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  • Writer's pictureAlex Matthews

Jeremy Davies Joins Ethan Hawke in Horror Film 'The Black Phone'

Many people enjoy October for the cool fall weather, sweet candy, and of course, the spooky movies. Not only do horror films thrill us with jump scares and iconic scary characters, but they also do a great job of reminding us to lock our doors and check for ghosts in our dark hallways. Well, the newest nightmare-fest is here with “The Black Phone” starring Ethan Hawke and alumnus Jeremy Davies (Class of 1990.)

The film follows a boy who is kidnapped by a magician, played by Ethan Hawke, and locked in a basement where many people’s lives have been taken. The only thing he has to accompany him in the room is a black, antique telephone with a disconnected cord. However, the phone rings at night with calls from the dead victims, helping the boy plot his escape. One of his friends is also gifted with dreams of the boy’s whereabouts, and she attempts to help lead the police to him before it’s too late.

Jeremy Davies plays a man by the name of Mr. Shaw, a mysterious character whose role in the film is yet to be determined by audiences. He made his film debut starring in David O. Russell’s acclaimed first film, “Spanking the Monkey,” which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and earned Davies an Independent Spirit Award nomination. His portrayal of Tom Hanks’ interpreter, CPL Upham, in Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning film, “Saving Private Ryan,” brought notable acclaim for Davies, including a co-nomination for a SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast. Davies’ other credits include Steven Soderbergh’s “Solaris” with George Clooney and Viola Davis, Werner Herzog’s “Rescue Dawn” with Christian Bale, “Going All the Way” with Ben Affleck; Wim Wenders’ “Million Dollar Hotel,” Lars von Trier’s “Dogville” and “Manderlay” with Nicole Kidman and “The House That Jack Built” with Matt Dillon, “The Locusts” with Vince Vaughn, “Nell” with Jodie Foster, and “Twister” with Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Click here to check out the trailer for “The Black Phone,” premiering in theaters on February 4th, 2022.


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