Stephen King admits he was wrong about “amazing” new Netflix movie
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Stephen King admits he was wrong about “amazing” new Netflix movie

As the most prolific and celebrated horror writer of all time, Stephen King has enjoyed many famous movie adaptations. After achieving success on screen with popular adaptations like The Shining, The Shawshank Redemption and Misery, the author has become increasingly involved in the adaptation process and is deeply invested in the movie industry. 

King is never shy about giving his unfiltered opinion on his own work and their adaptations, never holding back if he feels his books have been done a disservice. As a leading voice in horror, he also frequently voices his opinion on new releases elsewhere in the horror bracket, recommending what he enjoys to his global fanbase. 

In a recent social media post, the author recommended a new addition that is available on Netflix. In his appraisal, King revealed that he was dubious heading into the movie but was pleasantly surprised after humouring it. 

Under Paris is a new horror movie directed by Xavier Gens from a screenplay composed by himself, Yannick Dahan and Maud Heywang. Thus far, the movie has received mixed reviews, but Emperor King’s thumb points skywards. 

Since Steven Spielberg’s 1975 classic Jaws, shark-based horror movies have failed to reach the same peaks. This hasn’t, however, stopped filmmakers from trying to chase the high. In this new action horror, a shark besieges the unexpectant citizens of Paris. “To save Paris from a bloodbath, a grieving scientist is forced to face her tragic past when a giant shark appears in the Seine,” the official synopsis reads. 

After watching the movie, King said he initially expected it to be a “jokey” movie, as these often are. After receiving notes from several fans online to give the film a go, King finally acquiesced. 

Taking to his X/Twitter account after watching the movie, the author wrote: “I thought UNDER PARIS would be a jokey movie, like SHARKNADO, but Twitter convinced me to give it a watch, and it’s really quite good.”

Often, movies can alienate viewers after tugging them along and finishing with a dry climax. However, according to King, Under Paris only gets better with a big payoff at the end. “The last 25 minutes were amazing,” he added. 

Although it is difficult to conceive of a shark brutalising the French capital, Gens makes the plot believable. The story follows a scientist, Sophia, portrayed by Bérénice Bejo, who discovers the abnormally large shark in the Seine just a day before a major triathlon event. Her job is to ensure a bloodbath doesn’t occur.