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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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How It Connects to Other Stephen King Stories

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How It Connects to Other Stephen King Stories
Most Stephen King fans already know that the man has created a sprawling universe, with many of his most popular stories interconnected. He has his own shared universe, which is only now starting to be explored on the big screen. The latest adaptation of his work It hit theaters this weekend and is proving to be a blockbuster. It contains plenty of Easter eggs. Perhaps not as many as this past summer's Dark Tower movie, which featured it's own It shoutout. But you might be surprised how It connects to a lot of King's past novels.

Entertainment Weekly has a pretty comprehensive break down of all the Easter eggs and connections It contains to other Stephen King works of fiction. The book was originally released in 1986, and then turned into a two-part miniseries in the 90s. Characters and places from It have been known to pop up a lot in his work.
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You’ll Float Too: Ranking Stephen King’s Film And TV Adaptations

Not only is Stephen King one of the most recognizable names in literature, but he’s also one of the most adapted writers ever to put pen to paper. With over 240 writing credits to his name, filmmakers and showrunners return to his work time and again in an attempt to deliver new takes on classic tales of drama and horror. While his work remains popular, the name of Stephen King is not always a guarantee of quality when it comes to movies and television. Screenwriters and directors have often taken his source material and delivered interpretations that have been decidedly below par – for example, 2003’s Dreamcatcher, or 1993’s The Tommyknockers. Ultimately, however, these unfortunate attempts only serve to make the successful projects all the more impressive.

This dichotomy is perfectly illustrated by 2017’s movie release slate. On August 18th, The Dark Tower arrived. Directed by Nikolaj Arcel, and written by Arcel,
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Book Review: ‘The TommyKnockers’ (1987) by Stephen King

Reviewed by Jesse Miller,

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Late last night and the night before,

TommyKnockers! TommyKnockers!

Knocking at my door!

Coming out in 1987 at the height of his addictions, The TommyKnockers is Stephen King’s angriest novel, its story and nightmarish imagery fuelled by the manic energy of cocaine.

One of its main characters, Jim Gardner, is a self-loathing drunk teetering on the edge of suicide when he gets a vision that his good friend and past lover, back in the quaint town of Haven, Maine of course – has found something buried in the Earth. Something that compels her to dig deeper and unearth the secrets contained within.

For the first few hundred pages or so, we’re with Gard as he wanders through black out after black out, trying to make sense of the lost time while trying to function as a once-successful poet.

We come into the story when
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‘The Mist’ Showrunner Christian Torpe on How This Stephen King Adaptation is Like Ingmar Bergman’s ‘Jaws’ [Interview]

‘The Mist’ Showrunner Christian Torpe on How This Stephen King Adaptation is Like Ingmar Bergman’s ‘Jaws’ [Interview]
Stephen King has done really well on television. Miniseries adaptations of It, The Stand, Salem’s Lot and The Tommyknockers were hits and Under the Dome managed to run three seasons. Even the miniseries remake of The Shining received King’s blessing. Now, the acclaimed novella The Mist is getting a television adaptation, following in the footsteps of Frank Darabont’s 2007 […]

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It Came From The Tube: Salem’S Lot (1979)

Stephen King adaptations are very hard to pull off successfully. For every Misery, there’s a Graveyard Shift; Carrie soars while Cujo stalls. The small screen has had it just as bad—the elephantine The Stand benefits from its four-night rollout, while no amount of time could save The Tommyknockers. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg—at last count, there were 91 King adaptations (I’ll need to double-check those figures) across all media. For this blurry-eyed cathode ray kid, however, nothing has yet to match the two-part graveyard dance known as Salem’s Lot (1979).

Originally airing on CBS on Saturday November 17th and 24th, Salem’s Lot was a huge success for the network; there was even talk of turning it into a weekly series. Alas, that never came to be. However, we were gifted with 183 minutes of measured, chilling suspense and terror helmed by none other
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First Look At Matthew McConaughey In The Dark Tower

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When it came to Matthew McConaughey’s next role, the actor was faced with an odd choice between two Stephen King adaptions with was technically the same role. For you see Randall Flagg, the big bad of The Stand, and The Dark Tower’s The Man in Black (or Walter O’Dim to fans) are the same person, a malevolent being who tiptoes through the odd shared universe of Stephen King novels. With The Stand shelved for the time being, McConaughey took the antagonist role, opposite Idris Elba’s heroic Roland Deschain, whose plan to topple the titular tower, thus collapsing the entire multiverse of different realities, takes him from his home in Mid-World to our reality and right to the door step of Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor), whose ability to ‘shine’ is exactly what Walter needs. And we all know what book and movie we’ve seen that power in before,
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Exclusive Interview: Screenwriter Lawrence D. Cohen on Adapting Stephen King and More

Veteran writer discusses adapting King classics like Carrie, It and The Tommyknockers as well as Peter Straub’s Ghost Story. There’s an unmistakable passion in Lawrence D. Cohen’s voice in spite of the fact he’s talking about a project he began working on four decades ago. It’s a passion that resonates through the phone as…

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Round-Up: Cthulhu Figure, The Inhabitants Trailer, Cabin Fever Remake, Stephen King Marathon, Last Shift Blu-ray

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The second Cthulhu figure in a three-part series from Warpo will be available this fall. Also: a trailer for The Inhabitants, first details on IFC Midnight's acquisition of Cabin Fever, El Rey Network's Stephen King marathon, and Last Shift on Blu-ray.

Warpo's Cthulhu Figure Series: Press Release: "Chicago, Il (September 9, 2015): Warpo, creators of the Legends of Cthulhu action figures, today released part two of three of Cthulhu: The Great Old One, their retro commercial series for the forthcoming 12” Cthulhu figure.

In keeping with the company’s method manufacturing, the process of development by which Team Warpo creates everything with the mindset and methods of the late 1970s to mid-1980s, the commercial series was created with the look and feel of being an “uploaded artifact” from the era – a rip from an old VHS tape that was used over and over again to capture storylines for the sandbox adventures of childhood.
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Marg Helgenberger on 'Under the Dome' and a 'Proper Send-Off' for 'CSI'

You wouldn't know it by looking at her, but Marg Helgenberger's a full-on television icon with three decades of credits on some of the most beloved series in history: regular stints on "Ryan's Hope," "China Beach" and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" to her latest gig on "Under the Dome," as well as guest spots on everything from "Matlock" and "The Larry Sanders Show" to "Frasier" and "ER."

Given how good the small screen's been to her throughout her long career, you probably won't be surprised when you find out which famous TV lady is her long-term professional role model, as Helgenberger shares some updates about her return to the "CSI" mothership for its final send-off in the fall and her enigmatic new role in hermetically sealed Chester's Mill.

Moviefone: What can you tell us about the big "CSI" finale, which you'll be a part of?

Marg Helgenberger: Anthony Zuiker
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13 Scariest Stephen King Book Passages

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Author Stephen King is well known for his horror stories. How many times have you put down one of his novels in the middle of reading it and found yourself just a little bit too scared to venture to the bathroom in the middle of the night? His stories range from straight-on horror to sci-fi, nature versus man, and psychological thrillers. Never do his tales fail to have an impact.

While King’s most famous works include Carrie, It, Misery, The Shining and The Green Mile, the writer has produced over 50 books in the last 40 years, each and every one different in it’s content, it’s characters – and of course, its monsters. Which evil entity scares you the most from King? Might it be Pennywise the clown? Or Cujo the dog? What about Randall Flagg from The Stand or the husband in Dolores Claiborne or the aliens in The Tommyknockers?
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Stephen King’s Current Upward Trend and a Look at Big Driver and A Good Marriage

What do Maximum Overdrive, The Lawnmower Man, Sleepwalkers, The Tommyknockers, The Mangler The Langoliers, Rose Red, Dreamcatcher, Desperation and Bag of Bones have in common? They’re all semi-charming, but ultimately disappointing adaptations of the great Stephen King’s work. None of… Continue Reading →

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David E. Kelley to adapt Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes as a limited series

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The works of Stephen King have always found a home on the small screen. Back during the heydey of the network mini-series in the late 1980s and early 1990s, several of King's sprawling works made their way to multi-night event shows. The Shining, The Tommyknockers, The Stand, and more brought dense novels that could not fit into a two hour run-time to the safe environment of ABC and other networks. In recent years, King projects like Haven and Under The Dome have enjoyed longer "event...
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Arrow creator bringing new September 11th-themed Stephen King series to CBS

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Stephen King has long been the source for TV mini-series like The Stand and The Tommyknockers, but in recent years, his fiction has provided the jumping off point for several full series like Haven and Under The Dome. Now, it looks like another project will be making it to CBS in the form of The Things They Left Behind. The series, based on the short story of the same name, will be produced by Arrow's Greg Berlanti and Seth Grahame-Smith. Grahame-Smith, author of Pride And Prejudice And...
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Human vs. Alien Films: The Must-Sees

Humankind’s collision with otherworldly life forms can make for unforgettable cinema.

This article will highlight the best of live-action human vs. alien films. The creatures may be from other planets or may be non-demonic entities from other dimensions.

Excluded from consideration were giant monster films as the diakaiju genre would make a great subject for separate articles.

Readers looking for “friendly alien” films such as The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), It Came from Outer Space (1953) and the comically overrated Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) are advised to keep watching the skies because they won’t find them here.

Film writing being the game of knowledge filtered through personal taste that it is, some readers’ subgenre favorites might not have made the list such as War of the Worlds (1953) and 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957).

Now let’s take a chronological look at the cinema’s best battles between Us and Them.
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Isabelle Fuhrman Lands Female Lead In Stephen King’s Cell

It’s easy to see that Stephen King has been finding huge amounts of success in television and film throughout the past few years (we just won’t mention that Carrie remake). Though the bestselling author has always been hugely popular, Hollywood has really been jumping to option his books of late.

ABC’s adaptation of Under the Dome proved to be a ratings success this past summer, with another season set to debut in June. Meanwhile, NBC is planning a miniseries adaptation of his book The Tommyknockers, adaptations of The Dark Tower and The Stand may finally be gaining traction, True Detective helmer Cary Fukunaga is set to direct a two-part adaptation of It and J.J. Abrams is trying to get his hands around the author’s time-travel tome 11/22/63. Now, one more King adaptation is heating up as well, despite having flown under the radar for quite some time: the apocalyptic zombie yarn Cell.
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Zoe Saldana to Star in ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Miniseries on NBC

NBC’s planned miniseries based on Stephen King novel The Tommyknockers has the benefit of not having too much to live up to, but the network’s other upcoming horror miniseries, Rosemary’s Baby, doesn’t get off quite so lightly. Ira Levin’s 1867 novel was originally adapted into a film by Roman Polanski, which went on to get an Oscar nod for its screenplay (a rarity for horror films).

Rosemary’s Baby is a supernatural suspense thriller about a young couple who move into an old apartment building, inhabited by strange and eccentric residents. After a disturbing nightmare in which she is raped by the devil, Rosemary falls pregnant and begins to suspect ...

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Avatar’s Zoe Saldana To Headline Rosemary’s Baby

One of the more curious major network series currently in the works is NBC’s upcoming miniseries adaptation of Rosemary’s Baby. Though Roman Polanski’s 1968 horror film starring Mia Farrow is the work that springs to mind for most people when considering the story, the Peacock Network’s four-hour version will actually take its cues more from the original 1967 novel by Ira Levin. NBC green-lighted the project last month, without any actors attached, and today, Entertainment Weekly revealed that the series has finally found its Rosemary: Avatar actress Zoe Saldana.

Saldana will play the titular would-be mother, who moves into a Paris apartment and slowly realizes that her husband and her new neighbors may have sinister intentions for both her and her unborn child. In addition to playing Neytiri in James Cameron’s sci-fi smash, the actress has appeared in both of J.J. AbramsStar Trek updates, action film Colombiana,
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Carrie (2013)

Digital Release Date: Jan. 3, 2014, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 14, 2014

Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray $39.99

Studio: MGM Home Entertainment/20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

The 2013 Carrie, another reimagining of Stephen King‘s novel, stars Chloe Grace Moretz (Hugo) as the titular bullied teen.

Directed by Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry), the horror film tells the story of Carrie White, who’s bullied at school and controlled by her overly religious mother (Julianne Moore, (6 Souls). When she’s pushed too far at her senior prom, Carrie unleashes her telekinetic power on her small town.

Despite critical darling Moretz’s starring role, the 2013 Carrie didn’t wow critcs, earning a 49% approval, according to Rotten Tomatoes, compared to a 92% for the original 1976 film that stared Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie. Big audiences didn’t show up for the new version at the theaters, grossing Carrie $35 million.

Rated R, Carrie also stars Gabriella Wilde (The Three
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TV Review: ‘Under the Dome’s’ Underwhelming Finale

TV Review: ‘Under the Dome’s’ Underwhelming Finale
CBS was understandably giddy when “Under the Dome” opened to eye-opening ratings, and proceeded to hold on well. Not only had the network taken a big swing outside its wheelhouse, but it scored a rare summer hit, at a point where scripted network successes have appeared increasingly elusive. Small wonder the whole “limited series” idea pretty quickly went out the window, resulting in a second-season pickup and Monday night’s open-ended, cliffhanging season finale.

None of which should obscure how empty, silly and tedious “Dome” became after its intriguing premiere, going the way of many a past Stephen King miniseries adaptation — only in this case, in what amounted to slow motion. “Stephen King’s It” and “The Tommyknockers,” all is forgiven.

Why did a Dome descend over the little town of Chester’s Mill? Apparently, to create cover for a series of crazily violent exchanges, conveniently timed murders, stray characters and portentous dialogue,
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