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Color me surprised or just plain out of touch and ignorant. I had no idea that in 2012, Stephen King -- perhaps one of the greatest modern American genre authors -- wrote a story that features Batman in a unique way. Yes, that's right. Stephen King of The Stand, It, The Dark Tower, The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption, The Shining, Carrie, Cujo, and Misery fame, incorporated the Caped Crusader into a story.
Though, before you get too excited, this isn't necessarily about Batman proper. No, this is a story entitled "Bazaar of Bad Dreams." If you recognize the title, that's because that's the name of a collection of short stories that King published earlier this year. Anyway, this short story, which was first featured in a 2012 issue of Harper's Bazaar, features a father and son having lunch together, reminiscing about better times. This is especially poignant because the father has a bad case of Alzheimers. »
- Joseph Medina
Hope you guys made some extra room in your wallets for all the cash you’ll undoubtedly be shelling out this week (love me some “dad humor”), as August 23rd boasts an awesome selection of horror and sci-fi Blu-ray and DVD releases, all capped off by the home entertainment debuts of both season one of Ash vs Evil Dead and the sixth season of The Walking Dead.
Arrow Video is giving the cult classic The Bloodstained Butterfly an HD overhaul for their impressive-looking two-disc Special Edition release that arrives this Tuesday, and Scream Factory is doing the same for another cult classic, Psycho IV: The Beginning. Kino Lorber is releasing a Blu-ray for Chandu The Magician this week, and we’ve also got a DVD and Blu release for Jon Watts’ Clown to look forward to as well.
Other notable releases for August 23rd include Der Bunker, The Ultimate Vincent Price Collection, »
- Heather Wixson
Scream Factory certainly won’t disappoint Mother with their Blu-ray release of Psycho IV: The Beginning on August 23rd, and we’ve been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away to Daily Dead readers.
Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of Psycho IV: The Beginning.
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email email@example.com with the subject “Psycho IV: The Beginning Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on August 26th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.
- Derek Anderson
On August 23rd, Scream Factory will take Norman Bates fans back to the sinister start with their high-def home media release of director Mick Garris’ Psycho IV: The Beginning, and to give you an idea of what to expect, we have two clips from the upcoming Blu-ray.
From the 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.
- Derek Anderson
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 »
- Scott Drebit
Yes, it's frequently been claimed that we currently live in the Golden Age of Superheroes, as well as the Golden Age of TV, but when you stop to think about it, we also live in an approaching Golden Age of Stephen King, and a Golden Age of '80s Entertainment. Okay, maybe that's going overboard a bit, but for those kids who grew up watching horror and reading Stephen King novels, they're finally getting a whole lot of love.
Currently, the remake of The Stand appears to be on ice, but The Dark Tower is in production along with an adaptation of the 1986 novel, It. Like with practically every production based on a Stephen King novel, there's been a whole lot of stop-and-go with It. Not so long ago, the film was considered to be dead, and director Cary Fukunaga, who was set to helm the film, dropped out. Not too long after, »
- Joseph Medina
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
John Saavedra Aug 18, 2016
Editor's Note: This guide tries to keep it light on the spoilers, but there are some, gunslinger.
For the past 40 years, Stephen King, an American master of letters, has shown time and time again why he's the king of pop fiction. Whether you've only read his horror stuff, or are all about his hard techno-fantasy books, you've probably read more than one of King's works and have undoubtedly started to see the connections that form. Because for almost the same amount of time as his entire professional career, King has been creating his very own fictional universe.
I previously wrote about director Josh Boone's upcoming adaptation of The Stand, a fat novel that Constant Readers often regard as King's magnum opus, and how it could spark an entire King cinematic universe. »
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. »
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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
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