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Ahead of its release this coming Wednesday, Marvel has debuted a preview of The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – Bitter Medicine #5, which we have for you here…
Stephen King’S Smash Hit Fantasy Epic Continues! Odetta Holmes and Detta Walker’s chapter comes to a close with this powerful issue! In an epic shootout with the police, Roland fights for his life on the streets of New York! In the midst of the chaos, Odetta will discover the true depths of her powers, as a third personality emerges!
The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – Bitter Medicine #5 is out on August 31st, priced $3.99.
- Amie Cranswick
Mobiles bring on the zombie apocalypse, but it’s not as much fun as it sounds
Based on a book by Stephen King, this spooky thriller requires a massive leap of faith on the part of the audience in order for the premise to work. A brain-scrambling electropulse is sent through the mobile phones of the world, turning everyone who was using them at the time into rampaging zombies. And it just so happens that pretty much everyone, bar a scrappy band of survivors fronted by comic-book artist Clay (John Cusack) and train driver Tom (Samuel L Jackson), was using their phone at that exact moment. The slapdash quality to the plotting is matched by the inept film-making – the dialogue is frequently inaudible, the night scenes murkily lit. And yet there are a few creepily effective moments where the techno-horror connects; a few glimpses of an interesting film that might have been. »
- Wendy Ide
Tom Holland is known for providing horror fans with some of the most iconic horror films of the ’80s and it’s been announced that he’s getting back behind the camera this September for Rock Paper Dead:
Los Angeles, CA (August 26, 2016) – Filmmaker Tom Holland (Fright Night, Child’s Play) is set to direct Rock Paper Dead, it was announced today by the film’s producers, Amy Williams; Victor Miller and Kerry Fleming. Holland will be joined by a horror dream team of talent that includes Emmy-nominated Vincent Guastini (Requiem for a Dream, “Saturday Night Live”), who will provide special makeup effects, along with the film’s co-writer Victor Miller (Friday the 13) and composer Harry Manfredini (Friday the 13). The highly anticipated genre film will start shooting in Los Angeles this September with a 2017 release date.
Rock Paper Dead is the story of serial killer Peter “The Doll Maker” Harris, »
- Jonathan James
★★★☆☆ John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson should make a thing of appearing in Stephen King adaptations together. This, their second rodeo, isn't in the same league as 2007's underrated 1408, but it gives the tired zombie survival horror subgenre a much-needed recharge and does more than enough to entertain as B-movie fun. The expression 'throwback' can be deployed for either positive or negative purposes, but here it's almost entirely positive. Tod Williams, a journeyman best known for Paranormal Activity 2, has managed to transfer King's very popular brand of horror with a good deal of success.
John Cusack and Samuel L Jackson are phoning it in as survivors of a crisis that turns mobile users into mindless grunts
Anyone who’s seen a city pavement crammed with people stumbling along staring at their phones might have noticed a new opportunity for zombie satire. But this doesn’t quite cut it. It is an adaptation of a Stephen King novel from 2006 all about a sudden “pulse” that zaps into people’s brains through their mobile phones while they’re talking, turning them into zombies.
John Cusack plays one of the survivors whose phone battery ran out just before the terrible moment, and Samuel L Jackson is someone in the same boat. (The novel was written before smartphones were commonplace – at least chatting on the phone involves non-zomboid human interaction.)
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- Peter Bradshaw
We're still a good year out from the remake of Stephen King's horror classic It, but we're already having trouble containing our excitement. In recent weeks, we've been treated to a sneak peek of the new Pennywise, but that's not all! A quick look at the Instagram of the film's director, Andy Muschietti, has given us a whole smorgasbord of goodies that will leave you breathless and more stoked than ever. We're doing you one better by parsing out exactly what each snap means. »
- Ryan Roschke
Cell finally makes it to cinemas after what feels like forever in trying to adapt Stephen King‘s well-liked novel for the big screen. First published in 2006, various filmmakers have attempted to bring this zombie-apocalypse type story to the big screens, most notably the talented Eli Roth who was announced to be helming a film version shortly after completing work on his second Hostel movie back in 2007. That wasn’t to be, but genre filmmaker Tod Williams (Paranormal Activity 2), eventually bagged the job and, along with screenwriter Adam Alleca (The Last House On The Left remake), set to task on bringing King’s story to life.
The film revolves around the character of Clayton “Clay” Riddell, here played by John Cusack, an artist intent on getting to his »
- Paul Heath
In today’s second Horror Highlights, we have preview panels from three of Night of the Living Dead: Revival‘s #5 issues (Rise, Soul, and Slab), as well as details on a shirt from Cavity Colors that gives a new twist to John Carpenter’s They Live. We also have release details for Scream Factory’s Fender Bender Blu-ray / DVD, Shudder’s acquisition of Us rights for Beyond the Walls, info on when to watch the short film Bleed the Night on El Rey Network, and two preview videos from Bb.
Night of the Living Dead: Revival #5 Preview Panels: Night of the Living Dead: Revival #5 issues are now available from Double Take. To learn more, visit Double Take’s website. In case you missed it, check out all ten #5 covers, our impressions of the #5 issues, and our exclusive Q&A with Sr. Story Editor / writer Michael Coast.
- Derek Anderson
FrightFest 2016, the UK's premier horror film festival, runs over the forthcoming August Bank Holiday weekend. With over sixty movies set to screen, plus their short films showcase, Andy Nyman's very popular quiz and several industry-related talks and events, FrightFest continues to expand its brand and deliver a varied selection of titles from across the globe. The anointed one (this year's opener) is Sean Brosnan's southern Gothic thriller My Father, Die. Starring Brit actor Joe Anderson (The Ruins, The Crazies), it's sure to be a damn sight better than 2015's Cherry Tree. Also up to bat on opening night, after My Father, Die, is the latest Stephen King adaptation, Cell, starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson. The Hollywood stars reunite after 2007's devilishly good 1408, also a King adaptation.
Color me surprised or just plain out of touch and ignorant. I had no idea that in 2012, Stephen King -- perhaps one of the greatest modern American genre authors -- wrote a story that features Batman in a unique way. Yes, that's right. Stephen King of The Stand, It, The Dark Tower, The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption, The Shining, Carrie, Cujo, and Misery fame, incorporated the Caped Crusader into a story.
Though, before you get too excited, this isn't necessarily about Batman proper. No, this is a story entitled "Bazaar of Bad Dreams." If you recognize the title, that's because that's the name of a collection of short stories that King published earlier this year. Anyway, this short story, which was first featured in a 2012 issue of Harper's Bazaar, features a father and son having lunch together, reminiscing about better times. This is especially poignant because the father has a bad case of Alzheimers. »
- Joseph Medina
Anyone familiar with Stephen King’s It knows the address 29 Neibolt Street all too well. That’s where The Losers’ Club encountered Pennywise in Many different forms; and right now, thanks to Reddit user seven_stripes, we have a look at the… Continue Reading →
The post Stephen King’s It – A Haunting Look at 29 Neibolt Street appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Steve Barton
The Dark Tower: Author Stephen King and young actor Tim Taylor both shared the latest image from The Dark Tower on social media. Taylor plays Jake Chambers, who accompanies gunslinger Roland Deschain (Idris Elba) on a journey to stop villains from destroying the universe. Matthew McConaughey, Abbey Lee and Jackie Earle Haley also star. The movie, drawn from King's series of books, is due for release on February 17, 2017. [ScreenCrush] Jumanji: Dwayne Johnson, who will soon be starting production with Kevin Hart and Jack Black on a new version of family adventure Jumanji, now says: "For the record we are Not making a reboot, but rather a continuation of the awesome Jumanji story." Johnson previously described it as a "reimagining of the...
- Peter Martin
It's a scorching summer day, and four neighborhood boys are trying to beat the heat by lounging in the shade near a junkyard's water pump with a refreshing drink. As they cool off, they listlessly toss little rocks into an old tin can a few feet away, and fill the empty air with idle speculation over whether or not Mickey Mouse Club cast member Annette Funicello has started to develop breasts. Enjoying this brief interlude of nothingness, one boy happily sighs: "This is a really good time." The dated specifics »
It's hard to believe that it has been thirty years since Gordie, Chris, Teddy and Vern embarked on a journey to find the dead body of a local boy. What sounded like a morbid adventure actually resulted in one of the most touching films about friendship to ever grace the screen. The chemistry of the four young actors, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Wil Wheaton and Jerry O'Connell, was undeniable--these boys really felt like best friends, and the film is still the best example of male bonding that we've ever seen.
We can thank writer Stephen King for that, as the horror novelist wrote the short story "The Body" that inspired Rob Reiner's film. King has stated that Stand By Me is the best adaptation ever made of his work, and we'd have to agree. »
- Adriana Floridia
A couple of weeks ago, I spent a few days immersed in Netflix’s new original series, Stranger Things. As someone who grew up in the 1980s and ‘90s, the show proved a wonderful exercise in nostalgia; a delightful amalgam of the wide-eyed Spielbergian ingenuousness and nightmarescapes of Stephen King that so informed my youth. From the moment the opening credits began I was hooked and a large part of this had to do with the show’s opening theme music. Composed by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, members of the Austin-based electronic outfit Survive, the show’s theme immediately brings us into the curious world of Stranger Things. Analog synthesizer motifs creep in and out of the mix, pulsating ominously, intoning dread. A percussive heartbeat simmers underneath, propelling us forward into awaiting disaster and, paradoxically, backward to another time and place. When combined with the show’s titles—its »
The Dark Tower: Stephen King and young Tim Taylor both shared the latest image from The Dark Tower on social media. Taylor plays Jake Chambers, who accompanies gunslinger Roland Deschain (Idris Elba) on a journey to stop villains from destroying the universe. Matthew McConaughey, Abbey Lee and Jackie Earle Haley also star. The movie, drawn from King's series of books, is due for release on February 17, 2017. [ScreenCrush] Jumanji: Dwayne Johnson, who will soon be...
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“Traveller, beyond lies Mid-World.” If you’re already familiar with Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower,” there’s a good chance these words will have you even more excited for next year’s film adaptation of the endlessly prolific author’s eight-book series than you already are. Tom Taylor, the young actor who plays Jake, tweeted out a new image from the film accompanied by that line.
The equivalent line from the book — “Go, then. There are other worlds than these” — is invoked via superimposed text. This most recent still follows a series of other brief looks at “The Dark Tower” released in recent months; the first full trailer for director Nikolaj Arcel’s silver-screen adaptation is expected in October.
- Michael Nordine
For a while there, it didn't seem like the new adaptation of Stephen King's classic novel, It, was ever going to get made. Director Cary Fukunaga left the project due to creative differences, and I was convinced it was going to lose any and all momentum at that moment. Instead, Mama director Andy Muschietti stepped up to the plate, along with actor Bill Skarsgård, who is donning the clown outfit for Pennywise, and now production is fully underway.
Since they've begun shooting, we've been privy to all sorts of photos (such as the one of Pennywise above) and little viral marketing teases. Like it or not, this film is happening, and it's happening fast, and we now have some new set videos to prove it.
The first comes from Instagram user UpReelLatePodcast, and in it, you see what looks like a slow, shambling man chasing after one of the »
- Joseph Medina
A new promotional image arrived online for the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s fantasy epic The Dark Tower via star Tom Taylor’s Twitter account featuring his character Jake Chambers along with some key dialogue from the first novel in the series, The Gunslinger…
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The Dark Tower is being directed by Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) and stars Idris Elba (Luther) as Roland Deschain, Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar) as the Man in Black, Tom Taylor (Doctor Foster) as Jake Chambers, Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road) as Tirana, Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods) as Pimli, Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen) as Richard Sayre, Michael Barbieri (Little Men) as Timmy, Claudia Kim (Avengers: Age of Ultron) as Arra Champignon and Katheryn Winnick (Vikings) in an as-yet-unrevealed role. »
- Amie Cranswick
The new American Horror Story teaser might be the sixth season's most perplexing entry yet. Titled "Blind Date," it features a blond actress screaming as some kind of sea monster proceeds to pull her into a body of water. "I have to get back to my sorority," she yells between screams. The thing is, the new teaser positively reeks of vintage Hollywood vibes: the swelling horn-filled music, the classic "Hollywood bombshell" look, and what appears to be a direct homage to The Creature From the Black Lagoon. It's hard not to imagine that we're on a Hollywood film set. Then it hit us: we've been seeing plenty of allusions to classic horror films all along, and this new teaser could be a dead giveaway. The new season of American Horror Story could take us back to classic horror-based eras in Hollywood. The gilded age of Tinseltown has plenty of fodder, »
- Ryan Roschke
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