How to Watch ‘The Black Phone: Is the Ethan Hawke Horror Film Streaming or in Theaters?

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Apiece of Ethan Hawke’s antagonist functions seems to be topping the other. The Black Phone is next in the queue. The magical Blumhouse mess film hits the cinemas this summer and arrives from the director, Scott Derrickson (Dr. Strange, The Exorcism of Emily Rose). It is adjusted from the eponymous short story by Joe Hill from 2004. But Hawke, The Black Phone stars Mason Thames, Madeleine McGraw, Jeremy Davies, James Ransone, and E. Roger Mitchell in other important functions.

Set in 1978, it tracks a teenage boy who is abducted by a creepy magician, just to discover that he’s not the greatest. Soon he can communicate with the captor’s other targets (also young kids like him) via a broken phone in the basement where he is held. Hawke plays the story’s sinner as the sadistic magician and abductor terrorizing the town.


As sinister as it sounds, The Black Phone might be the scary movie of the year, for all we know. So, let’s find out where and how you can watch the supernatural horror cliffhanger and if you can stream it.

Is The Black Phone in Movie Theaters?

The Black Phone premiered at the Fantastic Fest in September 2021, Tribeca Film Festival, and Overlook Film Festival. The film was originally scheduled to be released in January and then February 2022 but got delayed. And now, finally, you can catch The Black Phone in theaters on Friday, June 24, 2022.

You can head to this link to get your tickets for the film. When visiting the theaters to watch the movie, you might still want to observe necessary health safety regulations since there’s still some concern regarding the still-worrying cases of COVID-19. Be safe and have a scary time!

Is The Black Phone Streaming Online?

Besides the theatrical release, it looks like The Black Phone will get a digital release, just not right now. The movie will be exclusive to theaters for at least 45 days from its freedom. After that, the horror thriller is expected to be released on Universal’s streaming service, Peacock. We don’t have official confirmation yet, and it could take three to four months from the theatrical premiere before the film is released on stream, i.e., around fall 2022.

Can You Watch The Black Phone Without Peacock?

Yes and no. For now, the only way you can watch The Black Phone is at the theaters. However, if you have accomplished a sense of safe visiting the theaters yet, and would rather watch the movie from the comfort of your home, you’ll have to wait for a few months before the movie (hopefully) arrives for streaming on Peacock. So, yes, you can watch The Black Phone right away in a theater near you, and no, you cannot rush the movie anywhere else.

Peacock is Universal’s streaming network, where you can watch a host of television shows and movies for free when you register on the app. But original productions are available just for a premium subscription. You can easily sign up for Peacock Premium or Peacock Premium Plus for a monthly fee. The premium plan is ad-supported and costs $4.99, while the premium plus is ad-free and $9.99. Peacock streaming service is available through Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple and Android TVs, or gaming consoles.

When Will The Black Phone Arrive on Digital or VOD?

As of now, there’s no information or update from Universal Pictures about the VOD release of The Black Phone. As far as DVDs and Blu-Rays are concerned, the physical media usually come out a few months after the theater releases. You can expect The Black Phone DVDs to also release around the same timeline, which might be the same time as the digital release.

Watch The Black Phone Trailer

There are two official trailers of The Black Phone released by Universal, one from October 2021 and the moment from April 2022. Both the trailers more or less highlight the movie’s plot, and both seem scarier than anything you have seen this year.

With the classic Blumhouse innovative touch to horror, the first trailer is what details the story of The Black Phone, introducing you to Hawke’s Grabber, a very creepy-looking magician who turns out to be a masked abductor/serial killer. 

You also get to see the protagonist and victim, Finney Shaw, played by Mason Thames, and his sister, Gwen, played by Madeline McGraw. She seems to be a very important character in the entire scheme of items. Watch the trailers for more. Grabber’s character may remind you a little of Pennywise, but the overall narrative of The Black Phone appears to lean more towards thriller than just supernatural. So, you can expect a lot of spine-chilling moments, as much as you want to hop off your seat.

What Is The Black Phone About?

The Black Phone is based on American author Joe Hill’s short story of the same name, which is a part of the short collection 20th Century Ghosts. In the book, a 13-year-old boy is kidnapped by a man named Al and taken into a basement room, where he finds a broken black phone on the wall. When the phone starts ringing, he hears the kidnapper’s former victims, who are now dead. 

The movie adaptation follows more or less the same premise, albeit with more dramatic takes on the characters and the plot. In the movie, there’s a lot of focus on the Grabber, from what we learn from the promos.

In 1978, in a small town in Colorado, Finney Shaw and his sister, Gwen, noticed a lot of missing posters featuring teenage kids like them. One day, on his way home from school, Finney meets this creepy-looking magician who abducts him and takes him to a dark, dungeon-like basement of an old house. 

Finney finds a broken black wall phone, but somehow, it seems to ring at night. Soon Finney finds out that he can talk to Grabber’s earlier victims through that phone, all of whom died (most likely destroyed by Grabber). These dead kids try to help Finney escape, but his abductor controls winning. In short, The Black Phone is an escape story with paranormal and slasher stuff; we can’t wait to witness how it runs!

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