Super Bowl ad for Hulu's Castle Rock visits a Stephen King landmark 

Back in October, the first teaser for Hulu’s Castle Rock show finally offered some hint as to what it’s place in the “Stephen King universe” would be with a little reference to Shawshank State Prison. For the show’s Super Bowl ad, Hulu hits that note even harder with André Holland’s character not only mentioning the…

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Mike Flanagan to stay in the Stephen King business with The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep 

Mike Flanagan’s adaptation of Gerald’s Game, a novel once thought unfilmable, was one of the highlights of the Stephen King tsunami that washed over movie theaters last year. (At the risk of inciting controversy, we’d even give it the edge over It.) And Flanagan, a self-professed King devotee, is staying in the…

The connections between It and The Shining could tell us what even Pennywise fears

With the release of It and The Dark Tower (and, hell, even Gerald’s Game), more and more casual Stephen King fans are hearing tell of the “dark universe” that connects so many of his books. Pennywise and the Losers’ Club, for example, not only appear in It, but are also either referenced or seen in King books like The…

Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood on the intense experience of playing Gerald’s Game

Debuting last week on Netflix after its world premiere at Fantastic Fest, the Stephen King adaptation Gerald’s Game is a dream come true for its director, Hush and Ouija: Origin Of Evil’s Mike Flanagan. Flanagan first read King’s novel when he was 19 and has been attempting to get the film made ever since, a feat that…

Apologies to It, but Gerald's Game shows how to really adapt a Stephen King bestseller

Stephen King is having a moment, and so is Mike Flanagan. Coming off of the positive critical buzz surrounding last year’s Hush and Ouija: Origin Of Evil, Flanagan decided to re-team with Hush producer Netflix for a film adaptation of Gerald’s Game. It’s not an easy sell: Not only is King’s book structured in such a…

Stephen King adaptation Gerald's Game is potent, horrific—and oddly cathartic

Stephen King is having a moment, and so is Mike Flanagan. Coming off of the modest success and positive critical buzz surrounding last year’s Hush and Ouija: Origin Of Evil, Flanagan decided to cash in his “director to watch” chips and re-team with Netflix for a film adaptation of Gerald’s Game (B+). It’s not an easy…

It’s a good thing we know nothing about Pennywise The Dancing Clown

There’s a scene in Stephen King’s It—the book—where the Losers’ Club creates a “smoke hole,” a method by which Native Americans were said to have visions. In doing so, two of the characters witness an age-old Derry and the arrival of something overwhelming and indescribable: an evil from Outside Of Everything that…

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Revisit the 1990 It TV movie with this loony, 90-second mashup

Well, the analysts predicted it and the analysts were right: Everybody saw It this weekend. Even better? Andrés Muschietti’s film adaptation of Stephen King’s freaky, meaty novel is not just a commercial success, but also a critical one—our review, for example, praises the film’s “nightmarish imagery” and careful…

The trailer for Stephen King's Gerald's Game is a bit tied up at the moment

Who’s up for a little light bondage play, possibly followed by a harrowing life-or-death struggle against seemingly impossible odds? That’s essentially the premise of Gerald’s Game, the new adaptation of Stephen King’s novel into a feature film for Netflix. Starring Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood, the story follows…