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Why 2017 was the year of Stephen King on screen

Ryan Lambie Dec 8, 2017

As The Dark Tower heads to disc, we take a look back at a screen year that's been big for Stephen King adaptations...

In the late 60s and early 1970s, a new generation of horror storytellers brought the genre out of the past and into the troubled, turbulent present. In cinemas, such directors as George A Romero, Tobe Hooper and David Cronenberg ushered in a new age of modern, fleshier horror, where the images were disturbing and the capes and castles of old Dracula and Frankenstein movies were entirely absent.

Over in the literary world, such writers as Ira Levin (Rosemary's Baby) and William Peter Batty (The Exorcist) were injecting creating a similarly seismic impact, sparking a pulp horror boom that would last until well into the 1980s. Few authors, however, have enjoyed the fame or the sheer longevity of Stephen King. Still in his 20s when his first novel,
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The 13 Best New Indie Horror Movies in 2017

The 13 Best New Indie Horror Movies in 2017
Halloween always provides a good excuse to celebrate scary movies, but as anyone keen on the genre knows, it’s never really a bad time to do that. That’s especially been true this year, long before “It” broke box office records. Just a few months into 2017 and it was already a banner year for genre films, with “Get Out” becoming a cultural phenomenon, new horror festivals generating headlines, and other promising developments that send a positive message to genre fans. While the industry worries about the future of moviegoing and the quality of the art form in a blockbuster-dominated era, horror fans have nothing to worry about — the genre is secure, but only if you know where to look.

Keeping up our annual tradition, here’s an overview of 13 of the very best horror indies produced over the last 12 months, all of which are available to rent, on streaming platforms or in theaters.
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American Gangster heading to the small screen courtesy of Narcos co-creator

According to Screen Daily, Narcos co-creator Chris Brancato is developing a prequel series to the Ridley Scott movie American Gangster entitled The Godfather of Harlem, which will take place five years before the film and see Forest Whitaker taking on the role of mob boss Ellsworth ‘Bumpy’ Johnson.

“It stars Forest Whitaker, he will play our lead character,” said Brancato. “It’s essentially the prequel to the movie American Gangster. It’s Harlem, the 1960s, a gangster named Bumpy Johnson was very close friends with Malcom X, so the show is about the collision of the criminal underworld and the civil rights movement. It’s an opportunity to examine some of the things that are going on racially right now, but through the prism of the past.”

Brancato, who left Narcos after its first season for the short-lived Of Kings and Prophets, went on to state that he has written the script,
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American Gangster prequel series in the works starring Forest Whitaker

  • JoBlo
I doubt that many would count American Gangster as a top-tier Ridley Scott film, but it certainly isn't a bad piece of work, however, with a cast comprised of Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Josh Brolin, Cuba Gooding Jr., Ted Levine, Carla Gugino, Idris Elba, and John Hawkes, among others, it really should have been so much better. It's been ten years... Read More...
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‘The Haunting Of Hill House’: Netflix Sets Paxton Singleton & Julian Hilliard As Series Regulars

Exclusive: Paxton Singleton and newcomer Julian Hilliard have come aboard as a series regulars on Netflix’s upcoming Mike Flanagan-helmed adaptation, The Haunting Of Hill House, for Amblin TV and Paramount TV. Based on Shirley Jackson's classic 1959 novel, the 10-episode straight-to-series re-imagining draws from the original classic ghost story while expanding on the mythology of the Crane family. Carla Gugino, Timothy Hutton, Michael Huisman, Oliver Jackson-Cohen
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Netflix Tricked Their Employees Into Watching That Gory Gerald's Game Scene

If you've yet to sit down and watch Gerald's Game, may I just congratulate you on living your best life? Because after sitting through Netflix's horrifying adaptation of the Stephen King novel, I might never sleep again. It's safe to say neither will Netflix's employees, since the streaming network surprised a handful of them with a screening of the movie's most infamous moment: the "hand scene," also known as the "degloving scene." It all goes down when the horror film's heroine, Jessie (Carla Gugino) - a woman whose husband (Bruce Greenwood) unexpectedly dies after handcuffing her to the bed in an effort to spice up their marriage, leaving her trapped in their remote lake house - decides the only way out of her cuffs is through drastic, gory action. No matter what you call the scene, there's no doubt it will leave you "shaking and sweating," like the unsuspecting (and brave Af) Netflix employees above.
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Um, Gerald's Game Is Super F*cked Up, and You Need to Watch It Right Now

Note: this review is (relatively) spoiler-free, so dig in! At the end of September, Netflix released the last of the month's new slate. Among the additions was an original film from the streaming site called Gerald's Game, based on Stephen King's 1992 novel of the same name. The adaptation promised a pretty straightforward plot: Man and woman go to woods to save their marriage. Man handcuffs woman to bed for kinky sex times. Man dies of heart attack. Madness ensues. You might be asking yourself how a woman chained to a bed makes for a compelling horror movie, but I'm hoping I can adequately peel back the layers and show you that the movie goes way beyond that seemingly basic premise. RelatedOnly People With Nerves of Steel Will Be Able to Watch Every Horror Movie on This List 1. It's a Simple Concept That's Well-Executed As I already mentioned, the story itself is pretty basic.
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If you missed part one of our massive link roundup to catch up on news and such, that's here. Going a lot shorter for part two

/Film on the 20th anniversary of Boogie Nights

This is Not Porn Sigourney Weaver with a pumpkin

/i09 Jeff Goldblum riffing on the meaning of "Ragnarok" - I was personally alarmed to see this whole story this morning because I feel like I knew all this classic mythology stuff when I was in diapers and I Know we learned some of it in school. Is mythology not taught anymore? Weird cause kids tend to love it (since there are superpowers, monsters, etcetera)

Jezebel a fine interview with famous primatologist Jane Goodall about her work, the new documentary about her, and climate change

Film School Rejects 35 things we learned from Edgar Wright's Baby Driver commentary

Av Club Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood on filming Gerald's Game,
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Now Casting: Netflix’s ‘The Haunting Of Hill House’ Is Seeking Body Doubles

Don’t be spooked by Netflix’s request for bodies—it’s just seeking body doubles for “The Haunting Of Hill House!” Starring Carla Gugino and Timothy Hutton, “The Haunting of Hill House” is a modern re-imagining of Shirley Jackson’s classic 1959 novel. Several Caucasian male and female actors, aged 18–70, are wanted to serve as stand-ins for principal cast members in the series. All roles have specific hair color and height requirements. The production will shoot Oct. 16–April 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Talent will be paid $150 for 12 hours of work. Keep your sights on these frights and apply directly at Backstage here! Check out Backstage’s Atlanta audition listings!
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Gerald’s Game director addresses criticism of the ending

Released onto Netflix this past month, director Mike Flanagan’s adaptation of the 1992 Stephen King novel Gerald’s Game has been earning rave reviews [read ours here], although one particular aspect of the film has been dividing audiences.

As with the book, the film – which stars Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood – ends with an extended (and somewhat clunky) coda which has been attracting criticism from some viewers, but as Flanagan reveals to Bloody Disgusting, he wanted to remain faithful to King’s source material.

“It was something when I read the book that I loved. I know it was polarizing with fans of the book, so the people that hated that epilogue in the book are going to hate it in the movie. I fully expect that [the epilogue is] going to be the lightning rod for people to be like ‘Oh I was so into it and then (groans) that ending.’ But that’s what happened in the book.
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Awards Daily Jazz interviews Ali Fazal of Victoria & Abdul

Variety Rock star Tom Petty was reported dead today but reports may have been premature. Story developing but sounds dire

Coming Soon M Night Shyamalan's sequel to Unbreakable starring Samuel L Jackson and called Glass is now shooting

/Film Charlies Angels, a property which never truly dies but keeps trying to find new relevance, is trying again. They're talking up Lupita Nyong'o and Kristen Stewart for leading roles. Kristen's been doing amazing work lately but she is 100% wrong for Charlie's Angels which needs exuberant pop flair when she's all minimalist / sober as an actor. Wth?

Decider surprise! Gerald's Game, a Stephen King adaptation for Netflix starring Carla Gugino, is good

Coming Soon Daniel Dae Kim's stunt training for the Hellboy reboot

/Film Hocus Pocus moves forward as a TV movie remake - none of the original actors or filmmaking team
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Gerald’s Game Review [Fantastic Fest 2017]

As 2017 gifts us yet another cinematic Stephen King adaptation, Mike Flanagan positions himself on the right side of history with Gerald’s Game. My earlier review of Andy Muschietti’s It crowned the film as the best King adaptation of this very year, and while Pennywise still claims that throne, Flanagan’s psychological tormentor still deserves its own positive buzz-about. Those who’ve read King’s words will enjoy a respectable transition to screen, but Netflix users going in blind are in for a more twisted discovery. Flanagan’s manipulation of reality is told from a perspective that indulges in tragic cabin-fever bewilderment; enough gory surprises to get a bubbly rise amidst one woman’s kinky night gone horribly awry.

Carla Gugino stars as Jessie Burlingame, wife of Gerald Burlingame (Bruce Greenwood). Their marriage appears strong on the surface, but it becomes apparent that boredom has set in. Gerald has
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The Film Stage Show Ep. 265 – Gerald’s Game

Welcome, one and all, to the latest installment of The Film Stage Show! Today Michael Snydel, Bill Graham, and I tackle our second Stephen King adaptation of the year, the confinement thriller Gerald’s Game, starring Carla Gugino.

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Interview: Gerald’S Game Director Mike Flanagan on Collaborating with Carla Gugino & the Challenges of Adapting Stephen King’s Novel

  • DailyDead
Over the last several years, filmmaker Mike Flanagan has quickly established himself as one of the best and most assured genre storytellers of the last decade. From Absentia to Oculus to Hush, as well as Ouija: Origin of Evil and Before I Wake (which this writer is still patiently waiting for a Stateside release), Flanagan has a proven track record as a confident director, and his latest project, Gerald’s Game, is another example of his ability to tell uniquely compelling stories in a way that only he can.

Daily Dead recently had the opportunity to speak with Flanagan about his experiences adapting the acclaimed Stephen King novel for Netflix, the challenges he faced with both the material as well as keeping his mostly single location story intriguing on a visual level. Flanagan also chatted about collaborating with “force of nature” Carla Gugino for Gerald’s Game and how she
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Gerald’s Game Movie Review

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Gerald’s Game Movie Review
Gerald’S Game Netflix Director: Mike Flanagan Written by: Jeff Howard, Mike Flanagan, from Stephen King’s novel “Gerald’s Game” (published 9/27/16) Cast: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Henry Thomas, Chiara Aurelia, Carel Struycken, Kate Siegel Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 9/27/17 Opens: September 29, 2017 Joan Baez does a great job singing the traditional song that opens […]

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‘Gerald’s Game’ Review

Stars: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Henry Thomas, Carel Struycken, Kate Siegel, Chiara Aurelia, Gwendolyn Mulamba | Written by Jeff Howard | Directed by Mike Flanagan

Mike Flanagan has been on a pretty successful run when it comes to horrors. With Absentia, Oculus, Hush and Ouija: Origin of Evil, it is fair to say he has brought us well made horror that actually delivers. Now that Gerald’s Game has arrived on Netflix, can he continue his success.

Gerald’s Game is the story of Jessie Birlingame (Carla Gugino) who agrees to go on a retreat with her husband Gerald (Bruce Greenwood) to find the spark in her marriage. Letting him handcuff her to the bed to spice up their love life, things go horribly wrong when he dies of a heart attack, leaving Jessie trapped with her own mental demons, along with what lurks in the shadows of the seemingly empty house.
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Movie Review – Gerald’s Game (2017)

Gerald’s Game, 2017.

Directed by Mike Flanagan.

Starring Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Chiara Aurelia, Henry Thomas, Kate Siegel, and Carel Struycken.


A middle-aged couple’s weekend away to solve their marital issues is brought to a startling halt when, during a sex game, the husband has a heart attack, leaving his wife handcuffed to a bed with nothing but her dead husband and a hungry dog to keep her company.

After the critical and financial disaster of The Dark Tower, the reasonable success of the TV adaptation of The Mist and It officially becoming the highest grossing horror movie of all time this week, 2017’s obsession with Stephen King adaptations doesn’t look set to stop anytime soon, with Netflix now throwing their hat into the ring with an adaptation of Gerald’s Game.

Of all the King novels that have been adapted this year, Gerald’s Game is perhaps the least known.
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Fantastic Fest 2017 Reviews: Gerald’S Game and 1922

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It’s been a very strong year for Stephen King adaptations (well, adaptations not named The Dark Tower), with the release of Andy Muschietti’s It and several new TV series, too. Now we’ve got two other stellar projects making their way to Netflix, Gerald’s Game from Mike Flanagan (Ouija: Origin of Evil, Oculus, Hush) and 1922 from genre newcomer Zak Hilditch. This dynamic duo of Netflix films recently screened at the 2017 Fantastic Fest in Austin, and I'd like to share my thoughts on these two wildly different films that were both equally compelling and entertaining viewing experiences all the same.

Gerald's Game: With Gerald’s Game, Flanagan has nearly done the unimaginable by somehow finding a way to translate a story that is mostly internally driven by its protagonist, and bring it to life visually in a way that’s still in line with King’s material,
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New to Streaming: ‘The Beguiled,’ ‘City of Ghosts,’ ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

The Bad Batch (Ana Lily Amirpour)

Ana Lily Amirpour’s second feature shoots for Harmony Korine meets Mad Max and would have nearly almost hit the mark were it not for the gratingly aloof attitude and the swaths of directorial license being taken. The Bad Batch — an ambitious, expansive dystopian sci-fi western which features partying, drugs, and cannibals — might come as music to the ears of diehard fans of
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‘Gerald’s Game’ Screenwriter Jeff Howard on Adapting Stephen King and His Upcoming Projects [Interview]

Jeff Howard has been director Mike Flanagan’s screenwriting partner since 2013. Actually, that’s just their first produced film, Oculus. They go back even further. So when Flanagan wanted to adapt Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game, Howard helped him realize his vision. The Netflix original film is based on King’s 1992 novel in which Jessie (Carla Gugino) […]

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