The Black Phone is one of the scariest horror films of recent years. Based on a short story by Joe Hill (still a mark of quality), it introduces a wider audience to Ethan Hawke as the Grabber. As instantly iconic and terrifying as Freddy and Jason, the near-supernatural child killer leaves viewers glued to their seats. Although the film is worth watching this Halloween, many moviegoers have already seen it and want more. If you’re brave enough, watch these four horror movies like The Black Phone that will haunt you forever.
Ethan Hawke as Grabber in ‘The Black Phone’ | Universal
Sinister might as well be The Black Phone’s sibling, given how much DNA the two films share. Both films are Blumhouse productions directed by Scott Derrickson, written by him and C. Robert Cargill, and star Hawke. They even involve spooky versions of analog technology (a Super 8 projector and a rotary phone).
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But in Sinister, Hawke is our flawed protagonist, a true-crime author trying to get back into the limelight by writing a book about a series of family murders and missing children. However, as one might imagine, the ending does not imply that he publishes another bestseller.
A sleek, jumpscare-heavy cult classic, Sinister has a well-deserved reputation as a harrowing experience that will leave you feeling uneasy the next time you think about moving into a new home.
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Another Blumhouse production, Ma sees Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer in the title role, a deeply ill woman who befriends a group of teenagers. Her willingness to allow them to drink and hang out at her house chillingly turns out to be a mask for much more sinister intentions. Spencer, in particular, gives a fantastic performance, deftly balancing the many facets of Ma and her increasingly unhinged demeanor. Horror fans (or anyone unlucky enough to see the spoilerific trailer) can tell where things will go from the start, but the real mystery is worth sticking around for.
Although it’s a bit hokier than The Black Phone, Ma has heartbreaking moments and an infamously likable villain.
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It, or It Chapter One, remakes the Stephen King classic — the first half, at least. It follows the Losers, a gang of misfit children from Derry, Maine, as they are terrorized by “It”, aka Pennywise the Dancing Clown (this time played by a disturbingly engaged Bill Skarsgård). The key to this one is the casting. Skarsgård is an obvious star, but even he can’t outshine the incredibly talented kids, their down-to-earth friendship giving us reason to be scared when they’re in danger.
Raising the Fear over Tim Curry’s nostalgic 2017 TV miniseries is worth a watch. Whether you’re a fan of the works of King, a fan of Stranger Things, or terrified of clowns, this is the perfect recipe for nightmares.
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Between thrilling ratings with Get Out and Nope, Jordan Peele delivered another horror classic with Us. In this dark and satirical class commentary, a group of grotesque look-alikes known as the Tethered interrupt a family’s vacation. A refreshingly nuanced take on the tired trope of “Who’s the real monster here?” Us forces viewers to question their opinion of people considered inferior in society. To say the film is unique is an understatement, largely because of the cast – led by Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Elisabeth Moss, per IMDb – playing dual roles as two separate versions of the same people for the movie. movie set.
Bolstered by some disturbing moments, gorgeous cinematography, and some very talented (and terrifying) child actors, this movie sticks with you long after the credits roll.
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