Monday, September 18, 2006


The Stephen King Drought

In the beginning, Stephen King material on film was treated with tremendous respect. Some of the greatest directors of the genre lined up to interpret his vision on screen: Brian DePalma (Carrie), Stanley Kubrick (The Shining), John Carpenter (Christine), David Cronenberg (The Dead Zone), George A. Romero (Creepshow), Tobe Hooper (Salem's Lot). Then it became a free-for all. There were more films than we knew what to do with. And most of them were horrible: The Mangler. Maximum Overdrive. Children of the Corn. The Lawnmower Man. But from this came a few gems. Two directors elevated King's work to great cinema: Rob Reiner and Frank Darabont. Reiner gave us Stand By Me and Misery. Darabont contributed The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile (the only King films ever to be nominated for Best Picture Oscars). Then King struck a deal with ABC to do a string of miniseries. Most sucked. (It, The Tommyknockers, The Langoliers, the remake of The Shining, the remake of Carrie. But from theses came the brilliant telling of King's The Stand and the excellent Storm of the Century (perhaps his best miniseries ever and certainly one of the best of his works on screen). Now, we have The Dead Zone TV series. and King is writing about killer cell phones?!? Is there anything left? Has the King well finally run dry?

and Pet Semetary..
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