Stephen King says new horror film from Irish director 'blew me away'

Legendary author Stephen King has heaped praise on a new horror film from Irish director Lorcan Finnegan.

Vivarium had been due to open in cinemas in March, but because of the Covid-19 pandemic was released digitally instead.

The sci-fi psychological thriller stars Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots as a young couple looking to purchase their first home.

The official synopsis for the film read: "Tom and Gemma (Eisenberg and Poots) are looking for the perfect home. When a strange real-estate agent takes them to Yonder, a mysterious suburban neighborhood of identical houses, Tom and Gemma can't leave quick enough.

"But when they try to exit the labyrinth-like housing development, each road takes them back to where they started. Soon, they realize their search for a dream home has plunged them into a terrifying nightmare."

Vivarium, which Finnegan co-wrote alongside Tramore screenwriter Garrett Shalney, was well received by critics upon release, and currently holds a 72% score on Rotten Tomatoes, and now Stephen King has written his own positive review of the film, revealing that it 'blew me away'

Taking to Twitter, the 'It' scribe wrote: "VIVARIUM (Hulu) blew me away. Rich and strange. If you love it, thank me. If you hate it, don't blame me."

King isn't the only legendary writer to heap praise on Vivarium, with Joyce Carol Oates, author of more than 70 works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, penning a glowing review of the film on social media.

She wrote on Twitter: "Vivarium" is a cool, cartoon-like, conceptualist dystopian film that, as it develops, becomes more 'realistic'--in its depiction of individuals trapped in a monotonous, surreal, mock-suburban vivarium replica of a "home."

Definitely one for film fans to add to their watchlist.