Tag: Stephen King

Shine On (The Shining, 1980)

The Torrence family is struggling. Jack is trying to stay sober and be a better husband and father, Wendy does not trust her husband and their son Danny seems to be having trouble coping with reality. To this end, Jack, a hopeful author takes…

I don’t Want To Live My Life Again (Pet Sematary, 2019)

It seems like Stephen King is seeing a Cinematic Resurgence.  The new It film was a hit with a highly anticipated sequel on the way this year.  Also coming this year is In the Tall Grass, while there are announced adaptions of Firestarter and…

Sometimes Dead Is Better (Pet Sematary, 1989)

When Stephen King wrote Pet Sematary, the publisher rejected and King himself felt it was such a dark tale, he shelved it.  He ended up submitting it to complete a deal with his publisher. And, understandably, Pet Sematary is a dark book that explores…

Your iPhone Is Making You a Zombie (Cell, 2016)

In a lot of ways, Cell is an update of George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead.  King has replaced the mall full of zombies as the representation of mindless consumption with modern technology.  Specifically Cell phones. Clay Riddell is a graphic novelist who is…

Killer Duality (The Dark Half, 1993)

Young Thad Beaumont experienced painful headaches when doctors performed surgery, they found the remains of a twin Thad absorbed in the womb.  Years later, Thad is a teacher and writer.  He is approached by Fred Clawson and asked to sign a book.  Thad claims…

Comics Are Rotten (Creepshow, 1982)

The Horror anthology has always been risky.  There are few true classics.  Mostly what you get are movies with a couple good tales among some duds. George Romero and Stephen King teamed up to create Creepshow. The five stories included here are all pretty…

It’s Alive! (The Mangler, 1995)

This is…a weird film.  Englund is back for another round with Hooper and he is clearly having a blast this time around.After a tragic accident with an old and giant folding machine at the local laundry, Detective John Hunton finds himself drawn into a…

Special Visitor (Salem’s Lot, 1979)

Hooper’s first Stephen King adaption, Salem’s Lot is a pretty straightforward vampire story. Popular writer Ben Mears has returned home to Salem’s Lot.  But Mears is not the only person arriving in town. The mysterious Mr. Barlow and his employee Mr. Straker have arrived.  Nobody…

Red Balloons (It, 1990)

Stephen Kings has had many stories brought to the screen with varying success.  In 1990 he had a good year.  We saw the release of Misery and the birth of the “Stephen King Mini-Series Event” on ABC. The film begins with a young girl…

You’ll Float Too (It, 2017)

When I heard they were making an “It” movie…I thought this would be a bad idea.  It is a decent sized novel.  Steven King horror novels have a pretty painful track record on film. and tended to find more success in the genre of…