The emergence of a terrible new horror film comes from a dark, personal place for the director.
If the masked face in Ethan Hawke’s The Black Phone trailer scares you, you should be scared.
Not only is the character a rapist who kidnaps and kills a boy, but he is also a bad guy Black Phone stems from the horrors of real life.
The most famous director is Scott Derrickson Dismissal of Emily Rose, Bad and Dr. Strangeto write, he combined his childhood experiences with a short story by Joe Hill Black Phone Together with C. Robert Cargill.
“I grew up in an area north of Denver that was very violent, very violent, a lot of fights, a lot of kids always bleeding,” Derrickson told news.com.au. “It happened immediately after Ted Bundy killed people in Colorado. And Manson’s murder was new.
“When I was eight, a neighbor friend knocked on my door and said, ‘Someone killed my mother.’
“Parents punished their children more aggressively, so it was a very harsh and scary place to grow up in many ways. And I tried to bring that environment to the film in a real way.”
Derrickson picked up Hill’s book from a bookstore about twenty years ago. He had previously chosen rights at once, but not until he parted ways Dr. Strange a continuation of creative differences for ideas Black Phone returned.
He was already thinking of making a film based on Francois Truffaut’s 1959 French New Wave classic 400 blowsTruffaut introduced a 14-year-old character who played the role of a lawyer on the screen to discover the difficult childhood of filmmaking.
Derrickson wanted to do this for his childhood in the 1970s, combining it with Hill’s story about another young man who was the victim of The Grabber, trying to escape with the help of previous victims of a criminal who spoke on a disconnected phone.
The combination of these two ideas was meaningful – both for the story and for Derrickson emotionally.
He has been in therapy for three years, working through the experiences of his formative years and going through it Black Phone was the speech.
“That’s why I tended to tell such a story, because I felt I had a lot of work to do to calculate aspects of my past, the impact of my life, and who I am as a person.”
“It was rewarding to have a place to put it back. Most of the kids in the film are based on kids I know.”
Derrickson had previously worked with Hawke Bad, A feature that Cargill co-wrote and kept in touch with, an actor whom Derrickson considered “my favorite actor I’ve worked with.”
According to Derrickson, Hawke was actually silent when he thought he wasn’t that interested in the role of a villain, unless there was something special.
“Then he read the script and left me a voice message with the character’s voice telling me a line from the script,” Derrickson recalled. “As soon as I heard that, I said, ‘Oh, I think he’ll do it.’
“I think Ethan trusted me in what I really did and how I made the film. It brought fear and procrastination to a character that was so fresh and interesting to me.”
Derrickson, who has several horror films under his belt and recently signed a production contract with Blumhouse, takes his trauma out of a genre that lends itself to catharsis.
“As a director, as a fan and lover of the genre, this is everything for me. It was always about facing fear and trauma.
“Black Phone is actually related to childhood trauma and what it actually looks and feels like. There is nothing unfamiliar in it.
“Without a cataract, it can be created by using horror to face the evils that are spoken or unspoken in our lives, in ourselves, in our families, in strangers and in nature, in the world. This genre is for that;
Black Phone in cinemas from January 27
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