The black phone Director Scott Derrickson has shared five horror picks he recommends people check out in the run up to Halloween. Derrickson, who headed the blockbuster movies The day the earth stood still in 2008 and Doctor Strange in 2016, has a long history in the horror genre, all the way back to his feature film debut, the 2000 sequel Hellraiser: Inferno. Since then, he has also supervised The exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinisterand Deliver us from evilof Sinister in particular, earning a reputation as one of the scariest movies of all time.
Earlier this year, Derrickson delivered his latest horror film, The black phone. Based on a short story by Joe Hill, the project stars Ethan Hawke as The Grabber, a child abductor who detains young men in his basement before they are murdered. His latest victim is Finney Blake (Mason Thames), who begins to receive calls on a disconnected phone with information from the ghosts of the children who came before him. The black phone‘s box office run proved to be exceptional, grossing $161 million on a budget of approximately $18 million.
Today on his official Twitter account, Derrickson shared his personal recommendations of five foreign-language horror movies to watch this Halloween season. The titles, including that of Kim Jee-woon I saw the devilBabak Anvari’s Under the shadowand Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Cairo (Pulse)), runs the gamut of eras between 1996 and 2018. The only region it repeats twice on the list is Spain, with Paco Plaza’s Veronica and Alejandro Amenábar’s Rack.
Where are Scott Derrickson’s horror movie recommendations available online?
Fortunately for those willing to follow Derrickson’s list, each of the films he mentions is available online. In fact, at the time of writing, both 2016’s Under the shadow and 2018’s Veronica are available to stream on Netflix. The South Korean entry I saw the devil also streams for Hulu subscribers or Prime Video users with a Monsters and Nightmares subscription. The Japanese movie pulse is also available on Prime Video, meaning the only movie on the list that requires an additional fee is Rackwhich is available on various VOD platforms for a price between $3.99 and $6.99.
Derrickson did not say that these films were specifically influences on his work. However, that doesn’t stop them all being the perfect combination with The black phone, fans should choose to include that movie in their Halloween lineup as well. Given that the director has recommended the films so highly, they obviously align closely with his sensibilities, which would naturally spill over into his own work.
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