Yes, it has stiff competition, but the Netflix horror/thriller starring Thomas Jane is already getting raves.
It’s been a good year for Stephen King fans who like movies, and an equally great year for Stephen King fans who like to whine about bastardized adaptations ruining the essence of their favorite intellectual properties.
Even after the overwhelming success of It, which is now the all-time highest grossing horror movie (seriously! ever!), we’ve got two—count ’em, two—King movies on Netflix being released within the month: Mike Flanagan’s Gerald’s Game, and the previously under-the-radar 1922, based on one of King’s very best short stories.
In the vast canon of Stephen King, 1922 is a quite straightforward story. The year is, if you can believe it, 1922, and a farmer (Thomas Jane) decides to kill his wife for a bunch of money, roping his son in on the act, too. After dumping her body in a well, he starts to experience all kinds of horrific visions and psychological torture. There’s a bunch of grotesque imagery in the story, and a whole ton of rats, too. Based on the trailer it appears this key detail, blessedly, has made it over to the film:
The reviews for 1922 have been really, really strong so far. Combined with Gerald’s Game, which has a white-hot director in Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Ouija: Origin of Evil), it’s looking like it’s going to be a really great fall for Stephen King and Netflix.