The Black Phone Review: Coming-of-Age Gets Scary in a Great, Violent Thriller

Sometimes, the most terrifying thing in the world is being a kid. Too young to fully comprehend the complicated machinations of the world, and too small to protect oneself from threats both physical and emotional, childhood can be scary. Whether it's monsters under the bed or screaming matches between parents, bullies at school or the crushing social anxiety of young romance, being a vulnerable kid is often painful, difficult, and confusing. This is probably why so many films are about coming-of-age, and so much media in the horror or supernatural genre draws on childhood to tell their stories.


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