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Heat Vision’s Top 10 Movies of 2022

Welcome to one of the last “Best Movies of 2022” lists. And while other lists try to give you a complete picture in 10 movies, or maybe one specific genre, we here at Heat Vision try to tackle the best of the genres we love, from comic book adaptations to horror to fantasy. And we […]

8 Movie Composers on How They Capture Terror and Tension

If this year’s horror movies are any proof, what you hear can be just as or even more terrifying than what you see. That’s thanks, in part, to a film’s composer, who has an explicit ability to take both the social, physical, metaphorical and even unnatural and uncanny elements of a story and turn them into […]

How Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Delivers Scares for ‘Halloween,’ ‘Black Phone’ and More

When Halloween Horror Nights opened at Universal Studios Hollywood in September, it was a true return to the full-throated event creative director John Murdy has been used to putting on for nearly two decades. “In 2020, the season was canceled — as, I think, everybody’s life in 2020 was canceled. But when we came back […]

‘The Black Phone’ Writer C. Robert Cargill Discusses The Grabber’s Backstory and the Emotional Last-Minute Rewrite

[This story contains spoilers for The Black Phone.] It’s been 10 years since Sinister’s creative team delivered one of Blumhouse’s earliest low-budget success stories, but the trio of C. Robert Cargill, Scott Derrickson and Ethan Hawke have answered the call yet again with The Black Phone. Blumhouse and Universal’s latest supernatural horror film opened to […]

‘The Black Phone’ Director Scott Derrickson Reveals a Last-Minute Change to the End

[This story contains spoilers for The Black Phone.] Making a horror film about a sadistic child killer could be a challenge in and of itself, but The Black Phone co-writer and director Scott Derrickson said there was one scene that was particularly difficult to execute. In one upsetting moment, Terrence Blake (Jeremy Davies), the alcoholic father […]

Events of the Week: ‘Thor: Love and Thunder,’ ‘Westworld’ and More

Here’s a look at this week’s biggest premieres, parties and openings in Los Angeles and New York, including red carpets for Thor: Love and Thunder, Westworld, The Terminal List and The Black Phone. The Bear premiere FX celebrated the premiere of its new series The Bear at Goya Studios on Monday with stars Jeremy Allen […]

‘The Black Phone’ Director Scott Derrickson on Ethan Hawke’s Serial Killer and His Scary Mask

Scott Derrickson’s The Black Phone deals with tough subject matter: A sadistic child killer named the Grabber, played by Ethan Hawke, abducts children, never to be seen again. When he takes his sixth victim, the young boy gets mysterious phone calls from a disconnected phone in the Grabber’s dungeon from the children that have come […]

Universal Studios Introduces Blumhouse Maze Featuring ‘The Black Phone’ for 2022 Halloween Horror Nights

A maze based on two Blumhouse films will be a new addition to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios this fall. The theme park on Thursday unveiled The Horrors of Blumhouse haunted house, which will be based on the upcoming supernatural thriller Black Phone and horror-comedy Freaky (2020). The Scott Derrickson-directed Black Phone, starring Ethan […]

Next Big Thing: ‘The Black Phone’ Star Mason Thames on The Scariest Thing in the Blumhouse Horror Film

While Jason Blum has called Universal’s The Black Phone the “scariest movie” he’s ever produced, its young star Mason Thames, 14, says his experience making the movie was actually “all fun.” This despite the fact that his character, Finney — a baseball player who’s bullied at school and has an alcoholic father — is locked […]

Universal Offers Looks at ‘Sing 2,’ Michael Bay’s ‘Ambulance’ and Ethan Hawke’s ‘The Black Phone’ at CinemaCon

Universal’s CinemaCon presentation was packed with footage from its upcoming titles, including an extended preview of Sing 2 and first looks at Michael Bay’s Ambulance and Scott Derrickson’s Ethan Hawke starter The Black Phone. Kicked off by Jim Orr, Universal’s president of domestic theatrical distribution, eight Universal films were introduced via video by stars including […]