Monday, October 25, 2010

Monday Movies 10.25.10 The King of Horror

Feature Presentation...

Today's movie theme is none other than Stephen King, The King of Horror. A prolific writer of psychological as well as physical horror, there are more than 100 visual productions based on King's writings: films, TV movies, mini-series, shorts etc. If the world was banned of all King productions, save one, which would you save for posterity - to represent the only visual adaptation of his work for the future generations to see? Share your selection on your blog & link your choice back to The Bumbles Blog. If you don't have a blog, list your choices in the comment section of The Bumbles Movie post!

I confess I'm not a big Stephen King fan (yep, I know, practically unAmerican!). I haven't read anything by him in years, although I'm thinking about reading The Stand in 2011. I have watched some movies based on his books & I've enjoyed a few of them, particularly The Shining (see The Bumbles Blog) and Misery.

Misery (1990)

This is a terrific psychological thriller based on Stephen King's 1987 novel. It has elements of a horror film and stars Kathy Bates as the scary, crazy nurse, Annie Wilkes. James Caan portrays Paul Sheldon, author of a series of romance novels featuring Misery Chastain, a character with her own devoted fans. On his way from Colorado to New York, Paul is caught in a snowstorm forcing his car to go off the road. It's Annie to the rescue. She takes him home: a very private, desolate cabin. Too injured to move, he is at the mercy of the seemingly prissy Annie, who uses terms like "silly billy" and the like. Annie claims she is Paul, and Misery's, "Number One Fan". In return for her help, Paul lets her read the manuscript of his latest book, which he was planning to leave with his agent in NY. Annie is devastated when she reads that Paul plans to kill off Misery. She then takes it upon herself, by any means necessary, to make sure Paul rewrites the book and "gives Misery back to the world".

Family Guy does a terrific satire of Misery. If you haven't seen Misery, yet, I highly recommend it. After watching the movie, for a good laugh, find the Family Guy spoof on-line at YouTube or elsewhere!


  1. I'm afraid of Stephen King movies, so I totally understand!

  2. I need to read The Stand, too! I've never read Stephen King. We can be practically un-American together :-)

  3. Oooh yeah, I forgot about Misery! That movie isn't really big on blood and guts, but it is psychologically terrifying! I could watch that one over again and again.

  4. Kathy Bates was so terrifying in that role. I cringe when she gets out that mallet.

  5. Yes, yes, yes, absolutely read "The Stand"! I'm a huge Stephen King fan and "The Stand" is probably my second favorite book. Number one would have to be "It". Stephen King has such wonderful character development that I always feel like I know each character personally, but with "It" and "The Stand", I actually miss them when I'm done reading the book.

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