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Stephen King is one of the world’s most successful contemporary authors. Selling over 350 million books since his career began, King has seen the vast majority of his stories adapted for both the big and small screen. It all started in 1976 when King’s first novel Carrie was adapted by director Brian De Palma. Carrie starred Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie and a then unknown John Travolta, and saw outcast Carrie turn the tables on her tormentors at her high school prom thanks to her newfound telekinetic powers. Since the film’s success, numerous other stories by the author have come to life and most have been lucky enough to follow in Carrie’s footsteps. This week we see things come full circle as Carrie receives the remake treatment courtesy of Boys Don’T Cry director Kimberly Peirce. Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick Ass) will be stepping into Spacek’s rather big shoes, »
- Kat Smith
One of the key components to a successful horror film is a memorable adversary for the protagonists. Usually the villain is human, or once was. Sometimes the primary opponent is a possessed home, or a revenant that just won’t die. In rare cases, the monster is something a little more… unusual. As evidenced in the list below, we sometimes discover the enemy is more bizarre than we could ever dream: evil objects, demonic playthings, even malevolent pastries... monsters come in many forms. With that said, it’s time to take a walk down memory lane and recall some of the most unconventional monsters in horror cinema history. Here are ten of our favorites: The Vines in The Ruins The Ruins has some genuinely creepy moments, and features a respectable cast and mostly bearable performances. But I could never fully get on board with the concept that the characters are »
- Tyler Doupe
Kings of Horror a month-long series in which ShockTillYouDrop.com's Ryan Turek (@_RyanTurek) and CraveOnline's William Bibbiani (@williambibbiani) reflect on the big screen theatrical offerings of Stephen King's works. 31 days, 31 films, 31 reviews!
The series began with Carrie and will end with the Carrie remake.
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This tale of a stereotypical nerd who buys a possessed car plays into the hands of those detractors who label Stephen King's work formulaic. I suspect it was the first time his fans felt cheated
The easiest period of Stephen King's writing to talk about is his early years. Back then, he was carving his own niche. He wasn't universally loved, but he was universally sold, and that was probably enough for him. He had his vices at this point, of course. They were well-hidden – and I'll talk more about that come Tommyknockers time – but they were there. Still, the books came, mainly because he had them squirrelled away. Different Seasons was published between Cujo and Christine, but it was written much earlier, back when King was perhaps more in control of what he was actually doing. Christine was the truth poking out from the lie of Rita Hayworth and The Body. »
- James Smythe
4 items from 2013
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