Derrickson has a mostly deft touch with “The Black Phone.” Crucially, he gets you to worry deeply for Finney even if you’re pretty confident he’ll find a way to put The Grabber in his rearview mirror.
Oh, and jump scares? Derrickson has a few — including at least two that may, in fact, lead you to leap out of your chair even if you suspect they’re coming.
“The Black Phone” does, after all, have the bones of a ghost story.
If you don’t mind a little dread and terror with your buttered popcorn, pick it up when it rings.
‘THE BLACK PHONE’
3 stars (out of 4)
MPAA rating: R (for violence, bloody images, language and some drug use)
Running time: 1:43
How to watch: In theaters Friday
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