2024's Biggest Horror Flop Stephen King Liked is Finally Streaming: Here's Where to Watch

2024's Biggest Horror Flop Stephen King Liked is Finally Streaming: Here's Where to Watch
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Even the King of Horror appreciates a mediocre flick every now and then.


  • The new horror film received mixed reviews from critics and audiences.
  • However, Stephen King praised it and compared it to Spielberg's early projects.
  • The movie is available for streaming and rental/purchase.

Stephen King is undoubtedly one of the leading minds in horror, and he continues to deliver truly gripping stories, mystical or otherwise. But in between his activities, the famous author spends a lot of time with other media formats in which the genre is represented, especially movies.

One of the new horror flicks that Stephen King reviewed was Night Swim. Despite the absolutely devastating reviews from both critics and audiences, King himself remained impressed with the movie, even comparing it to the early work of Steven Spielberg.

So if you're interested in seeing the movie that King liked, let's find out where and how to watch it.

What Is This Critically Panned Movie About?

Night Swim marks the feature debut of filmmaker Bryce McGuire and is based on a short film of the same name that he co-produced with Rod Blackhurst. If those two names aren't familiar to even hardcore fans of the genre, the names of the producers, Jason Blum and James Wan, and their production companies, Blumhouse Productions and Atomic Monster, certainly are.

The plot follows a family that moves into a new house with a swimming pool, which turns out to be the perfect cure for the family's father, Ray (Wyatt Russell), who has had to give up his baseball career due to illness. But the pool isn't easy, as it's inhabited by some kind of demonic entity that demands sacrifices.

The movie turned out to be an absolute flop with critics and audiences. On Rotten Tomatoes, for example, it received a miserable 20% from critics and just over 43% from audiences. However, despite being a complete failure on the review aggregators, Night Swim was quite successful commercially — it grossed $54.1 million worldwide against a budget of $15 million.

Despite Being Panned by Critics and Audiences, Stephen King Loved It

Although the movie turned out to be one of the most unsuccessful releases of 2024 so far, it turned out to be highly praised by Stephen King. The literary maestro of the horror genre is known to be a big cinema buff, which is why he often shares his impressions and reviews on his personal Twitter account.

After watching Night Swim, King was impressed and compared it to Steven Spielberg's early work, especially his 1971 road action thriller Duel. Read the author's full quote below:

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Well, we understand the urge to spend your free time watching a mediocre movie for which expectations have not been inflated. So even low-budget projects can impress with their innovation and attempts to scare the viewer. Even if the script itself turns out to be weak.

Where and How to Watch This Horror Film?


On April 5, the movie became available exclusively on the Peacock streaming platform. Unfortunately, it does not offer a free trial, but its subscription plans are quite generous compared to other services. There are currently two plans available, the ad-supported Premium and the ad-free Premium Plus. The prices are $5.99 per month and $11.99 per month.

In addition, we must inform you that on July 18, 2024, prices for both plans will increase by $2. Therefore, we recommend that you subscribe now or pay for one year in advance, as the annual option is less expensive ($59.99 per year and $119.99 per year, respectively).


The movie is also available for rent or purchase on other on-demand services. You can do this on most major platforms, including Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Fandango at Home, Google Play, YouTube, Microsoft Store and Spectrum. 4K-quality rentals start at $5.99 and permanent purchases start at $19.99.

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