Netflix has offered several acclaimed Stephen King adaptations for fans to stream over the last few years. Now yet another movie adaptation featured on the streaming platform is receiving praise from fans on social media.
As you can see below, on the social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter), users have been viewing an adaptation titled Mr. Harrigan’s Phone. The film is an adaptation of a short story of the same name.
Mr. Harrigan’s Phone actually premiered on the service in 2022. At that time, however, it kind of went under the radar. Now with so many fans discovering the film and tweet about it in social media, it seems to be gaining a newfound popularity.
Here are some of the reactions that have surfaced:
I just watched Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, after reading the story, and it’s phenomenal. Now I know who to direct my prayers and requests to. I guess I should be careful what I ask for.🤔 @StephenKing
— JuCezar (@Jxujxuczar) October 7, 2023
#ADReview Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, Netflix. The quietest of supernatural tales, don’t go looking for jump scares, this is the realm of a creeping dread. Execution is faithful but uninspired. #AudioDescription from IDC is top-shelf as usual. Grade A
Just watched ‘Mr Harrigan’s Phone’. Not bad, tbh…my attention span held up, anyway, which is a minor miracle…😂
— Chris Colton (@ChrisCole98171) November 2, 2023
Of the 2 new adaptations of #StephenKing works that I watched last night I feel the better was Mr. Harrigan’s Phone. The Boogeyman was entirely derivative, while MHP stuck closer to the source material. We now return to our previously scheduled programming. #HorrorCommunity pic.twitter.com/0YuSKe86za
— Thirsty’s New and Used (@SudduthPhillip) October 24, 2023
— Ruaidhrí (@Ka__Mai) October 7, 2023
Cell phones, grief, ghost stories, and coming-of-age yarns collide in the film adaptation of @StephenKing‘s touching character study, MR. HARRIGAN’S PHONE. #SHOCKtober @netflix https://t.co/2CYwmiPtb0
— Daniel R. Robichaud (@DarkTowhead) October 6, 2023
Watched Mr. Harrigan’s Phone; slight stuff (as is the novella), but it’s so awesome just watching Donald Sutherland…be. His mere presence is terrific. What a dude, they really don’t make ‘em like they used to.
— Ali Arikan (@aliarikan) October 3, 2023
Looking for a good Netflix movie??.. Mr. Harrigan’s Phone….
— qtkie (@kieMcClain) August 9, 2023
Just finished watching ‘Mr Harrigan’s Phone’ on Netflix, what a brilliant concoction of literature, death and technology. pic.twitter.com/Fu2VH273pg
— gullu (@viralbiryani) August 20, 2023
For those unfamiliar with the prospect of the film’s story, here’s a brief synopsis from Netflix:
“Craig, a young boy living in a small town befriends an older, reclusive billionaire, Mr. Harrigan. The two form a bond over books and an iPhone, but when the man passes away, the boy discovers that not everything dead is gone, and finds himself able to communicate with his friend from the grave through the iPhone that was buried with him.“
It’s an interesting premise for a horror film. Obviously this isn’t a generic story, but one that revolves around its characters and in an effort to build suspense and atmosphere. Of course, fans of Stephen King will know that his stories flourish most when they’re about the characters. But it could explain why general audiences didn’t connect when the film when it was first released. Hopefully now with word of mouth, however, there will be a new stance on the film.
The horror drama film was written and directed by John Lee Hancock. The cast of the film includes Donald Sutherland, Jaeden Martell, Joe Tippett, and Kirby Howell-Baptiste.
Fans can currently check out the adaptation of the Stephen King short story, Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, on Netflix.