This is my 21st 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.
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Number of Times Seen – 1 (18 Oct 2015)
Brief Synopsis – A man returns to his home town after many years away in order to get closure after a horrifying event caused him to leave years earlier.
My Take on it – Once again, I would like to point out that I’m not the biggest fan of horror movies, so I have purposely steered clear away from many of King’s more horror related titles including this one and it’s predecessor (which I have yet to see).
They spend a nice amount of time introducing us to the many characters and it takes a while for us to get into the story itself. This is actually a very good thing because it’s always important to get to know characters in King’s stories as well as possible so that it reaches a point where we get to know many of the townspeople quite well.
This movie has a great cast led by Rob Lowe, Samantha Mathis, James Cromwell and Andre Braugher.
The vampire aspect in this movie is somewhat downplayed in order to give it all more of a mysterious feeling and this is good for me since I prefer the thriller aspect to the horror one.
As with most King movies, eventhough this one was 3 hours, it could have been even longer which would have made it even more enjoyable.
Bottom Line – Spends a modest amount of time introducing us to the long list of characters and we get a sense of who the people in this town are over the course of this film. Great cast led by Lowe, Mathis, Cromwell and Braugher. Not the biggest fan of Vampire movies but they tried to downplay that part of the story so it was enjoyable to watch in the end. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In one scene a man is seen singing “Stand By Me” on a karaoke machine. This is an obvious reference to another movie based on a Stephen King story, Stand by Me (1986). (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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