A new fan poster makes visual the similarities between The Black Phone and Sinister, Scott Derrickson’s other horror film starring Ethan Hawke.
A The black phone fan poster crosses paths with another of Ethan Hawke’s well-known horror films, Claim. Directed and co-written by Scott Derrickson, the new film is an adaptation of novelist Joe Hill’s 2004 short story of the same name. Set in the 1970s, it follows the kidnapping of a young boy who, after being found trapped in a soundproof basement with nothing but a disconnected phone, realizes the device allows him to communicate with his captor’s previous victims. The black phone was released on June 24, 2022 and for his portrayal of the serial killer known as Grabber, Hawke managed to terrify audiences and garner critical acclaim.
2012 Claim, also directed by Derrickson, finds Hawke in a much different role, playing a struggling father and true-crime writer who inadvertently puts his entire family in danger when he discovers a series of videotapes depicting gruesome murders, as well as the demonic figure Bughuul, at his home. The film has received largely positive reactions and developed a strong cult following in the years since its release, but some audiences argue that The black phone, while similar, is even scarier. In June, Hawke compared Claim at The black phone better naming the new film’s script and praising Derrickson’s superior craftsmanship this time around.
Now fan and artist Bosslogic share a poster for The black phone which bears a striking resemblance to that of Claim‘s, via Instagram. As Claim, featuring a young girl and a bloodstained wall that reveals Bughuul’s face, this new image features the titular phone with a similar blood pattern that forms the face of the Grabber. In his caption, the user notes that The black phone gave Claim “vibes.Check out the poster below:
Since The black phonethe public drew slight comparisons with Claim, primarily in regards to its dream sequences which resemble the tapes found in Ellison Oswalt’s house. Some also theorize that The black phone and Claim share a universe, due to the actions and characteristics of the villains. Bughuul and the Grabber prey on the fears of young children and abduct their victims, and their physical characteristics can be seen as more alike than different.
Whether the two films are related remains unclear, but it certainly seems like The black phone stirs up memories of that other Derrickson and Hawke collaboration for many audience members. This fan poster captures that sentiment well, and it’ll be interesting to see if either creative touches on the similarities with Claim. Fans of the 2012 horror film, or those just looking to see Hawke’s antagonistic turn, can check out The black phone while it’s in theaters now.
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