All the Easter eggs from Castle Rock’s first season

Castle Rock is part of the recent wave of excellent Stephen King adaptations that includes last year’s cinematic takes on It and Gerald’s Game. What sets Castle Rock apart, and what might generally push viewers over the love-hate divide, comes down to how distracted they’ll be with picking up on the plethora of Easter…

Look, there's no way the "Ritual Of ChĂĽd" in It: Chapter 2 will be as nuts as the book

Any fan of Stephen King knows that his books have a tendency to get, well, strange. And not just in an, “Ooh, supernatural things are going on, how unusual!” way, but in a, “Wait, what the hell is happening? I better read this section again,” kind of way. Well, get ready for that sensation in movie form.

With the end in sight, Castle Rock finally lets the cat out of the bag

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The biggest revelation of “Henry Deaver,” the penultimate episode of Castle Rock’s uneven first season, isn’t the identity of Bill Skargård’s The Kid. It’s the atrocity visited upon André Holland’s Henry when he went missing as a child.

That Henry—let’s call him Henry I—was missing for days. But he was imprisoned for…

Castle Rock throws a flash-bang grenade into its eerie quiet

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“There’s a lot of history in this town, and not all of it good,” Molly Strand straight-talks her out-of-town buyers when they discover the home they’re touring belonged to the warden of a notorious prison, who performed an even more notorious suicide just days ago. With that line, “The Box” seems determined to…

All the Stephen King Easter eggs we found in the Castle Rock credits

I had reservations about Castle Rock, Hulu’s second J.J. Abrams-produced stab at the Stephen King canon. (How much of 11.22.63 did you stick around for?) As a self-proclaimed King purist, I rankle at bad interpretations of his work, even when they come from his own hand: He may be the most consistently solid authors…

Castle Rock is too busy remembering other stories to tell its own

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“Remember the dog? The strangler? Sure you do.” Early in Castle Rock’s second episode, Dale Lacy’s voice-over sets the tone for “Habeas Corpus.” In the title sequence (introduced in this episode), torn pages from Stephen King’s oeuvre allude to horrors he’s written over the decades. The Shining. It. Misery. The Green…

Stephen King isn’t made for TV—but he could be

On Wednesday, Hulu will premiere Castle Rock, the new series “based on characters and settings” by Stephen King. If that sounds an awful lot like “here’s a bunch of Easter eggs referencing the work of Stephen King,” that’s because it is. But the show is obviously trying to do more than just work in some…

Ewan McGregor to play adult Danny Torrance in Mike Flanagan's Shining sequel

Ewan McGregor is going to have to start getting some practice riding a Big Wheel through the hallways of a spooky hotel, because he has signed on to play Danny Torrance in Mike Flanagan’s Doctor Sleep, the adaptation of Stephen King’s sequel to The Shining. That comes from Variety, which says King has “given his…

Stephen King tells Stephen Colbert which of his fictional monsters Donald Trump most resembles

Ever-folksy master of horror Stephen King is no fan of Donald Trump, as any one of King’s nearly five million Twitter followers can tell you. On Wednesday’s Late Show, the best-selling author of more than 50 best-selling books and fully 40 percent of all your nightmares touted that day’s court ruling that Trump can’t…