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Sep 21

It

Genre: Horror
Year: 2017
Country: USA

Director: Andy Muschietti
Starring: Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs

 

 

 

 

You’ll float too

 

It (2017) - Movie Review

Oct 16

Tales from the Darkside: The Movie

talesfromthedarksideGenre: Horror
Year: 1990
Country: USA

Directors: John Harrison
Starring: Deborah Harry, Christian Slater, Steve Buscemi, David Johansen, James Remar

 

From the depths of four twisted minds

 

Tales from the Darkside. The Movie is based on a TV series by George Romero. The show had the same name as this film and it premiered on American Television back in 1984 and lasted for four seasons. At the same time the 80’s had one particularly popular horror anthology film, also with Romero involved, called Creepshow.

The second and final official (I refuse to count the third film made by some indie company a few years back as a real sequel) sequel to Creepshow came out in 1987 and there was supposedly plans on making another one, although it never happened. Instead we got this film, Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, a film that many fans consider to be a real third Creepshow film. And that does hold some weight as this do have the names George Romero and Stephen King attached to it, just like Creepshow.

Oct 13

The Running Man

runningmanGenre: Action / Sci-Fi
Year: 1987
Country: USA

aka: Battle Runner

Director: Paul Michael Glaser
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura

 

The year is 2019. The finest men in America don’t run for President. They run for their lives.

 

The Running Man combines two of my favorite things from the 80’s, adaptations of a Stephen King story and an action film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Running Man was a novel that King published under his pseudonym Richard Bachman, it tells the story of a future where people are entertained by violent game shows on their television, including the gladiator-style one with the same title as this movie.

Of course the contestants doesn’t volunteer for The Running Man, instead they are portrayed as the criminals and scum of the earth even though that might not always be the case. And that’s not the case with Arnold Schwarzeneggers character Ben Richards, who know has to fight for his life and also find a way to prove his innocence from a crime he did not commit.

Jun 09

Cujo

cujoGenre: Horror
Year: 1983
Country: USA

Director: Lewis Teague
Starring: Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Christopher Stone, Ed Lauter

 

Now there’s a new name for terror…

 

Today, a killer animal movie is usually done in a comedic style and in most cases seem to be done for the not-so-serious Syfy channel. Back in the early 80’s though, those type of stories were still treated seriously, including Cujo which was based on a Stephen King novel.

Cujo is not only about an animal, in this case a dog with rabies, that are out to destroy human beings. Cujo is just as much as family drama about a broken family that are struggling with infidelity.

Donna Trenton is the main character in this film, a woman who has a young son with her husband Vic and also an affair with her ex-boyfriend Steve. When Vic finds out about this, he leaves his family behind by going on a business trip to clear his head on how he should react to his wife’s adultery. While being left behind, Donna has to take their old car out for a repair, but the farmhouse where her mechanic lives has now been taken over by a big St. Bernard dog with rabies named “Cujo”.

Sep 06

The Mist

themistGenre: Horror / Sci-Fi
Year: 2007
Country: USA

Director: Frank Darabont
Starring: Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Andre Braugher, Toby Jones

 

Fear changes everything

 

A violent storm hits a small town in Maine, leaving several people injured and also caused damages worth several hundred thousands of dollars on buildings and vehicles. Dave Drayton takes his son and neighbor into the supermarket to gather supplies and stuff to fix the damages that have occurred on their properties.

They are not the only ones out for supplies, a big group of townspeople have also headed in the same direction and shortly after they arrive they notice a strange mist coming closer and closer to the store. They do not believe it is safe to go outside into the mist and it won’t take long before they figure out that they are absolutely not safe anymore.

The Mist is a film by Frank Darabont that are based upon an old novella with the same title from 1980 by Stephen King. This was the third film Darabont worked on that were based on the writing of Stephen King and after delivering The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile you could say that the anticipation was huge. Did it live up to the two previous films? Sadly, no.

Aug 18

The Night Flier

thenightflierGenre: Horror
Year: 1997
Country: USA

Director: Mark Pavia
Starring: Miguel Ferrer, Julie Entwisle, Dan Monahan, Michael H. Moss, John Bennes

 

Never believe what you publish… Never publish what you believe.

 

Richard Dees is a no-bullshit, hardworking news reporter for a tabloid magazine called Inside View. Dees is willing to go to any lengths to get the front page of the magazine, even if he has to create the news himself.

His newest “case” revolves around a murderer who kills his victim in a very vampiristic way and flies away in his black airplane to the next potential crime scene. The case is given to a young aspiring female reporter named Katherine Blair, but Dees is again eager to do whatever it takes to get the story, regardless if it means backstabbing a fellow colleague.

The Night Flier is based on a short story from Stephen King with the same name. It came out without making much noise and seems to be rarely mentioned, even when talking about King adaptations.

Aug 17

Rose Red

roseredGenre: Horror
Year: 2002
Country: USA

Director: Craig R. Baxley
Starring: Nancy Travis, Matt Keeslar, Kimberly J. Brown, David Dukes, Judith Ivey

 

From the imagination of Stephen King comes a disturbing new tale

 

Dr. Joyce Reardon is a determined psychology professor, who is interested in a mansion called Rose Red. She is gathering a team of psychics to spend time at the mansion to attempt to gather scientific proof of paranormal phenomena.

The crew of expert psychics get a surprise when they arrive at the mansion. Dr. Reardon has also invited a young autistic girl named Annie to join them. Annie has very strong powers and will be important both for the study, but also for everyone to get out of the place alive.

Mini-series based on stories from Stephen King are usually well worth watching. They have the time to show off all the great characters that make his stories work so well. Rose Red however is not a TV show based on one of his books, but rather a show that he wrote the screenplay for. Originally it was pitched to Steven Spielberg in the late 90’s to be made into a feature film, but the project never got off the ground.

Aug 16

Silver Bullet

silverbulletGenre: Horror
Year: 1985
Country: USA

Director: Daniel Attias
Starring: Gary Busey, Everett McGill, Corey Haim, Megan Follows, Robin Groves

 

It started in May in a small town and every month after that whenever the moon is full… it came back

 

The peaceful small town of Tarker’s Mill is being haunted by a serial killer, whose bloodthirst is increasing with every night that goes by. The local townsfolk is getting uneasy with the lack of progress on the murder investigations by the local authorities and are close to taking justice into their own hands.

Marty Coslaw is a local boy who has to spend his life in a wheelchair since he is paralyzed from the waist down. His quirky uncle Red builds him a hybrid between a wheelchair and a motorcycle and while driving around on it, he gets attacked by a monster that he believes is a werewolf. Marty is convinced that it is this monster that is behind all the recent murders, but the only way he can do anything to stop it is if his uncle and his sister believes him and helps him out.

Aug 15

Maximum Overdrive

maximum_overdriveGenre: Action / Sci-Fi
Year: 1986
Country: USA

aka: 8 Days of Terror

Director: Stephen King
Starring: Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, Laura Harrington, Yeardley Smith, John Short

 

Who made who?

 

A strange comet called Rea-M is passing through earth and it is affecting all machines on earth during the eight days of passing through. All machines, including cars and trucks are starting to act on their own and they act very violently towards humans.

A group of people, including the ex-con Bill Robinson, is kept trapped by a bunch of trucks at a truck stop. The trucks keep circulating the diner to keep them trapped and when a military truck comes along and communicates with morse code, the people inside have to decide if they want to cooperate with the vehicles or find a plan to destroy them and get away.

Maximum Overdrive is the first and only project that Stephen King has taken the directors chair on. It made sense to give him this assignment I guess, considering that he had become the horror king at that point with the majority of movie adaptations from his books becoming successful. As King himself would say later on though, making a movie and writing a book is two totally different entities. And it surely didn’t help that King was using and abusing cocaine at the time of filming this either.

Aug 14

It

itGenre: Horror
Year: 1990
Country: USA

Director: Tommy Lee Wallace
Starring: Jonathan Brandis, Brandon Cane, Adam Faraizi, Tim Curry, Emily Perkins

 

Your every fear – all in one deadly enemy

 

It has been 30 years since a group of outcast children became friends and created their own little club called The Losers Club after being stalked and tormented by both a group of bullies, led by Henry Bowers and also a strange killer clown that calls himself Pennywise.

This clown is able to play on the fear of each child and the only way they could fight it was to stand together and face him as a group. After they have defeated him, they all grow up and go their separate way, but when Pennywise again becomes active in their hometown Derry, Maine, the only remaining member of The Losers Club that didn’t move away calls upon the rest of the group to face this demonic creature once again.

It is generally perceived that Stephen King stories work best in the mini-series format. It usually takes more than 90 minutes to build up the characters to match what he does on pen and paper and the end result has usually become better when his stories are fleshed out more on the screen with a longer running time than what a movie can offer.

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