Stephen King: Master of Horror

15 Oct

Stephen King is the master of horror stories.  Whether bloody or just bone chilling, he seems to know how to get under your skin and make you look over your shoulder to make sure the boogeyman isn’t standing there.  He has written roughly 70 books, including short stories.  Most of his stories have been turned into major motion pictures as well as TV mini series.  With Halloween around the corner and the thrill and horror this holiday brings, I thought I would share three of my favorite Stephen King films.  

Carrie was King’s fourth book, but the first to be published.  Brian De Palma turned it into a film starring Sissy Spacek.  It was released in 1976 and was nominated for 2 Oscars: Spacek for Best Actress and Piper Laurie for Best Supporting Actress.[1]  This coming year, Chloe Moretz and Julianne Moore will star in the remake of a remake of a classic.  If you have not seen or read the story, it is about a girl named Carrie White who is an outcast at school and lives with a religious wack-a-doodle of a mom.  Carrie discovers she has telekinesis and uses it to her advantage, MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

 

The Shining came to theaters in 1980 and is numbered among the scariest movies of all time.  Now Stanley Kubrick didn’t stay as true to the subject material as King would have liked (thus we have the 1997 mini-series ), but having seen both versions, Kubrick wins out.  Hands down.  Shelley Duvall was NOT who Stephen had in mind for Wendy. King said,

 “…envisioned Wendy as being a blond former cheerleader type who never had to deal with any true problems in her life making her experience in the Overlook all the more terrifying. He felt that Duvall was too emotionally vulnerable and appeared to have gone through a lot in her life.”[2]

 As for the role of Jack, King wanted John Voight because he thought watching a normal man descend into madness would prove more horrifying.[3]  Maybe, but Jack Nicholson is one scary you-know-what, and he MADE that movie.  Yes, the mini- series stayed more true to the actual book and got King’s seal of approval, but with Kubrick’s direction, cast, intense feel of isolation, and great camera angles, I root for the original.  I have a hard time watching it during the day let alone at night!

 

Lastly, we come to Children of the Corn, which was actually a short story in King’s book, Night Shift.   It premiered in 1984 and has gone on to have countless sequels and remakes.  The last remake  was in 2009.  I saw that one and I prefer the original.  Perhaps it’s the feathered hair and crazy kid art.  Or it’s the fact that it doesn’t seem as melodramatic.  Either way a story of children killing off all the adults and worshipping “one who stands behind the corn” is creepy.  Lesson learned:  if someone shouts at you, “Outlander!”, run!

What Stephen King films have you seen?  Which ones are your favorites?  Are their any of his films you dislike?  Are their any King books you would like to see turned into a film?  Do you think his films deserve remakes or reboots?

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101 Responses to “Stephen King: Master of Horror”

  1. Open Book October 15, 2012 at 12:42 PM #

    LB-AWESOME article……..My all time favorite SK films are Shawshank Redemption, Misery and Cujo. I can’t wait for this discussion.

    • Open Book October 15, 2012 at 12:46 PM #

      Wow! We’ve come a long way with trailers. However, I like Cujo because it made me laugh when I first saw it. I think it was really an attempt at a new genre comedy/horror. JK!!!

  2. Comic Relief October 15, 2012 at 12:52 PM #

    LB,

    I want to say this is a hilarious topic, but out of respect for you, I will say this is a horrific topic.

    YEAH, another horror article!!!!!! I’m not sure you can ever have enough because the genre never goes away.

    Author Steven king is really an incredible source of stories for films. What is it that attracts you to his writing?

    • littlebells October 15, 2012 at 1:44 PM #

      I know, I know, another horror topic. 🙂 but considering its almost Halloween…let me say that just because i am a Stephen King fan doesn’t mean i like all of his stories. Some are Meh. But on the whole he is a great story teller. I will come back and answer your question.

      • Comic Relief October 15, 2012 at 10:06 PM #

        I’m really sorry LB. I was really being sincere (he said very embarassed). I really don’t think we talk about this subject enough.

        I’ve been having problems with my posts. I wrote all of the visible comments at the same time. OB, had to enable the others to allow them to post later. Possibly creating the impression that I was being sarcastic.

        You should destroy the quiz for the Editorial so I can send you your present. Again very very very sorry.

        • Comic Relief October 15, 2012 at 10:13 PM #

          I think this film (below) looks fantastic but few of us ever see this kind of thing. So I’m worried that outside of Movie Buzz we will never talk about it. Sigh.

          I will stop grovelling.

          I think it’s possible love horror and still not have the guts to go see it.

          • littlebells October 15, 2012 at 11:41 PM #

            1) Love, LOVE jessica Chastain

            2) This looks like a very well thought out story

            3) I would have to watch this in the middle of the day with another friend. It scared the mole shoes right off my feet (yes i got a pair) watching the trailer. I want to know the mystery so I will probably rent it. No way am I seeing it in a big dark theater!

            • ozzie20 October 16, 2012 at 7:42 PM #

              It does look good but like you LB, I’d have to watch it during the day and I will still have my light and tv on that night when I go to sleep, lol!

              • Open Book October 16, 2012 at 11:34 PM #

                Mom’s always get such a bad rep. LOL!!! Ozzie & LB what do u think is scarier in horror films kids, closets, mirrors or what’s underneath beds?

                • littlebells October 16, 2012 at 11:45 PM #

                  yeah, well, if my kids fear me (in a good way), then I’ve done my job! Mmmm…underneath beds didn’t scare me, toys didn’t scare me, but shadows on the wall did. Gnarly tree branch shadows scared me. What about you?

                  • Open Book October 17, 2012 at 11:11 PM #

                    LB- “yeah, well, if my kids fear me (in a good way), then I’ve done my job!” LOL!! I love it.

                    Me: I’m scared of what’s underneath beds. Hahahaha!

        • littlebells October 15, 2012 at 11:12 PM #

          Oh CR! Not a problem. 🙂 The reason I am drawn to Stephen King is basically for the same thing that MC4 wrote below. He takes real places, situations, people and adds that creepster element of “could this reaaaally happen? Naaaaahhh…but maybe???” Have you read any of his books or short stories?

          • Comic Relief October 16, 2012 at 1:47 AM #

            I think I read the stand as a teenager. He really has this odd thing for discussing group or community reactions. Or maybe it’s a sociological interest, and he likes to examine how social groups respond to negative phenomena.

            Examples:
            – How the high school reacted to Carrie’s implosion.
            – “Children of the Corn” seems to have have some aspect of that as well. Yet they don’t appear to be consumers or an audience as much as they were all consumed.

            Of course as MC4 points out, there’s a lot to like.

        • midnightcloak4 October 15, 2012 at 11:19 PM #

          I don’t remember the name of the documentary/interview, but from what I do recall Stephen King is/was peeved that The Academy didn’t recognize Dee Wallace’s performance in Cujo. In not so many words, he basically said that Dee Wallace deserved a nomination and win, more so than Sissy Spacek did for her performance in Carrie. Apples and oranges, but I agree that Wallace’s performance was underrated. Her performance set the tone of the film, especially when she’s trapped in heated car with her asthmatic son and the rabid Cujo is prowling outside.

          • Open Book October 16, 2012 at 10:54 PM #

            I saw Cujo at a Drive-In movie my very first time. The audio was broken and we made up our own dialogue that’s what made the film so funny. However, years later when I saw Cujo on television it did scare me and it grew to be one of my favorite SK movies.

  3. Comic Relief October 15, 2012 at 12:53 PM #

    Stephen Kings books seem to resist the sequel hungry tendencies of so many adventure, horror, and action genre’s do you think this has hurt the author in terms of adaptations.

    • littlebells October 15, 2012 at 11:23 PM #

      I love that King does not write sequels. Yes, he does write series (The Towers), but there is no Carrie 2, Misery 2, Shawshank Redemption 2…He doesn’t need to and I don’t think it has hurt him in the least. His works have made tons of films.

      Speaking of which, and we can discuss this tomorrow, I find his films are of better quality than made for TV movies/mini series. The actors aren’t as great and the budget, effects are usually cheesier. I read Desperation and it was great. However, the TV movie was not so bueno. It wasn’t as creepy and he effects were…obvious. The acting was ok, and to say the least, I was disappointed. Then you have Misery. Great script, great actors, great direction, and it didn’t seem over the top in anyway. Wasn’t that the film that put Bates on everyone’s radar?

      • midnightcloak4 October 16, 2012 at 7:19 PM #

        Exactly. Most of Stephen King’s works are heavy with underlining themes like religion, fanaticism, death, grief, morality, hope, loneliness, bullying, fear of the unknown etc..It takes the right director, actors, screenwriters to be able to understand that and tap into. That’s why films like The Shining, Misery, The Stand, It, and Carrie work and others don’t. The audience, who read the books/short stories or know King’s work, expect Hollywood to tap into and expand around those things that made King’s works real and appealing.

        • littlebells October 16, 2012 at 7:23 PM #

          B-I-N-G-O, B-I-N-G-O, B-I-N-G-O, and BINGO was his name-o!

        • Open Book October 16, 2012 at 9:17 PM #

          LB- I think MC4 should get a pair of mole shoes for this great answer. Applause!!!

          • littlebells October 16, 2012 at 9:57 PM #

            One pair of mole shoes coming right up! 🙂

  4. Comic Relief October 15, 2012 at 12:54 PM #

    Why were you attracted to write this article at his time? Dean Koontz has been very successful in publishing. Clive Barker and Anne Rice aren’t nearly as prolific and haven’t been as successful in terms of adaptations. Do you have any idea why these authors trail behind King?

    I’m assuming I might hear something I do not know.

  5. Comic Relief October 15, 2012 at 1:25 PM #

    You beat me to it OB with “Cujo.” I really love “Misery” too.

    • ozzie20 October 16, 2012 at 8:04 PM #

      I adore Misery both book and film!

  6. midnightcloak4 October 15, 2012 at 11:03 PM #

    Great article Littlebells  As a horror fan (in Films & Books) since childhood, I can’t talk enough about genre. More so, two of my undergraduate courses (sociology and psychology respectively) focused and explored the subject.

    Anne Rice, Clive Barker, and Stephen King are all prolific writers and certainly have their own places within the horror genre. However, Stephen King is more mainstream and his works are more adaptable to cinema because he uses non-figurative conventions of fear and terror. I find that the most truly terrifying forms of horror are the ones that are based on reality, the ones that are or could be close to your front door so to speak. Stephen King accomplishes this by creating, in great and vivid detail (sometimes too detailed), realistic (everyday) places with a set of characters that are involved in troubling situations that can occur in everyday life. Only in the King’s realistic everyday places, however, there’s some kind of psychological, science fiction, or paranormal twists be it in the situations themselves or with other characters.

    • Comic Relief October 16, 2012 at 1:51 AM #

      I love a fan who knows what “they” like.

  7. littlebells October 15, 2012 at 11:09 PM #

    MC4!!! *HUGS*!!! Thank you and I really appreciate your comment. I’m greatly impressed by your sociology and psychology courses. I would love to have had more time to take those. booo!!!!

    I’m embarrassed to say I have never heard of Clive Barker. I will google ASAP! I agree with your comment, “the most truly terrifying forms of horror are the ones that are based on reality, the ones that are or could be close to your front door…” Absolutely!!! I have read most of his short stories and right now I’m reading the one titled “Stationary Bike”.

    have you seen most of his films/TV mini series? Do you have a favorite? Least favorite? Have you read most of his books? And please, please talk all you want about this genre! I hope you can make our discussion tomorrow!

    • Comic Relief October 16, 2012 at 2:00 AM #

      LB,

      I can’t believe you have never seen Pinhead.

      • Comic Relief October 16, 2012 at 3:08 PM #

        Sorry, considering Clive Barker’s work.

      • Comic Relief October 16, 2012 at 7:08 PM #

        Pin head was a character from Clive Barker’s Hell Raiser novels.

        • littlebells October 16, 2012 at 7:33 PM #

          I have not seen it, but I HAVE heard of it! I even remember seeing posters for it. hahahahaha!!

  8. midnightcloak4 October 15, 2012 at 11:34 PM #

    I had to look it up, but forty-two (42) of Stephen King’s novels and short-stories have been adapted film or television. I’ve seen 37 of them (LOL). Here’s a list of the ones that I’ve seen ordered from favorites to least favorites. (*) Are ones where I’ve read the book.

    1. Storm of the Century (I actually am thinking of buying the screenplay, saw it at B&N)
    2. The Stand *
    3. Needful Things*
    4. Silver Bullet
    5. Sleepwalkers
    6. Tales From the Darkside: The Movie, Creepshow 1 & Creepshow 2 (Analogies which contained a number of Stephen King’s short stories)
    7. Misery*
    8. 1408* (Read in “Everything’s Eventual”)
    9. The Shining*
    10. Dolores Claiborne
    11. It*
    12. The Mist*
    13. Christine
    14. Thinner
    15. Maximum Overdrive
    16. The Running Man *(Started but didn’t finish reading)
    17. Children of the Corn
    18. Shawshank Redemption
    19. The Dead Zone*
    20. Rose Red
    21. Stand By Me*
    22. Salem’s Lot*
    23. Cujo
    24. Carrie*
    25. Pet Cemetery* (Currently reading for the first time)
    26. Firestarter
    27. The Green Mile
    28. Sometimes They Come Back
    29. The Langoliers
    30. The Tommyknockers *
    31. Nightshift
    32. Riding the Bullet* (Read in “Everything’s Eventual”)
    33. Desperation*
    34. Secret Window
    35. The Mangler
    36. Apt. Pupil
    37. Hearts in Atlantis
    I’ve also, read “The Long Walk”.

    • littlebells October 15, 2012 at 11:50 PM #

      Oh my gosh! You are my Stephen King hero!

      Ok, I will need time to go through your list and my list. But I do have a question: what did you think of the story and film of 1408? I haven’t read the story, but I saw the film. I honestly was not scared at all. It didn’t creep me out in the least, and I actually got bored.

      I read They Sometimes Come Back and watched the film (for free) on youtube. I really liked it. With he short stories, you can add more and not worry about getting in every book detail.

    • Open Book October 16, 2012 at 11:27 AM #

      MC4-

      This is really a great list. Very, very, impressive. What did u think of “The Tommyknockers” novel vs. television mini-series?

      • littlebells October 16, 2012 at 12:20 PM #

        (I haven’t read the book. Saw the series. Thought it was crap. JMO.)

        • Open Book October 16, 2012 at 5:16 PM #

          Lol!! Yes, the mini-series was a big smelly mess. However, the reason for the Q because I liked the story. It was a nice surprise from SK’s typical horror stories. This one dealt with extraterrestial horror vs. the supernatural or paranormal. Don’t get me wrong I’m not a big Sci-Fi fan but I will watch and read them if the stories are substantial.

      • midnightcloak4 October 16, 2012 at 7:02 PM #

        OB-
        I’m not particularly fond of Stephen King’s excursions into science fiction, specifically the ones where the troubled characters/antagonists are aliens. They remind me of some of the cheesy 1950s, black and white, alien/space invader features. The Tommyknockers mini-series was terrible for a number of reasons. The screenplay felt rushed and flat. It would have benefited greatly if it stuck closer to the original the novel, which had some great ideas, even though, in my opinion, it wasn’t one of Stephen’s King’s best works. In the novel, I liked how the townspeople were ‘transformed’ by the objects they encountered instead of ‘controlled’ by aliens like they were in the mini-series. That ‘transformation’ and the struggle for one’s humanity brings about much more fear and tension than people controlled by an out-side force, who we as the audience and reader are not told anything about. The acting also dropped the ball. I don’t know if it was the direction, the script, or the general lack of craft, but the acting was downright terrible and average at its best. It was comical, in places that it shouldn’t have been. The characters themselves were unsympathetic. I didn’t care anything about them in the mini-series. They were too heavily flawed and lacked substance. One constant in Stephen King’s writing is that he takes his time introducing the reader/audience to his characters (small and large). We know their human characters, physical looks, preconceptions, experiences, etc. We come to care about these characters. I didn’t like the ending in mini-series. Sometimes we as an audience need the non-happily ever after ending. The novel had a much more angsty ending. I remember when after The Mist came out, Stephen King was quoted saying how he loved it, and wished would have gave the novel, in which the film was adapted from that type of ending.

        • littlebells October 16, 2012 at 7:31 PM #

          MC4,

          I honestly couldn’t have said it any better. I realize when adapting books to film, there are sacrifices made to characters and storyline. Something in the book may not play well on screen. In the same breath, and using the Tommyknockers example, some storyline should be left the same. What was the point in altering “transforming” with “controlling”. It killed it.

          Now with short stories, there is more leeway to expand a storyline and as long as it stays true to the tone and nature of the story, it should play out well.

        • Open Book October 16, 2012 at 9:07 PM #

          MC4-

          It’s great having u here. Its a joy discussing films and books with u. U have to join us more often.

          O.k. back to TK/SK: Don’t get me wrong I love SK’s body of work. However, I like to see artist challenge themselves once in awhile and venture into other things after they’ve mastered something. I was sorta hoping SK would give Philip K. Dick a run for his money with “The Tommyknockers.” Now, I’ve erased the bad memory of that horrible, horrible mini-series. ITA I loved the novels ending IMO it made the story. ITA with u supernatural forces are far scarier and adds more complexity to a character than E.T. forces. Anyway, great discussion.

          • midnightcloak4 October 17, 2012 at 1:06 AM #

            It wasn’t until 5 years ago that I started acquiring and reading Philip K. Dick’s stories. My favorites are “Eye in the Sky”, “The Martian Time-Slip”, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”, and “A Scanner Darkly”. For the most part with more hits than misses, Dick’s work has had the best success at being adapted and expanded on screen. Blade Runner (DADES), Total Recall (from the short-story ‘We Can Remember It for You Wholesale’), Body Snatchers (from the ‘The Father-thing’ short story), The Adjustment Bureau (from ‘The Adjustment Team short-story), Minority Report (from the short story ‘The Minority Report’), and the cult favorite A Scanner Darkly are some of my favorites.

          • midnightcloak4 October 17, 2012 at 1:25 AM #

            My last reply was eaten by the internet 😦

            I started collecting and reading some of Philip K. Dick’s works about 5 years ago. Some of favorites of his novels are: Eye in the Sky, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, A Scanner So Darkly, and the Martian Time-Slip.
            In terms of screen adaptation, his works, especially his short-stories have had a lot of hits than misses. I really enjoyed The Adjustment Bureau, Body Snatchers, Minority Report, Total Recall, A Scanner So Darkly, and Blade Runner.

            • Open Book October 17, 2012 at 10:59 PM #

              MC4-

              Sorry, about your comment getting stuck and not posting. Sometimes if the sites busy its hard to post. Anyway, I fixed it and u should be fine. I’m very glad to see u are a PKD fan too. I like your list and the film adaptations on your list are my favorites as well. I also liked Paycheck. The film was o.k. but very clever premise. Here are a few stories I liked (I’m listing the date it was published first) 1979-“The Exit Door Leads In,” ” 1953-“The Commuter,” and 1954-“A World of Talent.” I like PKD because his stories are imaginative and he uses sociological, political and metaphysical themes. So I hoped SK would explore some of these themes for Sci-Fi/Horror. Sk’s body of work is still impressive.

    • littlebells October 16, 2012 at 4:21 PM #

      Ok MC4, here is my list of films seen and *books read:

      Carrie*
      The Shining*
      Christine
      It
      Misery
      The Tommyknockers
      Dolores Claiborne
      The Green Mile
      Desperation*
      Bag of Bones*
      Storm of the Century
      Dream Catcher (I think)
      The Mist
      Sometimes They Come Back*
      Graveyard Shift (from Night Shift)*
      Children of the Corn*
      Shawshank Redemption
      Rose Red
      The Langoliers

      • midnightcloak4 October 16, 2012 at 7:05 PM #

        Good list LB. I definitely remind checking out the ‘Silver Bullet’ film first. I think you would love it. What did you think of Storm of the Century?

        • littlebells October 16, 2012 at 7:20 PM #

          Duly noted!!!

          I actually thought SotC was one of his better TV mini-series adaptations. As far as productions goes, it was very well done and didn’t seem cheesy. As far as story: loved it! “Give me what I want and I’ll go away!” ahhhh!!!!!

          I would definitely recommend putting this on your netflix/blockbuster queue.

          • midnightcloak4 October 16, 2012 at 7:41 PM #

            SOTC is in my top 5. My family/friends still pretty much crack up when I recite Linoge’s “Give me what I want and I’ll go away!”

  9. midnightcloak4 October 15, 2012 at 11:48 PM #

    “Are their any King books you would like to see turned into a film?”
    The Dark Tower series. It’s doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. Both Universal and most recently Warner Bros. have passed on the series as either films or mini-series. I haven’t read the series yet, but my interested was peeked with I saw the ‘The Talisman’ (Trailer) featuring Cameron Bright (Alec from Twilight) was professionally produced to generate interest to Universal a couple of years ago.

    • littlebells October 15, 2012 at 11:53 PM #

      I need to read that series next. Another question: why do you think some stories (in general) play out better as mini-series and vice versa, big screen films?

      I read the short: Lawnmower Man and was so disappointed to find out that the only part of the film version that resembled King’s story was the line about finding parts of the man in the bird feeder. That story is creepy and gross and needs to be justified on film to make up for the other one.

      I will answer my own question as well when I’m not freakishly tired.

  10. littlebells October 16, 2012 at 12:42 AM #

    link to knew CARRIE trailer:

    http://movies.yahoo.com/blogs/movie-talk/exclusive-trailer-carrie-star-chloë-grace-moretz-covered-023934619.html

    the one thing that has bugged me with both films is that Carrie is described as chunky and acne ridden. Neither Sissy nor Chloe look that.

    • Open Book October 16, 2012 at 4:51 PM #

      Perhaps it would be hard to market a film that isolated young girls with weight and skin problems? This is just my opinion.

      How do u feel about this Carrie remake coming out during the current bullying epidemic in this country? Will it hurt or help?

      • littlebells October 16, 2012 at 5:18 PM #

        Perhaps, but it does give reason to why she would be picked on and ridiculed. I’m not saying it’s right by any means, but just looking at these two Carries, you wonder, what’s wrong with them?

        honestly, I don’t even know if the studios have even thought about this film coming out now with bullying going on. Hopefully it won’t work against them and everyone bullied starts burning proms and towns.

        • Open Book October 16, 2012 at 5:46 PM #

          LB-True! it’s a plausible/logical reason. However, I think economic class, race, homosexuality or a loner can be other reasons for being bullied.

          Do u think this film is marketed to adults or teens?

  11. Open Book October 16, 2012 at 5:28 PM #

    LB & Mc4- what a great way to start off a discussion. Very interesting perspectives on SK’s work and book recommendations. Wonderful!!!

  12. Comic Relief October 16, 2012 at 7:10 PM #

    Hi everyone.

  13. littlebells October 16, 2012 at 7:16 PM #

    Hi everyone!

    Sorry I am late! Let me get caught up. 🙂

    • Comic Relief October 16, 2012 at 7:23 PM #

      You’ll be catching up for a while…

  14. midnightcloak4 October 16, 2012 at 7:22 PM #

    Hi 🙂

  15. Comic Relief October 16, 2012 at 7:22 PM #

    LB,

    Do you have any opinions? Speaking of the “Carrie” above.

    I’m curious how Chloe Moretz became the go-to-girl for so many horror
    films. The last one I remember her doing was “Let me in,” the remake
    of “Let the Right One In.”

    It eems like young actresses like Abigail Breslin (of “Little Miss Sunshine” fame) can’t seem to catch a break these days.

    • littlebells October 16, 2012 at 7:40 PM #

      I honestly can’t say until I see an actual trailer. I wonder if the story line has stayed the same or has changed to fit “today’s world”.

      As for Chloe, I have only seen a few of her films. I don’t know how well she will or will not play Carrie. I have no doubt JM will be a very psycho, wack-a-doodle mama! And you are right she, Chloe, does seem to be the go to girl. She has at least 6 films in pre-production! (I hate to say this, but some of my issues may stem from the fact that she has an eerily similar resemblance to another actress I am not fond of.)

      What do you think CR?

      • Comic Relief October 16, 2012 at 7:52 PM #

        My answer is further down on the page. She’s fun to watch, yet consistent with your discussion above with OB, I’m wondering whether this film is intended for children of not. Usually child actor appearances seem to to be at least warm to children, even if the content is inappropriate.

        I did not read the book, but I think I remember the book discussing what used to be adult content in the film. I think when I was a teen I thought the content was a little naughty.

        • Comic Relief October 16, 2012 at 7:55 PM #

          In hollywood this tends to be the exact kind of content Moretz thrives within.

        • littlebells October 16, 2012 at 8:05 PM #

          I think, THINK it’s marketed more for adults than teens, but I think the material they use for the trailer will tell us more.

  16. midnightcloak4 October 16, 2012 at 7:30 PM #

    CR-
    I took ‘Children of the Corn’ as playing playing off the underlying fear that adults (including parents) have of children/teenagers. The fear that one day teens/children will rebel and take shift the power that adults have over them. I think another underlying theme in COTC is how far religion fanaticism can go, even though in COTC they was really something in the corn 😉

    • littlebells October 16, 2012 at 7:35 PM #

      And for that: I hate cornmazes!!! hahahahahahahahaha!! Glad you could make our discussion MC4. 🙂

    • Comic Relief October 16, 2012 at 7:43 PM #

      Thanks MC4,

      The way you are looking at it helps to better appreciate King’s strengths as an author and his motivations as a story-teller of narratives about teens.

      I asked about Moretz because I wondered whether her roles in various films cursing (Kick ass) murdering (Let Me In) have endeared her to adult directors who can guarantee she will go the distance. And interference from parents is unlikely.

      If I we’re a parent, I guess I might see her visibilty as a bad thing.

      • littlebells October 16, 2012 at 7:45 PM #

        She may (TOTALLY MY OPINION) be the go-to-girl because she is willing to play these types of characters at a young age…That’s why I am having trouble seeing her as a picked on teen.

        • Comic Relief October 16, 2012 at 8:00 PM #

          Hey I like her (as an actress), I just wonder whether there is any cost for a person her age playing these roles. Then again maybe things have changed for young people (in terms of her there overall tolerance). Sometimes I just wish they hadn’t.

          • Comic Relief October 16, 2012 at 8:01 PM #

            Then, again she could be a really short adult who has us all fooled.

          • littlebells October 16, 2012 at 8:07 PM #

            Kristen Stewart has played some pretty hard-up, sleazy characters before the age of 18. I’m not saying Chloe has played the same roles, but they have definitely picked roles that have adult themes…take that as you want. 🙂 I’m struggling to keep my mouth shut. hahahahahaa!!!

  17. ozzie20 October 16, 2012 at 7:31 PM #

    Hi all!

    Sorry I’m late, I’ve been so busy I’ve completely lost the track of what day it is! I’m off to catch up noe but I don’t know if I’ll be much use in the discussion though, as I have a headache that’s threatening to turn into a migraine. 😦

    • littlebells October 16, 2012 at 7:36 PM #

      Hi Ozzie! Hugs to you. 🙂 I hope you feel better. Just take it easy and enjoy the conversation.

      • Comic Relief October 16, 2012 at 7:44 PM #

        I second that.

        • ozzie20 October 16, 2012 at 7:58 PM #

          Thank you, LB and CR! I love the article, I love the discussion and I love Stephen King, lol! I haven’t read as many books or seen as many film as everyone here though.

          • littlebells October 16, 2012 at 8:08 PM #

            Well unless you’re on your death bed, it’s NEVER TOO LATE! 🙂 Glad you are enjoying yourself over there. 🙂

  18. littlebells October 16, 2012 at 7:43 PM #

    MC4,

    You seem to have a great knowledge of film and express your thoughts very well. Do you have a film/theater background or is it something you love to indulge in? 🙂

    • Comic Relief October 16, 2012 at 7:45 PM #

      Inquiring minds want to know.

      • midnightcloak4 October 16, 2012 at 7:53 PM #

        Thanks LB & CR 🙂
        Film/theater is just something I like to indulge in.

        • Comic Relief October 16, 2012 at 8:04 PM #

          Cool. It’s great listening to your opinion and hope you continue to return.

          • midnightcloak4 October 16, 2012 at 8:11 PM #

            It’s great being here. I definitely keep checking in 🙂

        • littlebells October 16, 2012 at 8:10 PM #

          Well that is fantastic! Me too. 🙂 It’s great having another voice here and learning from your knowledge.

          • ozzie20 October 16, 2012 at 8:50 PM #

            I agree! 🙂

  19. littlebells October 16, 2012 at 7:48 PM #

    I do want to mention I do enjoy his other non-horror films like Shawshank and The Green Mile.

    CR–have you ever seen IT?

    • midnightcloak4 October 16, 2012 at 8:00 PM #

      I really enjoyed those films. The only problem I had with The Green Mile is Tom Hanks. I saw the actor, not the character.

      • littlebells October 16, 2012 at 8:04 PM #

        I agree. That’s why sometimes I like seeing an unknown or lesser known, who has acting chops, play lead roles. Sometimes with big celebrities, that’s all you see on screen.

        • Comic Relief October 16, 2012 at 8:24 PM #

          I did not realize “Green Mile” was a King story.

          • ozzie20 October 16, 2012 at 8:52 PM #

            I was traumatised by that film so I’m not going to read the book, lol! I started crying when the film started and didn’t stop crying until an hour or two after the movie finished!

    • Comic Relief October 16, 2012 at 8:21 PM #

      I don’t know whether other people think this way or not, but I love “Shawshank Redemption.” I don’t believe I have seen this movie less than 8 times. I can easily bed down and treat great expanses of this movie as though the scenes are individual movies.



      • ozzie20 October 16, 2012 at 8:54 PM #

        I’ve not read the book but I have just recently seen the film. I thought it was good too!

  20. littlebells October 16, 2012 at 7:57 PM #

    FYI, other films that have been nominated for awards other than Carrie:

    Stand by Me: Best Adapted Screenplay-Oscars, Best Picture/Drama and Director-Golden Globes

    Shawshank Redemption: Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Film Editing, Original Score, Sound, and Lead Actor–Oscars

    The Green Mile:Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Sound, and Supporting Actor–Oscars, Best Supporting Actor–GGs

  21. midnightcloak4 October 16, 2012 at 8:08 PM #

    What stands out to me the most with “Stand by Me” is not the boys immediate reactions when they finally find the body, but what came after when the finally came home. Some of those boys had some pretty bleak and tragic outlooks, I always wonder how much of their ‘adventure’ really affected them.

    • littlebells October 16, 2012 at 8:13 PM #

      That’s what’s so great about King’s writing and what you mentioned before. There is a great sense of reality and you can usually find a piece of yourself somewhere in the story and characters. It’s been a while since I’ve seen the film, so I will be adding that one to my queue as well.

  22. Open Book October 16, 2012 at 8:16 PM #

    Hi Everyone!

    Sorry I’m late. Let me catch up.

  23. littlebells October 16, 2012 at 8:17 PM #

    CR, MC4, Ozzie, and other viewers who popped in,

    Thank you for such a wonderful discussion. 🙂 Thank you for indulging me with my SK hero worship. hahahaha!!! I need to go for the evening, but please feel free to leave more comments or ask me questions. I will check in later.

    OB and Paris,

    I missed you and hope you are having a great evening. Yes, I will be watching the debate. hahaha! 🙂

    Also, I just posted a little SK spotlight at PTSS, if you want to take a look. MC4, I’d love to have your thoughts on some of the books, I mentioned. 🙂

    Take care everyone!

    • Open Book October 16, 2012 at 8:30 PM #

      Lb-I’m so sorry I missed u. U did such a wonderful article and supplied great research and detail. I learned a lot. No worries about showing your love for SK. That’s what it’s all about sometimes is sitting back and admiring an artist body of work.

  24. Comic Relief October 16, 2012 at 8:26 PM #

    Bye LB.

    • Comic Relief October 16, 2012 at 8:35 PM #

      Thanks for a great topic.

  25. midnightcloak4 October 16, 2012 at 8:33 PM #

    Bye LB.

    • ozzie20 October 16, 2012 at 8:55 PM #

      Bye LB! 🙂

  26. parisienne October 16, 2012 at 10:19 PM #

    Hi Everyone,

    So sorry I missed a great discussion! I’ve read many SK novels and had to do a paper on Carrie for a film class. Unfortunately, I can no longer watch Carrie without being picky about it.

    LB, as usual, awesome article!

    Welcome to the site MC4!

    • littlebells October 16, 2012 at 10:46 PM #

      Hi Paris!

      Ok, you KNOW you can’t say what you do about Carrie and then just leave it at that. 🙂 What do you find critical about it as a book and film?

      • Open Book October 16, 2012 at 11:07 PM #

        That’s right LB.

        Paris- now u have to go cave diving to test out your flashlight glove after leaving us hanging. Here’s some info to help u prepare. Hahahaha!
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cave_diving

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