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Netflix's number one horror film is new Stephen King movie

Shola Lee

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Netflix's number one horror film is new Stephen King movie

If you need some spooky weekend watching, then you might want to check out Netflix's newest number one horror film, which is based on a Stephen King short story.

As if Netflix's latest spate of releases wasn't enough to terrify you, seriously, we're not sleeping well after Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, then how about another to add to your list?

Mr. Harrigan's Phone is inspired by King's novella of the same name, from his If It Bleeds collection.


For those not yet familiar, Mr. Harrigan's Phone sees a young boy, Craig (IT's Jaeden Martell) who lives in a small town and befriends an older man, the mysterious Mr. Harrigan (Donald Sutherland). Despite their wildly different backgrounds – the older man is a billionaire, for a start – they spark up a friendship based on their affinity for books and reading.

Once the man sadly passes away, the child discovers that he is still able to communicate with the now-deceased Harrigan through his iPhone.

Weird, right? However, this is a coming-of-age story which depicts a different side to lost connections.

The series is on the streaming service now. Credit: Netflix
The series is on the streaming service now. Credit: Netflix

And if that's not enough to convince you to watch the incredible film, the Twitter reaction might be, with one saying that the series was an incredible adaptation of Stephen King's story: "MR. HARRIGAN'S PHONE is a touching drama with amazing performances. The cast is perfect and it's one of the most faithful adaptations I've ever seen. Loved it."

While another added: "MR HARRIGAN’S PHONE. The plot of a young man communicating with his dead employer from the grave is the icing on top of the cake.

"The cake is a beautiful exploration of death, grief, coming of age + horrors of technology. Based on a short story by Stephen King."

Donald Sutherland plays the mysterious Mr Harrigan. Credit: Netflix
Donald Sutherland plays the mysterious Mr Harrigan. Credit: Netflix

And one user quickly hit back at anyone supposedly saying that the film was boring, writing: "I have just watched Mr. Harrigan’s Phone on Netflix. I have just been looking at reviews, on here and elsewhere, saying it’s boring.

"It is not boring. At all. It is quiet and contemplating. It draws you in with books and abuse of technology. I thought it was wonderful."

Still, another person said that the streaming service might've dropped too much incredible content at once: "Yo, streaming services. Spread out your content better!! HELLRAISER, WEREWOLF BY NIGHT, MIDNIGHT CLUB, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, A FRIEND OF THE FAMILY, DEADSTREAM, MR. HARRIGAN'S PHONE, SIGNIFICANT OTHER, and LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE is waaaay too much content to drop in one day."

Either way, we're glad that our weekend Netflix binge is sorted.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: Celebrity, TV and Film

Shola Lee
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