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Stranger Things season 2 spoiler-filled review

Dan Cooper Nov 1, 2017

Stranger Things season 2 lives up to the high expectations set last year. Spoilers ahead in our review...

This review contains spoilers. Our spoiler-free review is here.

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Considering their affinity for the punk rhythms of The Clash, the creative team behind Stranger Things would have been very aware of the trickiness of that ‘difficult second album’ following a smash-hit first season on Netflix that earned the show rapturous critical and commercial praise. After all, Difficult Second Album Syndrome is a real thing, (it has to be, I’ve already started capitalising it now… at this rate it’ll be an acronym before long) and there are many bands out there, The Clash included, who found it impossible to deliver on the promise of their breakthrough success second time around.
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Exclusive Interview: Castle Rock cast and creators talk about new Stephen King series

With Castle Rock coming to Hulu next year, the cast and creators of the show took a break from production on the fifth episode of the 10-part series to come on down to New York Comic Con f0r a panel at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Beforehand, however, Flickering Myth had the pleasure of asking a few questions to stars Bill Skarsgård, Melanie Lynskey and Andre Holland, as well as executive producers and masterminds behind the Stephen King-inspired show, Dustin Thomason and Sam Shaw.

The show takes place in Castle Rock, Maine, a common setting for many of King’s works (including Needful Things, The Dead Zone, Cujo and more), which Shaw describes as “the worst luck town in the world.” Between “two serial killers, a homicidal rabid dog [and] demonic trucks,” the town is an “archaeological site” of sorts “where there are horrors, nightmares and stories behind every door.” Each
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Castle Rock 2nd trailer debuts at Nycc

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In a past episode of channel control, we talked about a show named Castle Rock. This upcoming 10 episode Hulu original series is a psychological thriller anthology and will be based off the fictional town of the Castle Rock, Maine which has been used in numerous Stephen King Novels. The town has been used as the back drop for The Dead Zone, Cujo, Needful Things, and at least 8 other stories by Mr. King. The town has even been mentioned in over 20 stories including Creepshow, The Stand, Gerald’s Game, & 11/22/63.

In the first teaser, we hear multiple voice-overs as the names of books, movies, or characters from his stories are shown on the screen. It ends with a dark map of the North-Eastern Us and the words Castle Rock across the screen. It’s pretty much standard fare for a teaser, which is nothing more than “Hey! We’re making a show.
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Nycc 2017: Enter the Eerie World of Stephen King’s Stories in New Teaser Trailer for Hulu’s Castle Rock Series

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Castle Rock. It's a town where many of Stephen King's stories take place, existing smack-dab in the center of the horror master's wonderfully weird literary world, and it's coming to life in a new limited series on Hulu. Ahead of the 2018 premiere of the 10-episode first season, Castle Rock is teased in the show's new (and very enigmatic) trailer that was unleashed at New York Comic Con and is now available to watch online.

You can see some of King's written works referenced in mysterious ways in the first teaser trailer for Castle Rock below. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on Castle Rock, and read on for additional details on the new series from J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions, which features a cast that includes Jane Levy, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Lynskey, André Holland, Scott Glenn, Terry O'Quinn, and Bill Skarsgård (aka Pennywise from the new
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‘Castle Rock’ Trailer: Stephen King-j.J. Abrams Series Reveals the Woods Are Lovely, Dark, and Creepy

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‘Castle Rock’ Trailer: Stephen King-j.J. Abrams Series Reveals the Woods Are Lovely, Dark, and Creepy
The era of Stephen King stories is still going strong, and finally Hulu has released its first look at “Castle Rock,” which King will executive produce alongside J.J. Abrams. The trailer was revealed at New York Comic-Con on Sunday.

Set in Stephen King’s fictional town in Maine, “Castle Rock” is an original suspense-thriller that explores themes and worlds from the entire King multiverse. The stories will also be adjacent to some of his most iconic stories — such as “The Body,” “Cujo,” and “Needful Things” — so we’re expecting plenty of Easter eggs.

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The cast includes Melanie Lynskey (“Togetherness”), André Holland (“The Knick,” “American Horror Story”), Jane Levy (“Twin Peaks,” “Suburgatory”), Sissy Spacek (“Bloodline”), Scott Glenn (“The Leftovers,” “The Defenders”), Terry O’Quinn (“Lost,” “Patriot”), and Bill Skarsgaard, who
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‘Castle Rock’ Trailer: Stephen King-j.J. Abrams Series Reveals the Woods Are Lovely, Dark, and Creepy

‘Castle Rock’ Trailer: Stephen King-j.J. Abrams Series Reveals the Woods Are Lovely, Dark, and Creepy
The era of Stephen King stories is still going strong, and finally Hulu has released its first look at “Castle Rock,” which King will executive produce alongside J.J. Abrams. The trailer was revealed at New York Comic-Con on Sunday.

Set in Stephen King’s fictional town in Maine, “Castle Rock” is an original suspense-thriller that explores themes and worlds from the entire King multiverse. The stories will also be adjacent to some of his most iconic stories — such as “The Body,” “Cujo,” and “Needful Things” — so we’re expecting plenty of Easter eggs.

Read More:‘Mr. Mercedes’: How to Adapt Stephen King for Television, From the Stars and Producers Who Did It Right

The cast includes Melanie Lynskey (“Togetherness”), André Holland (“The Knick,” “American Horror Story”), Jane Levy (“Twin Peaks,” “Suburgatory”), Sissy Spacek (“Bloodline”), Scott Glenn (“The Leftovers,” “The Defenders”), Terry O’Quinn (“Lost,” “Patriot”), and Bill Skarsgaard, who
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CODumentary review

A new documentary charts the history of the Call Of Duty videogames. Here's our review...

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The Call Of Duty videogame series is, as gamers will attest, a juggernaut. It attracts revenues akin to those of blockbuster movies, cost about as much to make, and every year, queues of people turn up for a midnight opening to get their hands on the new release. Not bad for a franchise that started in 2003, and has now become one of the very biggest videogaming - and entertainment - series on the planet.

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Revisiting the film of Stephen King's Needful Things

Rebecca Lea Sep 18, 2017

We take a look at the movie version of Stephen King's Needful Things, starring Ed Harris...

The film: A mysterious new shop called Needful Things opens in the town of Castle Rock, owned by the mysterious Leland Gaunt (Max von Sydow). The residents discover that the antique shop provides them with exactly what they’re looking for, no matter how specific. The price to pay isn’t of the ordinary variety, however, and Gaunt invites his customers to commit pranks on their fellow townsfolk which steadily escalate in complexity and consequence. It soon attracts the attention of Sheriff Alan Pangborn (lately of The Dark Half and now in the form of Ed Harris).

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A satire on greed culture, small town politics, and mob mentalities, Needful Things is one of
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What We Know About Hulu’s ‘Castle Rock’ Thus Far!

(Aotn) It has already been quite a year for Stephen King fans with the theatrical releases of both “The Dark Tower” and “It” and now we can anticipate the upcoming Hulu limited series “Castle Rock”. “Castle Rock” will be a psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, it will combine the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland.

Hulu has committed to a 10-episode first season and the project was developed for television by Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason, who serve as executive producers, along with J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson and Liz Glotzer. “Castle Rock” is from Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and it is sure to be epic.

The casting news alone has us even more excited! Bill Skarsgard (It, Atomic Blonde,
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It: How Does So Much Crazy Sh*t Happen in 1 Town? There's a Chilling Explanation

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Minor spoilers for the It novel and film below! We imagine people won't be searching for Derry, Me, on Zillow anytime soon. While the small, seemingly picturesque northeastern town in the film adaptation of Stephen King's It might appear normal at first glance, the area receives a terrifying visitor every 27 years: Pennywise, a child-killing demon clown. That's a deal breaker, no matter how great the schools are. When Mike Hanlon (Chosen Jacobs), one of the young members in the horror film's so-called "Losers Club," tells his friends that his grandfather says the town is cursed, he's not kidding around. Derry is actually one of the many fictional towns in Maine that King, a proud resident of The Pine Tree State, has set as the home of the unfortunate characters in his stories. Where Have We Seen Derry Before? Derry has served as the setting for quite a few novels and short stories of King's.
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Revisiting the film of Stephen King's The Dark Half

Rebecca Lea Sep 11, 2017

Our lookback at the film adaptations of Stephen King's work lands at The Dark Half...

The film: Thad Beaumont (Timothy Hutton) has been writing under the pseudonym of George Stark for several years, publishing enormously successful crime thrillers that allow him to live in relative comfort with his wife Lisa (Amy Madigan). However, when a Stark fan connects the dots, Thad decides to ‘kill off’ Stark in order to reboot his writing career under the Beaumont name. Stark (also Timothy Hutton) isn’t quite ready to go just yet. The man himself comes to life and embarks on a killing spree that attracts the attention of the local law enforcement, Alan Pangborn (Michael Rooker).

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They say, those mysterious people who dispense advice from afar, to write what you know. Stephen King often weaves a little
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The Defender's Scott Glenn Joins Stephen King's Castle Rock Series

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Hulu is making quite a name for itself in the original content space by successfully leveraging adaptations of classic and popular literature. The Handmaid's Tale, Harlots, and Chance have all been critically acclaimed and embraced by audiences. But Hulu's true secret weapon might just be the pairing of horror writer Stephen King and producer J.J. Abrams. Their initial outing, the well-received 11/22/63, a time-travel, sci-fi tale about one man's mission to prevent the assassination of JFK.

Earlier this year Abrams and King announced their follow-up on Hulu, and it might be the kind of out-of-left-field creation that seriously turns up the heat on fellow streaming services Netflix and Amazon. The new series, Castle Rock, is not based on any single King novel, however. Instead, the show leverages a fictional town in Maine, which has been the setting in no less than 11 of King's novels (he established the town in his 1979 novel
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Scott Glenn joins Hulu’s Castle Rock

Hulu’s Stephen King-inspired series Castle Rock has just gained another cast member. Scott Glenn (Marvel’s The Defenders) is set to star in the series as King character Sheriff Alan Pangborn.

Pangborn is a retired sheriff who has witnessed some of the darkest moments in Castle Rock’s history. He has appeared in two of King’s novels, The Dark Half and Needful Things. Westworld‘s Ed Harris previously played Pangborn in the 1993 adaptation of Needful Things.

Set in King’s fictional town, the psychological horror series “combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland.”

The cast of Castle Rock includes Melanie Lynskey (Togetherness), Andre Holland (Moonlight), Jane Levy (Don’t Breathe), Sissy Spacek (Carrie) and Bill Skarsgard (It).

Castle Rock has been developed by
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Hulu's 'Castle Rock' Adds Scott Glenn

Hulu's 'Castle Rock' Adds Scott Glenn
Castle Rock is filling out its cast.

The Hulu anthology series has added The Leftovers and The Defenders actor Scott Glenn as a series regular. He'll play Alan Pangborn, a retired Sheriff who presided over some of the darkest years in Castle Rock's checkered history — a Kingian icon at the center of Needful Things and The Dark Half.

Glenn joins the 10-episode project's previously announced cast, which includes Moonlight breakout Andre Holland, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Lynskey, Jane Levy and Bill Skarsgard. A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character...
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Stephen King Movie Adaptations: The Successes and Failures

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With the upcoming release of The Dark Tower and It: Part 1 - The Loser’s Club, we look back at the successes and failures of previous Stephen King film adaptations.

Stephen King published his first novel in 1974. That novel, Carrie, would go on to sell more than a million copies in its first year of publication. The popularity of this book resulted in a movie adaptation two years later. As Stephen King released more novels, his popularity as an author grew, and many more films, miniseries, TV shows, and graphic novels came to be based on his writings. Today, King is one of the most well known and successful modern writers. Although he has written in many genres (including contributions to comic books), he is best known for his horror writings.

58 films have been released so far that have been based at least in some part on the writings of Stephen King.
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‘Needful Things’ Is Both the Very Best and the Very Worst of Stephen King Adaptations

By Matthew Monagle

With 'The Dark Tower' hitting theaters this weekend, we look at another Stephen King adaptation to see what does (and doesn't) work in his movie adaptations.

The article ‘Needful Things’ Is Both the Very Best and the Very Worst of Stephen King Adaptations appeared first on Film School Rejects.
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Why Rick and Morty is the best animated series ever

Anghus Houvouras on Rick and Morty

What are the best animated series ever produced? It’s something I’m going to explore in my next column. Animation is such an exciting medium with so much untapped potential. Probably because it wasn’t taken seriously for so many years, written off as a form of storytelling for children. Even after Walt Disney revolutionized the genre in cinemas, the stories were still relegated to simple fairy tales that could be appreciated by ages eight to eighty-eight.

Animation on television took a similar route with the vast majority of animated series appearing on Saturday mornings or as holiday specials. There were brief flirtations with prime-time animation during television’s golden age, but it wasn’t until the tail end of the 20th century that American networks began experimenting with the idea of an animated series aimed at a post-pubescent viewing audience. The Simpsons
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Melanie Lynskey joins Castle Rock as female lead

Hulu has announced another cast member for its Stephen King-inspired Castle Rock. Melanie Lynskey, who is known for Togetherness, Two and a Half Men and Heavenly Creatures, has been cast as the female lead.

Lynskey will portray Molly Strand, a woman who suffers from a rare medical condition and is having a hard time as a real estate agent in a town where many of the properties play host to horrifying nightmares. She joins Andre Holland and the recently cast Jane Levy and Sissy Spacek in the series, and much like Spacek – who portrayed the title role in Carrie – Lynskey has also starred in previous King project in the miniseries Rose Red.

Castle Rock is a fictional town in Maine which has appeared in many of King’s novels, such as Cujo, It, Needful Things and several short stories. Castle Rock will bring together many elements of King’s
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Revisiting the film of Stephen King's The Running Man

Rebecca Lea Jun 26, 2017

Our lookback through the screen adaptations of Stephen King brings us to Arnold Schwarzenegger, and The Running Man...

The film: In the totalitarian dystopia of 2017, Ben Richards (Arnold Schwarzenegger) finds himself wrongly convicted and sent to prison. Recaptured after an escape attempt, he’s placed into a television gameshow called The Running Man, in which prison convicts attempt to stay alive in the Game Zone in order to achieve prizes such as a suspended sentence or even a pardon. However, Richards has links to the Resistance and they’re on hand to assist with his game-changing TV appearance.

To say that The Running Man is a loose adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name, published under his pseudonym Richard Bachman, is something of an understatement. Stephen E. de Souza takes a hacksaw to the original everyman Ben Richards, an unemployed family man desperate
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Suntup Editions’ The Covers Collection Features Prints of Artwork from Iconic Stephen King Book Covers

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For many readers, the illustrations on the covers of Stephen King's novels are just as indelible as the stories told on the pages within, and Suntup Editions is paying tribute to these iconic images with The Covers Collection, a new series of giclée prints featuring the artwork that graced the covers of King's hardcovers, including Pet Sematary, ’Salem's Lot, and It.

The Covers Collection features the work of ten artists and 15 book cover artworks (displayed in their full form without the title text and other additions that appear on book covers).

These highly limited edition prints are available in sizes 18”x24” or 11”x17” (and other dimensions in some cases), come signed by the artist, and are limited to just 100 copies apiece. Those who sign up for The Covers Collection series can look forward to receiving one a month in the mail.

To learn more about The Covers Collection, visit Suntup Editions' website,
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