FrightFest Review: THE BLACK STRING

I’m quite honored to be reviewing a film for FrightFest for the first time ever. It’s such a wonderful festival and a humbling opportunity. I was asked to cover the new horror thriller, THE BLACK STRING. Something about that name really stood out to me and I couldn’t wait to check it out.

THE BLACK STRING was directed by Brian Hanson and stars Frankie Muniz, Ravi Patel, Jackie Moore, Chelsea Edmundson, Colby French, Angie DeGrazia, Blake Webb, Mary K. DeVault, and more. The story centers around Jonathan played by Muniz, who is a lonely a guy trying to get his life together. One night he decides to call the single hot girl phone line to cure his loneliness and ends up with far more than he bargained for. He’s running out of time, but no one will believe me. Will he find answers?

Frankie Muniz in THE BLACK STRING

This was the perfect horror thriller – it’s packed full of suspense and mystery and leaves you at the edge of your seat. THE BLACK STRING is such a unique story with plenty of twists and turns to keep you on your toes. The performances are phenomenal and although not extremely bloody, the bloodshed that happens will make you cringe.

I’ve never watched a film quite like this. I can think of some comparisons but won’t mention them as I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone. Overall the differences outweigh their similarities. That’s a huge plus to me because I get sick of seeing constant remakes and reboots all the time. THE BLACK STRING really stands out and makes you question every letting a stranger inside your house again and the importance of protecting yourself on many levels.

It was exciting to see Frankie Muniz in a new role, I hadn’t seen him in anything since the horror film Stay Alive, which is criminally underrated if you ask me. THE BLACK STRING is his best performance to date. His character goes through hell and back while still finding room for growth during this experience. Muniz gives a riveting and emotionally driven performance that will blow you away. I also really loved and appreciated the supporting role of Blake Webb. His character brought a little light humor and friendship to an exceedingly dark story.

Frankie Muniz in THE BLACK STRING

As I previously mentioned, this isn’t a very bloody film, but there are some scenes that are devastatingly cringe worthy. I held my arm in pain as I watched it all play out. The special effects are exceptional and although horrifying…. I couldn’t look away from the screen.

THE BLACK STRING premiered at FrightFest on August 26th and I can’t recommend it enough. It’s everything you want in a horror thriller plus more. The performances are top-notch, and it has enough suspense and mystery to keep you guessing throughout its runtime!

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