Friday, June 10 - Saturday, June 11, 2016
“The Creed family, Husband and doctor Louis, wife Rachel, daughter Ellie, toddler son Gage and pet cat Church, move into a cozy Maine town and discover through the loss of Church and the misguided intervention of their fatherly neighbor, Jud Crandall, an ancient horror nestled in the nearby woods that feeds on human insecurity and the subconscious desire to cheat death and grief, bringing destruction, murder and worse, abomination, through false promises of immortality. The story is an extended version of “The Monkey’s Paw” where there is no third wish to banish the revenant at the doorstep, instead throwing open the protective portal to allow egress for the thing standing there in the mist and dark.
“The movie entire is a virtual grab-bag of horror concepts: the walking dead, fell beasts of the dark woods, cannibalism, possession, and monsterism. This is one of Stephen King’s most original works in how he uses every dark idea, and director Mary Lambert packs in visceral, chilling imagery that colors King’s imaginative exploration into those secretive speculations haunting mankind about death and the dead; it remains an effective morality tale that grief and loss may be a necessity, grave consequences visited on those defying nature, unable to let go of their loved ones when they pass.
“…Stands as one of the most frightening, cruel-hearted pictures in the horror pantheon, providing every form of scare imaginable: pounces out of the quiet darkness, the chilling stare of unholy things, the dread of the unseen presence lurking at arm’s length, the squirming horror of painful, cruel death, the repulsiveness of the dead, and the white knuckled suspense of the lurking invader into those places considered safe and secure.” – eFilmCritic.com
Part of the series “Stephen King on Film”
- Country USA
- Language English
- Rating R
- Year 1989
- Running Time 103 minutes
- Director Mary Lambert