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 Posted:   Sep 2, 2014 - 8:41 PM   
 By:   Richard-W   (Member)

Francis, I took your advice and ordered a used PET SEMETARY, cheap.

David Kessler:
Scariest King movie top 5
5.Silver Bullet
4.Dead Zone
2.The Shining (1980)
1.Pet sematary

Scariest King soundtrack top 3
3.SalemĀ“s Lot
2.Silver Bullet
1.Pet Sematary

Thanks for the list. How are we to interpret? Is number 1 the scariest, or number 5?

 Posted:   Sep 2, 2014 - 8:52 PM   
 By:   Richard-W   (Member)

... I'm hard pressed to name a really scary movie based on King's work. The Shining was screwed over both times. The best films of his work have been the more non-horror type stuff....

How did THE SHINING get screwed over both times? The second time, Stephen King had his way with it. I mean he had creative control, including director approval and he wrote the script.

The first time Kubrick admitted to King he had no real interest the type of horror / ghost story the original novel told and it shows, and while the movie has some very effective scenes, Kubrick and Nicholson played it too much hammy comedy. Even in the film's most chilling scene, with Jack talking to Grady in the restroom, Nicholson's performance almost derails the sequence. Nicholson was in his prime around that time, it was only a few years after Chinatown, but his acting job felt like someone doing an imitation of Jack Nicholson.

Some parts of the book couldn't be done properly with the effects at the time, so understandably there were changes ( bye bye hedge animals ). But Shelly Duvall, the young actor who played Danny, Jack's fate... he, um....sits down and freezes to death... all add up to a big WTF ?

King's TV version, while more faithful to the book, again avoided the garden hedge animals, and tacked on a horrible, horrible sappy finale big grin That's my main frustration with King's TV adaptation.

Both versions had some great moments, but for me both botched the job to a degree.

Appreciate your good reply.

I think Kubrick's film is 100% successful on its own terms, although that won't please fans of the novel. I think King's remake starts out well but falls to pieces in the second episode, partly because Steve Webber isn't a good enough actor to hold it together, partly because the script keeps flogging a dead horse, and partly because the director doesn't know how to pace and when to cut. Things that should fly past in a broad stroke are lingered over while the emotions of the characters aren't modulated or juiced. Since they had the budget and technology for the hedge monsters and didn't use them, the original can no longer be criticized for not being able to use them.

 Posted:   Sep 5, 2014 - 10:07 AM   
 By:   Richard-W   (Member)

Francis! There are CATS in Pet Semetary! You should have warned me!

 Posted:   Sep 5, 2014 - 12:54 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Francis! There are CATS in Pet Semetary! You should have warned me!

Oops, sorry! Though Church the cat has some nice moments in the movie, as well as a solid fanbase it would seem:

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