Stephen King Movies
A bit less confusing than the book and its mirror/book The Regulators. Seemed kinda rushed, like this should have been at least 4 hours to explain the whyfore-s, but it was crammed into 2 hours. I'm betting the DVD has more stuff to rate the "R" Rating...
Starring: Matt Frewer, Ron Perleman, Steven Weber, Tom Skerritt, Annabeth Gish

Appeared in Everything's Eventual this was a creepy little story. Neat, tho!
Riding the Bullet
Rated: R
Starring: David Arquette, Jonathan Jackson, Barbara Hershey

"Mort Rainey (Johnny Depp), a successful writer trying to cope with a divorce, is staying in his rural home, when a stranger (John Turturro) turns up on his doorstep and accuses him of plagiarism." I remember liking this when it appeared in Four Past Midnight.
Secret Window
Rated: PG-13
Starring: Johnny Depp, Ving Rhames, Timothy Hutton, John Turturro, Maria Bello...

Despite the inclusion of such a wonderful cast, this remake falls woefully short. After watching this I can no longer complain about the David Soul version, though I have to recommend the full version of that as opposed to the 2-hour truncated one that is mostly available.
'Salem's Lot
Rated: TV
Starring: Rob Lowe, Andre Braugher, James Cromwell, Rutger Hauer!!, Donald Sutherland, Samantha Mathis...

"Shocking and frightening tale of a haunted hospital that was built over an ancient graveyard. The doctors have put all their faith into science and technology, and are dismissive of any suggestion of mysticism or unseen their own peril." Summary written by Cappella NL
Kingdom Hospital
Rated [not rated]
Starring: Andrew McCarthy, Bruce Davidson, Dianne Ladd, Jack Coleman...

When they were boys, 4 men started a tradition of meeting in the woods for a long hunting camp. Right before their first trip to the cabin in the woods with their fathers, these boys befriend a "special" friend, Douglas (Duddits) whose mental deficiency is overcompensated for by a gift he shares with his friends. Some 20 years later these 4 men are struggling with problems in their lives (a bad auto accident, divorce, unemployment...) and very nearly miss their trip. They become integral in an alien invasion whose biggest enemy is Morgan Freeman's character but it takes Duddits to save the world.

I was largely confused by the book and annoyed by the movie, though it did clear up some of the obfuscations of the book. It was quite gross (shit-weasels and toxic farts?) in a way King rarely is, but his post-trauma confusion is translated from the book to the screen.

Rated R
Starring: Morgan Freeman, Thomas Jane, Timothy Olyphant, Jason Lee, Damian Lee and Donnie Wahlberg

For some reason NBC decided to do an update of the Classic movie. The casting of Angela Bettis was inspired after May, but Hollywood-itis strikes again--why remake a great movie that (except for the clothes and hairstyles) stands the test of time? Goodness knows, because I surely don't.

This was a test for a possible series (instead of a pilot) that petered out because they didn't publicize the series possibility -- I'm sure more people would have watched! More an adaptation than a translation (kinda like the Kubrick's Shining/King's Shining) than the original movie, the actors from this TV adaptation have been popping up everywhere from Battlestar Galactica to Six Feet Under, The Big Screen (The Hills Have Eyes--another REMAKE) to other genre TV (Dead Zone, Kyle XY, Stargate...). Not as famous as the original Carrie movie stars were to become, but still, out there!

Carrie (2002)
Rated R
Starring: Angela Bettis (May), Patricia Clarkson (Six Feet Under), Rena Sofer (The Chronicle), Kandyse McClure (Battlestar Galactica), Emilie de Ravin (Hills Have Eyes), David Keith (prolific character actor)

When USA first announced this new TV show I was tickled. Anthony Michael Hall wormed his way into my heart in the '80s with movies like Six Pack, Weird Science, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Canldles, etc. Then he started to grow up and did Edward Scissorhands, Johnny Be Good and disappeared... It was lovely to see him again in such a great and successful show!
The Dead Zone (TV)
Rated TVMA
Starring: Anthony Michael Hall, David Ogden Stiers, Nicole de Boer, John L. Adams, Chris Bruno, Sean Patrick Flanery and Spencer Achtymichuk

Seemingly unrelated to the facts of the first movie/the book, this is a "sequel" following Charlie McGee as she deals with growing up and dealing with the Shop.
Firestarter 2: Rekindled
Rated PG
Starring Marguerite Moreau, Malcolm McDowell, Dennis Hopper, Danny Nucci

Kinda creepy tale of a malignant house based on the Winchester house...
Rose Red
Rated PG-13
Starring Nancy Travis, Matt Keeslar, Julian Sands, Emily Deschanel, Kevin Tighe

How the mangler went from a piece of laundry equipment to a computer virus escapes me...
The Mangler 2
Rated R
Starring Lance Henriksen

Turns out Gatlin isn't the only dangerous place -- Omaha is off-limits to kids, too. Especially popular state for cult-ridden or posesssed children and creepy corn.
Children of the Corn: Revelation
Rated R
Starring Michael Ironside

Dramatization (over-drama-tization!) of the first novella from the linked collection Hearts in Atlantis (the title novella, at that). A mysterious stranger brings magic and enlightenment to an eleven-year old boy (King's specialty) and two of his friends, to a lesser extent. Some radical changes, including the omission of any Dark Tower references and NO explanation as to just why the Low Men in the Yellow Coats are so very sinister.
Hearts in Atlantis
Rated PG-13
Starring Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs), David Morse (Green Mile), Alan Tudyk (Firefly/Serenity), Adam LeFevre (The Ref)

The Green Mile
Frank Darabont's second adaptation of a Stephen King prison drama is a very faithful adaptation of King's serial novel. In the middle of the Depression, Paul Edgecomb runs death row at Cold Mountain Penitentiary. Into this dreary world walks a mammoth prisoner, John Coffey who, very slowly, reveals a special gift that will change the men working and dying on the mile. As with King's book, Darabont takes plenty of time to show us Edgecomb's world before delving into John Coffey's mystery. With Darabont's superior storytelling abilities, his touch for perfect casting, and a leisurely 188-minute running time, his movie brings to life nearly every character and scene from the novel. Darabont even improves the novel's two endings, creating a more emotionally satisfying experience. arded by this finely tailored tale.
The Green Mile
Rated: R
Starring: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, James Cromwell, Doug Hutchison (who was Eugene Toombs in two famous X-Files episodes) and Patricia Clarkson as the Warden's wife.

Why return to Gatlin after the massacre? Better question, would you pick up a hitchhiker next to the rows? NOT!
Children of the Corn 666: Isaac's Return
Rated R
Starring: John Franklin, Stacy Keach

It's a different time a different town and Sue Snell is no longer a popular teeny-thing. She's now out of the loony bin, working as a high school counselor (how'd she get THAT job?) and one of her students is being ostracized and picked on by a sex-obsessed group of jocks (are there any that aren't?) whose cruelty led her friend to kill herself. When Rachel starts being able to move things with her mind and the jocks plan revenge can Sue stop a modern-day replay of her senior prom?
The Rage: Carrie 2
Rated R
Starring: Emily Bergl, Amy Irving, Zachary Ty Bryan.

The devil has come to the small town of Little Tall Island, Maine during the heaviest snow storm in the century. He brings with him the darkest secrets of all the townspeople and uses his knowledge to control and drive some of them to suicide and murder. But with every event, he leaves the clear message "Give me what I want and I'll go away." But first, he has to convince everyone that he has the power to destroy the village, if they don't comply.
Storm Of The Century
PG-13 TV Movie
Starring Timothy Daly, Colm Feore, Debrah Farentino,

In an arctic circle radio shack, an ancient evil lurks, ready to strike at a psychologist, an army man and their collective forces. The fourth installment of relatively bad movies based on a mediocre short story. Watching this I wondered what this had to do with a story about a boy who grows up to realize that bullies abound in every walk of life.
Sometimes They Come Back . . . For More
Rated R
Starring Faith Ford (Corky on Murphy Brown) and Damian Chapa (played Josh Laughlin on Melrose Place)

When a curious teenager discovers that one of his neighbors is actually a Nazi war criminal wanted even in his eighties to answer for his actions in World War II, what does he do? Turn him in, you'd think. But, no; he blackmails the old man into teaching him what was left out of his high-school education, inwittingly becoming the apprentice to a monster whose evil has been dormant for more than 60 years.
Apt Pupil
Rated R
Starring Brad Renfro, Ian McKellen and David Schwimmer.

Another movie based on the short story "Trucks", but also contains content from the other movie based on this story, Maximum Overdrive.

A small town truck stop is taken over by driver-less trucks. Possibly caused by a toxic spill in the city. After the trucks cause numerous deaths, the remaining survivors (two teens, their fathers, and another lady citizen) are forced to escape the truck stop. They find it's very difficult to out-smart the trucks.

Rated Pg-13 (tv)
Starring Timothy Busfield.

Using the un-likely close adaptation of the novella complete with despicably un-likeable main character, The Night Flier was received by horror movie fans with positive results, but to normal (non-horror) movie fans this movie was a definate let-down. Richard Dees is a tabloid reporter whose life-motto is "never believe what you publish; and never publish what you believe." When Richard Dees discovers that there is a serial murdurer on the loose whose M.O. is remarkably like that of a vampire, he decides to find out who would stage a murder spree to look like it was custom-made for his tabloid. This gets him on a road to discovery and possible destruction.
Night Flier
Rated R
Starring Miguel Ferrer

This movie has adaptations of a short story each by Stephen King and Clive Barker. The adaptation of "Chattery Teeth" by Stephen King was less thrilling (genre thriller, instead of horror) than it was humorously bad, and the adaptation of the short story by Clive Barker was so bad that a definate horror story was rendered funny.
Quicksilver Highway
Rated PG-13 (tv)
Starring Christopher Lloyd, Matt Frewer and Raphael Sbarge, with cameo appearances by Clive Barker and John Landis.

It cracks me up to note that Cynthia Garris played the woman from Room 217. Rebecca DeMornay actually fits the description of pretty (not to mention blonde) given for Wendy Torrance in the book and while my initial reaction to Courtland Mead as Danny was "hey, fish-lips" I liked his rendition quite a bit. Elliott Gould as Stuart Ullman was great, regardless of the fact that every time I read the book I see Ben Stein. Steven Weber was great as the on-the-wagon Jacky and even better as the off-the-wagon belong-a-hotel Mr. Torrance. Melvin VanPeebles was very good as Dick Halloran and the almost invisible reference to Company E (see It) was nice to notice. As always I loved the cameo appearance of Steve King in the party scene.
Stephen King's The Shining
Rated: Unrated
Starring: Rebecca DeMornay, Stephen Webber, Courtland Mead, Melvin vanPeebles, Elliott Gould, Cynthia Garris, Stephen King.

All the kids in a town over night become feverish and have convulsions. The next day they start to become evil, change their names for those of kids killed long ago, and then start killing any adult in their path, in vicious and mysterious forms. A young woman who has just returned to town tries to find out what is happening, while trying to protect her transformed young sister. However, the kids are starting to revive their leader...
Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering
Rated: R
Starring: Naomi Watts, Karen Black.

A fat Lawyer finds himself growing "Thinner" when an old gypsy man places a hex on him. Now the lawyer must call upon his friends in organized crime to help him persuade the gypsy to lift the curse. Time is running out for the desperate lawyer as he draws closer to his own death, and grows ever thinner.
Rated R
Starring: Robert John Burke, Joe Mantegna, Kari Wuhrer and Michael Constantine.

Jon Porter returns to his hometown after the sudden and bizarre death of his mother. He hopes to leave as soon as the funeral is over but it's too late. The sinister forces that caused his sister's brutal murder 30 years ago are back. Jon knows the nightmare can't continue. He must stand up to his fear and exorcise the demons who have risen again to take posession of his beautiful teenage daughter - body and soul.
Sometimes They Come Back... Again
Rated R
Starring Michael Gross, Alexis Arquette and Hilary Swank.

Stephen King's Nightshift Collection == The Boogeyman, The Disciples of the Crow and The Woman in the Room is not currently available on VHS.
Stephen King's NightShift Collection
Rated: (Unrated... made as tv eps)
Starring: (don't recognize any of the names...)

Based, rather humorously, on the novella The Langoliers makes me laugh when the langoliers are chasing the plane off the disintigrating runway in Maine. The Stephen King cameo was funny and Toomy's response made me laugh as well. I made my b/f watch it and he asked me when PacMan became so metallic. :-)
The Langoliers
Rated PG-13 TV
Starring Patricia Wettig, Dean Stockwell, Kate Maberly (the blind girl) and Bronson Pinchot.

This movie was good, but doesn't hold a candle to the book. So many huge changes were made... what of the son? Stuff like that. For the first time in my life (and the last time before he died) my father sent me a christmas gift the year this book was released in hardcover. He sent me this book. I got it in the mail, crawled in the bathtub at about 3pm and didn't get out till I'd finished the book. It was quite good (though not as good as my favorites The Stand, and 'Salem's Lot ), but worth the night in the tub. The movie wasn't as good and the only thing that really saved it was the superb acting by Kathy Bates, who is my hero!
Dolores Claiborne
Rated R
Starring: Kathy Bates and Jennifer Jason Leigh with Christopher Plummer.

When a grizzly accident at the Blue Ribbon Laundry results in a woman being slowly crushed to death in the mangler, the automatic iron/folder for sheets, a police officer shows up to investigate. He finds no wrong-doing, but after a second accident, and after hearing the stories told by others, he begins to believe that there is something decidedly not-right about the mangler. As the strange incidents increase in frequency, he begins to suspect that the Mangler is possessed by a blood-thirsty demon who has made some kind of unholy deal with the owner of the laundry.
The Mangler
Rated R
Starring: Robert Englund of Freddie Krueger fame.

Two young Gatling residents are orphaned after the death of their father. The terror of Gatling goes urban when the two boys are placed in the custody of two foster parents in Chicago. One of the brothers brought some corn seeds with him to his new home and plants them in the courtyard of an abandoned warehouse, bringing "He Who Walks Behind the Rows" to the city. He winds up possessing the high school students and must be defeated but only after much gross-out 'cool' F/X.
Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest
Rated R
Starring: Jim Metzler

When Andy Dufrene is convicted of killing his wife and her golf-pro lover he is set to serve two life terms. Life would have been short and miserable except the guards then the warden discover that they have a gold-mine of financial and tax information. Within three years, he is doing all the guards' taxes, setting up wills and trust funds and soon is actually laundering money for the warden and the more senior guards and making *lots* of money for them, but none for Andy or his convict friends.

Then Tommy Williams comes to Shawshank in Andy's 19th year and he has witness-proof of Andy's innocence. Events come to a head that result in Tommy's death, Andy's escape and Red eventually being parolled and skipping his parole to join Andy.

The single best movie made from a King book/novella/story that I've ever seen! I was very angry that Forrest Gump won all the academy awards that year and didn't leave any for Shawshank. I really liked this movie can you tell?

Shawshank Redemption
Rated R
Starring Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows, James Whitmore, Mark Rolston and William Sadler.

Eight hours of fun. When this was initially released as the miniseries on ABC my sister was living with me. The first night of the show I was sick and my sister was out. About 1 hour into the movie my sister came in, stinking drunk and asked me to tell her what was happenning. This ruined the whole miniseries for me.

When it was finished (all 4 nights) I watched all eight hours from my taped image. It wasn't great, but it was very good compared to what we expected as fans. Rob Lowe surprised the heck out of me in his role as Nicky, but we were sorely disappointed in the Corin Nemec (I'm glad he's finally come into his own as Jonas Quinn...)/Molly Ringworm (who should have stopped making movies when John Houston did) combo as Hawk/ Frannie; annoying in the extreme.

If you have a free afternoon (weekend day) watch this movie... I love re-watching it often.

The Stand
Rated: Not Rated (tv)
Starring: Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Jamey Sheridan, Laura San Giacomo, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Miguel Ferrer, Rob Lowe, Bill Fagerbakke, Ray Walston, Matt Frewer, Corin Nemec, Adam Storke, Shawnee Smith, Joe Bob Briggs!

What do you do when your evil pseudonym comes to life and starts to kill people just because you stopped writing as him? Cranial Siamese Twins, Batman!
The Dark Half
Rated: R
Starring: Timothy Hutton, and Amy Madigan.

The Devil went down to Georgia... oops, that up to Maine... Instead of stealing their souls, he bought them cheap!
Needful Things
Rated: R
Starring: Max von Sydow, Ed Harris, Bonnie Bedelia, J.T. Walsh, Amanda Plummer, Don S. Davis,

Poor alcoholic Gard... what could be worse than the ecological disasters at nuclear plants that he obsesses about? How about a gigasmic D-cell battery UFO?
Rated: Unrated... TV movie
Starring: Marg Helgenberger, Jimmy Smits, Allyce Beasley (Agnes Depesto from Moonlighting), Traci Lords, Cliff de Young, and E.G. Marshall.

Belated sequel to the '84 film. 8 years after the first, authorities discover the mutilated bodies of adults in the secluded town of Gatlin, Nebraska and children hiding in the corn. Enter John Garrett & son Danny who head for Gatlin on a story and get caught up in this mess when an orphan named Micah is possessed by He Who Walks Behind The Rows.
Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice
Rated R
Starring: Terrence Knox, Paul Sherrer

Mom (Alice Krige, the Borg Queen) and Son (Brian Krause of Charmed) want to kill/devour cat-loving virgin (Madchen Amick) so they can live forever... unless the cats eat them!
Rated: R
Starring: Madchen Amick, Brian Krause, Alice Krige and Ron Perlman with cameos by John Landis, Joe Dante, Stephen King, Clive Barker, Tobe Hooper and Mark Hamill.

The Yummy Jeff Fahey is the Yummy Pierce Brosnan's science project... till he gets too smart. Please note, this is not "Stephen King's Lawnmower Man" as it was when released. King sued to get his name removed. Huh, tells ya a bit about the movie, huh?
The Lawnmower Man
Rated: R
Starring: Jeff Fahey, Pierce Brosnan

An accident causes an old man to grow young... and the government that screwed up wants him either dead or in their custody.
Golden Years
Rated: Unrated (TV)
Starring: Keith Szarbajka, Frances Sternhagen, Stephen King Bus Driver, cameo), and Stephen Root.

Tim Matheson (of Animal House fame) is haunted in class by the juvenile delinquents (played, of course, by adults!) who caused his brother's death when he was a child.
Sometimes They Come Back
Rated: R
Starring: Tim Matheson, (Otter) and Robert Rusler.

A very good (award winning, in fact) adaptation of the novel. It was a bit less gory than the book... the lawnmower wasn't utilized, for instance. Introduced the world to Kathy Bates and that was fortuitous! :-)
Rated: R
Starring: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth, Frances Sternhagen, and (cameo) Rob Reiner.

The casting of the characters was quite scary. John-boy as Stuttering Bill? Give me a break. Though I have to say Tim Curry as Pennywise was inspired.
Rated Unrated (TV)
Starring: Harry Anderson (Judge Harry Stone), Annette O'Toole, John Ritter, Tim Curry, Richard Thomas (John-Boy Walton), and SethGreen.

Graveyard Shift
A rather campy adaptation of the short story "Graveyard Shift" from the collection Night Shift. Killer mutant rats from Hell... literally!
Graveyard Shift
Rated: R
Starring: David Andrews, Stephen Macht and Brad Dourif.

Tales from the Darkside
Never seen it...
Tales From the Darkside: The Movie (Cat From Hell)
Rated: R
Starring: David Johansen, Paul Greeno, William Hickey, Alice Drummond, Dolores Sutton, Mark Margolis

Pet Sematary
As long as I live I'll remember watching this in the movie theater. Some stupid cow brought two VERY young children (walking, but still wearing diapers!) to see this movie. The scenes where evil-dead Gage wants to Play, these two tykes are trying to find out how the lights in the floor work... The movie sucked, compared to the book, but I have to say the experience was memorable!
Pet Sematary
Rated: R
Starring: Denise Crosby (aka Tasha Yar, forevermore) and Dale Midkiff (of the huge, honkin' jaw) and Fred Gwynne, looking like an extremely OLD Herman Munster!

A Return to 'Salem's Lot
Ok, another one I've never seen...
A Return to Salem's Lot
Rated: R
Starring: Michael Moriarity

The Running Man
OK... this is where it starts... this movie has so little in common the the novel(ette) that I'm surprised it still has the same name! They added a plot, for one thing. One of the classis "I'll be back" lines. and Richard Dawson! Wow! Fav line: "He had to spleet (er that's split)"
The Running Man
Rated: R
Starring: Ahnold, Richard Dawson, Maria Conchita Alonso, Dweezil Zappa and, no double-take required, yes, that is Governor Jesse "The Body" Ventura.

Creepshow 2
The Raft, OK, I'll admit it. I've never seen this!
Creepshow 2
Rated: R
Starring: Dorothy Lamour.

Stand By Me
How best to start a story than with "hey guys, wanna see a dead body?" than to do so in a movie!
You all know I've got fav lines from this Rob Reiner classic, so Here Goes. "A pile of shit has a thousand eyes." "My Dad is so weird!" {gun noise} "Jezus!" (the expression gets me on that one!) and "a complete and total barf-o-rama!"
Stand By Me
Rated: R
Starring: River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton (pre TNG), Jerry O'Connell and Corey Feldman as well as Kiefer Sutherland and John Cusak!

Maximum Overdrive
I love this movie! It's funny. Plus, we get a close-up of Emilio Estavez' derriere... I have many favorite lines so I'll limit myself to a few: "Are You Dead?" "Honey, this machine just called me an asshole!" "A lesson in manners from the Road Twitch" and "We Made You!!!"
Maximum Overdrive
Rated: R
Starring: Emilio Estavez, Pat Hingle, Yeardley Smith and Mackenzie Astin.

Silver Bullet
A young boy discovers not only just what it is that's killing people every full moon--but who!
Favorite Line: "Holy Jumped-up Jesus Palomino!"
Silver Bullet
Rated: R
Starring: Corey Haim, and Gary Busey

Cat's Eye
The cat is the tie-in for screen adaptations of three of King's short stories: Quitter's Inc, The Ledge and Boogeyman. Be on the lookout for his cameo!
Cat's Eye
Rated: PG-13
Starring: Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Robert Hays and James Naughton

Tales from the Darkside
Contains "5 chilling tales" including Word Processor of the Gods.
Tales From the Darkside, vol 1
In No Specific Order...
  • Word Processor of the Gods
  • Distant Signals
  • Seasons of Belief
  • Everybody Needs a Little Love
  • AND..Do Not Open This Box
Rated: Not Rated (TV SHOW)
Starring: Darren McGavin, and Jerry Orbach

Tales from the Darkside
Contains "5 chilling tales" including Sorry, Right Number .
Tales From the Darkside, vol 4
In No Specific Order...
  • Sorry, Right Number
  • The Old Soft Shoe
  • Strange Love
  • My Ghostwriter, the Vampire
  • AND... The Moth
Rated: Not Rated (TV SHOW)
Starring: Debbie Harry

Children of the
On their way from med school to his residency, a would-be doctor stumbles onto Gatlin, Nebraska, where all the adults have been sacrificed to a demon that lives in the corn.
Children of the Corn
Rated: R
Starring: Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, John Franklin, Courtney Gains and Anne Marie McEvoy.

Firestarter, 1984
The first movie that shows the mild paranoia of the times from "The Shop". A little girl is born with extreme gifts, most notably her pyrokinesis and "The Shop" wants her! To get to her, they're willing to kill/torture her mother, attempt to kidnap her in broad daylight, try to apprehend them in a farmyard (big mistake!) and when they do get her, her 'friend' wants to kill her!

It was quite a while before I realized "The Shop" was the CIA!

Rated: R
Starring: David Keith, Drew Barrymore, Heather Locklear, Martin Sheen, George C. Scott, Art Carney and Louise Fletcher.

When Arnie buys Christine, the 1957 blood-red Plymouth Fury, his personality undergoes an abrupt shift and his friends Dennis and Leigh have their hands full not getting killed by Christine as 'her' jealously gets over-protective!
Rated: R
Starring: Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul and Harry Dean Stanton

The Dead Zone, 1983
Johnny Smith wakes from a five-year coma to find he has lost five years of his life, and yet gained psychic powers. Foreseeing the future appears to be a 'gift' at first, but ends up causing problems... Johnny visits Castle Rock to help Sherriff Bannerman find the serial murderer... This is what happens when movies are non-serial but linked and are filmed out of order!
The Dead Zone
Rated: R
Starring: Christopher Walken, Tom Skerritt, Martin Sheen and Colleen Dewhurst

The movie intro to the wonderfully avoidable town of Castle Rock, Maine. A woman and her asthmatic son are trapped in a small oven of a car by a rabit St Bernard. Bannerman died here, but that didn't prevent him from appearing in The Dead Zone!
Rated: R
Starring: Dee Wallace (Stone), Jerry Hardin, and Danny Pintauro

Five delightfully frightful stories: tales of a sinister father's day celebration ("Father's Day"), a mysterious meteor ("The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill", starring King himself: good quote "Meteor Shit!"), seaweed zombies ("Something to 'Tide' You Over"), a monster in a crate ("The Crate"), and a cockroach-phobic millionaire ("They're Creeping Up On You").

See also Creepshow II

Rated: R
Starring: Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Leslie Nielsen, Ed Harris, Ted Danson, Stephen King, and Joe King (Steve's son).

This movie isn't to be confused with Stephen King's The Shining... this movie is almost entirely Stanley Kubrik's baby. Not to say it isn't good. A truly memorable scene is where Jack (Nicholson\Torrance, what's the diff?) goes totally insane (was he ever sane?) and tries to kill his his wife. "I'm not gonna hurt ya; I'm just going to bash your f**king brains in!"

Don't forget if you're in the Denver/Boulder area to head for Estes Park and visit the Stanley!

See also "Stephen King's The Shining" miniseries

The Shining
Rated: R
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelly Duvall, Scatman Crothers & Danny Lloyd

Salem's Lot, 1979
In the wake of his an accident and emotional break-down a writer decides to return to the town where he spent his best summer (age 12=best summer in King-ese) and confront the nightmare he feels he must have imagined. When things go from bad to worse, he has to team up with a boy who is trapped in his best summer in 'Salem's Lot.

There's a new miniseries in produciton for TNT... with Rob Lowe of all people. I remember being so very pleasantly surprised by how good he was in The Stand, so I'll hold out my reservations!

'Salem's Lot
Rated: PG
Starring: David Soul, Bonnie Bedelia

Carrie, 1976
Poor Carrie White... its bad enough that she's 16 and just entering the most traumatic part of her adolescence, but it escorts in an over-active telekinetic ability, followed closely by unmanageable pyrokinetic gifts. To make matters worse, her mother is a religious fanatic with a murderous bent.

This is one of my favorites (I have alot)... Sissy Spacek is awesome in this movie.

See also the 2002 miniseries remake, that was good, but not as good!

Rated: R
Starring: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, William Katt, John Travolta
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