Directed by John Lee Hancock, the horror film Mr. Harrigan’s Phone is based on author Stephen King’s novella of the same name, which was published in his collection If It Bleeds. It tells the story of an unlikely friendship between Craig, a teenager, and Mr. Harrigan, a reclusive businessman. The two share a love of books and phones. However, after Mr. Harrigan tragically passes away, Craig experiences eerie interactions with his old phone. If you enjoyed the film’s eerie take on the intricacies of modern technology and morality, you’ll probably be looking for other streaming services of this kind. If so, we’ve compiled a list of similar films for you. You can watch most of these movies like Mr. Harrigan’s Phone on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu!
7. It (2017)
‘It Chapter One’ or simply ‘It’ is a horror film directed by Andy Muschietti. Starring Bill Skarsgård, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer and Nicholas Hamilton. The film tells the story of the Losers Club, a group of seven outcast children who are terrorized by the clown-like creature of the same name. After the creature emerges from the sewers and forces the group to confront their demons, the Losers decide to end the evil creature’s charade once and for all. Like Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, the film is based on the works of author Stephen King and stars actor Jaeden Martell. Also, both films are set in Maine and use horror themes to explore coming of age.
6. Death Note (2017)
Directed by Adam Wingard, the film Death Note is a supernatural crime thriller. It is loosely based on the Japanese manga of the same name by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. The film follows Light Turner, an isolated teenager who discovers the eponymous Death Note, a book that kills anyone whose name is written in it. Initially, Light uses the book to kill criminals, but soon becomes intoxicated with the book’s power. Although Death Note differs from Mr. Harrigan’s Phone in terms of premise and visual style, the films share some similarities. Both films feature protagonists who discover the ability to kill anyone they want. However, Light and Craig use this ability to different degrees and for different purposes, making it well worth checking out Death Note.
5. The Perfect Host: A Southern Gothic Tale (2018)
‘The Perfect Host: A Southern Gothic Tale is a horror film directed by Derrick Sims. It revolves around Julie, a young woman who takes care of her late grandmother’s affairs. While Julie tends to her grandmother’s estate, she and her daughter live with Francis Allen, a wealthy elderly woman. But while living in her mansion, Julie realizes that the old lady wants more than just company. The film is just as spooky and dark as Mr. Harrigan’s phone, and it’s set in a small town. It also features an elderly person with sinister intentions, making for some heartbreaking moments.
4. Pet Seminar (2019)
Directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, Pet Sematary is a supernatural horror film about a family who discovers a mysterious graveyard. dr Louis Creed and his family lose their pet cat in an accident and bury it in the cemetery behind their new home. However, their actions unleash a sinister evil that plagues the Creeds in unexpected ways. Similar to Mr. Harrigan’s Telephone, the film is an adaptation of Stephen King’s novel and is also set in Maine. It is characterized by the author’s typical penchant for horror and twisted morals that keep the viewer in suspense. Viewers who felt that Mr. Harrigan’s Phone lacked a classic horror twist and jump scares will enjoy Pet Sematary.
3. The Black Telephone (2021)
‘The Black Phone’ is a horror film directed by Scott Derrickson and based on the short story by Joe Hill of the same name. It tells the story of Finney Blake, a young teenager who is captured by The Grabber, a deranged kidnapper. During his captivity, Finney discovers a strange old phone that allows him to communicate with the Grabber’s previous victims. But dark secrets from the past complicate Finney’s current situation as he struggles to survive. The film is based on Stephen King’s son, Joe Hill, whose writing style is still reminiscent of his father’s. Therefore, Mr. Harrigan’s Telephone and The Black Telephone have a similar aesthetic value. Likewise, both films use phones as a gateway to the supernatural world.
2. Firestarters (2022)
Director Keith Thomas’ sci-fi thriller Firestarter is a remake of the 1984 film of the same name. It follows Charlene Charlie McGee, a young girl with pyrokinesis who is forced to elope with her father after a shady secret organization tries to steal her Finding and using powers. In the process, Charlie learns to harness their powers and come to terms with them. The film is based on one of Stephen King’s most popular novels. It’s also one of the finest examples of the writer’s ability to incorporate coming-of-age elements into a supernatural thriller. Anyone interested in film adaptations of the author’s works should check out Firestarter.
1. The Devil’s House (2009)
‘The Devil’s House’ is a horror film written, directed and edited by Ti West. The film tells the story of Samantha Hughes, a penniless college student who takes an unconventional babysitting job for Mr. Ulman at his remote mansion. However, things take a dark turn when Samantha realizes that dark forces lurk in the house. As a result, she is forced to fight for her life while uncovering the mysteries of the house. Like Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, the film takes place in a small town and a remote mansion. While both films subvert the tropes of the haunted house subgenre, The House of the Devil does so with much more style, substance and nuance. Therefore, The Devil’s House takes first place on this list.