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MOVIE REVIEW: Does “Doctor Sleep” (aka “The Shining Part 2”) Hold Up ?

Stephen King released a follow-up to The Shining called Doctor Sleep in 2013. It introduces a modern-day Danny Torrance, who has spent years trying to smother his “shine” with drugs and booze. A new friendship with a young girl who also “shines” forces him to reconcile his past and together they fight an evil known as “The True Knot.”
The big-screen version of Doctor Sleep picks up with Wendy and Danny Torrance right after events at the Overlook Hotel. Continue reading →

It: Chapter Two

MOVIE REVIEW: Can “It Chapter Two” Do the Impossible? (& Parent Review)

Director Andrew Muschietti is attempting the impossible with It Chapter Two, by recreating a story that was damn-near indecipherable to begin with.
Want proof?
Sit down with five fans of the original Stephen King book and ask them to explain the ending of It. You will probably get five equally confusing answers.
The ending wasn’t the reason we fell in love with It though. Fans like me were pulled in by the young heroes from the first half, who battled evils that were supernatural and man-made. We didn’t care about that second muddy act because we were still riding a high from Part 1. Continue reading →

Parent Review

Mommy Movie Review: Can Kids See “Pet Sematary”

I discovered Stephen King when I was young and had no business reading about man-eating dogs or blood-thirsty clowns. I was about 11 years old when I smuggled my sister’s copy of Salem’s Lot into my room, and stole every King book she purchased after that (once she’d finished them of course, so I wouldn’t incur the Big Sister Wrath). Pet Sematary was always one of my favorites, thanks to the chilling descriptions misty graveyards and tiny zombies. You can imagine my disappointment when the movie was released in 1989 and simply didn’t live up. Scenes of complete terror had been rendered almost comical, which happens far too often to Stephen King’s tales.
Now, at long last, Hollywood has delivered the Pet Sematary the book deserved.
This is thanks in part to solid performances by Jason Clarke and John Lithgow, but the stars of the show are Jeté Laurence, who plays daughter Ellie, and especially Church the cat (actually 4 different felines). It takes acting chops for a lovely young lady to inspire genuine fear, and Laurence jettisons Pet Sematary into a terrifying downward spiral. This movie suffers from bad-timing though, because “the risen dead” simply aren’t that scary anymore. Studios have cranked out every version of “zombie movie” they could think of in recent years, so the horror of Pet Sematary just isn’t that horrible. The cast wrings every drop of creepy out of the 1983 story though, which is why I’m giving the new Pet Sematary a B+.
But, can you take your kids to see it? Continue reading →

Pet Sematary

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Pet Sematary” EARLY & FOR FREE

I absolutely loved Stephen King’s Pet Sematary when I first read it, and I was equally disappointed in the film when it came out in 1989. You’d think that the sting of that disappointment would squash my excitement over the new Pet Sematary, but you’d be wrong. The first one was so BAD, the revamp can’t help but be better. Shining reviews of the 2019 Pet Sematary are already pouring in, but instead of reading those, why don’t you go see it EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →

2017 IT

PODCAST: Cocktails & Our “IT” Movie Review

I saw the 2017 adaption of Stephen King’s IT with some girlfriends, then we got cocktails and discussed it. Thanks to Rebekah Black, Tracy Martin Taylor and Adelfa Cardenas for joining me in the podcast. Especially Adelfa, who never read or saw the original IT and based her review on the video’s COVER! Listen to the podcast below Continue reading →

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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “It” EARLY & FOR FREE

Oh man, you already know how excited I am about this one. I’ve been talking about It for months, now. I told you about my college-nights with the Stephen King book and how it ruined dorm rooms for me forever (read that HERE). I followed that up by talking about It on essentially every TV and radio appearance I’ve made since (you can watch one of those HERE). And after all those months of flipping out over It, it’s finally here. If you want passes to see It EARLY and FOR FREE, Continue reading →

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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “The Dark Tower” EARLY & FOR FREE

It isn’t easy for Stephen King fans, when we hear they’re making one of his books into a movie. We know that everything he writes will probably end up in theaters one day, but we’ve been let down so many times before.
It’s like the moment when your kid tells you she wants to do a hula-hoop routine at the school talent show. You smile and try to be encouraging, but you’ve seen her drop that hula-hoop WAY more times than you’ve seen her keep it up.
“Are you SURE, honey,” you ask her, hoping that she’ll change her mind. That’s when she senses your concern and asks, “WHY Mommy? Why SHOULDN’T I do a hula-hoop routine for the talent show?”
You, being the concerned parent, want to warn her about all the horrible things that could go wrong and how the other kids might laugh at her. You want to remind her that she’s actually not that great with a hula-hoop but you can’t bring yourself to do it.
So what happens?
You watch in horror as she drops her hula-hoop so many times during the talent show that the other parents think it’s part of her act. (True story.)
What does this have to do with the big-screen version Stephen King’s The Dark Tower? I’m not really sure but I feel much better now so thanks for letting me get that off my chest.
If you’d like to see The Dark Tower, starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey EARLY and FOR FREE though, I can help. Continue reading →

Stephen King's "It"
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Stephen King’s “It” & Why It Reminds Me of College Sex

I saw the trailer for the movie It today and immediately had a flashback of the book. Unlike most people, who probably envisioned Tim Curry in a clown suit, I saw my college dorm room with perfect clarity, and heard my roommate having sex in the bunk below me.
See, my roommate fell desperately in love our freshman year of college and did her best to consummate that love nightly.
In our room.
On the bottom bunk.
Those who’ve never shared a bunk bed don’t realize that nothing happens in the bottom bunk without the top bunk hearing it. I tried to clue my roommate into this one night by saying, “I know what you’re doing down there.” Continue reading →