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Topic: stephen king

Let Me In

Let it into your viewing list


Horror

Rod Lott
Stephen King is prone to exaggeration.
 
Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Virus X

Not-terrible disease film is not memorable, either


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Not to say that Stephen King’s “The Stand” won’t one day make the leap from fiction to fact, but I recall with some amusement the public’s total freak-out in 2009 over H1N1, convinced it was the end of the world as we know it.
 
Monday, March 7, 2011

Haven: The Complete First Season

A fun supernatural show on the rise


Television series

Rod Lott
It’s strange that Syfy’s “Haven” is the first ongoing television series based on a Stephen King work, because you quickly forget it is.
 
Friday, June 17, 2011

Wake Wood

At least it’s better than Hammer Films’ last time at bat.


Horror

Rod Lott
Getting Hammered just isn't as much fun as it used to be.
 
Friday, June 24, 2011
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King of pain

TCM debuts an early Halloween treat.

Being a horror nut, October is my favorite month of the year. I can think of no better way for America to get in the macabre mood than catching, "A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King." The brand-new special premieres Oct. 3 on Turner Classic Movies.

As the title suggests, it's an hour-long sit-down with our modern-day Edgar Allan Poe as he talks about his lifelong love affairs with scary movies, supplemented with clips and stills. The first one to freak him out? "Bambi." The one he was too frightened to finish upon an initial viewing? "The Blair Witch Project." His desert-island disc? Well, I'll leave that for you to discover.

Other shared memories include — but are in no way limited to — "Dementia 13," "Night of the Living Dead," "Freaks," "Cat People," "The Tingler," "The Changeling," "The Amityville Horror," "Near Dark," "Rosemary's Baby," "The Omen," "The Fly," "Jaws," "The Haunting" and the trio he calls the real "demon coasters" of fear: "Psycho," "The Exorcist" and "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre."

The most interesting segment has him discussing some of the movies made from his novels and short stories. He loves "Carrie" and "Cujo," but famously finds Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" to be "extremely cold." He's also quite enamored of "The Dead Zone," calling David Cronenberg "the best horror director of modern times." Too bad time doesn't allow him to run through them all.

Along the way, he makes some interesting, surprising comments, such as not caring for werewolf movies ("too literal"), Bela Lugosi's Dracula ("he looks like a whacked-out concert pianist") and the slasher genre ("misogynist"). If you're a fan of King or celluloid terror in general, do set your TiVo. If you care to turn it into a pre-Halloween party, here's your drinking game: Take a shot every time he says "absolutely terrifying." Your liver will hate you and let you know it. —Rod Lott

by Rod Lott 09.22.2011 2 years ago
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The Oklahoma book holiday gift guide

Here’s a novel idea: Give the pleasure of state-related reading this holiday season.


Features

Rod Lott
As Full Circle Bookstore owner Jim Tolbert told me last year, “At Christmas, people come back to books. A book is a gift.”
 
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
 
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