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On August 23rd, see how it all began! Scream Factory’s Blu-ray of Psycho IV: The Beginning (directed by Mick Garris) features all-new extras including interviews with the director, cast members, and makeup effects artist Tony Gardner:
Press Release: Before the terror can end, see how it all began… Psycho IV: The Beginning comes to Blu-ray for the first time on August 23rd, 2016 from Scream Factory. Anthony Perkins, Henry Thomas and Olivia Hussey star in this chilling prequel to the classic Hitchcock thriller. The release features new extras including audio commentary with director Mick Garris and Henry Thomas and Olivia Hussey, and an interview with make-up effects artist Tony Gardner.
A seemingly rehabilitated Norman Bates (Perkins) is drawn to a late-night radio show where the host (Cch Pounder, Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight) encourages him to share his views on the topic of matricide. Reliving his childhood, Norman »
- Tamika Jones
AMC’s Bates Motel has done a hell of a job giving viewers a fresh, new take on the horror classic Psycho and it’s sometimes protagonist/antagonist, Norman Bates. A lot of newer fans of the series have voiced their opinions on how interesting it is to see the genesis of why Norman became what he eventually became: a murderer. Well, as most horror fans know, back in 1990, the Showtime network premiered a made for TV film called Psycho IV: The Beginning. Both a prequel and a sequel, the timeline within the film goes back and forth between Norman being verbally abused by his mother, some interesting sexual tension between them and current day Norman, out of jail and attempting to live a typical married life. I’ve always had a soft spot for Psycho IV, and with the announcement of Scream Factory’s August 23rd DVD/Bluray release, »
- Jerry Smith
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, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
The Dark Tower is one of those properties that's been in development for years. It's gone from a movie series to a TV show, to a movie/TV series hybrid, and now, it's coming out as a single film -- with the hope that it'll turn into a film series. Over the past few weeks, we've had a series of images come in from the set of the film, and now EW has the actual first look for the film, which consists of the image above, the cover below, another image of the villain, and a whole bevy of details, which we'll get into after the cover image!
As mentioned above, this film went through many iterations before it got to this point. While nowadays, it seems like this would most likely be a TV series, a film series, or a mix of both, they're going a much less ambitious route for this project. »
- Joseph Medina
Earlier this week, new set photos surfaced as the long-awaited adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower continues production in New York City. These images gave us a new look at Idris Elba's Roland Deschain, a.k.a. The Gunslinger, and also our first look at Jackie Earle Haley as Sayre. It seems we didn't have to wait too much longer for even more images, with both Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey gracing the cover of Entertainment Weekly's special Comic-Con edition, along with new photos of both actors.
Entertainment Weekly got to spend a week on the set of The Dark Tower, where they learned that this movie will "remix" the iconic Stephen King novels to provide a new "cinematic origin story." The author himself has already teased that there will be big changes from the book, with some speculating that this movie is actually a continuation of the novel series, »
We’ve seen a few spy photos from the set of The Dark Tower over the past couple of weeks [see here, here and here], but now thanks to Entertainment Weekly we’ve got our first official look at Idris Elba’s Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey’s Man in Black from the hotly-anticipated adaptation of Stephen King’s fantasy epic The Dark Tower. Take a look…
“When we meet Roland he’s a bit lost,” states Elba with regards to his role as The Gunslinger. “He’s been walking around for a long time, so he definitely feels like a man who’s… coiled. [He] has forgotten the face of his father. That’s a sense of, ‘You’ve forgotten your purpose.’ Until he meets [Jake Chambers], he doesn’t have anything to believe in, really. He’s really pent up and releases his soul through [defending] the boy.”
“Well, he is a man, actually,” replies McConaughey when asked about his villainous character, »
- Gary Collinson
The Dark Tower may have the worst set security known to man. Ever since the film started production, the folks over at Just Jared have gone nuts in all the set photos they've released. Practically everyday it seems like we've had a new batch of photos from the set of the adaptation of Stephen King's epic fantasy western.
Today, they've not only released more photos of Idris Elba as Roland, the Gunslinger himself, but they also have a few shots of Tom Taylor, who plays the character Jake Chambers. For those unfamiliar, Jake is the secondary protagonist of the story who has a father-son relationship with Roland.
Check out the photos below.
The Dark Tower is one of two Stephen King adaptations currently in production, the other being It. Another one of his books that's been in heavy development is The Stand, which, last we heard, was getting a restructure from Josh Boone, »
- Joseph Medina
Michelle Herbert reviews The Fireman by Joe Hill…
This is Joe Hill’s take on an end of the world scenario, in this case, the apocalypse doesn’t come with a bang, rather the whole world will burn. Slowly a virus commonly known as Dragonscale starts infecting people first they get the scale on their bodies and then later the infected spontaneously combust. At the start of the novel, there is a lot of conjecture as to what is causing Dragonscale and how it is being passed from one host to another, at this stage there are no real facts people know that once you start showing signs of Dragonscale it is only a matter of time before you die.
Harper is our point of view character ,when we first meet her she is working as a school nurse and living with her husband, Jakob who believes he will be »
- Amie Cranswick
Josh Boone is no stranger to adapting books to the big screen. He successfully brought The Fault in our Stars to cinema masses and spent several months trying (and sadly failing) at bringing a big screen version of Stephen King‘s The Stand to life. This experience doesn’t seem to have deterred him as it was last week announced that he has begun work on bringing some of Anne Rice‘s finest stories to life.
Whilst initial reports suggested Boone would be remaking 90’s gothic classic Interview with the Vampire it has now surfaced that he will focus in on a different novel, The Vampire Lestat, which does feature parts of Interview with the Vampire. The vampire features in several of Rice’s novels and was made famous on the screen in Interview with the Vampire »
- Kat Hughes
Scream Factory has slated their Blu-ray of Psycho IV: The Beginning for an August 23rd release. Bonus features are underway and will be revealed early this summer. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates, and take a look at the official announcement and cover art below:
A seemingly rehabilitated Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) is drawn to a late night radio show where the host (Cch Pounder) encourages him to share his views on the topic of matricide. Reliving his childhood, Norman recounts his trials of a young boy (Henry Thomas »
- Derek Anderson
Everyone has been so focused on the currently filming adaptation of The Dark Tower, the upcoming adaptation of It, and the ever-in-development big screen version of The Stand that we completely forgot that another Stephen King adaptation was on the way. Show of hands: who remembered that they were actually making a film version of Cell until […]
- Jacob Hall
Our Us chums have seen Hulu's 11.22.63, now airing on Fox in the UK. Here are their spoiler-free thoughts on the Stephen King adaptation...
Spoiler Alert: President John F. Kennedy died on November 22, 1963 and nothing Stephen King can write will ever change that. Oh maybe he’ll change it for a little while, but it will change right back if you ever come out of the closet. That’s the basic premise of Hulu’s miniseries on the best-selling 2011 Stephen King novel 11/22/63.
“If you do something that really fucks with the past, the past fucks with you,” Warns diner owner Al Templeton, played by Chris Cooper, to his casual friend, the local high school English teacher Jake Epping, played by James Franco. Templeton has a tendency to age in spurts, not the regular acceleration of ageing that comes when the body ages, but in three-year-spurts that happen in about two minutes. »
Image via Cemetery Publications
It's been decades since director Stanley Kubrick released the beloved horror film The Shining, and while writer Stephen King has had his problems with the movie, that hasn't stopped it from becoming one of the go-to films for horror fans. Between its unsettling atmosphere, chilling performance from Jack Nicholson, and massive amounts of creepy imagery, it stands as a testament of filmmaking.
What some film fans may not know, however, is that a few short years ago, Stephen King released a sequel to his book The Shining called Doctor Sleep. The book follows Danny Torrance -- the young boy from The Shining -- now a recovering alcoholic who uses his psychic powers to help a sleepy town in New Hampshire. Danny does his best to forget his past, but when he finds himself having to protect a girl from a parasitic group trying to steal her own "shining" abilities, »
- Joseph Medina
Director Josh Boone burst onto the scene in 2014 with The Fault in Our Stars, and since then his name has been linked to numerous horror projects, including adaptations of Stephen King’s The Stand and Revival plus a reboot of… Continue Reading →
- Debi Moore
When it comes to brilliant Stephen King characters, the choices truly are endless. From The Shining’s Jack Torrance to The Green Mile’s Paul Edgecombe to The Stand”s Stuart Redman, King is responsible for writing some of the most memorable main characters in fiction.
But just because a character isn’t “main” doesn’t mean they can’t be memorable. King’s talent extends so far that even his side and minor characters are fleshed out and intriguing. Indeed, it’s practically impossible to open a King novel without being confronted by a brilliant cast of unique people. In fact, some of these characters have so much depth and complexity that they practically demand their own novels. Their stories are distinct enough that they merit their own telling.
From a mysterious artists who accidentally paints a living curse to a certain woman with telekinetic powers who »
- Brian Wilson
Stephen King has written some of the most acclaimed novels of recent times, the best-known of which, perhaps, are The Shining, The Stand and his beloved Dark Tower series, which serves as a kind of sprawling magnus opus that links everything and anything the man has ever put to paper to create his ultimate masterpiece (seriously: read it).
Stephen King has also written a good number of somewhat questionable books over the course of his long and prolific writing career – books that failed to capture what is great about King as a writer, or his imagination. Everybody experiences failure now and again, of course – that’s all part and parcel of being a best-selling novelist. Not everything you produce is going to be met with critical acclaim. Things rarely work out as such.
That said, there are a fair amount of Stephen King novels out there that, for one reason or another, »
- Sam Hill
With every passing day, the trend of adapting cop-based films into TV series seems to grow ever-more prevalent. Just in the recent few months there's been news about Rush Hour, Lethal Weapon, Training Day, and now The Departed. That's right, producer Roy Lee (who is also currently working on getting a number of other properties off the ground, including Stephen King's The Stand) is working on getting a TV series going based on that acclaimed movie.
Well before we get into the TV idea, we should first answer a question some of you may be asking, which is why there wasn't an honest sequel to the 2006 film, The Departed, which starred Leonard DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Jack Nicholson, and was directed by Martin Scorsese. After all, it was based on the Chinese film Infernal Affairs, and that film had sequels, didn't it? Roy Lee had the following to say »
- Joseph Medina
Over the past couple of days we’ve heard that two Stephen King adaptations finally look to have escaped development hell with both The Dark Tower and It set to move forward; however, it seems the same can’t be said for The Stand, with producer Roy Lee telling Collider that the project is in “a holding pattern” as they attempt to work out how to move forward with the post-apocalyptic epic.
“Right now it’s just in a holding pattern trying to figure out how to best make the movie because we’ve toyed with breaking it up into multiple movies, making it into one, making it into two,” states Lee. “The latest draft, Josh Boone had written it and he was very anxious to make it but since then has written another script, Revival, which he’s gonna do beforehand, so we’re just waiting for that.”
- Gary Collinson
The past year has been a roller coaster of emotions for Stephen King fans. The oft-promised adaptation of The Dark Tower series has finally found momentum under director Nikolaj Arcel after years spend crawling around the development wasteland. The long-gestating adaptation of The Stand revved and stalled and revved before stalling once again — leading director Josh Boone to […]
The post ‘It’ Producer Promises an R-rating, Can’t Confirm If Everything Down There Floats appeared first on /Film. »
- Jacob Hall
At last report, filmmaker Josh Boone's adaptation of Stephen King's magnum opus "The Stand" was still stuck in development - one reason why he jumped over to another King adaptation, "Revival," as his immediate next project before getting back around to "The Stand" at a later date.
So where is "The Stand" right now whilst Boone is occupied elsewhere? Collider spoke with producer Roy Lee at Dice 2016 where he explained that the filmmaking team is still trying to figure out a way to adapt the over 1,000 page book to the screen and what form that might take - be it one or several movies:
"Right now it's just in a holding pattern trying to figure out how to best make the movie because we've toyed with breaking it up into multiple movies, making it into one, making it into two. The latest draft, Josh Boone had written it »
- Garth Franklin
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