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'The Mist' Is Still Relevant for Unfortunate Reasons

'The Mist' Is Still Relevant for Unfortunate Reasons
Director Frank Darabont knows Stephen King, or at least that was the idea sold by the marketing of 2007’s The Mist. Known for directing two of the best King adaptations, 1994’s The Shawshank Redemption and 1999’s The Green Mile, the thought of Darabont doing another King feature implied awards and critical acclaim would follow. But when The Mist debuted Thanksgiving weekend in 2007, audiences were perplexed. The film’s Twilight Zone-esque take on a mysterious event that turns a small town into chaos was dark and contained one of the bleakest (and most divisive) endings on record.

In short, audiences...
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10 Freddy Krueger Movies You Never Saw

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10 Freddy Krueger Movies You Never Saw
Freddy Krueger is one of Halloween's most celebrated horror movie killers. A Nightmare on Elm Street, from the brilliant mind of the late fright master Wes Craven, is a stone cold classic. While the many sequels are a mixed bag, there's no disputing the greatness of A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, or the bold adventurousness of Wes Craven's New Nightmare, which reimagined the entire franchise in a fascinating new way, years before "meta" became a trendy buzz word.

Jack Sholder put Freddy Krueger inside another dude, Renny Harlin put him in sunglasses, and Rachel Talalay nearly finished him off in Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare. Though he once hosted his own TV show and finally faced off with the killer of the Friday the 13th franchise in Freddy vs. Jason, there are still multiple Freddy Krueger projects that were in some stage of development that simply never got made.
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October Horrors 2017 Day 26 – The Mist (2007)

The Mist, 2007.

Directed by Frank Darabont

Starring Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Andre Braugher, Toby Jones, William Sadler, and Jeffrey DeMunn.


Following a vicious storm, a small town is enveloped in a mysterious mist leaving a band of survivors to seek refuge in a supermarket. Trapped in the market by monstrous creatures lurking in the mist, the group also has to contend with the growing distrust and delirium of each other that soon proves to be a bigger threat than the monsters outside.

Frank Darabont is arguably the best director when it comes to bringing the work of Stephen King to the big screen, giving us the excellent weepie that is The Green Mile and arguably one of the greatest films ever made in the form of The Shawshank Redemption.

However, Darabont wouldn’t merely confine himself to bringing King’s non-horror works to the screen, using
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Exclusive Interview: Castle Rock cast and creators talk about new Stephen King series

With Castle Rock coming to Hulu next year, the cast and creators of the show took a break from production on the fifth episode of the 10-part series to come on down to New York Comic Con f0r a panel at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Beforehand, however, Flickering Myth had the pleasure of asking a few questions to stars Bill Skarsgård, Melanie Lynskey and Andre Holland, as well as executive producers and masterminds behind the Stephen King-inspired show, Dustin Thomason and Sam Shaw.

The show takes place in Castle Rock, Maine, a common setting for many of King’s works (including Needful Things, The Dead Zone, Cujo and more), which Shaw describes as “the worst luck town in the world.” Between “two serial killers, a homicidal rabid dog [and] demonic trucks,” the town is an “archaeological site” of sorts “where there are horrors, nightmares and stories behind every door.” Each
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Exclusive: Castle Rock and It star Bill Skarsgård hasn’t met Stephen King yet

The following is an excerpt from Justin Cook’s interview with the cast and creators of Castle Rock at New York Comic Con…

It’s safe to say that 2017 has been a good year for Bill Skarsgård. Not only has the young actor’s name been on the rise ever since starring as Pennywise the Dancing Clown in Andy Muschietti’s hugely successful adaptation of Stephen King’s It, but he’s also currently shooting Hulu’s Castle Rock, an anthology series that brings together a number of King’s works set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine.

Clearly, Skarsgård has King to thank for much of his success, but as it turns out (as of Sunday, October 8th), the actor and best-selling author still have yet to meet.

Flickering Myth spoke to Skarsgård at New York Comic Con and asked him what it was like having his
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Castle Rock 2nd trailer debuts at Nycc

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In a past episode of channel control, we talked about a show named Castle Rock. This upcoming 10 episode Hulu original series is a psychological thriller anthology and will be based off the fictional town of the Castle Rock, Maine which has been used in numerous Stephen King Novels. The town has been used as the back drop for The Dead Zone, Cujo, Needful Things, and at least 8 other stories by Mr. King. The town has even been mentioned in over 20 stories including Creepshow, The Stand, Gerald’s Game, & 11/22/63.

In the first teaser, we hear multiple voice-overs as the names of books, movies, or characters from his stories are shown on the screen. It ends with a dark map of the North-Eastern Us and the words Castle Rock across the screen. It’s pretty much standard fare for a teaser, which is nothing more than “Hey! We’re making a show.
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Nycc 2017: Enter the Eerie World of Stephen King’s Stories in New Teaser Trailer for Hulu’s Castle Rock Series

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Castle Rock. It's a town where many of Stephen King's stories take place, existing smack-dab in the center of the horror master's wonderfully weird literary world, and it's coming to life in a new limited series on Hulu. Ahead of the 2018 premiere of the 10-episode first season, Castle Rock is teased in the show's new (and very enigmatic) trailer that was unleashed at New York Comic Con and is now available to watch online.

You can see some of King's written works referenced in mysterious ways in the first teaser trailer for Castle Rock below. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on Castle Rock, and read on for additional details on the new series from J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions, which features a cast that includes Jane Levy, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Lynskey, André Holland, Scott Glenn, Terry O'Quinn, and Bill Skarsgård (aka Pennywise from the new
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Castle Rock Trailer: Hulu Drops First Footage from J.J. Abrams Horror Drama

Castle Rock Trailer: Hulu Drops First Footage from J.J. Abrams Horror Drama
“You have no idea what’s happening here” is the one and only line of dialogue in the debut trailer for the Stephen King multiverse-set Hulu series Castle Rock — and it’s a bit on the nose.

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The chilling first footage from the psychological-horror drama was screened at New York Comic-Con on Sunday — and while it doesn’t reveal much, it does feature some Easter eggs from King’s iconic stories. (Keep an eye out for a nod to The Shawshank Redemption.)

The J.J. Abrams-produced series
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Roger Deakins on ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and That Elusive First Oscar

Roger Deakins on ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and That Elusive First Oscar
Cinematographer Roger Deakins has amassed 13 Oscar nominations throughout his career for work on films like “The Shawshank Redemption,” “No Country for Old Men,” and “Skyfall.” It has become a slice of Oscar trivia that he has yet to win, tied for the record on that score with the late George J. Folsey (“The Great Ziegfeld,” “Adam’s Rib”). Denis Villeneuve’s massive blockbuster sequel “Blade Runner 2049” may or may not be the turning of the tide for Deakins at the Academy Awards, but judging by his response to such factoids, he isn’t losing any sleep over it. He’s just happy to still be doing the work of visual storytelling. He continues to perform at a high level, and he’s forged a partnership with Villeneuve over the course of three films now (“Prisoners” and “Sicario” being the others) that makes for one of the great visual signatures in modern cinema.

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Adapt or Die, Hollywood!

Moneyball’s Billy Beane said it best when it came to surviving in a hard industry. “Adapt or die.” Powerful words and while Hollywood is not baseball, they’ve got more in common than most would think about. You see, both require stars to perform their craft admirably for an audience, sell merchandise, and get butts in seats. However, one thing that Hollywood does better than baseball, and pretty much every other profession is: adaptation.

For those of you who don’t know, adaptation refers to the process of making something suitable for a new use or purpose. Our bodies adapt to time changes, animals adapt to environmental shifts, and Hollywood adapts novels, comic books, plays, and video games to try and get more money. While not identical in the biological sense, Hollywood is just doing what we do all the time. They are changing to better fit the new situation they are presented with.
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Stephen King’s Renaissance: Netflix Continues ‘It’ Success With Two Acclaimed New Adaptations

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Stephen King’s Renaissance: Netflix Continues ‘It’ Success With Two Acclaimed New Adaptations
Adapting Stephen King for the big screen doesn’t always work out. For every “The Shawshank Redemption, “Stand By Me,” and “The Shining” there is a “Secret Window,” “Dreamcatcher,” and “The Dark Tower,” which means that by now King fans know better than to get their hopes up any time an adaptation is announced. Fortunately, the fall movie season is shaping up to be the strongest run of Stephen King adaptations the movies have ever seen. “It” is already a fan favorite and a box office sensation, dethroning “The Exorcist” to become the biggest horror grosser in the U.S., but Netflix is about to provide a one-two punch in great King movies.

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The streaming giant premiered two original films based on Stephen King works at Fantastic Fest this weekend, “Gerald’s Game
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Revisiting the film of Stephen King's The Shawshank Redemption

Rebecca Lea Sep 25, 2017

Our lookbacks at the screen adaptations of Stephen King arrive at the hugely popular The Shawshank Redemption...

The film: Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is accused of murdering his wife and her lover. Despite protesting his innocence, the jury is unconvinced and he is given two life sentences, the duration of which will be endured at Shawshank Prison. There, he meets Red (Morgan Freeman) who narrates their story. The two men form a close friendship as Andy gets used to prison life, dealing with aggressive fellow inmates, corrupt prison officials, and eventually running the Shawshank library.

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Frank Darabont is listed as one of the few directors who really manages to capture the work of Stephen King on screen.
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10 Best Stephen King Movies So Far

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10 Best Stephen King Movies So Far
It stormed the box office in September 2017, smashing box office records, pleasing critics, and quickly washing away the bad taste of so many poorly wrought Stephen King adaptations like the current of a suburban neighborhood sewer. Move over Ernest Hemmingway! Beat it Dr. Seuss! The Stephen King adaptation is a hot commodity in Hollywood once again.

Sure, those aforementioned authors have had their books adapted less than half as many times as the works of Stephen King. With so many adapted works from the same prolific storyteller, many of them are sure to be bad. And that is the case with Stephen King. If you grew up in the 80s, you might even remember that a Stephen King movie was not anticipated with the kind of must-see attitude of today's audiences. Many laughed off the notion, believing that if it was a Stephen King movie, it must be bad.

But as It reminded audiences,
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Revisiting the film of Stephen King's Needful Things

Rebecca Lea Sep 18, 2017

We take a look at the movie version of Stephen King's Needful Things, starring Ed Harris...

The film: A mysterious new shop called Needful Things opens in the town of Castle Rock, owned by the mysterious Leland Gaunt (Max von Sydow). The residents discover that the antique shop provides them with exactly what they’re looking for, no matter how specific. The price to pay isn’t of the ordinary variety, however, and Gaunt invites his customers to commit pranks on their fellow townsfolk which steadily escalate in complexity and consequence. It soon attracts the attention of Sheriff Alan Pangborn (lately of The Dark Half and now in the form of Ed Harris).

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See also: the BFI's Stephen King season continues this weeek.

A satire on greed culture, small town politics, and mob mentalities, Needful Things is one of
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'The Weird Al Show': The Complete Oral History

'The Weird Al Show': The Complete Oral History
Al Yankovic can be described in a lot of ways besides "Weird." Most people know that he's a chart-topping singer-songwriter, a director-producer, a top-notch parodist, an author and a die-hard polka enthusiast. Even those who have followed his career closely, however, may have forgotten he was, for a brief moment, the host of a short-lived children's television show.

The Weird Al Show debuted on CBS on September 13, 1997 as part of their Saturday morning lineup. Each episode began with the all important "today's lesson" before viewers were invited into Yankovic's underground
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Stephen King’s ‘It’ Arrives at a Terrifying Time for the Movie Business

Stephen King’s ‘It’ Arrives at a Terrifying Time for the Movie Business
Coming off this summer’s deadly box office, with domestic ticket sales the lowest they’ve been in more than a decade, studios and beleaguered theater owners are looking to the highly anticipated horror film “It” to scare up some serious business as the fall moviegoing season gets under way.

The R-rated adaptation of Stephen King’s 1986 novel of the same name is projected to debut this weekend to at least $60 million, and potentially go on to amass tens, if not hundreds, of millions more during its run in theaters, on home entertainment platforms and in other ancillary markets. A follow-up film is already expected to begin production in the first quarter of next year.

Stocks of the country’s major theater circuits — AMC, Regal Entertainment, Cinemark and Imax — have been getting pummeled by the downturn. Summer box office, which ended on Labor Day, was down more than 20% from 2016, and year-to-date revenue is off 6%.

King, who
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Stephen King Talks About The Horror of Pennywise and It

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I've often wondered what it must be like for successful authors, like Stephen King, to see their works adapted for TV and film; sometimes it works out great (The Shawshank Redemption, Stand By Me) and sometimes not so much (Dreamcatcher, Maximum Overdrive). King, who's published more than 90 books in his 69 years of life -- nearly all of them optioned by Hollywood -- has certainly had his share of adaptation ups and downs.

It is, however, exceedingly rare for any single novel to be made into both a TV mini-series and also a movie (although that is becoming less unusual these days). King published the horror novel, It, in September 1986, and it's traveled a long, strange road ever since. The book was first adapted as a television mini-series in 1990, starring Tim Curry as the evil Pennywise the Clown, and then was again optioned by Warner Bros. in 2009 for a feature film.
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The Best Classic Movies for People Who Don’t Watch Older Films — IndieWire Critics Survey

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The Best Classic Movies for People Who Don’t Watch Older Films — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

A recent article (based on a very unscientific poll) argued that millennials don’t really care about old movies. Maybe that’s true, and maybe it isn’t, but the fact remains that many people disregard classic cinema on principle. These people are missing out, but it only takes one film — the right film — to change their minds and forever alter their viewing habits.

This week’s question: What is one classic film you would recommend to someone who doesn’t watch them?

Candice Frederick (@ReelTalker), Hello Beautiful, /Film, Thrillist, etc

Rebel Without a Cause.” I’ll out myself by saying that I’ve only recently seen this film
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First 'It' Reactions: Could This Be One of the Best Stephen King Adaptations of All Time?

The social media embargo for Stephen King's It lifted last night, releasing the first wave of critics' reactions into the world. While nobody has reviewed the movie in full yet, we've got a consensus on the horror adaptation and it's quite positive. Sounds like not just the scariest movie of the year but maybe a horror classic? Could this be one of the most acclaimed King adaptations when the reviews do drop? Currently, the top title is the 1976 version of Carrie, which has a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. That's followed by non-horror movies Stand By Me (91%) and The Shawshank Redemption (91%) then 1983's The Dead Zone (90%) and Misery (89%) rounding up the first five (see the rest of the rankings...

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Our Top Five Favorite Quotes from “The Shawshank Redemption”

It’s been called one of the greatest movies ever made and to be quite honest it’s one of the only Stephen King stories to ever be called a genuine hit. There’s been a lot of people that could watch the Shawshank Redemption over and over just to hear the voices of the actors and to see how Andy Dufresne, who was wrongfully imprisoned for the murders of his wife and her lover, finally got justice for himself. The cast is top notch and each and every character contributes to the film somehow. The emotions that are packed into the film

Our Top Five Favorite Quotes from “The Shawshank Redemption
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