Stephen King lavishes praise on the 'riveting' new Netflix film that's smashing Netflix records

Stephen King lavishes praise on the 'riveting' new Netflix film that's smashing Netflix records

When it comes to giving people a good scare, there aren't many men more qualified than Stephen King. The author has sold more than 350 million copies of his books, and they have been adapted into a myriad of stunning feature films, miniseries, television series, and comic books. In short, he's a bit of a legend in the business.

So when a movie comes along that truly grabs the public attention, such as Netflix's new suspenseful effort Bird Box, it's clear that we're all keen to listen to what Mr. King has to say on the project.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 10: President Barack Obama presents author Stephen King with the 2014 National Medal of Arts at The White House on September 10, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/WireImage) Credit: Getty

The new movie features Hollywood Queen Sandra Bullock as Malorie, who joins up with a group of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world, alongside her two young children, in an attempt to escape an unknown force which is causing mass suicide (a bit grim I know). In the movie, if you lay your eyes on this bizarre 'force', you take your own life - which is why Malorie and her offspring try to negotiate this terrifying world blindfolded.

The internet has been sent into a feeding frenzy since the film launched on Netflix, with King having this to say about the release:

"I was absolutely riveted by BIRD BOX (Netflix). Don’t believe the lukewarm reviews, which may in part have been caused by reviewers’ ambivalence to the streaming platform, as opposed to theatrical releases."

But Bird Box isn't content to stop with Stephen King's lavish praise; in the first seven days since its release, the film has already managed to break a Netflix record. 45 million Netflix accounts watched the film in a week, which is the first time this has ever happened on the renowned streaming platform. Wowza.

Netflix marked the occasion with a tweet celebrating the record-breaking moment:

"Took off my blindfold this morning to discover that 45,037,125 Netflix accounts have already watched Bird Box — best first 7 days ever for a Netflix film! [sic]"

Netflix has seemingly struck gold with this latest terror-strewn effort; and when you throw into the mix the series phenomenon that was The Haunting of Hill House, which got mad hype earlier in the year, Netflix is clearly making itself the place to be for the scare fanatics amongst us.

Stephen King also had something great to say about the Netflix series:

So while you enjoy some time off work over New Year, make sure you find some time to cuddle up on the sofa and scare yourself witless - you won't be sorry!