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 <max404@hotmail.com>

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In this town, there are no accidents. See more »

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

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23 May 2006 (USA)  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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Stephen King's original novel was released simultaneously with The Regulators, written by King's alter ego, Richard Bachman. Though the story and location are different, many characters appear in both novels. See more »


When David takes his shirt off in the jail cell, you can clearly see that he removed one shirt. However, when David goes to cover Pie with a jacket, you can see the outline of an undershirt when he is leaning forward and when he leans away from Pie, you can see a collar from a white shirt. See more »


Mary Jackson: Officer, you saw our registration, you know that isn't our car, and it's not our dope either. Do you think we'd be so stupid?
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Mary Jackson: What... What did... What did you call me?
Collie Entragian: I'm arresting you for possession of marijuana with intent to sale.
Peter Jackson: You can't be serious.
Collie Entragian: You have the right to remain silent. If you choose to not be silent, everything you say can be held against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. I am going to kill you. If you cannot afford ...
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Worth-wild supernatural horror, not to be missed by King fans!
23 May 2006 | by (Brentwood, USA) – See all my reviews

Well-done television adaptation of the Stephen King horror novel proves not only to be quite faithful to the novel, but an enjoyable treat for any horror fan.

Folks driving through rural Nevada are being captured by a crazed policeman, but something far more evil is at work in the town of Desperation.

Director Mick Garris is no stranger to the works of author Stephen King, in fact I believe this is his sixth film adaptation of one of King's stories. Between Garris directing and King himself having written the screenplay, Desperation comes off as a very faith adaptation that also keeps the same sense of suspense and bizarre atmosphere of the novel. It's a completely gripping tale that benefits from a mysterious set-up and some likable characters. The filming locations, music, and special FX (which are occasionally gory) are all excellent.

The cast is also quite good. Tom Skerritt, Annabeth Gish, and Steven Weber turn in good performances as some unlikely heroes. Ron Perlman is terrifically creepy as our warped villain. However the greatest performance of all is that of young Shane Haboucha as a spiritually-guided young victim.

All-around, Desperation is a solidly done horror-thriller that delivers on all fronts. A must-see for Stephen King fans.

*** out of ****

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