Stephen King Calls This Netflix Original”A Genuine Nail-Biter”

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Netflix Original movies have been hit or miss since the streamer started branding their releases with that (dreaded) Netflix Original label. Recently, they’ve definitely veered closer toward more misses with releases like The Gray Man and Heart of Stone, movies that barely deserve to be called movies. It’s harsh, but I have a lot of strong feelings about how Netflix manages their releases and treats its creatives. Years ago, at least, their original releases at least meant something. We got an entire universe of Mike Flanagan properties, and His House remains one of the best horror movies of the century. Among the standouts are plenty of other hidden gems. I’m one of three people who liked 2018’s The Open House, and one of my favorites has long been Matt Palmer’s Calibre. Turns out, Stephen King really liked it, too.

Per Netflix: Two lifelong friends on a hunting trip in Scotland find their nerves—and their morals—ruthlessly tested after a harrowing turn of events.

I don’t want to say too much about it for those who haven’t caught it yet. It flew under the radar upon release, and Netflix’s algorithm is so wonky sometimes, you’re liable to never see it suggested on the streamer in 2024. If you do seek it out, you’re in for a treat. It’s suffocating and tense, a small-scale tale of deception with a big impact. When Calibre was first released, master of horror Stephen King took to Twitter to share his thoughts.

Check out what he had to say below:

The Wicker Man comparison is apt, and Calibre genuinely does conceptualize the best of what audiences mean when they describe something as Hitchcockian. While I don’t always agree with Stephen King’s recommendations, this is one I’m fully on board with. If you’re still subscribed to Netflix, you’ve got to check out Calibre. While Palmer hasn’t directed a movie since, he is attached to Netflix’s Fear Street: Prom Queen. Truly incredible news.

What do you think? Have you seen Calibre yet? Any plans to check it out? Let me, and maybe Stephen King, know over on Twitter @Chadiscollins.



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