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First off, my apologies if you've already seen these first images of John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson and Isabelle Fuhrman from Stephen King's Cell. They actually made an appearance a couple months back, but we missed it somehow.
But here's the deal: I Loved this book. Stephen King's "The Cell" is not only a Stephen King book on par with his best, it is a very good zombie book and definitely worthy of a film adaptation. And since we've got a lot of readers interested in all things Pa, I figured we needed to share it widely.
So, better late than never I say.
When a mysterious cell phone signal causes apocalyptic chaos, an artist is determined to [Continued ...] »
Face to Face: Gabriadze’s Topical Mutation of Technological Terror
How effectively chilling it is may be arguable. But there’s no denying that Levan Gabriadze’s English language debut Unfriended manages to be clever and somewhat topically meaningful in the age of cyberbullying on social media apps that have chained humans unwittingly to being constantly recorded, in some sense, at nearly every waking moment. Produced by Timur Bekmambetov, the film premiered as Cybernatural (too kitschy for the cool kids) at the 2014 Fantasia Film Festival, its fascination with and deliberate technological framing manage to meld found-footage aesthetics with the attention span of the real-time generation. Screenwriter Nelson Greave’s plot feels kind of similar to Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s creepy 2001 internet ghost film Pulse (which got a Us redo in 2006), but manages to keep an adept, impressive focus on all the action taking place from the perspective of one character’s home screen. »
- Nicholas Bell
Could anyone have guessed when Stephen King published his first novel Carrie in 1974 that it would spawn no fewer than four big screen adaptations? Brian De Palma’s 1976 version remains the first and best, but each subsequent filmmaker who comes at the material seeks to find something new and unexplored in King’s book. Of the two remakes and one sequel released in the last 16 years, only one movie has succeeded in being different enough to justify its own existence. It’s The Rage: Carrie 2, and it’s being packaged with the 2002 made-for-tv remake on a new double feature Blu-ray from Scream Factory.
By now you already know the story of Carrie White, a shy and awkward teenage girl raised by a religious zealot mother and possessing some major telekinetic abilities. When some kids at school decide play a big, bloody prank on her the prom, Carrie retaliates with »
- Patrick Bromley
Success can be a double-edged sword. Delivering the first season of the highly acclaimed TV series True Detective has clearly made director Cary Fukunaga a sought-after commodity – and deservedly so. However, an influx of work opportunities can lead to something of a backlog, with fans chomping at the bit for one project or the other. This makes today’s announcement maddening for those patiently awaiting Fukunaga’s version of Stephen King’s It, since it has the director moving full-steam ahead with a television adaptation of the 1994 novel The Alienist.
The source material was written by author Caleb Carr and is a crime novel set in 1896 in New York City. It follows several prominent figures from that time and place, including Theodore Roosevelt at the point in his career when he was New York City Police Commissioner. Roosevelt oversees a team of homicide investigators who use emerging tactics such as psychological profiling, »
- Sarah Myles
Occasionally, a movie villain will pause for a moment to deliver a brief story or anecdote. And often, these apparently incidental tales tell us a lot about an antagonist's state of mind, experiences or warped worldview.
We've compiled a selection of 20 here. Some of them are blackly funny. Many are disturbing. One or two are even moving. The first one's very strange. All of them bring something unique to each particular film in which they appear, and all of them are laced with a delicious hint of menace.
20. Xander - Enemies Closer (2013)
"When I was a little boy at my grandmama's place, she had a lovely goose. I named her Edith, after the French singer Edith Piaf..."
We begin with a delightfully weird story from Peter Hyams' 2013 thriller, »
Adaptations of King’s work are very much a mixed bag: at times it feels like the master horror writer is a little too happy to allow film-makers access to his source without checking their actual credentials. But of course, the same open agenda has also gifted cinema fans the likes of The Shawshank Redemption and The Shining, so it’s not all bad.
Somewhat inevitably, given how many novels and short stories King has published, there are a considerable number of works currently considered “in development”. Some have been frozen in that status for some time, and may never actually see release, while others – like The Stand – seem to climb the progress bar every now and then before dropping off the radar entirely again.
Others are far more concrete and will hit both the silver screen and the small one in the next couple of years, giving the »
- Simon Gallagher
We dont need to ask if there are any Stephen King fans out there. Thats a question thats been answered time and again for decades on end. The mans work isnt only cherished by fans its heavily sought after by anyone in Hollywood with a functioning brain. King is golden and everyone wants to be involved in the next great adaptation. »
There’s no doubting that Brian De Palma’s Carrie, the 1976 inaugural adaptation of Stephen King, is a classic of the horror genre. It’s classy, unsettling and genuinely scary, compounded with De Palma’s stylish vision and King’s distinct narrative voice. Yet in the years since, the various attempts to remake and recapture that eerie essence has proven […] »
- Ken W. Hanley
Jennifer Kent’s disturbing directorial debut The Babadook arrives on Blu-ray this week, scoring some of the most critically acclaimed notices ever for a recent psychological horror film. With The Exorcist director William Friedkin’s glowing praise splashed over the front and back cover, proclaiming that he has “never seen a more terrifying film,” and that it will “scare the hell out of you as it did me,” (horror master Stephen King also submits his stamp of approval), Kent’s film has reached a level of unprecedented cultural saturation since premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Though pulling in a surprisingly paltry sum at the domestic box office in Australia, foreign markets embraced the film, including in France, the UK, and the Us, bringing its worldwide box office to just under five million.
Satisfying genre films are generally few and far between these days, so it’s with absolute delight »
- Nicholas Bell
A simple listing, duplicated from the homepage, of new releases and other stuff currently available, for the benefit of those playing along by RSS or keeping up via the Daily Digest emails (sign up here).
new Us/Can Apr 14 streaming only The Gambler The Boy Next Door The Reconstruction of William Zero The Wedding Ringer Cake The Harvest Lost River The Sisterhood of Night dvd/streaming Antarctica: A Year on Ice The Babadook Big Eyes Maps to the Stars Goodbye to Language The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (aka Kidnapping Freddy Heineken) Maidan new UK Apr 13 streaming only Dior and I Frequencies Red Obsession Open Windows The Reconstruction of William Zero Dumb and Dumber To Lost River Stephen King’s A Good Marriage The Thread dvd/streaming Black Sea What We Do in the Shadows The Decent One Hackney’s Finest: Gangs of London Kon-Tiki »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Akiva Goldsman have been trying for years to build an adaptation of Stephen King’s epic Dark Tower series. But their ambitious, expensive plans to craft a franchise that encompasses linked movies and TV shows has been bought then scrapped by the likes of Universal, Warner Bros. and HBO. Now, though, it looks like Sony is taking on the task alongside Media Rights Capital.With Howard, Grazer, Goldsman and Eric Huggins producing, the project appears to be shaping up in scaled-down form, with the current plan aimed at making a movie and a complementary TV series. Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner have written the first script to that effect, totally reconceiving the adaptation of King’s adventures starring Roland Deschain, part of a knight-like order of gunslingers in a quest to save civilisation.“There are few projects out there that compare with the scope, vision, complex characters »
Scream Factory gives a double dose of telekinetic angst and revenge with the double feature of 2002’s Bryan Fuller (TV’s Hannibal)-scripted TV adaption of Carrie and 1999’s The Rage: Carrie 2, which is a sequel to the original 1976 film version of Stephen King’s novel. Done scratching your heads in confusion? We took a look at the double feature, and the big question of whether or not to pass or purchase this one might be on your mind, but unless you’re a hardcore fan of one or both films, you might want to opt out of this one in exchange for Sf’s Class Of 1984 or The Babadook releases (also coming out on 4/14)
Taking more of a cue from the source material of King’s novel and not the De Palma film, 2002’s Carrie suffers a bit from a few different things, most notably the »
- Jerry Smith
High school can be hell, especially for outcasts targeted by cliques with malevolent mischief on their minds. As readers of Stephen King's Carrie and its multiple film adaptations know, when you mess with a telekinetic outsider, fires tend to roar and blood spatters the walls. Scream Factory is giving the Generation Y versions of King's seminal story a high-definition upgrade, with their Carrie / The Rage: Carrie 2 Blu-ray hitting shelves on April 14th. Ahead of the Blu-ray's release, we have trailers and clips from both films, including the iconic blood-drenched prom queen crowning and Rachel's glass-shattering house party interruption.
"Synopsis: A Double Dose of Telekinesis Terror!
Angela Bettis (May) stars in this 2002 adaptation of Stephen King's classic tale of horror and retribution, featuring eye-popping special effects and a shocking, all-new twist ending! Carrie White (Bettis) is a lonely, awkward teenage girl who just doesn't fit in. At school, »
- Derek Anderson
No hyperbole, when I attended Stanley Film Festival last year it was literally the best fest experience I had ever been a part of. As a genre nut (I wrote for a horror site for four years before joining the team here) it was thrilling to be able to celebrate the kinds of movies I love in a way that really focussed on the films and the experience. You know that problem when you go to film fest and you're exhausted and running around trying to get places in time and you're constantly worried that you're going to miss a screening? It's simply not an issue here. You can enjoy every second of it. Centered around the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado (which served as the real life inspiration for Stephen King's novel The Shining), it's remarkably easy to get to the screenings. For one, the main theater »
- Evan Dickson
Stephen King's debut novel Carrie has been adapted for the screen multiple times for multiple generations, showing us different takes on the telekinetic titular character who's harassed both in the halls and on the home front. Scream Factory is giving the Generation Y versions of King's seminal story a high-definition upgrade, with their Carrie / The Rage: Carrie 2 Blu-ray that hits shelves on April 14th. Ahead of its release, we've been provided with three copies of the double feature Blu-ray to give away to a few lucky Daily Dead readers.
"Synopsis: A Double Dose of Telekinesis Terror!
Angela Bettis (May) stars in this 2002 adaptation of Stephen King's classic tale of horror and retribution, featuring eye-popping special effects and a shocking, all-new twist ending! Carrie White (Bettis) is a lonely, awkward teenage girl who just doesn't fit in. At school, she endures her classmates' constant ridicule, and at »
- Derek Anderson
Netflix’s upcoming series The Get Down has cast its four lead roles. The hip hop drama, set in New York in the 70s, has tapped Shameik Moore, Justice Smith, Skylan Brooks, and Tremain Brown Jr. to star in the series. Moore, who will soon be seen on the big screen in the Sundance feature Dope, will be playing Shaolin Fantastic, while Smith, who is in this summer’s Paper Towns, will play Ezekiel. Brown Jr. will make his acting debut on the series by playing Boo-Boo, while Brooks, who was one of the two leads in The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete, will play Ra-Ra.
Netflix describes The Get Down thusly.
The Get Down focuses on 1970s New York — broken down and beaten up, violent, cash strapped — dying. Consigned to rubble, a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers are »
- Deepayan Sengupta
A cinematic adaptation of Stephen King's epic fantasy series The Dark Tower has long gestated in Hollywood, moving from studio to studio and from proposed film franchise to planned TV series for nearly a decade. However, after Warner Bros. and HBO failed to bring King's novels to the big and small screen, Sony Pictures have announced that they'll now attempt to adapt King's self-proclaimed magnum opus as both a feature film and a television series.
Deadline reports that Sony Pictures and Media Rights Capital (Mrc) have agreed to co-finance »
Judging from Deadline’s report, the only real differences between the new Sony, old Warner Bros. and even older Universal plans to bring Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series to cinemas are that we’re all now a few years older and fatter than when this all started, and that Ron Howard is no longer attached to direct.
Those two facts may not be entirely unrelated.
A primer for those who don’t remember the last attempt to get these books on screen: Akiva Goldsman is producing and co-writing, there will be multiple films and a tie-in TV series that comes between them, Stephen King is keen to see it happen.
There’s no replacement for Howard as yet, and casting won’t start until Sony book a director. Last time around, however, Javier Bardem and Russell Crowe were contenders for the lead role of The Gunslinger.
- Brendon Connelly
Meet Newt Scamander. “Harry Potter” fans, you know what that means and why you should be excited. Yes, we have a star for the upcoming “Harry Potter” spin-off — or, at least, a frontrunner for a star. Though Warner Bros. isn’t confirming the news, Variety reported that recent Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne is the favorite to play Newt Scamander “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” slated to hit theaters in 2016. The spin-off will take place in New York 70 years before the events of the “Harry Potter” series and will center on Scamander, the fictitious author of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Also in this week’s 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: Meryl Streep will cover Lady Gaga and Bruce Springsteen in her new film, HBO sets an earlier release date than expected for "True Detective," Lego announces their version of Disney Infinity, and the on-again, off-again development »
- Emily Rome
The word epic gets tossed around a lot these days, but one series that truly earns the word is Stephen King's The Dark Tower. It's a massive, sprawling, complex, funny, tragic, horrifying, and heroic story of gunslinger Roland Deschain's quest for the fabled Dark Tower. It's got a killer ensemble of characters, some stunning imagery, and a very special brand of fantasy that is a unique combination of the old west, magic, technology and interdimensional travel. So of course it's ripe for a big screen adaptation. The trouble is, however, that the book series is so epic, it's going to take a massive commitment to the source material to really pull it off, and so far no studio has pulled the trigger on the production. But now it seems that Sony has decided...
- Peter Hall
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