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No one does sinister quite like Stephen King, and for those reviewing Babak Anvari’s new film I Came By, ‘sinister’ happens to be the adjective of choice. Watch the trailer below:
So it’s pretty neat that the world’s most famous horror aficionado has given the Netflix hit his seal of approval, urging others to check it out.
The film, which stars 1917’s George MacKay alongside Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville, is currently Netflix UK’s most-watched movie, and sees MacKay play a young graffiti artist who targets Bonneville’s home, only to learn some *very* dark secrets about him.
Taking to Twitter on Thursday, King wrote: “Want a tight little thriller that will remind you of Ruth Rendell and Patricia Highsmith? Try I CAME BY (Netflix). It does the job.”
Clearly, a recommendation from King works a treat, with many of his followers sharing that they’d give the film a go in response.
One person wrote: “Sweet, I’ll check it out,” while another echoed: “Thank you, I need to check this out.”
Other replies included: “Adding to my list!” and “Never would have thought I would get a movie recommendation from Stephen King, but here we are. Thanks Twitter!”
Anvari himself also replied, writing: “This means the world to me! Your book On Writing was one of the first books that taught me about storytelling. Thank you so much! I am so happy that you enjoyed it!”
I Came By’s official synopsis reads: “Antiestablishment graffiti artists and best friends Toby and Jay pick seemingly saintly retired judge Sir Hector Blake as their latest vandalism victim — until Jay finds out his girlfriend is pregnant and quits their risky side project.
Want a tight little thriller that will remind you of Ruth Rendell and Patricia Highsmith? Try I CAME BY (Netflix). It does the job.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) September 15, 2022
“Angered by his friend bailing on him, Toby decides to go it alone and breaks into Blake’s lavish London home. But before he can tag the duo’s infamous slogan ‘I Came By’ on the wall, Toby comes across something troubling he’s determined to get to the bottom of.”
Speaking to i last month, MacKay said of the film: “It’s not purely a takedown of the rich guy. There’s this class element looking at where privilege and power lie, and how we hide secrets. There are a lot of great extremes and a world full of compromise.”
Of his character, Toby, MacKay added: “He makes you wonder about what happens when we fail society. It’s like when you want change, but forget to vote.”