October Stephen King Blogathon – Day 1 – Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King (2006) – Battleground


This is my first of 31 reviews of Stephen King adaptations as part of the joint Blogathon that Darren (of Movie Reviews 101) and I are running this month in honor of the great horror writer.

Stop by every day to read more and more from us and from other guest bloggers.

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[mouthing the word] “Gum” – Beautiful Passenger

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Oct 2015)

Brief Synopsis – A hitman gets a strange package filled with Toy Soldiers who attack him for his murderous crimes.

My Take on it – Of the 8 stories in this anthology this is actually the only one that I had the pleasure to also read the story.

I recall reading Night Shift around 25 years ago and although I enjoyed most of the stories in that book, this was always my favorite because of the unique concept.

As you all know I’m a big fan of King’s writing style and just don’t particularly like the horror aspects of many of his stories.  I prefer his stories that are without that horror twist but still encompass King’s spectacular writing ability to transport us into a different place and make us believe that we are right there experiencing everything along with his characters.

This is a great adaptation of his story and even expands it a bit to give us more action and confrontations between the soldiers and the hitman (played by William Hurt).

There is absolutely no dialogue in this entire movie and they were able to cleverly conceal certain pieces of dialogue used by characters by either using subtitles in a newscast viewed through a closed window, using  a handwritten note  or by helping us lipread a character who has a simple request from a fellow traveler.  The idea to keep it dialogue free was a great one and it gives the story even more of an impact than if it were done in the “normal” way.

The special effects were done in a way that although we know the toys are small they still are able to pack a wallop on this hitman as they constantly keep attacking him with their entire arsenal and it looked plausible integrated as oppose to just being able to clearly see that it was done with effects.

Bottom Line – Amazing concept for a story that is played out extremely well here. Loved how they concealed all dialogue even when characters converse with one another. Great special effects make this very enjoyable to watch. Highly recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – During the entire episode of “Battleground,” not a single word is spoken. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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9 thoughts on “October Stephen King Blogathon – Day 1 – Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King (2006) – Battleground

  1. Oh Gosh. I remember this and thinking how well done it was. While I enjoy the horror aspects of his storytelling, I also enjoy the stories that are straight character studies such as “The Body” aka “Stand By Me”. I’ve especially loved his anthologies so I’m really looking forward to “Bazaar of Bad Dreams”. Anyway, this is a great opening to your blogathon! 😊

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