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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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Why Annihilation going straight to Netflix matters

Ryan Lambie Dec 8, 2017

Alex Garland’s next movie, Annihilation, will bypass cinemas altogether in the UK. A few thoughts on why that matters...

Only a few days ago, we placed Annihilation at the top of our most anticipated films of 2018 list. First, because it’s the next film from Alex Garland, the novelist and screenwriter who made a stunning feature debut with 2015’s Ex Machina - a taut, superbly-made sci-fi drama about the increasingly blurry area between human and sentient machine. Second, it’s a studio film that isn’t part of some huge multi-million dollar franchise - rather, it’s based on a Nebula-winning sci-fi novel by Jeff VanderMeer. And finally, just look at the cast: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Oscar Isaac. It has the hallmarks of a smart, potentially great genre film.

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Giving Movie Thanks (2017 Edition)

I’d imagine every one of us, despite our individual life situations, however privileged or difficult they may be, wouldn’t have too much trouble coming up with a pretty long list of people and circumstances for which to be grateful, during the upcoming week traditionally reserved for the expression of thanks as well as throughout the entirety of the year.

Even in our brave new world, where gratitude and humility and generosity of spirit often seem to be in short supply, at the mercy of greed, abuse of power, disregard for the rule of law, and megalomaniac self-interest cynically masquerading as an aggressive strain of nationalist, populist passion, there are good, everyday reasons to look around and take stock of blessings in one’s immediate surroundings.

And speaking specifically as one who has the privilege and opportunity to occasionally write about matters concerning the movies, and even a (very
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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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‘1922’ Is The Most Essential Stephen King Adaptation Of 2017 [Review]

Months from now, or maybe years, we’ll probably look at Zak Hilditch’s “1922” as the most essential Stephen King adaptation produced in 2017. Competition is stiff: Andy Muschietti’s “It” and Mike Flanagan’s “Gerald’s Game,” respectively released in theaters and on Netflix in September, both successfully translate King’s work from page to screen, no small feat being as consensus qualifies their source materials as “unfilmable.” (Grant that Nikolaj Arcel’s attempt at turning “The Dark Tower” into cinema failed spectacularly, but grant also that perhaps he had a tougher assignment.)

Muschietti’s aesthetic sense and broadcasted scares make “It” feel like a spooky carnival ride.

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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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Benson & Moorhead’s ‘The Endless’ Is An Ambitious, Original Horror Pic [BFI London Film Fest Review]

It’s been an incredibly exciting half-decade or so in terms of the emergence of new horror directors. It seems barely a month or two goes by without some immensely talented filmmaker emerging from the genre and making a name for themselves. Some, like James Wan, Adam Wingard or David Sandberg, graduate to blockbuster fare. Others, like Jordan Peele or Jennifer Kent, win immense critical acclaim, and others still, like Mike Flanagan, continue to stick to the genre, winning more and more fans with each film.

Continue reading Benson & Moorhead’s ‘The Endless’ Is An Ambitious, Original Horror Pic [BFI London Film Fest Review] at The Playlist.
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The 15 Best Horror Directors of the 21st Century

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The 15 Best Horror Directors of the 21st Century
“It” may be a box office smash, but it’s hardly the only horror movie worth talking about these days. Just 17 years in, and the 21st century has already played home to a remarkable number of truly chilling and inventive horror offerings, from a resurgence in J-horror remakes to a continued affection for the classic series of yesteryear, to the massive dominance of the “Conjuring” movie universe and even a “Saw” franchise so dominant that it’s already cycled back into resurrection territory, and that’s just the mainstream stuff.

Aided by a new crop of filmmakers beholden to both their own obsessions and formative years steeped in the classics, the past two decades are shaping up to be some of the very best for the genre, with still more terror being turned out at a frightening clip. From visionaries like Guillermo del Toro and Gore Verbinksi, who can happily
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Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood on the intense experience of playing Gerald’s Game

Debuting last week on Netflix after its world premiere at Fantastic Fest, the Stephen King adaptation Gerald’s Game is a dream come true for its director, Hush and Ouija: Origin Of Evil’s Mike Flanagan. Flanagan first read King’s novel when he was 19 and has been attempting to get the film made ever since, a feat that…

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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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[Interview] ‘Gerald’s Game’ Producer Trevor Macy on the Current State of Horror

[Interview] ‘Gerald’s Game’ Producer Trevor Macy on the Current State of Horror
Mike Flanagan‘s adaptation of Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game was released to rave reviews a couple of weeks ago, and I had the opportunity to speak with its producer Trevor Macy about the film, as well as the current state of the horror genre. If you’re reading this, you’re probably well aware that our beloved horror genre is usually viewed as […]
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[Interview] Carla Gugino & Bruce Greenwood on Handcuffs, Sexuality and That Damn Hand in ‘Gerald’s Game’

[Interview] Carla Gugino & Bruce Greenwood on Handcuffs, Sexuality and That Damn Hand in ‘Gerald’s Game’
For 25 years, Stephen King‘s 1992 novel Gerald’s Game was considered unfilmable by nearly every filmmaker. Well, every filmmaker except Mike Flanagan. Flanagan read Gerald’s Game when he was 19 years old, and ever since he has been dying to give it a proper film adaptation. Cut to 2017 and we finally have that adaptation (my review) courtesy of Flanagan and Netflix. […]
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Why the Last 10 Minutes of ‘Gerald’s Game’ Elevate the Film to Greatness

Why the Last 10 Minutes of ‘Gerald’s Game’ Elevate the Film to Greatness
1 room, 2 incredible performances, and a director who just became a master. Gerald’s Game, an adaptation of the Stephen King novel, is the best horror movie of the year. If you haven’t seen it, watch it immediately. If you have, let’s dig deep into it. Speaking with director Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Hush) this week, […]
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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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[Interview] Mike Flanagan Talks Controversial ‘Gerald’s Game’ Ending and One Thing He Couldn’t Leave Out

[Interview] Mike Flanagan Talks Controversial ‘Gerald’s Game’ Ending and One Thing He Couldn’t Leave Out
Mike Flanagan‘s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel Gerald’s Game was released by Netflix last Friday to rave reviews, with many critics calling it one of the best Stephen King adaptations ever made. I had the opportunity to speak with Flanagan ahead of its world premiere at Fantastic Fest, where we discussed a multitude of things about the film […]
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Interview: Gerald’S Game Director Mike Flanagan on Collaborating with Carla Gugino & the Challenges of Adapting Stephen King’s Novel

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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’ Director Mike Flanagan on That Scene and Other Spoilers and Easter Eggs [Interview]

‘Gerald’s Game’ Director Mike Flanagan on That Scene and Other Spoilers and Easter Eggs [Interview]
Gerald’s Game premiered on Netflix over the weekend, so now we can talk about spoilers. If you have not yet watched the latest Stephen King adaptation, you might want to come back to this interview later, because director and co-writer Mike Flanagan discussed all the details and Easter eggs with /Film. If you watched the movie, you […]

The post ‘Gerald’s Game’ Director Mike Flanagan on That Scene and Other Spoilers and Easter Eggs [Interview] appeared first on /Film.
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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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The Huge ‘Oculus’ Easter Egg You May Have Missed in ‘Gerald’s Game’

The Huge ‘Oculus’ Easter Egg You May Have Missed in ‘Gerald’s Game’
Did that headboard look familiar to you? This past weekend saw the Netflix arrival of brand new Stephen King adaptation Gerald’s Game (read Brad’s review), which has firmly cemented director Mike Flanagan‘s status as a true master of horror. Previous Flanagan horror films Absentia, Oculus, Ouija: Origin of Evil and Hush hinted at his mastery of […]
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