If you thought IT was terrifying, and if it led to you feeling vulnerable and uneasy then the newest Stephen King inspiration will do much the same, if not more. There have been many debates over how scary IT was, and now with it growing into meme culture, it only signifies that maybe it wasn’t really scary at all. At least none of this can be said for this film, as Gerald’s Game stood up to it’s alignment with Stephen King as a disturbing and psychologically bruising horror film that didn’t let me catch my breath until the credits began to roll.
Some BDSM to help fix a broken relationship gone horribly wrong is how it begins, but behind the outset there are layers of creepiness dug in damaged childhoods and a ominous soul that continually haunts the protagonist all the way through. Carla Gugino does a great job as lead character and victim Jessie Burlingame, whilst the makeup done for character Raymond Andrew Joubert was phenomenal. The cinematography and directing with it’s changes from first person POV back to normal audience viewing employed a great sense of despair and attachment to Jessie.Throughout the film you grip tight as each quick change from flashback to real time and between hallucinations keeps you glued to the screen.
It wasn’t packed with jump scares, with it more so the being the actual plot that made this film terrifying, which was refreshing in the horror scene today with it’s ample of haunting scares. This psychological thriller will stand the test of time and has been a gem among the mammoth releases that we have seen this year. It’s better than IT and sliding in just behind Get Out, i’d have to say it’s one of my favourites of the year.
It seems as if it’s been the year of Stephen King stories reaching the big screen. With the announcement and recent trailer of Gerald’s Game, IT being a big part of the past few months in the film-verse, it’s as if the majority of this year has been captured by Stephen King and his imagination.
1922 is another famous short story by King and yet another addition to Netflix. Two days ago we were blessed with our first look, and although sounding like a broken record and one for making grand statements too often, the footage we have of his newest adaptation looks downright intense and very much like how a Stephen king novel should play out on the big screen.
View the trailer here, and don’t miss it upon release on the 20th of October this year!
IT has been a widely anticipated scare fest and undoutably one of if not King’s most terrifying adaptation to date right. Well, think again and cast your eyes towards the trailer of Netflix film, Gerald’s Game, a visual interpretation of King’s book. If you don’t believe me then see for yourself below. There is no doubt that IT is scary, but it’s thrills may not last long due to the arrival of yet the rd King adaptation in the space of 2 months.
Stephen King is universally known as the literary king of horror. Not all his horror books have become horror movies, with his cinematic world ranging from dramas, to horror, and stopping in between with thrillers. Although privy to straight horror here at All Things Horror with rare mentions of other genres, today i will be ranking King’s work regardless of genre on the eve of his newest instalment, The Dark Tower.
The Dark Tower is upon us. Muschietti’sIT has been creating news almost daily, and every second place i look, Stephen King himself is being honoured. I myself am a fan of the novelist, him producing some of my favourite books. Therefore this week’s recommendations are going to be in similar taste, so lets take a walk down the perilous mind of one of the world’s all time horror writers.
Horror Buffs: Children of the Corn (1984) – Murderous cult of children, isolated farm town, award winning, and directed by a relatively unknown filmmaker at the time (Fritz Kiersch). One of King’s earlier works that didn’t carry as much weight as some of his other big titles has a unique plot that makes this worth a watch. Not over or underrated, but a film nonetheless that is often spoke about in reference but rarely for what it’s worth. Bad-ass liberation for teenage angst.
Beginners: The Shining (1980) – This is a no brainer. Undoubtedly the most well known, fan favourite and received horror adaptation of Stephen King’s work. Although King himself wasn’t impressed with the adaptation, the visual stimuli and the outstanding portrayal of the protagonist by Jack Nicholson is noteworthy.
Casual Fans: 1408 (2007) – With celeb actors in John Cusack and Samuel L Jackson, this fast paced crime/haunting horror has a sound plot and enough of a budget to wow you with it’s appearance for a 2007 film. One of the first cinematic released haunting movies to excite and spook fans.
Since The Dark Tower was announced and the first official trailer was released, the excitement and buzz from all horror readers has been fanatic. We’eve been lucky enough to have not one, but now two trailers for Stephen King’s inspired horror movie in Easter egg form. The first Easter egg trailer payed homage to many of King’s greats being: 1408, Shawshank, IT, The Shinning and Cujo.
Today, another trailer has been released. Watch here to snatch a glimpse at the next few works of art by King that are mentioned prior to the movie’s release on August 4th.
The movie features cult fan favourite Idris Elba, hollywood star Matthew McConaughey, and is directed by Nikolaj Arcel.