The Just Released Dark Tower Poster & What I Think it Means

What a surprise today when I saw someone retweet Idris Elba sharing the first teaser poster from The Dark Tower, starring Elba and based on the Stephen king novel, series of novels, canon of stories from basically the beginning of his career until now.  The poster tells me a lot, but if you are not familiar…

Stop Working and Watch This Movie Based on Battleground

Any good Stephen King fan knows Battleground, a short story of toys on a deadly mission, from King’s seminal 1978 Night Shift collection. However, you’ve probably never seen a decent film adaptation of it, particularly not a Soviet Ukrainian one full of all the rotoscoping cartoony glory and synthesizer soundtracks of 80’s animation. This 1986 short film titled Srazhenie…

Your First Clue: Don’t Move to a Town Called Derry

Kids, we’re less than a week til October, which means just 39 days til Halloween. You all know Halloween is a pretty big deal around here (and, needless to say, over on my site, The Year of Halloween), so I thought I’d get everyone in the mood with this tribute to what it might be like…

Stephen King vs. Opie and Anthony – Who Ya Got?

This is either going to be a really good fight or the most one sided thing in the history of stupid Twitter and internet fights.  Here is the run down so far. King writes in this week’s Entertainment Weekly blah blah something about radio and then: “How culturally important are the gabbling “personalities” who make…

Carrie – Why didn’t I realize this before?

So this past weekend I was watching Carrie for the seventeenth time and something occurred to me that I had not realized the first sixteen times I watched it.  Or when I read the book as a kid.  If you don’t know the story, then you are uneducated in the ways of horror moviedom.  You…

Stephen King – Out of Ideas?

Being from Maine, I have a soft spot for Stephen King.  Some of the stories he tells are very good.  Some suck.  And I have to say that I never ever found anything that he wrote scary.  Like, I was never scared that Barlowe or Jack Torrance or something was gonna get me.  Even when…