for any horror movie as it pertains to reviews from mainstream critics. The movie will be released in movie theaters in the United States on Feb. 4, 2022.
The film landscape continues to evolve with an exciting new distribution partnership struck between Universal Pictures and Peacock. Beginning in 2022, certain studio titles like Simon Kinberg's The 355 (Jan. 7), Scott Derrickson's The Black Phone (Feb. 4) and David Gordon Green's Halloween Ends (Oct. 14) — could arrive exclusively on Peacock as early as 45 days after their theatrical and PVOD releases.
“As we continue investing in the most valued and sought-after content for Peacock, films are essential to that mix,” Kelly Campbell, President, Peacock, said in a statement. "The team at Universal Filmed Entertainment Group are fantastic partners and we are excited to bring their amazing slate of blockbuster films and beloved franchises to Peacock as early as 45 days after their theatrical release, and provide a steady stream of fresh, original films exclusively for Peacock customers throughout the year.”
“Prioritizing the theatrical experience and eventizing our world class content remains the cornerstone of our business,” added Peter Levinsohn, Vice Chairman and Chief Distribution Officer, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group. “By ensuring our upcoming slate has both a theatrical window and timely Peacock debut, we satisfy the needs and expectations for key stakeholders across the spectrum, from our filmmakers and producing partners, to cinemagoers and Peacock subscribers.”
This strategy is reminiscent of the agreement Warner Bros. came to over the summer with AMC Theatres. Instead of continuing its unprecedented day-and-date release model that was the norm for the last year, WB will allow all of its 2022 slate of theatrically released movies to stay on the big screen for at least 45 days before making their way to streaming or PVOD.
In July of 2020, Universal and AMC struck a deal that would allow certain movies to debut on PVOD as early as three weeks after hitting the big screen.
“The theatrical experience continues to be the cornerstone of our business,” Donna Langley, chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, said at the time. “The partnership we’ve forged with AMC is driven by our collective desire to ensure a thriving future for the film distribution ecosystem and to meet consumer demand with flexibility and optionality.”
“Focusing on the long-term health of our industry, we would note that just as restaurants have thrived even though every home has a kitchen, AMC is highly confident that moviegoers will come to our theaters in huge numbers in a post-pandemic world," remarked AMC CEO Adam Aron. "As people enjoy getting out of their homes, we believe the mystical escape and magical communal experience offered at our theaters will always be a compelling draw, including as it does our big screens, big sound and big seats not to mention the alluring aroma of our perfectly prepared popcorn.”