When a deadly virus escapes from a government research facility, few prove to be immune to its effects. With symptoms similar to the flu, those who come into contact with it quickly die. One survivor is Stu Redmond, a gas station attendant from Texas, who suffers no ill effects whatsoever. Kept in a medical research facility in Vermont, doctors try to determine why he is still alive. Others that also survive include Frannie Goldsmith who lives with her dad; Nick Andros, a deaf-mute; a rock musician, Larry Underwood; and Lloyd Henreid, in jail for murder. Survivors begin to have dreams, either about an old Afican-American woman, Mother Abigail, or a much scarier evil man. Written by
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In the book, Randall Flagg is described as having been involved in political activism of various types. He is of indeterminate racial origin, looking like a swarthy man so he has been involved in both the KKK and white supremacism, and black radicalism. In the miniseries he has blue eyes and is clearly Caucasian. He wears a badge saying "How's your Pork?" (a reference to the police). His face is also hidden most of the time, unlike in the miniseries. See more
When Stu is in Vermont, when he is shooting the doctor, the third bullet hole appears and bleeds before the third shot is fired. Additionally, the holes are all angle to far down his back in comparison to the angle of the pistol. See more
When I was a boy, we killed ourselves a mountain lion up in the hills, gutted it, and dragged it back to town. What was left of that critter was the sorriest sight I ever seen. You the second sorriest, boy.
The film opens with white words on a black screen: This is the way the world ends/This is the way the world ends/This is the way the world ends/Not with a bang but a whimper. (These four lines are the final stanza from T.S. Eliot's poem "The Hollow Men".) See more
References Ms. Pac-Man
(Don't Fear) The Reaper
Written by Donald Roeser
Performed by Blue Öyster Cult See more