Stephen King

Dog’s Movie House: “Pet Sematary: Bloodlines” A Chaotic, Misguided Mess That Forgets What Makes Stephen King Scary!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here and I have to say that many Stephen King adaptations are quite good. Some, not so good. However, when you get to films “inspired” by King’s work rarely do you find a movie that’s even average, let alone good. Unfortunately, this streak continues with the release of “Pet Sematary: Bloodlines” on Paramount Plus, a prequeal to the 2019 remake that no one asked for. This film attempts to tell the tale of Timmy Baterman, the unforunate Vietnam vet whose father buries him in the titular pet cemetary to bring him back to life. Set in the 1960s, it features a young Jud Crandall (Jackson White) who is played in the 2019 film by John Lithgow, finding out first hand about the lore of the cemetary and the chaos it seems to cause every few years. Add in dashes of confusing mythology and the idea of a curse keeping the townsfolk from leaving and you have a headscratching film that is neither scary nor interesting, with jump scares that seem to exist with the sole purpose of keeping the viewer from falling asleep!

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Dog’s Movie House: “The Boogeyman” a creepy horror flick that is a little too derivative for it’s own good!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with a look at the new horror film “The Boogeyman” a creature feature that comes from the mind of none other than Stephen King! “The Boogeyman” is actually pretty good, with atmosphere galore, some decent performances, and a suitably creepy monster, but the thing that keeps “The Boogeyman” from becoming a classic is that it borrows liberally elements from movies such as “Smile” “It” and the horror series “Stranger Things.” The fact that the monster looks like he could have come from the Upside Down doesn’t help!

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Dog’s Movie House: “Firestarter” Not Awful, But Fails To Spark Much Interest!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with a look at the latest Stephen King Adaptation to hit the big screen. It’s a new look at one of his early novels titled “Firestarter” and it’s about a little girl who has the ability to control fire with her mind and the evil government agency that’s after her. Traditional boiler plate stuff, but King was able to give it his usual horror spin and character development to elevate the tale from something rote to something, if not excellent, at least entertaining. A 1984 film adaptation starring Drew Barrymore is marginally better, but this version is the very definition of unexceptional despite a couple of story changes that could’ve made the film better.

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Dog’s Movie House: “IT” A Streamlined Masterpiece Of Horror!”

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Bill Skarsgard As Pennywise The Clown In “It”

 

 

 

As a Stephen King fan, I can tell you that this summer’s “Dark Tower” was an absolute mess and made me wonder about the upcoming adaptation of King’s mega-novel “IT.”  “IT” just happens to be my favorite novel of all time with Derry, Pennywise, and the Losers being my favorite fictitious places and people to visit.  If you could dog-ear a Kindle, my digital copy of “IT” would certainly qualify.  Fortunately,  Andy Muschietti’s (“Mama”) big screen adaptation is not only pitch perfect for the legendary novel; it may be the best horror movie in the last twenty years! Continue reading

Dog’s Movie House: “Annabelle: Creation” Terrifying, “Dark Tower” Terrifyingly Bad!

 

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Talitha Bateman In “Annabelle: Creation”

 

 

 

Horror, like comedy, is a very subjective genre.  Every moviegoer has something different that trips their “fear” switch.  For me, it’s more about what’s not visible onscreen than overt displays of violence and gore.  For that reason, the various films in The Conjuring franchise are some of the creepiest I’ve ever seen.  With the exception of the very disappointing “Annabelle” I’ve very much enjoyed the James Wan- led franchise and “Annabelle: Creation” is right up there with some of the best horror films in recent memory.   The same cannot be said for the long-awaited cinematic adaptation of Stephen King’s legendary Dark Tower series.  “The Dark Tower” is a overly brief, thematic mess that pays only lip service to King’s sprawling fantasy saga.  Non fans of the books will be mildly entertained, but King devotees will either walk out or throw their popcorn at the movie screen.   Continue reading