Desperation (2006)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Horror  |  23 May 2006 (USA)
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When a sheriff arrests a writer, a family, a couple, and a hitchiker and throws them in a jail cell in the deserted town of Desperation, they must fight for their lives.



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En route to Lake Tahoe for a much anticipated vacation, the Carver family is arrested for blowing out all four tires on their camper. Collie Entragian is the arresting officer, the self-made sheriff of a town called Desperation, Nevada, and the quintessential bad cop. Unbeknownst to the Carvers, Entragian regularly sniffs out passerbys on this stretch of road, and in fact has done in nearly every resident of his hometown. He can also change form and summon the help of creepy creatures, including scorpions, snakes and spiders. Written by Erwin van Moll <>

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Rated R for violence and gruesome images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 May 2006 (USA)  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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This is the sixth Stephen King story that Mick Garris has directed as a feature or TV movie following: Sleepwalkers (1992), The Stand (1994), The Shining (1997), Quicksilver Highway (1997) (episode "Chattery Teeth") and Riding the Bullet (2004). See more »


As David escaped through the bars of the cell he ran out the door slamming the door behind him. In the previous scene the Sheriff, while taking David's mother, had already slammed that door closed on his way out. See more »


Collie Entragian: [after finding the bag of marijuana in Johnny Marinville's motorcycle] Houston - we have a problem.
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Name suits it well
12 July 2009 | by (Redondo Beach, CA) – See all my reviews

Desperation time, alright. Ron Pearlman hams it up in what appears to be a satire of his own satire character, Hellboy. Annabeth Gish and Tom Skerrit aren't bad in their roles, but the paper thin script and atrocious direction give them very little to do. The remaining cast members blandly deliver expository lines that lead nowhere.

Stephen King has had both success and failure in adapting other books he has written for the screen. This one goes to the goof-ups list. The script meanders wildly, without any cohesion. It's hard to take anything seriously, as the same slick-wannabe camera work shows us people towering like giants from an ant's point of view. Why things are happening as they are? You won't know, and you probably won't care, either. Clichés like the old "evil entity possessing a peace officer" routine are rampant.

Still, it can pass the time if you're really bored. But don't expect much.

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