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Hulu is making quite a name for itself in the original content space by successfully leveraging adaptations of classic and popular literature. The Handmaid's Tale, Harlots, and Chance have all been critically acclaimed and embraced by audiences. But Hulu's true secret weapon might just be the pairing of horror writer Stephen King and producer J.J. Abrams. Their initial outing, the well-received 11/22/63, a time-travel, sci-fi tale about one man's mission to prevent the assassination of JFK.
Earlier this year Abrams and King announced their follow-up on Hulu, and it might be the kind of out-of-left-field creation that seriously turns up the heat on fellow streaming services Netflix and Amazon. The new series, Castle Rock, is not based on any single King novel, however. Instead, the show leverages a fictional town in Maine, which has been the setting in no less than 11 of King's novels (he established the town in his 1979 novel »
- David Kozlowski
Pangborn is a retired sheriff who has witnessed some of the darkest moments in Castle Rock’s history. He has appeared in two of King’s novels, The Dark Half and Needful Things. Westworld‘s Ed Harris previously played Pangborn in the 1993 adaptation of Needful Things.
Set in King’s fictional town, the psychological horror series “combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland.”
Castle Rock has been developed by »
- Ricky Church
Castle Rock is filling out its cast.
The Hulu anthology series has added The Leftovers and The Defenders actor Scott Glenn as a series regular. He'll play Alan Pangborn, a retired Sheriff who presided over some of the darkest years in Castle Rock's checkered history — a Kingian icon at the center of Needful Things and The Dark Half.
Glenn joins the 10-episode project's previously announced cast, which includes Moonlight breakout Andre Holland, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Lynskey, Jane Levy and Bill Skarsgard. A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character »
- Bryn Elise Sandberg
The best out of all the Stephen King adaptations, The Shining, was famously denounced by the author for its changes to his story, while other excellent takes from the likes of John Carpenter (Christine), George Romero (The Dark Half), Brian De Palma (Carrie), and David Cronenberg (The Dead Zone) were also a bit more liberal in choosing what to keep from King's work. On the flip side, there are outright catastrophes like Dreamcatcher, Secret Window, and Thinner that are a bit more careful to follow along closely to what is in King's books, and a long range of … »
- Chris Cabin
Stephen King published his first novel in 1974. That novel, Carrie, would go on to sell more than a million copies in its first year of publication. The popularity of this book resulted in a movie adaptation two years later. As Stephen King released more novels, his popularity as an author grew, and many more films, miniseries, TV shows, and graphic novels came to be based on his writings. Today, King is one of the most well known and successful modern writers. Although he has written in many genres (including contributions to comic books), he is best known for his horror writings.
58 films have been released so far that have been based at least in some part on the writings of Stephen King. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
George A. Romero rarely had it easy. From the beginning, he faced obstacles to getting his vision on screen and condemnation once he succeeded in doing so. It took him 20 years to make his way into the big leagues, yet faced frustrating interference once he did. Yet today, the work endures. He never abandoned his vision, even when it prevented him from having an easier time of the process, and his movies, once attacked as grotesque exploitation, are now properly celebrated as landmarks of cinematic horror.
Indeed, Romero not invented more than a new and enduring kind of zombie movie when he directed “Night of the Living Dead” 50 years ago; in many ways, he invented independent horror cinema as we know it. There had been lots of off-Hollywood fright films before “Night” hit screens in 1968, of course—even some showcasing graphic if cheaply executed gore, like the Herschell Gordon Lewis flicks. »
- Michael Gingold
Fantastic Four No More?
It’s been a busy weekend for those in the House of Mouse following the bi-annual D23 expo, but an announcement that many were hoping for never came to be. On the opening day, Marvel Studios had four giant statues covered in sheets, which many presumed would be the reveal of the Fantastic Four finally joining their McU-cohorts, only to have them revealed as the The Black Order in Avengers: Infinity War. Speaking with Yahoo!, Kevin Feige has said there are still no plans – as of yet – for Marvel’s First Family to join the McU. “But too many amazing things have happened over the past 17 years for me ever say never,” he said. “But for now, nothing. There’s a chance that aliens could come down from the sky right now. And we’ll use them in the movie in to save money on visual effects. »
- Luke Owen
Romero was a pioneer in the world of film in the 1960s, bringing the iconic Night Of The Living Dead to screens in 1968. The film is one of the first to feature the modern ‘zombie’, drawing inspiration from Richard Matheson’s novel ‘I Am Legend’.
Over the years, Romero directed many more movies, including The Crazies, The Dark Half, Martin, Monkey Shines, Knightriders and Bruiser. There were also the many ‘Dead’ sequels, including 1978’s Dawn Of The Dead, and 1985’s Day Of The Dead.
Romero is survived by his wife and his daughter.
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- Paul Heath
On Sunday, horror movie icon George A. Romero died after a battle with lung cancer, surrounded by his family.
Now, With his creative flame extinguished, many of his friends, colleagues and admirers are paying tribute to the beloved director, and sharing the ways in which his career and legacy impacted their own lives.
Horror author Stephen King -- who worked with Romero several times over the years, including their collaboration on the cult classic Creepshow in 1982 and The Dark Half in 1993 -- took to Twitter to share a few words of love for his friend.
"Sad to hear my favorite collaborator--and good old friend--George Romero has died," King wrote. "George, there will never be another like you." »
George Romero was a great director, the father of modern horror movies. He made so many of my favorite films. I loved Dawn of the Dead, Night Riders, Day of the Dead, The Dark Half and Land of the Dead.… Continue Reading →
- Steve Barton
Tony Sokol Jul 17, 2017
Director George A Romero, who changed horror films forever, has died at the age of 77.
The legendary director George A Romero, who changed the landscape of horror films with his low-budget, independent black and white 1968 zombie masterpiece Night of the Living Dead, has died at the age of 77.
According to a statement from his longtime producing partner, Peter Grunwald, Romero died Sunday in his sleep while listening to the soundtrack of one his favorite films, The Quiet Man from 1952, following a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer.” Romero was surrounded by family, his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina Romero.
What a body of work he leaves behind.
Night Of The Living Dead was made by Romero and his friends in Pittsburgh on a budget of $114,000 and went on to become an iconic statement of horror, pulling in $30 million. The movie was based on Richard Matheson »
Some sad news this evening, with Variety reporting that legendary filmmaker George A. Romero has passed away in his sleep following a brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer. He was 77 years old.
The godfather of the zombie movie, Romero made his filmmaking debut in 1968 with the hugely influential Night of the Living Dead, which was followed by the sequels Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead, along with the more recent Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead.
In addition to his zombie series, Romero directed a number of other projects, including The Crazies, Creepshow and The Dark Half. He had recently announced that he would be writing and producing another instalment of the Dead franchise, Road of the Dead, which just this past week he described as “The Fast and the Furious with zombies.” »
- Gary Collinson
The horror filmmaker died following a "brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer" while listening to the score of the 1952 film The Quiet Man, his producing partner Peter Grunwald told the Los Angeles Times.
In addition to Romero's revered, influential Zombie Trilogy – 1968's Night of the Living Dead, 1978's Dawn of the Dead and 1985's Day of the Dead – the director also helmed horror films like The Crazies, »
The director died in his sleep following a battle with lung cancer, according to a statement from his manager Chris Roe.
“Legendary filmmaker George A. Romero passed away on Sunday July 16, listening to the score of ‘The Quiet Man,’ one of his all-time favorite films, with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina Romero at his side,” the statement said. “He died peacefully in his sleep, following a brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer, and leaves behind a loving family, many friends, and a filmmaking legacy that has endured, and will continue to endure, the test of time.”
Made in Pittsburgh on a budget of $114,000, “Night of the Living Dead” made $30 million and became a cult classic. Romero’s friends and associates in his Image Ten production company pooled their funds »
- Pat Saperstein
Hulu’s upcoming Stephen King-inspired series Castle Rock has scored its first cast member, with Andre Holland (Moonlight, The Knick) signing on to play Henry, a death row attorney who has a unique history with the town of Castle Rock.
Produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, Castle Rock is set to deliver a shared Stephen King universe of sorts, and will “weave together characters and themes from those novels that use the Castle Rock location. Each season will follow a different set of characters and storylines while interjecting themes and specific characters from previous seasons.”
Castle Rock is the fictional Maine town that appears in many of King’s works, including The Dead Zone, Cujo, The Body, The Dark Half and Needful Things. The series will mark the second King collaboration between Hulu and Bad Robot after the 2016 miniseries 11.22.63. »
- Gary Collinson
Back in February, Hulu gave Stephen King fans quite a surprise when they released a teaser video for Castle Rock, a new series set in the world of Stephen King's fictional universe that has spanned many novels and short stories. While much of the series' specific details remain shrouded in mystery, the first casting news for the upcoming show has now been announced.
Variety reports that André Holland (recently seen as Matt Miller in American Horror Story: Roanoke and Kevin in the Oscar-winner Moonlight) has been cast in the lead role for Castle Rock. Holland will play "Henry, a death row attorney with a unique and complicated history in the town," the town presumably being Castle Rock, Maine.
- Derek Anderson
With the glut of Stephen King novels adapted into movies during the early-to-mid 1980s, it became all too easy for certain films to fall through the cracks. It was even easier, in fact, when so many of those movies were high-profile productions made by A-list directors like Stanley Kubrick, David Cronenberg, and John Carpenter. One can understand how a movie like Mark L. Lester’s Firestarter, an adaptation of King’s 1980 novel of the same name, wound up getting overlooked. I’m guilty of it myself, having seen the movie and promptly filed it with the other middle-of-the-pack Stephen King movies. Luckily, Scream Factory has a new Blu-ray that has me reconsidering my opinion and hopefully will allow other horror fans to rediscover a really cool film.
- Patrick Bromley
Full disclosure: The Amityville Horror films do not make up my favorite franchise. And it has nothing to do with the central “haunted house” premise, but rather the execution of the series thus far, from the serviceable ground zero template, The Amityville Horror (1979) through the (as yet unseen) upcoming Amityville: The Awakening, with some stops in between at DTVville (not to mention the Ryan Reynolds remake; but I said not to mention, so not mention I shall). The name is so shopworn now that “Amityville” has become synonymous with “poopy”.
But, but, But…let’s rewind to a time when a follow up to the kind-of goofy James Brolin (and his glorious perm) starrer was actually anticipated. That film was a smash success at the box office, and the powers that be wanted to revisit the village of Amityville to see what other demons they could find in the basement. »
- Scott Drebit
Author: Zehra Phelan
Holy Horrors, Jj Abrams and Stephen King fans rejoice – streaming service Hulu has officially put in a 10 episode order for Jj Abrams and Stephen King’s horror/drama Castle Rock series, giving the all-clear for production on the series to start this year.
The not-so-secret Castle Rock is the offspring of a partnership between Abrams’ Bad Robot and Warner Bros TV, who released a teaser last Friday which has gained over a staggering 1 million views since appearing. The series has been developed by Manhattan creator Sam Shaw & Dustin Thomason for television and is based on characters and situations created by Stephen King. Shaw and Thomason also serve as writers on the show as well as executive producers alongside Abrams, Ben Stephenson and Liz Glotzer.
- Zehra Phelan
Last week it was revealed that J.J. Abrams and Stephen King were working together on an anthology series for Hulu. Entitled, "Castle Rock", the series is said to weave together characters and themes from those novels that use the Castle Rock location, including the likes of Cujo, The Dark Half, It, Needful Things, The Body and The Shawshank Redemption. An ambitious project, for... Read More »
- Sean Wist
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