The Black Phone follows a psychopathic child abductor and killer known as The Grabber who leaves a bloody trail of missing children. But things don’t go as planned when he kidnaps Finney. Through a mysterious phone, Finney, the grabber’s latest victim, receives help from the psychotic killer’s previous victims.
Based on the 2004 short story of the same name by author Joe Hill (who happens to be Stephen King’s son), the film blends serial killer horror with supernatural horrors, making the overall experience quite spooky. If you can’t get enough of hair-raising movies, we have some great recommendations for you! You can find most of these TV movies comparable to The Black Phone on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
7. The Last House on the Left (2009)
The Last House on the Left tells the chilling story of a couple trying to get revenge on a group of people who took refuge in their home. A remake of the 1972 horror film of the same name, the film is a fantastic mix of dark, creeping horror and chilling scares. Similar to The Black Telephone, this film features intense characters that will haunt you long after the credits roll.
6. Alone (2020)
Although more of a thriller, Alone is the perfect sequel to The Black Phone. The story revolves around a young woman desperately trying to escape from a psychotic stalker. The film is set in the wilderness, which makes the protagonist’s breathless journey even faster. If you were rooting for Finney’s fate in The Black Phone, Alone is the perfect sequel and lets you share in the young protagonist’s fate to the end.
5. Rupture (2016)
Rupture follows Renée Morgan, who is kidnapped after dropping her son Evan off at her ex-husband’s. Briefly incapacitated by a stun gun, Renée is kidnapped in a truck and taken to an ominous underground laboratory where an unspeakable fate seems to await her. Tied to a table in a deadly laboratory, the unsuspecting protagonist undergoes a dark and surreal journey that is captivating to watch. Once again, the fate of the innocent abductees will draw you into the story, as it probably did with The Black Telephone.
Written, produced and directed by the prolific M. Night Shyamalan, Split takes us into surreal psychological horror terrain. The wacky story is about a kidnapper who keeps three young girls captive in an underground facility. What is particularly chilling is that the kidnapper has twenty-three different personalities. The young, seemingly helpless hostages must escape before a deadly twenty-fourth personality emerges.
Part of Shyamalan’s Unbreakable trilogy, Spilt might be one of his most underrated works. If dark villains are your thing, this movie is a worthy follow-up to The Black Telephone. As an added bonus, the rest of the trilogy is also well worth watching.
3. Berlin Syndrome (2017)
Another psychological horror film that doesn’t quite get the attention it deserves, Berlin Syndrome follows a young photographer named Clare who is being held hostage by her would-be lover. Based on the 2012 novel of the same name by Melanie Joosten, the film is an exciting, if somewhat slow, film. However, the film’s atmospheric structure is second to none and one can fully immerse oneself in Clare’s fate. The protagonist’s deadly dilemma will keep you in suspense, just like Finney in The Black Telephone.
2. Malicious (2021)
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Malignant is the explosive and gory entry to this list, nearing Essential Viewing status. Directed by James Wan (Saw and Insidious fame), the film follows Annabelle Wallis as she begins having visions of people being murdered. When things take a surreal turn, Annabelle finds her visions taking place in real life. Malignant is a well-done experiment by James Wan that familiarizes viewers with a simple premise and then leads them down a dark rabbit hole. The mixture of real terror and supernatural horror is also perfectly successful here and makes Malignant a fantastic successor to The Black Telephone.
1. It (2017)
The film adaptation of Stephen King’s timeless 1968 novel of the same name is the stuff of nightmares. A group of children are being terrorized by a spooky creature emerging from the sewers. A masterful blend of physical fear and existential dread, the film is as much about the children’s fears as the vicious creature that stalks them. Incidentally, it’s the first of two films related to the book, the second being the equally worthy 2019 It Chapter Two.
With two films that delve deep into the story and spanning two decades, this is a fantastic horror tale to jump into. The Black Telephone has hints of a longer backstory from all of the previous victims communicating with Finney. In It and its sequel, one gets even deeper details of a two-decade saga of fear.