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Re: Stephen King Movies/TV

Post by scunny » Mon Jul 09, 2012 12:52 pm

jdanddiet wrote:It would have been much better if he had shot himself as well to show that there really was no hope and then the monsters dragged them off to the emirates or something. As it is the movie demonstrably contradicts itself that the situation is hopeless. It could have been great but they bottled it.

i could be wrong but i thought there were not enough bullets for everyone so someone had to do the business and then work out some other way to sort themselves out.
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Post by Megamixer » Mon Jul 09, 2012 1:49 pm

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themightymartin wrote:One King book that I would like to be see get turned into a movie is The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. Anybody else read that one? Really good.
It's interesting, but I'm not sure about a movie. It's all about the atmosphere, and that would be tricky to capture.

Shinobi, the vicar is Cycle of the Werewolf. Gangster could be The Dark Half?
The Dark Half is about a pen name (author alias) who somehow comes to life when the writer character decides to stop using the name. He does kill people with a knife though in some particularly gruesome-sounding scenes. I quite liked that book actually.

I'd like to see a movie version of Eyes of the Dragon which stars the evil wizard Flagg. I've always wondered if it's the same Flagg from The Stand as they sound very much alike when reading the two books.

Is the movie version of Cujo any good?
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Post by scunny » Mon Jul 09, 2012 2:14 pm

I remember Cujo being very good, but I have not seen it in so long but from what i recall it was tense stuff.

I though IT, like a few of the stephen king movies, started great but the ending was poor. I still like to watch it though for the brilliant build up. Tim Curry is great in it.
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Post by Negative Creep » Mon Jul 09, 2012 3:26 pm

scunny wrote:ah yeah, had forgotten they had checked in on home etc.

I think he had seen some truly horrible things and he didnt want his little boy being a host for horrible spider things, fair enough i think. I guess it is hard to convey how long he was supposedly driving around before running out of petrol and being sitting ducks without unnecesarilly dragging the film out another half an hour.

i really liked the film, especially for the Sherminator getting his just desserts near the start :)

Marcia Gay Harden also put in a brilliant performance. A great example of how a villain can be terrifying without having to be physically imposing or just owardly evil
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Re: Stephen King Movies/TV

Post by theantmeister » Mon Jul 09, 2012 3:55 pm

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Katzkatz wrote:'Haven' is pretty good. It is a good fantasy series. I think that it does stray quite far from the original material now.
Like most of his films, I'd say Haven is average. I watch it, but its mindless filler TV that goes on when I can't be bothered thinking.
Yeah, it is a bit weak, IMO. The cast doesn't help, mind you. I saw the same pair in some made-for-tv Hallmark movie and they were just as wooden and dull. Actually, I hate old long-face, pencil moustache, numpty (aka Eric Balfour) as well. The old coroner lady and the chief were the best characters (spoilers!) and they both died.
themightymartin wrote:Trust me... DON'T watch The The Langoliers! You can get everything you need to know about it (including the whole plot) at http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videol ... langoliers
I like just about every Stephen King Movie/TV thing (yes, even The Langoliers). With the exception of The Tommyknockers, which is just terrible. I love how The Nostalgia Critic goes off on one about Stephen King. The priest thing, the New England thing, it's all true.
jdanddiet wrote:Stephen King movies seem to have some nasty moments in them. My top 3 moments I'd like to "un-see"

Pet Sematary - knife vs achilles (eek)
Maximum overdrive - arm vs electic knife (ook)
Misery - sledgehammer vs ankles (aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!)
I'll add the teeth pulling scene from the aforementioned Tommyknockers to that list.

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Post by MartynC » Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:06 am

jdanddiet wrote: Don't like:-
Creepshow 2
OI MASON! OUTSIDE!

I saw that at an impressionable age - same with Children of the Corn - so I've always had a soft spot for it. "Thanks for the ride lady!"

I've still can't believe that King didn't like Kubrick's Shining. His main criticism was that Nicholson looked like a crazy man right from the beginning rather than descending into madness, which is a fair point, but he also said it wasn't scary. :shock: the dead twins, room 217, the woman in the bath, the final chase... I thought the film brought the book's best scares brilliantly to life.

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Post by Megamixer » Tue Jul 10, 2012 4:29 pm

MartynC wrote: I've still can't believe that King didn't like Kubrick's Shining. His main criticism was that Nicholson looked like a crazy man right from the beginning rather than descending into madness, which is a fair point, but he also said it wasn't scary. :shock: the dead twins, room 217, the woman in the bath, the final chase... I thought the film brought the book's best scares brilliantly to life.
Does it have the hedge animals coming to life? I always thought that would be creepy when I read it in the book.
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Post by jdanddiet » Tue Jul 10, 2012 4:32 pm

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MartynC wrote: I've still can't believe that King didn't like Kubrick's Shining. His main criticism was that Nicholson looked like a crazy man right from the beginning rather than descending into madness, which is a fair point, but he also said it wasn't scary. :shock: the dead twins, room 217, the woman in the bath, the final chase... I thought the film brought the book's best scares brilliantly to life.
Does it have the hedge animals coming to life? I always thought that would be creepy when I read it in the book.
I believe it does.
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Post by jdanddiet » Tue Jul 10, 2012 4:33 pm

MartynC wrote:
jdanddiet wrote: Don't like:-
Creepshow 2
OI MASON! OUTSIDE!

I saw that at an impressionable age - same with Children of the Corn - so I've always had a soft spot for it. "Thanks for the ride lady!"

I've still can't believe that King didn't like Kubrick's Shining. His main criticism was that Nicholson looked like a crazy man right from the beginning rather than descending into madness, which is a fair point, but he also said it wasn't scary. :shock: the dead twins, room 217, the woman in the bath, the final chase... I thought the film brought the book's best scares brilliantly to life.
I think the fact it only had 3 stories compared to the original's 5 and the first one (the one with the indian statue) was a bit rubbish put me off. The killer oil slick story was quite cool iirc.
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Post by Antiriad2097 » Tue Jul 10, 2012 5:36 pm

MartynC wrote:I've still can't believe that King didn't like Kubrick's Shining. His main criticism was that Nicholson looked like a crazy man right from the beginning rather than descending into madness, which is a fair point, but he also said it wasn't scary. :shock: the dead twins, room 217, the woman in the bath, the final chase... I thought the film brought the book's best scares brilliantly to life.
The Shining isn't remotely scary, its literally laughably bad.

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Post by jdanddiet » Tue Jul 10, 2012 6:19 pm

"redrum" scared the hell out of me when i saw it for the first time...
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Post by BennyTheGreek » Tue Jul 10, 2012 7:20 pm

jdanddiet wrote:Stephen King movies seem to have some nasty moments in them. My top 3 moments I'd like to "un-see"

Pet Sematary - knife vs achilles (eek)
Maximum overdrive - arm vs electic knife (ook)
Misery - sledgehammer vs ankles (aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!)

the bit where the cop puts the scissors on the bath taps in dead zone always makes me go `ooh`

dead zone is a stunning film....

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Re: Stephen King Movies/TV

Post by scunny » Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:12 am

The Shining was one of those films that has escaped me for my whole life, one that i always meant to watch but never got around to. So i bought it on blu ray and when i had a day off i made myself comfortable and watched it. It wasn't the worst film I have ever seen but i was very underwhelmed.

Didnt find it particularly creepy or scary. Well acted i guess but I wouldnt have gotten too carried away.

Maybe it is just time that has not been kind to it, I made the missus watch Lost Boys the other day telling her what a great film i remembered it to be, she thought it was a bit crap and i kind of agreed with her.
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Re: Stephen King Movies/TV

Post by thebear » Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:54 pm

The best movies from Kings books are all non-horror

Standy By Me
Shawshank
Green Mile
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Re: Stephen King Movies/TV

Post by thebear » Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:55 pm

merman wrote:I liked It, Misery, Stand by Me and The Dead Zone. Felt the mini-series adaptation of The Stand was good, but cutting down a massive novel that was already cut down did compromise it a bit. Carrie was OK, Firestarter again hampered by the format rather than any shortcomings in the attempt.

King himself disowned Lawnmower Man and Running Man.

Needful Things has some good moments.
The book of running man is FAR better and darker than the silly film
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