Joe Hill commented that while Cargill and Derrickson were very faithful to his story, it lacked material for an entire essay. “The film is incredibly faithful to the short story. Every line of dialogue in the story is in the movie,” Hill reflected. “Every scene in the story is in the movie, but it’s only 40 minutes of the movie… So there’s a lot more. Everyone brought something to it that I think helped make it really interesting.”
Hill shared that Derrickson’s experience of living in the Midwest in the 1970s made the film especially realistic. “Derrickson grew up in north Denver in the dirty, violent 1970s, and a lot of the film is very autobiographical about what it was like,” Hill said. “It’s kind of anti-nostalgia. I love it because I love Stranger Things…but I’m not sure if the early 80s and late 1970s really looked like a Spielberg movie all along. really, basically like the Spielberg kids, precocious and smart, always quick with witty lines and such. It didn’t have to be like that.”
Meanwhile, Cargill realized that Hill’s story suited the structure of the quest. “In the short story, Grabber takes Finny to lock him in his basement with this disabled vintage phone. And then Finny gets a call from Bruce Yamada, the ghost of a friend who was killed by Grabber a few months ago … I think this is the only ghost that calls on the phone, ”Hill explained. “Cargill brought to this case that all of Grabber’s victims use this phone to call Finney, and each of them has a different suggestion on how he could escape … That’s all Cargill did. escape room. … How does Finny get out? What clues does Finny need to solve? What puzzles does Finny need to solve to get out of this room?
As a result, Black Phone is the work of three creative minds, each contributing to the final film. As Hill pointed out, “It’s the three flavors — the original story, the structure of the Cargill escape room, and Scott Derrickson’s very personal autobiographical stories of a ’70s childhood — that’s the three flavors that come together to make a peanut butter frosting cupcake that’s Black. telephone”.
The Black Phone is now available on digital, Blu-ray and DVD.