4 items from 2015
Stephen King has been quoted as saying, “Books and movies are like apples and oranges. They both are fruit, but taste completely different.” And he should know: the prolific author has had no less than 50 of his novels, novellas and short stories adapted into films, miniseries and TV shows over the last four decades. Among those are "The Shining" (celebrating its 35th anniversary this year) and "It," the remake of which just lost director Cary Fukunaga. So just what did he think of all these adaptations? King famously despised Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining," which in a 2009 Writer's Digest interview he claimed was the only adaptation of his work he could "remember hating." But that's just the most well-known example. What, pray tell, were his feelings on "Cujo"? "Firestarter"? "The Shawshank Redemption"? "The Mangler" even? After combing through the internet, I've tracked down King's quoted opinions on more than 20 of his feature-film adaptations, »
- Chris Eggertsen
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 →
- Matt Molgaard
A horror film is only as good as its bad guy. Thus films with nonsensical bad guys – like the mangle in Tobe Hooper’s The Mangler, the (titular) Leprechaun and the ridiculous Fuad Ramses in Hg Lewis’ Blood Feast – end up being as pathetic as their villains. Although Lewis would go on to create a really good bad guy in Montag the Magician in The Wizard of Gore.
Montag is inherently evil. He kills all of the women who participate in his stage act. He wants to cause death on a larger scale and he spends vast swathes of the movie having a tripped out self-debate on the nature of reality. With his bushy eyebrows and greying hair (which changes from scene to scene depending on how much talcum powder has been used), Montag is a fabulous trash horror icon.
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- Clare Simpson
Stephen King has more film adaptations of his work than any other writer and this is a testament to his prowess of writing interesting and engaging fiction which is always entertaining and very easy to read. He writes across a number of genres, but is most famed for his body of horror prose which includes such popular fiction as Salem’s Lot, It, Carrie, The Shining and Misery. Even though he wrote The Shawshank Redemption, which was adapted into one of the most universally acclaimed films in cinema history, King will always be known primarily for his horror novels.
Cinema and TV adaptions of his work range from the sublime to the ridiculous. There is the Oscar winning Misery and there is the stinking heap of dung that is The Mangler. Central to the interpretation of King’s horror work is to have a good strong villain. Therefore »
- Clare Simpson
4 items from 2015
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