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Soundtracks of Cinema: ‘The Black Phone’

The Black Phone soundtrack includes music by The Edgar Winter Group, Blind Blake and Pink Floyd. This info article contains spoilers and song details for Scott Derrickson’s 2021 movie on Peacock. Check out Vague Visages’ Soundtracks of Cinema section for more music guides.

The Black Phone stars Mason Thames as Finney, a teenager who lives in a Denver suburb. Madeleine McGraw co-stars as Gwen, Finney’s sister who experiences premonitions about a serial killer known as The Grabber ( Ethan Hawke). The storyline follows the main protagonists as they confront their deepest fears. Composer Mark Korven (The Witch) scored the 103-minute film; music supervisor Julie Sessing (Selena + Chef) handled the featured needle-drops. Here’s every song in The Black Phone, an adaptation of Joe Hill’s 2004 short story.

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The Black Phone Soundtrack: Every Song in the 2021 Movie

  • “Free Ride” by The Edgar Winter Group (00:02:00): Finney finishes a baseball game. The Black Phone soundtrack song scores a transition sequence. Bruce (Tristan Pravong) rides a bicycle and spots a suspicious vehicle.
  • “Early Morning Blues” by Blind Blake (00:14:00): Terrence (Jeremy Davies) sits in a recliner. Music plays as a fire crackles. Finney stops the record.
  • “Restless (From The Tingler)” by Von Dexter (00:15:00): Finney watches a movie on a television. Terrence sleeps in a recliner.
  • “Emergency Theme”/ “Quick Doctor” from Emergency! by Nelson Riddle (00:19:00): The Black Phone soundtrack song sets in as Terrence learns about the death of Robin (Miguel Cazarez Mora). Music plays from a TV set. Terrence delivers bad news to Finney.
  • “Fox on the Run” by Sweet (01:11:00): Finney receives a phone call from Vance (Brady Hepner). The music accompanies a flashback sequence. Vance plays a pinball machine.
  • “On the Run” by Pink Floyd (01:24:00): Gwen calls Detective Wright (E. Roger Mitchell). The Black Phone soundtrack song continues during a transition scene. Max snorts a line of cocaine and looks at an obsession board.
  • “Backstage at the Budokan” by Anton Newcombe & Little Barrie (01:37:00): The track scores the end credits.

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The Black Phone premiered in September 2021.

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.