the stand early buzz

Director Mick Garris adapted Stephen King’s post-apocalyptic tome The Stand into a TV mini-series back in 1994, but now The New Mutants director (and noted King fanatic) Josh Boone has taken a crack at it for CBS All Access. The nine-episode limited series premieres on that platform this week, and we’ve rounded up some early reactions from critics who have seen the first several episodes. Read the highlights below to get a sense of whether this is a show you want to check out during this holiday season. Read More »

the stand images

I am a fan of all things Stephen King, so it gives me no pleasure to tell you that The Stand, the upcoming CBS All Access miniseries based on King’s massive apocalyptic novel, looks kind of blah. To be fair, I haven’t seen it yet, and I am hoping for the best! But every bit of promotional material released in anticipation of the upcoming premiere has been underwhelming. Case in point: new The Stand images arrived today, and they’re either bland or downright silly, depending on which image you’re looking at.

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The Stand Ezra Miller

Here’s a surprise: you know that upcoming miniseries adaptation of The Stand? The one that premieres next month? Well, it turns out that Ezra Miller has a part in it, and it’s been kept a secret all this time. Miller is playing The Trashcan Man, a schizophrenic pyromaniac who is drawn towards Randall Flagg, the evil supernatural figure who rises up in the wake of an apocalyptic plague. Matt Frewer played the character in the 1994 miniseries adaptation of the Stephen King novel.

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the girl who loved tom gordon director

Lynne Ramsay is getting in on the Stephen King adaptation action. The You Were Never Really Here director has signed on to direct Village Roadshow’s adaptation of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Stephen King’s 1999 novel about a little girl who gets lost in the woods. Christy Hall, co-creator of the Netflix seres I’m Not Okay With This, wrote the script with Ramsay.

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the outsider season 2 not happening

Last month, Stephen King confirmed that scripts existed for The Outsider season 2, heavily implying that HBO was going to be giving the series a greenlight. But now…that’s not happening. HBO has passed on the second season of the horror-mystery series. Now, MRC, the studio behind the show, will start shopping the potential season to other networks.

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under the dome and mr. mercedes

Stephen King isn’t shy when it comes to talking about adaptations of his work. Heck, King has spent the last 40 years complaining about Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. And now, the master of horror has opened up about two recent adaptations – the TV shows Under the Dome and Mr. Mercedes. Both shows ran for three seasons, and in King’s eyes, only one was successful: Mr. Mercedes.

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children of the corn reboot release

The latest Children of the Corn reboot – one of the few films that managed to complete production during the coronavirus pandemic – is apparently already in theaters. Two theaters, to be exact – in Sarasota, Florida. The low-budget film is the latest in a series of endless adaptations of Stephen King‘s short story about a group of creepy children running amok in corn country.

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Creepshow Animated Special Trailer

Shudder’s Creepshow series is coming back just in time for Halloween with an animated special. Our first official glimpse of the special arrived today in the form of a trailer teasing plenty of cartoony terror in the form of adaptations of stories from Stephen King and Joe Hill (who just happens to be Stephen King’s son, making this special a bit of a family affair). Watch the Creepshow Animated Special trailer below, if you dare!

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Horror Movie Blu-ray Collection

We’re celebrating Halloween by giving away a bundle of Blu-ray and 4K horror movies. One lucky winner will score the discs, which include a Hellraiser 4 movie collection Blu-ray, a Stephen King 5 movie collection Blu-ray, the 4K release of Shutter IslandThe Haunting on Blu-ray, and more. You could say it’s a spooktacular deal! But you shouldn’t, because you would sound silly.

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mr. mercedes featurette

Mr. Mercedes is not a new show. But Peacock is sure treating it like one. The Stephen King-inspired series originally aired its first three seasons on Audience Network, and if you’re reading that and thinking, “What the hell is Audience Network?”, you’re not alone! In fact, the channel doesn’t even exist anymore. It was discontinued in May of 2020. Audience’s loss is Peacock’s gain, as the free streaming service is now making all three seasons available. There’s no word on a fourth season yet, but perhaps if enough people watch Mr. Mercedes on Peacock then Peacock will order more episodes. In the meantime, a new Mr. Mercedes featurette below goes behind-the-scenes of the show.

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