Linda Hamilton and Peter Horton make little impression as our heroes, but at least John Franklin and Courtney Gains are scary as hell as the teen cult villains. Bryan Singer's bleak coming-of-age drama stars Brad Renfro as a teenager who cons a fugitive Nazi, played by Ian McKellen, into revealing his darkest secrets, and the relationship they form is unwholesome to the extreme. It's undeniably scary, and Renfro and McKellen give great performances, but almost every scene in this film seems reminiscent of the accusations against Singer accusations, so it's still incredibly hard to get through.
It's too absurd to take seriously, but if you get on this film's bonkers wavelength, it's undeniably amusing. Cheesy and lurid, with very questionable visual effects and storytelling choices, but at least Mick Garris' film is never boring. Tom Taylor plays a youngster who stumbles into a timeless battle between good and evil, represented by the heroic Roland Deschain Idris Elba and the villainous Walter Padick Matthew McConaughey. The CGI action and rushed storyline are pure Hollywood hackery, but Elba is so incredibly charismatic that the film is watchable -- disposable, but watchable -- anyway.
But at feature length, this material feels pretty skimpy. Johnny Depp stars as a troubled, struggling, once-popular artist, accused of plagiarism by a mysterious stalker played by Jon Turturro. David Koepp's adaptation of "Secret Window, Secret Garden" is relatively slick and suspenseful, but it's difficult to watch a film about Depp threatening his wife and losing his mind without mentally sidestepping into some unsettling and distracting territory.
Romero's horror franchise, this time directed by Michael Gornick, is more of a mixed bag than the original, with the conventional vengeful statue yarn "Old Chief Wooden Head" completely failing to pass muster. Fortunately, the slime monster short "The Raft" makes up for it, and road-trip ghost story "The Hitch-Hiker" concludes "Creepshow 2" on an amusingly grim note. Both actors make the most of their roles, with Moore in particular having a wild time.
However, this respectable but unremarkable remake never quite feels as raw and frightening as the original.
Her widower curses him to get "thinner," every single day, until he wastes away into nothingness. Tom Holland's film is a nasty piece of work that plays more like a cruel joke than a feature film. But as cruel jokes go, it's a good one. Terrorized by vehicles and vending machines, they're forced to fuel the trucks, and it's just about as ridiculous as it sounds. The action is entertainingly bizarre, and iconic game show host Richard Dawson plays a fantastically evil version of himself. It's an effective media satire and a ripping sci-fi thriller. Director Andy Muschietti knows how to build a great scare, and "It Chapter Two" has some doozies, but the conclusion of this horror epic falls prey to tedious mythologizing and a flashback structure that treats the adult Losers like afterthoughts in their own story.
It's a disappointing conclusion to the instant classic "Chapter One. Scott Hicks's coming-of-age film is slight, frequently to a fault, but the performances by Yelchin and Hopkins and Hope Davis as Yelchin's self-obsessed mother are so rich and excellent that "Hearts in Atlantis" makes a strong impression anyway.
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The supernatural story gets increasingly ridiculous, but that's the point: Ferrer plays a cynic who finds himself suddenly believing the weird tales he peddles. It's one of the great modern haunting movies. George A. Romero's creepy and personal horror story goes in weird directions, but Hutton's impeccable dual performance keeps "The Dark Half" rooted in nightmarish and engrossing allegory. Each segment is an excellent shocker in its own right, with twisted senses of humor and seat-clutching suspense. The only thing keeping "Cat's Eye" from classic status is the weak framing device, which doesn't do much to connect the stories together, other than the mostly incidental presence of a cat.
Gradually the whole town starts turning on each other, building to a hellish conclusion. Fraser C. Heston's film has a lot of story to fit into just one movie, and sometimes feels rushed, but the fantastic performances by von Sydow, Ed Harris, Amanda Plummer and J. Walsh more than compensate.
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It's one of the better horror movies about the insidious power of temptation. Dale Midkiff and Denise Crosby hold their own as the couple mourning their soon-to-be-resurrected child, while Fred Gwynne creates an indelible horror icon as their too-helpful neighbor Jud. The remake of "Pet Sematary" is just about on par with the original, with a few notable changes that keep the story feeling relatively timeless but not entirely familiar.
Gugino gives a tour-de-force performance, and Mike Flanagan's smart and intense direction makes every moment feel like an important piece of a puzzle. Some argue that the ending goes on too long, but without the extended denouement, our hero's journey would mean so much less. And it's that engrossing journey that makes "Gerald's Game" one of the best King adaptations. Taylor Hackford's impressive mystery gives Bates and Leigh complex, nuanced characters, and they make the most out of every scene.
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Little does he realize the car is also becoming obsessed with him. A warped and wicked tale, with a boss soundtrack, excellent performances, and some of the best practical visual effects around. The scene where the titular car repairs herself is legendary, and the scenes where she hunts down her enemies are pure terror. Thomas Jane and his son are trapped in a grocery store after a mysterious mist envelops their town, and inside "The Mist" are unspeakable monsters. But the real danger builds inside their shelter, as Marcia Gay Harden assembles an Old Testament cult that demands sacrifices.
Darabont famously changed the ending of King's story into something even more shocking, but the new finale isn't just a mind-blower. It's the final nail in the coffin of a world not ruled by superstition, the ultimate nightmare of the logical mind. Directed By: Tom Holland. Critics Consensus: Go then, there are other Stephen King adaptations than these. Directed By: Nikolaj Arcel.
Directed By: Stephen King. Critics Consensus: As disposable as its predecessor is indispensable, The Rage: Carrie 2 mimics the arc of Stephen King's classic story without adding anything of value. Directed By: Katt Shea.
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Directed By: David F. Directed By: Mary Lambert. Synopsis: A novelist grieving over the loss of his wife travels to a lakeside home where he's haunted by a ghost Directed By: Mick Garris. Critics Consensus: Stephen King adaptation veteran director Mick Garris has lofty storytelling goals which ultimately flail and undercut the story's terror. Directed By: Tobe Hooper. Critics Consensus: An incoherent and overly long creature feature. Directed By: Lawrence Kasdan.
Directed By: Peter Askin. Directed By: Fraser C. Moss , Dan Monahan. Directed By: Mark Pavia. Directed By: Michael Gornick. Critics Consensus: Firestarter's concept hews too closely to other known Stephen King adaptations, though it's got nice special effects including scenery-chewing George C. Starring: Drew Barrymore , George C. Scott , David Keith , Heather Locklear.
Directed By: Mark L. Critics Consensus: The Lawnmower Man suffers from a predictable, melodramatic script, and its once-groundbreaking visual effects look dated today. Directed By: Brett Leonard. Critics Consensus: Children of the Corn's strong premise and beginning gets shucked away for a kiddie thriller that runs in circles. Armstrong , John Franklin. Directed By: Fritz Kiersch.
Directed By: John Harrison. Critics Consensus: Stephen King's televisual adaption of his own novel is more faithful than its cinematic counterpart, but unfortunately this miniseries is hobbled by a drab literalism of the text and cheesy effects that diminish the scares. Critics Consensus: Rose Red asks too many questions and provides too few answers to satisfy given its lack of scares -- though King completists may enjoy wandering its somewhat mysterious halls.
Brown , David Dukes. Critics Consensus: Depp is quirkily entertaining, but the movie runs out of steam by the end. Directed By: David Koepp. Directed By: Daniel Attias. Critics Consensus: Hearts in Atlantis is well-acted and beautiful to look at, but the movie is nothing more than a mood piece. Directed By: Scott Hicks. Critics Consensus: It boasts a talented cast, but Kimberly Peirce's "reimagining" of Brian De Palma's horror classic finds little new in the Stephen King novel -- and feels woefully unnecessary.
Directed By: Kimberly Peirce. Critics Consensus: Pet Sematary is a bruising horror flick that wears its quirks on its sleeves, to the detriment of its scare factor. Critics Consensus: A somewhat disturbing movie that works as a suspenseful thriller, yet isn't completely satisfying.
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Directed By: Bryan Singer. Critics Consensus: The Dark Half is a highly serious psychological study that can be faulted for being more curious than actually scary. Directed By: George A. Directed By: Tommy Lee Wallace. Critics Consensus: Cujo is artless work punctuated with moments of high canine gore and one wild Dee Wallace performance.
Directed By: Lewis Teague. Critics Consensus: It: Chapter Two proves bigger doesn't always mean scarier for horror sequels, but a fine cast and faithful approach to the source material keep this follow-up afloat.