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Why That Heart-Pumping Final Scene In The Black Phone Was So Difficult For Ethan Hawke

"The Black Phone" is officially here and is set to deliver edge-of-your-seat terror to viewers everywhere. Based on the short story of the same name by horror author Joe Hill, "The Black Phone" takes masked maniac to a whole new level with Ethan Hawke giving his all as the movie's antagonist, known simply as The Grabber. The film's director, Scott Derrickson, and Hawke have worked together before and already proved that they have more than what it takes to terrify audiences when they teamed up for the 2012 horror movie "Sinister" (via IMDb), which has been ranked as one of the scariest horror movies, according to science.

With modern horror movies reaching new levels of creativity and fear, one of the scariest writers out there bringing to life a new story is something horror fans love to see. However, making a scary movie can be just as tricky as it is a creative time for those involved. While Hawke's performance in "The Black Phone" is — very successfully — something straight out of a nightmare, it wasn't easy to achieve as bringing to life certain aspects of short stories for the big screen can prove challenging. Although Ethan Hawke is a skilled actor who has appeared in a wide range of movies, even he admitted that he faced a major challenge while filming "The Black Phone."

Ethan Hawke's fight scene with Mason Thames was difficult

In a recent interview with SYFY WIRE, Ethan Hawke elaborated on the difficulty of filming the fight scene at the end of "The Black Phone." "It's very difficult to do fight scenes with a kid because you really don't want to hurt them," he explained. The end of the movie calls for an intense fight scene between Hawke's character, The Grabber, and Finney Shaw (Mason Thames), in which the two characters give their all in a to-the-death rumble.

Hawke wasn't the only one who found a scene in the movie challenging, as Thames himself told Fangoria in an interview. "Every scene where I'm on the phone was super-technical, so that was definitely a challenge, but it was a lot of fun by the end of it." The film called for Finney Shaw to be on the phone quite a bit, but it's what's on the other side of the phone that made it so rigorous.

With so many technical aspects to filming the terrifying moments in "The Black Phone," including the big fight scene, there's a lot to take in when seeing the movie. However, between the technical work, the acting, and the frightening story itself, it's a horror lover's dream . . . or nightmare.