Perhaps it’s due to my early reading life furnished in horror, but for as long as I can remember, I have been intensely aware of my inner conversations and thoughts, because I never know who might be listening. I don’t believe in psychic phenomena, and I’ve never seen or experienced anything to dissuade me from this opinion, but I also don’t claim to have an in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of the mind or the brain’s physiology. I suppose I remain both open- and closed-minded on the prospect.
I blame Stephen King for this – some of the first novels I ever read were by him and surrounded the nature of psychic power: Carrie, Firestarter, and, of course, The Shining. In fact, I think it may be The Shining that made me really consider the idea that someone could actually hear my thoughts. While hardly a visceral terror, I find the notion of someone impinging on my mind to be a horrifying concept. I’ve always loved King’s approach to psychic power; instead of a godlike power akin to something you’d find in the pages of X-Men, King’s psychics run a whole spectrum. Some have next to none; some just have a glimmer; some shine.
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Fifty years ago today President John F. Kennedy was taken from us by an assassin’s bullet. On this tragic anniversary, we’re going to take a look at the novel 11/22/63 by master storyteller Stephen King. In this tale of time travel, it poses the question that if you could, would you go back in time and save JFK? And if it was possible, would you be able to pull it off and how? Meet me after the jump, for my thoughts on the multiple award winning 11/22/63.
Stephen King’s latest novel, Doctor Sleep, is a sequel to his classic book, The Shining. Thanks to the fine folks at Simon & Schuster, we’ve got three copies of the book to giveaway. All you have to do is:
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Carrie. I think I’m having a flashback – to the 70′s. Not an acid flashback, but a horror one. I can’t help but feeling I’ve seen this movie before. Its been a horror staple for as long as I can remember and for some reason the Powers That Be in Hollywood decided that a remake of their classic was needed. I know 80 percent of their budgets go to remakes and sequels and this Halloween has been frightfully devoid of the horror movies, but I’m allowed to be a cranky old lady about this remake.
Holy tweeting pigs! Last week’s episode hit the ground running with Rick and the team surrounded by walkers clamoring to get inside; insistent little buggers! Yes, all is well at the Sunnybrook farm, and with Hershel acting as Zen master of the veggie farm, what could go wrong? Yes, my little zombie snacks, there are even farm animals on site. In fact, Violet the pig has her own Twitter and Facebook account, but… not for long. An uninvited guest may have snuck in with the people from Woodbury; just ask Violet and Patrick (Vincent Martella). Meet you after the jump. Read the rest of this entry
As we approach yet another remake of Carrie it might be time to take a look at the original, the 1976 film that started it all, and Stephen King’s first novel that gave it life. Meet me after the jump as we get reacquainted with Carrie.
From Stephen King and Steven Spielberg comes Under the Dome, a 13-episode television “event” premiering tonight on CBS and Global. Based on the bestselling Stephen King novel of the same name, Under The Dome is the big buzz show of the week and possibly the summer. The show centers around the residents of Chester Mill as they fight for survival after being suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by a massive transparent dome. To find more about it, check out my Summer TV Preview HERE. Our own Editor-In-Chief Andy Burns was lucky enough to watch the premiere over the weekend and says it really delivers some intense moments, so be sure to check out Under The Dome tonight at 10:00pm EST on CBS in the the U.S. and Global in Canada.
In October, we will see the release of the remade Carrie, this time starring Chloë Grace Moretz in the titular role and Julianne Moore as her religious-zealot, overbearing, and abusive mother. I am cautiously optimistic about this upcoming film, as I feel both Moretz and Moore are singularly gifted actors who will likely bring something very interesting to the roles, never mind the special effects, which will almost certainly eclipse those in the last twenty to thirty minutes of the 1976 original.
Given the new film is coming out in the next few months, I decided, for the first time in many years, to re-watch Brian DePalma’s take on Stephen King’s first (well, first published) novel. I wasn’t disappointed. Despite the feathered hair and, in terms of today’s displays, rather lacklustre effects (even for the time, the effects are pretty cringe-worthy in places), it still holds up as a terrific supernatural thriller encased in a horrific tale of adolescent abuse, both at the hands of Carrie’s peers and her mother.