Netflix Adds Creepy Low-Budget Horror Stephen King Named His Favorite 21st-Century Movie

Netflix Adds Creepy Low-Budget Horror Stephen King Named His Favorite 21st-Century Movie
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A frightening movie praised by the King of Horror himself is now available on Netflix.


  • In 2017, Stephen King praised a horror movie that came out the year before.
  • It's a creepy story about an autopsy that takes a dark, mystical turn.
  • The film is currently available to stream on Netflix.

Although Stephen King is the undisputed leader of horror fiction, along with other contemporary authors such as Clive Barker, Ann Rice, and Dan Simmons, the American King of Horror is also a great connoisseur of film and television.

In fact, live-action adaptations of Stephen King's work have been around for nearly 50 years, and King has personally worked on or been involved in the production of several of them. His love of movies and shows is second only to that of another master of the horror genre, Guillermo del Toro, who often boasts of his encyclopedic knowledge of cinema.

As a result, King himself is not shy about sharing his own discoveries in the world of cinema and television, regularly posting reviews or simple observations on social platforms about what he has recently seen and what particularly impressed him.

For example, in 2017, the writer appreciated a creepy horror film about two coroners who encounter sinister supernatural events. The movie received incredibly high praise from more than just King. And considering it was recently added to the Netflix library, you might want to check it out.

A Movie Approved by Stephen King

When none other than the King of Horror likes something, there is no doubt that it offers a quality script and superbly executed, non-cheesy moments of pure terror. And such a movie, in King's opinion, turned out to be The Autopsy of Jane Doe by Norwegian director André Øvredal. King compared the film to Ridley Scott 's original Alien and even the works of body horror maestro David Cronenberg.

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Naturally, it was a great honor for the filmmaker to have his work recognized by such an influential figure in the genre.

'Having grown up reading all of King's classics, admiring his unbelievable imagination and taste in character-based horror, it's almost otherworldly to read his tweet about Jane Doe,' Øvredal shared at the time. 'I am utterly stunned he's even watched it, not to speak of liked it, and then compared it to the classics of the genre…'

What Is the Movie About?

The story of The Autopsy of Jane Doe begins when the body of an unidentified woman is brought to the small town morgue by the local sheriff for an autopsy. The case is handled by father and son, Austin and Tommy Tilden, two coroners played by Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch. The results of the initial examination of the body are contradictory: while many facts point to a violent death, there are no outward signs of trauma; much indicates that the woman was killed recently, but the blurred eyes suggest that the body has been cold for several days.

At the same time, unexplained events begin to occur: the radio begins to malfunction, the coroner begins to hallucinate, mysterious symbols are found inside Jane Doe's body, and all the other corpses in the morgue suddenly disappear. Moreover, the heroes begin to feel that the body itself does not want them to reveal the cause of death.

What Are Critics and Audiences Saying about It?

As mentioned above, the movie was not only praised by King, but also by many critics and audiences. For example, the critics' score on Rotten Tomatoes was an impressive 86% and the audience score was 71%.

Many viewers appreciated how the movie is able to keep you involved in its events until the very end, while at the same time keeping you in incredible suspense, waiting every second for something terrible to happen. And something terrible does happen, not only in terms of paranormal phenomena, but also in terms of women's experiences.

Source: Entertainment Weekly, x.