Posts Tagged ‘Stephen King’

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Post Mortem

April 14, 2015

I think most horror fans are familiar with horror director, producer and writer Mick Garris. Creator of the Masters of Horror TV series, he’s penned The Fly II and Critters 2 as well as directed The Stand and Sleepwalkers – both based on Stephen King‘s novels – just to name a few of the titles on his résumé.

His great interview series Post Mortem – originally created for the now-defunct FEAR NET – are now available on YouTube. I love these! With a very laid back style, he interviews fellow horror creators such as Roger Corman, Wes Craven and Rob Zombie. The interviews have a great conversational flow that offers some nice insights into the artist behind the famous (or infamous) name – I can’t say I knew all too much about Frank Darabont – and the only complaint I have is that some of these feel a bit short. But hey, leave them wanting more!

The series is available on his official YouTube channel as well as MickGarrisInterviews.com. Check them out and give him a like on Facebook here.

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Where’s the Beef?

November 29, 2012

Well, here’s a Kodak Moment you never thought you’d see: Author Stephen King posing with bass player Danny Dirtbag of The Meatmen outside a Vermont gas station. Taken from their official page on Facebook, the story goes as follows:

So, our four string slinger, Mr. Danny Dirtbag is out on the road with High on Fire, Goatwhore and Lo-Pan. Fortunately the driver had to take a tinkle in the middle of Vermont, and they ran into Stephen King who quickly called out Dirtbag’s hoodie and said, “We’re The Meatmen and You Suck!! I own all the records!” So, they snapped a shot to say hello to Tesco!

Now, I knew that Mr. King was a big Ramones fan as he not only mentions them in several of his books, but also snuck in Sheena is a Punk Rocker in the movie version of Pet Sematary (it’s the song the truck driver listens to when he runs over Gage) and had them writing the (great) theme song for it. But him being a fan of the meaty men came as a surprise as they are, ahem, a bit of an “aquired taste”. Does this mean there’s any chance of a protagonist humming Toolin’ for Anus in a future novel?

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Maximum Overdrive

September 23, 2012

Well, keeping up with my put-your-feet-up-and-relax theme of the last couple of days, I once again decided to revisit an old horror favorite I haven’t seen in ages: Stephen King‘s Maximum Overdrive! Remember that one? Based on a short story that originally appeared in one of his collections who’s name I’d be damned if I could remember, it was actually the first horror movie I saw back in the 80s. I still remember sneaking into the cinema being about 12 or 13 years old (the age limit was 15) and getting a big kick out of seeing it, and even though I sure have seen way better movies since then it was still fun getting reaquainted to it in a nostalgic kinda way.

Speaking of which; even though I haven’t read anything to confirm or deny it, I’m still pretty sure ol’ Steve, ahem, “borrowed” the idea for his short story from the made-for-TV cult classic Killdozer that aired in 1974. Based on Theodore Sturgeon‘s short story that appeared in pulpy Astounding Science Fiction Magazine as far back as 1944 it tells the similar tale where a work crew on an island gets killed one by one by a bulldozer that’s running on its own. Check it out:

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Misery

September 20, 2012

And no, I’m not referring to some ex-members of my musical outfits or those “intriguing dates” I guess we’ve all had over the years. Nope, with The Norliss Tapes Herz und Liebe EP being finished I’ve decided to relax, take some time off of the creative business and just put my feet up for a couple of days (which usually means 1-2 days tops before I decide to do  something on account of me being a damn workaholic.) So this week has pretty much been spent getting reacquainted to a handful of films I haven’t seen since the early 1990s. And contemplating writing a Halloween-themed song and have it finished within the next 42 days that are left until then, but let’s not talk about that, ha ha ha.

Anyway, yesterday was spent with the great thriller Jacob’s Ladder starring Tim Robbins, but the one that really stood out so far was Rob Reiner‘s Misery from 1990. Based on the novel by Stephen King it stars James Caan as the author that crashes with his car in the remote areas of Colorado but is saved by a retired nurse (as well as his biggest fan) – and lives to regret it. Both actors are great in this, but Kathy Bates as the headcase nurse Annie Wilkes is nothing short of brilliant. She pretty much owns the screen. If you haven’t seen this you’ve got about 90 minutes of tension to look forward to. Check it out!

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