The Black Phone director Scott Derrickson reveals change to the ending

Sam Comrie
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The Black Phone director Scott Derrickson has revealed a surprise change to the end of the Ethan Hawke-starring horror. 

Derrickson shocked audiences with Sinister in 2012, which also featured Hawke, who starred in Moon Knight earlier this year. After leaving Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness to direct The Black Phone, the director’s second team-up with the actor almost had a significantly different ending.

Now, the director has revealed what led to the on-the-fly change during the movie’s production. Spoilers ahead… 

Ethan Hawke in The Black Phone.
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Ethan Hawke reunited with Scott Derrickson to star as the villain in The Black Phone.

Scott Derrickson explains The Black Phone ending change

Towards the end of the film, one of The Grabber’s victims Robyn (Miguel Cazarez Mora), returns as a ghost to speak with Finney. However, this almost wasn’t meant to be as Mora had already flown back home from filming.

Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Derrickson explained: “In the script, Robin wasn’t in the room. It was just a phone call.

“A day or two before we shot that… it suddenly hit me out of nowhere. I was like, ‘Oh, the audience wants to see that kid again. We got to see him again.'”

an image of the black phone
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Finney is the latest victim of Ethan Hawke’s The Grabber.

Derrickson knew he’d need to act fast to wrap up the film succinctly, as the director hadn’t fleshed out the scene on the morning of filming.

The director said: “I end up doing it all in one shot. I think a good director always has an antenna up trying to hear what this movie really wants to be.”

The Black Phone is based on the titular short story by horror author Joe Hill, which was released in 2004. It’s available to watch in cinemas nationwide now.