Media Update 11/19/20

Doctor Sleep

When I read and then saw The Shining as a kid, I never thought there would be a sequel nor did I want one. It was a chilling tale filled with ghosts and mental illness. However, I am happy to report that I was wrong and that this was a pretty good movie. Set decades after the Overlook Hotel incident, the movie follows Dan Torrance and a little girl named Abra . The movie does a deeper dive into what it means to have the Shining and the different things you can do with it. This really felt like it was trying (and succeeding) to marry the plot of The Shining to The Dark Tower series. Director Mike Flanagan was able to accomplish a balancing act by making the movie a sequel and homage to both the movie and the book. He also cut a lot from the book that was a little too weird and simplified the story a bit. Ewan McGregor is great as the grown up Danny Torrance, struggling with the negative traits he inherited from his father. Kyliegh Curran plays a bright young girl who is in much the same position as Danny was with even more potential. Many scenes are stolen by the villain played by Rebecca Ferguson, probably one of the most dynamic performances in a Stephen King adaptation. I recommend this movie.

Castle Rock

When I heard about this show I was intrigued because it is not actually an adaptation of any one Stephen King book or story. This show takes a lot of the characters (or their relatives) from different books and stories and drops them in the familiar setting of Castle Rock, Maine. It feels like an extension of King’s writing in the same way that the TV show Haven was. It takes a lot of the concepts from earlier works and continues the Stephen King extended universe. Andre Holland plays a death row criminal attorney who returns home after a strange childhood event. Bill Skarsgard plays a strange mystery person who is the central mystery of the first season. Melanie Lynskey plays a reclusive woman with psychic abilities who convincingly plays a little crazy. Scott Glenn plays retired sheriff Alan Pangborn (from Needful Things and The Dark Half). Jane Levy plays the younger sister of Jack Torrance (from The Shining) and she is snarky. The show does a good job of invoking the feeling of King’s works and sliding into that world. I recommend the show although it moves fairly slowly.

‘Salem’s Lot (1979)

I decided to watch this because it is apparently somewhat connected to the show Castle Rock. This was a television miniseries but the version I watched on Shudder was without commercial interruption and was basically a three hour movie. In this, a writer returns home to write about an evil house in his hometown of Jerusalem’s Lot, Maine. Something evil is arising in town. Like a lot of King works of this type, the movie has a huge cast of small town characters who all somehow meet each other. It somehow works organically. David Soul plays the inquisitive writer (a common King character) who is at the center of the mystery. James Mason plays the incredibly sinister villain, a very charismatic figure. A young Lance Kerwin plays the nerdy horror-obsessed teen who gets wise to things early. The movie is a fun take on a familiar story with a lot of tropes that would become prevalent in the eighties. I recommend this somewhat goofy adaptation.

Music of the Week:

Halestorm – Do Not Disturb

Avril Lavigne – I Fell In Love With The Devil

Masego – Queen Tings

Lil Tjay – 20/20

the tenth – I Saw A Ghost

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Stephen King Deep Lore”
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched more Doctor Who Season 11
I watched more Elementary Season 3
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
I watched more Young Justice Season 3
I watched more EVIL Season 1
I finished Harley Quinn Season 2
I watched the Rifftrax versions of Breaker! Breaker!, Star Games, Dark Future, Trucker’s Woman and Attack from Space.

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