Posts Tagged ‘Stephen King’s It’

hqdefault (1)The title of one of the greatest authors of horror has to belong to the one and only Stephen King who has been scaring people since at least the 80’s. The stories he creates are so iconic that they many have been turned into films like Stand By Me, The Mist, Misery, Graveyard Shift, Pet Sematary, and the film I chose for today in Stephen King’s IT. which is only a fraction of the 74 stories that have been turned into films. Last year, the remake thrilled audiences so much that I felt the need to watch the original to see the differences and such. In Derry, Maine, there have been too many unexplained disappearances that have involved children over it’s history. For seven kids known as the Losers Club, they’ll do whatever it takes to kill the evil manifestation known as Pennywise (Tim Curry), but 30 years later he has returned and the gang has to face the fear once again. The film stars Jonathan Brandis (Ladybugs) as Bill-age 12, Richard Thomas (The Waltons) as Adult Bill, Seth Green (Robot Chicken) as Richie-age 12, Harry Anderson (Night Court) as Adult Richie, Brandon Crane (Otherworld) as Ben-Age 12, John Ritter (Three’s Company) as Adult Ben, Adam Faraizl (RoboCop 2) as Eddie-Age 12, Dennis Christopher (Django Unchained) as Adult Eddie, Ben Heller as Stanley-Age 12, Richard Masur (My Girl) as Adult Stanley, Emily Perkins (Ginger Snaps) as Beverly-Age 12, Annette O’Toole (48 Hrs.) as Adult Beverly, Jarred Blancard (The Boys Club) as Henry Bowers-Age 14, Olivia Hussey (Black Christmas) as Audra Denbrough, and the film was directed by Tommy Lee Wallace (Halloween III: Season Of The Witch).

stephen_kings_it_1I know that one of the biggest questions that you are all are wondering how I am going to answer is who did it better? I think it’s kind of an unfair question to ask because Tim Curry’s performance was iconic, but his performance was very different than Bill Skarsgård’s performance. I feel like Tim Curry’s Pennywise was more sinister and it was in a very direct way. You could tell that there was something seriously evil about him in just the way he spoke while Bill’s Pennywise has that innocent and playful side that he uses to fool you. One thing I will say about the film is that the special effects were a little cheesier in this one like the coming out of the drain pipe scene looks like they used claymation to shoot it and then the spider at the end of the film and that whole sequence was a little cheesy. Nonetheless, the film is three hours in length so you better be prepared to spend the time watching it because it’s an investment. The film was originally laid out as a TV miniseries so while you are watching you will see the pauses for commercial breaks. The style of this one is that they go back and forth in time to the present when addressing what happened which is why I give the remake a lot of credit. I like the idea that the first chapter was focused on them as kids so they can fully tell the story. Some details have changed as far as who presents the news about Derry’s past and who gets chased in the famous rock throwing scene. This was an iconic film that left an impression on a lot of people hence why people flocked to the theaters when the remake came out and why book sales probably jumped. I know I am going to try and read that monstrosity of a 1200 page plus book. For now, I am giving the film an A- for a final grade. Beep beep Richie!

Pet-FutureOne of the greatest minds in horror has always been the one and only Stephen King who provided us with so many great novels like IT, The Shining, The Stand, and countless other stories and shorts that were turned into films as well. Quite frankly, it wouldn’t be a countdown to Halloween without a film that was based off of one of his books and that is why I chose Pet Sematary for today’s film. Louis Creed (Dale Midkiff) and his family have decided to move away from the big city of Chicago in favor of the countryside in Maine. The only problem is that behind his backyard lies a deep and dark secret that may be the key to life and death, but one you do not mess with. Unfortunately that is put to the test when a tragic incident draws the power of that secret and becomes a full force. The film also stars Fred Gwynne (The Munsters) as Jud,  Denise Crosby (Star Trek: The Next Generation) as Rachel Creed, Miko Hughes (Wes Craven’s New Nightmare) as Gage Creed, Blaze Berdahl (DC Super Friends) as Ellie Creed, Brad Greenquist (The Lone Ranger) as Victor Pascow, Michael Lombard (The Thomas Crown Affair) as Irwin, Susan Blommaert (Edward Scissorhands) as Missy Dandridge, and the film was directed by Mary Lambert (Madonna: Like A Prayer). 

PetSemataryBelieve it or not, this was one of those films that I had never finished watching cause I would get to the truck scene and that would be it for me. This time, I wanted to make a point to watch the whole entire film once and for all. One thing that is for certain is that the acting was really good from everyone including a young Miko who would have to get used to playing a role like this later on. The one thing I couldn’t get over is every time I saw Fred Gwynne on screen I thought of him as the judge from My Cousin Vinny. I love Fred and I thought he was fantastic, but his accent is a little out of place even for Maine. The makeup department did a pretty good job in this film especially with Victor Pascow who had to walk around most of the film with his brain exposed. My only question is when Gage gets hit by the truck, how is he in one piece and how can he put shoes on again? We see a shoe flying covered in blood, I would assume that met his foot was knocked off or something. Nevertheless, the cinematography was fantastic, I loved the overhead shot of the Indian burial ground which seemed to be a big thing in the 80’s with a lot of films. I do have to give Miko credit because that little bastard was creepy as hell towards the end of the film with his laugh. This film is definitely worth the watch especially if you are a fan of Stephen King and his stories, but I can imagine that the book is amazing too. With all that said, give it a shot because I am giving the film an A- for a final grade.

state of euphoriaFor this week’s album of the week, I was inspired by the new hit horror film IT which has broken box office numbers when it came to this week’s record. One of the characters in the film is wearing an Anthrax shirt and one of the scenes features the track Antisocial which is off of this week’s album State Of Euphoria which was released on September 19, 1988. The album featured Joey Belladonna (Vocals), Dan Spitz (Lead Guitar), Scott Ian (Rhythm Guitar), Frank Bello (Bass), and Charlie Benante (Drums) and it was produced by Mark Dodson and the band. The album’s back cover is pretty cool because it was designed by famed caricaturist artist and Mad magazine artist Mort Drucker who drew the band. After the release of the album, it peaked at number 30 on the Billboard Top 200 charts and it was certified Gold selling over 500,000 albums even though critics were not warm to the album. A lot of critics felt that the album didn’t live up to the name of the previous albums even though it contained some amazing tracks.

state1.Be All, End All– The song kicks off with cellist Carol Freedman before the band comes in with a monster riff in a track that is all about controlling your own destiny. 4.5/5

2. Out of Sight, Out of Mind– Another in your face track with a monster bass riff from Bello runs this track that is about bands ripping off other bands. 4.5/5

3. Make Me Laugh– an interesting track on the album where the band attacks TV evangelists like Jim and Tammy Fae Bakker who were targets of a lot of thrash bands at the time. 5/5

4. Antisocial– This is the band’s amazing cover of French band Trust’s classic track, but the thing is the band had to do their best to convert the lyrics from French to English to make it work 5/5

5. Who Cares Wins– The track starts very melodic before it gets heavy in this track that is all about the homeless and their struggle to live. 5/5

state-of-euphoria-50008585db5756. Now It’s Dark– The track starts off with someone breathing before Bello and Spitz lead you right in to this track that is about Dennis Hoppers character in David Lynch’s film Blue Velvet. 4.5/5

7. Schism– The drums fade right in as the track kicks off with some punk laden metal riff where the lyrics talk about if you peel all the layers of labels that society has for us, we are all the same. 4/5

8. Misery Loves Company– This is a track the band wrote based on the novel by Stephen King in Misery. 4/5

9. 13– an instrumental track on the album that the band recorded that was an intro to the next track. 4/5

10. Fīnalē– The aptly titled last track on the record and it features some razor sharp riffs with that insane bass playing from Bello in a track that is all about marrying the wrong person. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– I thought that this was a really good record from the band despite what the critics thought at the time. It features some really amazing tracks that are essential to who Anthrax is. Check it out for yourself, I am giving the record 4.45 stars out of five for a final grade.

halloween 3I want to start off by saying that I want to wish everyone a safe and Happy Halloween and with all that being said, this is the end of Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween 2013. I had a lot of fun discovering new films and revisiting old films. That is why I decided to watch Halloween III: Season Of The Witch which in hindsight should have been called just Season Of The Witch, but it was still a classic. The movie starts off with a man running away from guys in suits and it seems like a life and death situation. The man is able to make it to the hospital where he will be taken care of by Dr. Daniel Challis (Tom Atkins). At first, Dr. Challis thinks the old man is crazy when he says that they’re all going to die, but he starts to think otherwise when the old man is murdered in the hospital. With the help of the old man’s daughter Ellie (Stacey Nelkin), they’ll head to the factory where the mask the old man had a strong grip on was made. There they will discover what the head man over at Silver Shamrock is up to. The movie also stars Dan O’Herlihy (Robocop) as Conal Cochran, Jonathan Terry (The Return Of The Living Dead) as Starker, Nancy Kyes (a.k.a. Nancy Loomis from Halloween) as Linda, Ralph Strait (The Beastmaster) as Bruce, Wendy Wessberg (Illegal In Blue) as Teddy, and the film was directed by Tommy Lee Wallace (Stephen King’s It).

stacey NelkinAs I had said above, this movie is really a classic. It has a very strong story in my opinion and it has some great acting from Atkins and O’Herlihy as well. Stacey Nelkin was a great addition to the team adding some much need sexiness to the movie. I will always say that I do believe that this should have been it’s own movie instead of getting the Halloween tag, but I can understand why they did it. The cinematography was great in my opinion and the special effects were pretty decent for a film in the early 80’s. One of my favorite scenes is when one of the ladies accidentally triggers the misfire in the mask. What they did with her face is priceless and great especially with the bugs crawling out. It was nice to see Nancy Loomis (who basically plays an older version of herself from Halloween) in the film since her acting career did end rather early. If you’ve never taken the time to watch the film, then why not? I love the film, but it’s getting a B- from me only because of the title of the film.

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