Category: Stephen King

Inside The Outsider

Long live the King, because he’s done it again! Stephen King launched his newest thriller, The Outsider, in 2018, and trust us when we say that it is bone-chilling. And HBO seems to think so too, because yesterday they launched the premier of the 10 episode mini-series based on the book.

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The Outsider presents the viewers with a case that is, in every literal sense, impossible. In small-town USA, an 11-year-old boy is found murdered and all evidences—eyewitnesses, security camera footage, fingerprints, DNA—point to one man, Terry Maitland, played by Jason Bateman (Bateman also directs). Here, however, is the catch — there is also legitimate proof that the prime suspect was elsewhere, and thus couldn’t have done the deed. So, this gives rise to an unexplained situation in which two polar opposite things are simultaneously true.

An impossible problem, of course, can only have an equally impossible solution, and the pressing issue in the plot is that the only place for it to go, eventually, is into supernatural territory, and we’re not mad about that. This makes The Outsider an even more gripping and haunting tale, which highlights an unspeakable crime and the strangeness it brought with it.

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The series may be slightly different from the book, but rumor has it that they may share the same ending. The book and the series continue to cast a chilly spell that creeps into ones bones, and its horror elements are used to amplify the investigation of everyday people’s struggles, with death, tragedy and adversity.

 

If you missed the trailer, here’s a sneak peak! But be careful, because it is creepy.

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Start The New Year Right With Netflix & Hulu Adaptations

Now that the Holiday season is coming to a close, the time is nigh for some relaxation, personal reflection, and more amazing adaptations.

 

 

With the beginning of a whole new year, and decade, there is a lot for fantasy lovers to rejoice about. Two big franchises are hitting the streaming block. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King are now on Netflix to kick us off on some fantastic adventures, and for all you Twilight fans out there, all four movies will be out on Hulu to start the year as well.

 

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To the delight of horror fans, Bram Stoker’s Dracula is making a comeback with a new Netflix Original Series, to be released early this month, and for younger fans of horror, and the supernatural, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is back with its 3rd season. To no surprise, Stephen King is receiving attention with his two adaptations Cujo and Pet Sematary on Hulu.

 

Joy and childlike memories can be found with the release of the classic Willy Wonka & the Chocolate FactoryOnce more we can relive the wonderful vocals and acting prowess that is Gene Wilder. Smile brightly with this adorable and fun film for the whole family!

 

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Sadly, not all is happy, and sometimes a new beginning means saying goodbye. Starting January 3rd, fans of Anne With An E must bid farewell to the lovable freckled redhead, Anne.

When any series, book, television show, movie franchise, etc, comes to a close, there can be a process of letting go and moving on. This is especially the case with inspiring and heartfelt shows like Anne With An E — but such is life. We move on and grow, and, thanks to these beloved shows, we have been able to take a break from the rough battles of reality!

So that being said, let’s take 2020 by storm, with some amazing books and book adaptations to support us along the way.

 

 

 

Fantasy

 

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Watch These Battles of Epic Proportions and more January 1st on Netflix | Image via Gyfcat

 

 

 

Horror

 

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Witness The Horror of the zombie cat in Pet Sematary | Image via KnowYourMeme

 

  • Cujo (1983 Film) – based on the Stephen King novel (January 1st, Hulu)
  • Pet Sematary (1989 Film) & Pet Sematary II (1992 Film) – based on the Stephen King novel Pet Sematary (January 1st, Hulu)
  • The Ring (2002 Film) – American adaptation, originally based off the book Ring by Koji Suzuki (January 1st, Netflix)
  • Dracula (2020 Netflix Original Series) – based on the novel by Bram Stoker (January 4th, Netflix)

 

 

 

Drama

 

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Fans are saying goodbye to the beautiful cinnamon roll Anne January 3rd on Netflix | Image via Giphy

 

 

 

Crime

 

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Morgan Freeman is on the case in the thrilling film Kiss the Girls  | Image via Giphy

 

 

 

 

Comics

 

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The lovely and, at times, frightening Sabrina Spellman is coming back to put a spell on you January 24th | Image via Giphy

 

 

 

Children

 

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Can’t you just hear his beautiful voice? Gene Wilder, you’ll forever bring joy to us all | Image via imgur

 

 

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The Scariest Stephen King Stories

Its often said that Stephen King can make anything scary. Clowns. Dogs. Your next door neighbor. The master of horror can twist and weave his way into your psychosis with but a few words on the page. And seeing how its Halloween, let’s revisit King’s novels and take a look at his library to get spooked once again. Here are a few of King’s scariest works, best read after dark.

 

5. ‘misery’

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Misery doesn’t have goblins, ghosts, or ghouls, but its horror is more frightening because its horror is based in reality. A chilling look at fandom gone wrong, this book tells the tale of what happens when a work of fiction becomes too much of an obsession. Writer Paul Sheldon suffers an accident during a snowstorm and is rescued by Annie Wilkes. Although seemingly sweet at first, Annie reveals she’s quite insane and is not happy with Paul for the ending of his last book, where her favorite character got killed off. So Annie takes Paul hostage and forces him to rewrite the book. A disturbing portrait of the more psychological variety, this one is also a disturbingly accurate showcasing of an obsessed fan that goes too far that rings even more true today.

4. ‘Night Shift’

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Night Shift is an anthology of short stories that contain some of King’s best and scariest works. Included in this collection are Graveyard Shift, where a group of men investigate the abandoned basement of a steel mill and find it infested with giant rats. Quitters Inc. showcases a hapless smoker who will do anything to stop his addiction. The Mangler is all about an industrial laundry machine that gets possessed by a demon and how it violently kills those who come into contact with it. What are the rest? You’ll have to crack it open and see for yourself, if you dare.

3. ‘Salem’s Lot’

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Salem’s Lot is a chilling novel about vampires invading a small, sleepy little town with a lot of dark secrets. Full of genuinely horrifying imagery, lots of gore, violence, and very frightening vampires, this novel is not for the faint of heart but is sure to please any fans of the children of the night.

 

2. ‘Durma Key’ 

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Durma Key is a lesser known Stephen King work but its just as gripping and scary as any mainstream novel. A scary, psychological story, we aren’t going to spoil anything of this one but its scary the same way Misery is. Its about the perils of creativity, the mysteries of one’s past, and with a touch of supernatural to add some spice, this one is one that should be read by more people.

1. ‘Pet Sematary’ 

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This is it. Pet Sematary is probably King’s scariest work. King himself almost didn’t finish it because of how upset it made him. Drawing inspiration from a relief life incident where King saved his young son from being struck by a truck, King spun this tale out of his own fears and it certainly shows. When a father’s son is hit by a truck, he buries him in a cursed burial ground that brings the dead back. Having already done this with his cat, the cat comes back meaner and seemingly undead. And when his son comes back, things take a turn for the absolute worst. Riveting, utterly terrifying, and full of frightening imagery, this book will linger with you in ways a book often doesn’t.

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5 Spooky Commercials Staring Stephen King

Stephen King once said, “Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life,” which is a little strange seeing as he has starred in commercials.

Oh well. Books are better, but these commercials starring the King himself are still gold.

 

 

5-Creepshow TV Spot

Teaming up with the master of zombies, George Romero, Stephen King makes his screenwriting debut in this 1982 horror comedy anthology, Creepshow. With five stories, plus a prologue and epilogue, this film features a whole host of stars.

Heads up! Stephen King appears in “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verill” as Jordy Verrill himself.

Check out the trailer below! Can you spot the King of horror in this movie directed by the king of zombies?

 

 

4-Libraries

Stephen King says we should go to our local libraries. They have many things, like music, televisions, computers, and books. It’s a timeless message, although their many extraneous features might not be so ‘unique’ anymore.

By the by, this commercial seems it might be setting up the premise for his next book, ‘Scary Author Lives in the Library and Makes Weird Faces at People’.

 

 

3-BOO! says the Ghost Writer

Sports Center advertises, but here they pull back the curtain and reveal their ‘ghost writer.’ He’s not an actual ghost, he’s Stephen King!

Please don’t be a ghost, your highness Mr. King. Sports Center was wrong, we need players with telekinetic powers.

 

 

2-“I just wanted someone to do stephen king right”

Here’s a commercial for an adaptation that he directed. It’s the first, and only film, he’s ever directed. As King himself said, he was on cocaine. In Hollywood’s Stephen KingKing says he was “coked out of [his] mind all through its production, and [he] really didn’t know what [he] was doing.”

Well, in the commercial he says that Maximum Overdrive, “It was my first picture as a director, and you know something? I sort of enjoyed it!”

This movie caused the cinematographer to go blind in his right eye.

 

 

1-The Horror! I lost my American Express card!

This commercial… has nothing to do with a book. It’s just how he really likes American Express. The most unnerving part about this commercial is how Stephen King takes it so seriously and the narrator is just a normal commercial narrator.

 

 

 

 

 

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Stephen King to Turn Own Mansion into Archive and Retreat

Are you a writer looking for a scenic space to focus in on your work? Or perhaps you’re just looking for some spooky sight-seeing opportunities? Well, look no further!

If you are a scholar or a researcher you will soon be able to cruise through Stephen King’s own mansion located in Bangor, Maine.

 

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The mansion itself is a sight to see even without knowledge of its previous tenets, as the gates are decorated with spiderwebs and winged creatures, making it appear as if the home sprouted straight out of a scary story.

 

 

The horror author himself is unlikely to be present, stating that the home is meant to serve as both a retreat and an archive themed around King’s many works.

Rolling Stone reported that on October 16th King and his wife, Tabitha, received approval from the Bangor City Council to rezone their home as a non-profit. The mansion itself will function as a display of sorts, while the guest house behind the mansion will serve as a quiet retreat that can be used by up to five writers at a time.

 

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The Bangor City Council voted unanimously in favor of this change, as the house had already been attracting tourists. Tourism has been especially amped up in recent years with the success of the It movies, based on King’s work by the same name. Derry, the town where Pennywise wreaks havoc, is based on Bangor (at least aesthetically, I can’t personally prove that Bangor is full of blood-thirsty clowns).

King, along with city officials, hope that this change will be a way to better organize the attention that the site has already attracted.

 

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However, fans should be aware that entry beyond the home’s wrought iron gates is fairly exclusive. On Facebook, King stated:

“The archives formerly held at the University of Maine will be accessible for restricted visits by appointment only. There will not be a museum and nothing will be open to the public, but the archives will be available to researchers and scholars.”

 

 

David Gould, a Bangor planning officer, told New England Cable News, “[The Kings] did not want the house to become a Dollywood or some kind of tourist attraction, that would bring all sorts of people to the neighborhood, and they have other neighbors that live there.”

King also informed fans that it will take at least two years until the mansion is a fully functional archive, so mark your calendars for Halloween 2021!

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