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‘The Black Phone’ is the latest horror movie from Blumhouse Productions — here’s how to watch the supernatural thriller at home

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Ethan Hawke in “The Black Phone.”

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  • “The Black Phone” is now available to buy ($25) or rent ($20) from streaming retailers like Prime Video.
  • The horror movie will also be available on Peacock, but a release date hasn’t been confirmed.

“The Black Phone” is now available to stream at home less than one month after it debuted in theaters on June 24. You can rent or buy the horror film from video-on-demand (VOD) retailers like Prime Video and Vudu. “The Black Phone” will also stream on Peacock later this year. 

Ethan Hawke stars in “The Black Phone” as The Grabber, a child kidnapper and serial killer. When Finney (Mason Thames) is abducted by The Grabber, he finds a phone that allows him to communicate with previous victims. At the same time, Finney’s sister begins having psychic dreams about her brother’s abduction. 

Check out the trailer for ‘The Black Phone’

“The Black Phone” is adapted from a 2004 short story by author Joe Hill. Hill is the son of prolific horror writer Stephen King. The film is directed by Scott Derrickson, whose previous credits include “Sinister” and Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” and it’s produced by Blumhouse Productions. Blumhouse is known for producing other popular horror films, like “Get Out” and “The Purge.” 

Reviews for “The Black Phone” are positive, with critics praising the performances by Ethan Hawke and the film’s child actors. The movie currently has an “82% Certified Fresh” rating on review-aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.

Where to watch ‘The Black Phone’ 

You can buy or rent “The Black Phone” to watch at home now from streaming retailers like Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, and YouTube. The film costs $25 to buy or $20 to rent in up to 4K UHD quality. 

If you buy the movie, you’ll be able to watch it as many times as you want. With the rental option, you get 30 days to start watching the film once you order it, and then 48 hours to finish once you hit play. 

“The Black Phone” also supports the free Movies Anywhere platform, which allows you to sync your digital movie purchases together across apps. For example, if you sign up and link all your retailer accounts, you’ll be able to watch “The Black Phone” on Vudu even if you originally buy it through Prime Video. 

Apps for these VOD retailers are supported on iOS and Android smartphones, tablets, streaming media players like Roku and Fire TV, and smart TVs from most major brands. Be sure to check your retailer of choice’s website to make sure it’s supported on your device before you purchase. 

When will ‘The Black Phone’ be available on Peacock? 

“The Black Phone” is expected to stream on Peacock in August, but an exact release date hasn’t been confirmed by the streaming service.

Universal previously announced that the majority of its 2022 film slate will hit Peacock after 45 days in theaters. This announcement included “The Black Phone” alongside other films like “Ambulance,” “The 355,” and “Downton Abbey: A New Era.” If this release strategy holds true for “The Black Phone,” we’ll likely see it on Peacock beginning August 8. 

Once “The Black Phone” is available on Peacock, all Premium and Premium Plus subscribers will be able to watch the movie at no extra cost. 

Peacock Premium costs $5 a month and is ad-supported. If you prefer ad-free streaming, Peacock Premium Plus costs $10 a month. Both plans offer access to Peacock’s entire streaming library, including new movies and next-day TV premieres from NBC and Bravo.

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