In The Tall Grass: Netflix Adaptation Can’t See The Forest For The Weeds

And the Stephen King renaissance marches on. Not unlike the the first wave of King adaptations, horror fans have been treated to the good (Gerald’s Game, It), the middle-of-the-road (Pet Sematary), and the bad (The Dark Tower). Now with Halloween around the corner, Netflix has unveiled its Netflix and Chills lineup. Among the new horror […]

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John Carpenter – The Horror Master’s Five Best Soundtracks

Alongside Wes Craven and George A Romero, John Carpenter is one of the preeminent horror filmmakers from the 1970’s and 1980’s. After over 40 years, Halloween and The Thing remain among the best horror movies made. Even more moderate successes – Prince of Darkness, The Fog, and They Live – are considered cult classics. In […]

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It Chapter Two Clowns Around

Two years ago, Andy Muschietti (Mama) scored a big hit with his update of Stephen King’s It. Despite an R-rating, It managed approximately $327 million at the box office. Even the critics overwhelmingly endorsed the big-screen remake. We’re now amidst something of a Stephen King renaissance. Earlier this year, a Pet Sematary remake hit theatres. […]

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Bad Dads: The Worst Fathers in Horror Films

Happy Father’s Day! It’s time to wrap that tie or finish painting the clever “Dad Rocks” on a rock. Today, we celebrate all those hardworking fathers who threaten to ‘turn this car around right now’ and play catch with you in the backyard. For this edition of The Chopping Block, I take a look at […]

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Creepshow 2: Thanks For The Ride, King and Romero

Five years after Creepshow’s moderate success, George A. Romero and Stephen King reunited to bring us Creepshow 2. For this go-around of the horror anthology, Michael Gornick replaced Romero behind the camera. Fortunately, Romero still penned the screenplay, and King’s work served as the source material. But the end result still looked like a bit […]

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Pet Sematary Remake Proves Sometimes Dead is Better

And so the Stephen King renaissance continues. Though there’s been the odd misstep, Gerald’s Game and the It remake reminded us how much we missed Stephen King horror movies. Aside from the next chapter of It, Pet Sematary has been one of the more hotly anticipated King adaptations. Yet questionable marketing decisions and lukewarm critical […]

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The Dead Zone: A Chilling Blend of Supernatural and Human Drama

Stephen King week continues here with another blast from the past. Though it wouldn’t be accurate to characterize The Dead Zone as underrated, this 1983 film adaptation has maybe been forgotten in the shuffle of all the Hollywood treatments of King’s work. But it’s David Cronenberg and Stephen King and Christopher Walken. That’s a lot […]

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Salem’s Lot An Underappreciated King Adaptation

Vampires are a horror staple. They have been since Bela Lugosi brought Dracula to life in the Universal Monsters classic. So of course horror’s undisputed master would have to pen a vampire story, right? In fact, Salem’s Lot was Stephen King’s second major novel. Four years after King published it, horror maverick Tobe Hooper adapted […]

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Cujo’s Bite Almost Matches Its Bark

Just days away from Pet Sematary’s opening, I continue my ‘Stephen King’ week with another ‘smaller’ film adaptation. Though it was only a modest box office and critical success, Cujo has built a cult following. Mention the word ‘Cujo’ and even non-horror fans know what you mean. But how well does this low-budget ‘Killer St […]

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Bark at the Moon: Silver Bullet Offers Fun Lightweight Horror

We’re one week away from the Pet Sematary remake hitting theatres. The remake arrives in the midst of a much appreciated Stephen King revival. With It, Gerald’s Game, and last summer’s Castle Rock series, we’re once again embracing the ‘King of Horror’. A minor, forgotten adaptation of King’s work, Silver Bullet was one of several […]

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