Netflix viewers have had the fright of their lives while watching the opening scene of The Little Things, which has just arrived on the platform.
The Denzel Washington thriller, helmed by Saving Mr. Banks director John Lee Hancock, was originally released in cinemas in January 2021.
It follows two detectives, played by Denzel and Bohemian Rhapsody actor Rami Malek, as they attempt to solve a string of murders in 1990s Los Angeles.
The film also stars Thirty Seconds to Mars singer Jared Leto as the lead suspect – although, as always, the murders aren’t quite what they initially seem.
But many Netflix viewers aren’t even making it far enough into the film to meet Denzel and Rami, having switched off before the three-minute mark.
That’s because viewers have found the opening scene, in which a teenage girl is pursued in a car on a dark country road, to be too unnerving to carry on.
Viewers turned off The Little Things during the opening scene (Picture: Netflix)
Denzel Washington stars in the 2021 thriller (Picture: Netflix)
In the scene, the girl, Tina, is driving when a car appears behind her and begins to drive menacingly, forcing her to run for help through the night.
‘Watching The Little Things on Netflix and the first two minutes are so scary I’m not sure I can continue,’ one fan wrote on X (formerly known as Twitter).
Another viewer said: ‘Two minutes 52 seconds into Netflix’s The Little Things and it’s made me so anxious, I’ve had to turn it off.’
Tina has to leave her car to call for help (Picture: Netflix)
Rami Malek and Jared Leto complete the main cast (Picture: Netflix)
Further down the thread, a curious X user asked, ‘What is it about?’ and then responded comically by saying ‘b****r that’ when told it was about a serial killer.
However, critics were less convinced by it when it was originally released – it only has a 45% score on Rotten Tomatoes, despite a 67% audience score.
On IMDb, its rating currently stands at 6.3 out of 10, but its reputation with Netflix viewers may improve after a few weeks on the streaming service.
It is currently the most popular film in the UK in Netflix’s own charts, beating competition from the 2021 Tom and Jerry film, currently sitting in third.
Meanwhile, Netflix hit show Sex Education has returned for its fourth and final season, while the final season of Stranger Things is being teased.