Following the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is shaping up to be a significantly different movie than we all might have expected following Vol. 2. The Gamora that appears to be part of Vol. 3will not be the same woman and she won’t have the same relationships with the rest of our heroes. However, as one Marvel fan recently pointed out, that won’t be the only character dynamic that will have potentially drastically changed in the next movie.
Specifically, things have the potential to be quite different between Peter Quill and Rocket in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. While normally Peter Quill has been the character full of Earth pop culture references. Since Peter was turned to dust in Avengers: Infinity War and Rocket wasn’t, the alien has now been exposed to Earth’s pop culture as well, and Rocket’s frame of reference is significantly more up to date and potentially far reaching.
Peter Quill was kidnapped from Earth in the 1980s and he had a love of 1970s pop music instilled in him thanks to his mother. For whatever reason, the space-travelling Star-Lord never visited home, so his knowledge of Earth always stopped there. However, Rocket spent the five year gap after “the snap” either on Earth, or working alongside a number of humans from the planet. Even if he spent most of his time in space with Nebula, where we first see him after the time jump in Avengers: Endgame, then, as Reddit user StarkReactor4 suggests, he almost certainly would have picked things up.
While none of this necessarily has to mean anything for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, the possibility exists that it could. If Rocket spent time listening to modern Earth music, maybe he’ll bring some of it with him on the next adventure. We could end up with a soundtrack that isn’t exclusively 1970s pop hits.
When Peter Quill would make references to 1980s television, he would either have to explain everything in depth or nobody would understand what the hell he was talking about. It would be interesting to see Rocket make a circa 2018 television reference and watch Quill be the one who’s confused.
Of course, Peter himself did spend some amount of time on Earth at the end of Endgame, so it’s possibly that he also did some checking out of modern music. Although, it might not have worked out well for him, since he was almost certainly unable to download anything new to his Zune,
In the end, this probably won’t mean anything significant to the future Guardians of the Galaxy movie. The unique soundtrack is one of the franchise true charms and any drastic change to it would likely hit a sour note with fans. And James Gunn has made it clear that the music for the new movie will still be Peter’s not Rocket’s, Still, some sort of brief reference to this idea wouldn’t be out of place, and would be quite funny.
Even if we don’t get more modern references, Rocket may understand Quill better simply by being on Earth, and if Rocket ran into any pop culture that Peter is familiar with then Rocket may, at the very least, understand him better than the rest of the characters. We’ll find out when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 finally arrives, although, at this point, we still have no idea exactly when that will be.
The Addams Family are a fictional group of ghouls who have enthralled audiences for decades. They’re creepy and they’re kooky and… you know the rest. Given the Addams’ long tenure in the entertainment business (which includes comics, the TV series, and even a Broadway musical), plenty of actors have played the iconic members of the family. And for the upcoming Addams Family animated blockbuster, the always monotoned Wednesday was voiced by Kick-Ass actress Chloe Grace Moretz. And she used a specific alternative rock band to help her get into the character: My Chemical Romance.
My Chemical Romance made a big splash when they debuted in the early 2000s, with their album The Black Parade helping to make the group a household name. It turns out that Chloe Grace Moretz was a big fan of MCR at this time. And she helped use the music to get into Wednesday’s emo personality. She revealed this to CinemaBlend’s Jeff McCobb, check out their conversation below.
Well, that’s one way to get into character. Voice acting can be a funny job, as there aren’t scene partners or sets to utilize in order to transform into another person. But Chloe Grace Moretz was able to tap into her roots as a My Chemical Romance fan to help inform her character. And if the trailers for The Addams Family are any indication, it was a process that worked out.
Chloe Grace Moretz’s comments to CinemaBlend’s Jeff McCobb at The Addams Family junket helps to illuminate the process of voice acting. Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan’s adaptation of the beloved spooky family’s story has a killer cast (pun intended). Mortez is joined by the likes of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Snoop Dogg, Bette Midler, and Stranger Things‘ Finn Wolfhard. But recording is usually a private experience, with actors having to find a way to bring their characters to life. And with such beloved and outrageous characters like The Addams, this job is doubly important to sell the movie.
Wednesday Addams has always been a fan favorite member of the family, as her monotoned voice and penchant for torture are in stark juxtaposition to the usual characterization of a young girl. Wednesday was notably played to perfection by Christina Ricci in the live-action Addams Family movies. Now Chloe Grace Moretz has the chance to bring her own version of the character to life, this time with the animated medium.
The new Addams Family movie is co-directed by the filmmakers who helmed Seth Rogen’s Sausage Party. As such, cinephiles should expect plenty of twisted humor. Besides, who is as twisted as the Addams? But since directors Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan are working on a PG rated animated movie rather than a hard R, they’re going to have to go for a more family friendly version of their humor. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out, and how many mature jokes are added for the adults in the audience.
While My Chemical Romance split up a few years ago, their catalogue continues to resonate with fans. And ass Jeff McCobb mentioned during his above conversation with Chloe Grace Moretz, lead singer Gerard Way has continued to influence pop culture through comics, including The Umbrella Academy. That comic was recently adapted into a Netflix series, with Way serving as an executive producer on the streaming adaptation. What’s more, The Umbrella Academy is getting a second season on Netflix.
You can enjoy Chloe Grace Moretz’s performance as Wednesday when The Addams Familyhits theaters October 11th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
Last weekend Joker didn’t just blow away it’s competition at the box office. The movie set a number of records for the month of October. After having the top opening weekend in October ever, defeating Sony’s Venom, Joker has continued to destroy Marvel’s symbiotic Spider-Man spinoff. Even during the week, when many fewer people go to the movie, Joker is setting records. Joker has now had the highest grossing Tuesday in October ever, a record it has also taken from Venom.
And things don’t appear to be slowing down any. Joker is expected to bring in another $42 million or more this coming weekend, which will put it well ahead of the weekend’s two new releases, the animated Addams Family and Will Smith’s Gemini Man, directed by Ang Lee.
For the record, Venom brought in $35 million in its second weekend. That was a 56% drop for that movie, which is exactly the same percentage drop Joker will receive if it brings in the $42.5 million that Deadline is projecting. Interestingly, $42.5 won’t be a second weekend October record if that’s where Joker ends up. Venom doesn’t have that record. The second weekend October record actually belongs to Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, at $43.1 million. Gravity didn’t start out as strong as either film when it opened, but saw a remarkably low 22% drop from its first weekend to its second, in part because the film actually added screens in its second weekend.
Still Joker‘s projection is within striking distance of Gravity‘s number, so a record is still very possible there as well.
It’s not all that shocking that Joker is continuing to set box office records even during the week. Between the controversy of the film’s subject matter and the ending that leaves many people wanting to talk about the movie people don’t want to be left out of the conversation. Also, many national theater chains run discounts on Tuesdays, so if you’re going to go to the movies at all during the week to catch the much talked about film, Tuesday is the day to do it in most markets.
Still, this might be Joker‘s last big weekend at the domestic box office. Next week will bring a pair of contenders in long awaited sequels, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and Zombieland: Double Tap both arrive and that, combined with Joker‘s own natural drop off, will mean it will likely stop setting records at the box office soon.
With a global total that will be over $300 million by the time this weekend is over, everybody involved is likely quite happy with Joker‘s success thus far. While the exact budget is unknown, the movie didn’t have the extensive post-production CGI that most movies related to DC Comics have needed, making this likely one of the cheaper to make comic book movies in recent memory.
Eddie Murphy is back! Not that Eddie Murphy ever really left. The comedian and actor has stayed consistently busy in a string of movies, many of which are considered family-friendly (like A Thousand Words, Imagine That and The Haunted Mansion). But Murphy marks a return to R-rated comedies with Craig Brewer’s Dolemite Is My Name, which is playing in theaters and coming to Netflix later this year.
We sat down with Murphy on behalf of Dolemite Is My Name to find out why he shied away from the R-rated humor that defined the early part of his career, and the former Axel Foley explained to CinemaBlend:
As our own Jeff McCobb points out to Eddie Murphy, Dolemite Is My Name is the first R-rated comedy the man has made in two decades. You have to go all the way back to Life, released in 1999 and co-starring Martin Lawrence, to find Murphy’s last adult comedy. Now, he did do plenty of PG-13 movies since Life opened. But for those of us who grew up on early Eddie Murphy, it certainly felt like his approach to comedy had changed, and even softened.
When Eddie Murphy burst onto the scene in the early 1980s, he rocketed to superstardom thanks to edgy performances in movies like 48 Hours, Trading Places, Beverly Hills Cop and Coming to America. Few were as red-hot as Murphy in his prime, and it seemed like there wasn’t anything he couldn’t do on screen.
Later, as his career evolved, Murphy struck gold in the family-friendly zone, morphing his comedy to fit massive hits like The Nutty Professor and the Shrek movies. The way Murphy tells it, the industry shifted to that safer tone in comedy, to appeal to larger audiences, and he rode that wave to success.
For Dolemite, Eddie Murphy returns to his mature comedic roots to play Rudy Ray Moore, a comedian and filmmaker who conceived of an original character – the articulate pimp, Dolemite – then constructed a series of absurd movies around him in the 1970s. The movie has been burning up the film festival circuit, making it a welcome return to this style of comedy for Murphy. Here he is talking about R-rated comedies, and his role in them:
Dolemite Is My Name is in a few theaters in limited release, and will be on Netflix on October 25.
Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, kickstarting the Star Wars franchise back up in the process. Since then, a new trilogy of main movies have been produced, as well as two standalone films. The galaxy far, far away will continue expanding after The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters, with The Mandalorian series as well as two developing trilogies. The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson is behind one of those projects. But the filmmaker’s recent comments may cause some doubt on the subject.
Rian Johnson directed the most subversive installment in the long-running property with The Last Jedi. He made bold creative choices, and purposefully did the opposite of what fans were expecting. Lucasfilm seemingly approved of these choices, as they gave him his own series of movies to develop within the Star Wars franchise. But when Johnson was recently asked about those plans, they didn’t seem exactly set in stone. As the filmmaker put it:
Yikes. That doesn’t exactly inspire confidence, as it seems that negotiations and development for Rian Johnson’s possible Star Wars movies are still in the early stages. Because given how the business of the film world works, any number of things could prevent this partnership from happening.
Rian Johnson’s comments to Bang Showbiz might give Star Wars fans reason to pause, at least regarding how they thought the future of the franchise would look. The stakes have never been higher for the property, as the upcoming release of The Rise of Skywalker will complete the nine-film narrative that began with A New Hope. J.J. Abrams is tasked with giving the galaxy as we know it an ending, while Lucasfilm must also plan for the future of the beloved franchise.
While The Mandalorian will break new ground as a live-action Star Wars TV series, the property is still synonymous with its big screen adventures. With the long running narrative wrapping up with The Rise of Skywalker, the narrative possibilities are seemingly endless regarding the next phase of storytelling. Rian Johnson seems like a great choice, as The Last Jedi showed how he could put an original spin on the universe. So cinephiles will have to keep their fingers crossed that the negotiations and timing work out to keep Johnson involved.
Of course, Rian Johnson isn’t the only filmmaker attempting to map out the future of the Star Wars franchise. Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have also been tasked with developing new installments for the space opera. But like with Johnson, not much has been revealed regarding that possible trilogy’s fate. But with the impending releases of Episode IX and The Mandalorian, perhaps Lucasfilm has its hands full at this point.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will hit theaters on December 20th, and The Mandalorian will be available to stream on Disney+ on November 12th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
The first Zombieland movie was an incredible hit that blended the somehow still popular zombie movie with humor and no small amount of action. It was the sort of unique hit that you know is going to spawn a sequel. And yet, it’s been a full decade since the first film and the follow-up Zombieland: Double Tap is only just now about to hit theaters. It’s a significantly longer wait than you would expect to see from a studio, but as you might have guessed. It’s all Deadpool‘s fault.
The first Zombieland movie was written by the dynamic duo of Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and while the pair had long been considering a Zombieland sequel, the two got a bit distracted in recent years as another project of theirs, Deadpool, became an even bigger hit that spawned a sequel that was put on the fast track. In a recent appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Zombieland co-star Jesse Eisenberg admitted that this was a major factor in the Zombieland sequel delay, because everybody involved wanted the original writers to handle the script for the new movie. According to Eisenberg…
It wouldn’t have been that difficult for the studio to bring in new writers to handle the new script. Of course, that can be a dicey situation. You’ll get another movie called Zombieland much faster, but it’s a movie that might very likely look and sound quite different from the original. When a studio hits on a successful formula. one wants to change that formula as little as possible in an attempt to repeat the same success. That means working with the same writers.
While Zombieland: Double Tap may be hitting theaters later than many, studio included, likely hoped, the good news is that it is arriving at all. One certainly hopes that it will be worth the wait. Check out Jesse Eisenberg’s full comments on the movie from his Tonight Show appearance in the video below.
Based on what Jesse Eisenberg has said in the past, the cast was all waiting for the best script, and that this movie is that. Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese’s last sequel, Deadpool 2 was viewed by many, myself included to be better than the original, so hopefully the writers have followed suit here as well. We’ll find out when Zombieland: Double Tap hits theaters October 18.
Pixar has been making sequels left and right lately, but the studio has plenty of new animated projects in development, as well. Up next is Onward, a quirky new film from the Disney-owned studio about two teenaged boys bringing their dad back from the dead for one day thanks to a wizard’s staff.
Only, as the trailer will show you, there are some snafu’s to the late dad’s plan. It’s pretty crazy, but you need to see it to believe it, and you can with the full trailer, below.
Dead parents are a pretty common trope in animated movies, but this one is less sad and more played for humor, as two brothers go on a quest to bring back their dad in order to spend one day with him, thanks to a magical spell. The spell goes a bit awry and they are only able to bring half their dad back – as in literally the lower half of their father.
Yet, they yearn to get a bit more and go on an adventure that seems to involve angry unicorns, aggressive pixies, a large number of police officers and some more magical spells.
Tom Holland and Chris Pratt are the leads in this one, and there’s some pretty amusing banter between the two, who play the brothers in the film.
Hollywood often celebrates the hard work of actors, screenwriters, directors and producers when it comes to bringing major movies and TV/streaming shows onto screens both big and small. But one of the most important — and often overlooked — jobs in Hollywood come from stunt performers and stunt coordinators — especially on giant blockbusters filled with lots of camera-friendly action and dangerous performances.
Unfortunately, when it comes to recent movies like Deadpool 2 and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, along with several others, the lives of stuntmen and stuntwomen have been either altered forever or taken too soon as the result of disastrous, sometimes fatal injuries that have been occurring at an all-too-frequently clip. Let’s break down the work of stuntmen/stuntwoman and stunt coordinators, and talk about some of the most pressing accidents in recent cinematic history that indicate that more work needs to be done when it comes to the safety of these performers.
Hollywood’s Problem With Stunt Safety
One of Hollywood’s hardest, most stressful and most under-appreciated positions is the work done by stunt performers and stunt coordinators. This is especially the case in today’s CG-friendly movie/TV landscape, as it can be easy for people to undervalue and/or overlook the diligent and dangerous work done by stunt performers. A lot of planning and precision is needed to make sure the stunts are done as safely and expertly as possible. When someone is jumping off a cliff, falling down stairs or what-have-you, it’s up to the stunt coordinator and the stunt performer to map out the stunt, approach it as carefully and exactly as possible, and make sure that nobody is seriously, severely or, worst of all, fatally injured during any big crash, leap or tumble.
As a profession that’s often taken for granted in Hollywood, particularly with the disrespectful lack of a “Best Stunt Ensemble” category at the Oscars, stunt performers and stunt coordinators have traditionally been underrepresented in Hollywood. With an influx of projects being made thanks to the rise of streaming services and the always-ballooning size of blockbusters, it would seem that seasoned stunt performers are being spread fewer-and-farther between throughout the abundance of movies and TV shows being filmed at a high volume.
With the speedy productions needed to make sure these movies meet their expected release date deadlines, there is a growing concern for the lack of proper precautions and planning that goes into a few of these death-defying stunts. Which leads us to some of the biggest productions of the last few years having dealt with severe and tragic mishaps.
One of the most famous and unfortunately fatal stunt accidents in recent years occurred during production on Deadpool 2. The 2018 sequel to the hugely successful and highly irreverent 2016 blockbuster was met with tragedy on August 14, 2017 when stuntwoman Joi “SJ” Harris, who was serving as the double for actress Zazie Beetz, lost control of her motorcycle and crashed into Shaw Tower in Vancouver. It was SJ Harris’ first time working as a stuntwoman, and she joined the production only the week prior to this lethal accident. There were also several concerns made before the accident.
SJ Harris was not wearing a helmet during the stunt since her on-screen character, Domino, was not wearing one, and there was not enough time to fashion a helmet underneath the wig. The stunt was rehearsed for two days, but professionals were critical of the plans since Harris’ experience with riding motorcycles didn’t guarantee that she was ready to perform this dangerous stunt.
There were also reports that the production was facing long hours and general exhaustion, with some days going well over 15 hours. Production on the sequel was shut down immediately after this accident, but it resumed just two days later. Deadpool 2 is dedicated to the late stuntwoman, but the story continues — notably with Fox recently noting (as it was reported by USA Today) that it disagrees with the reports claiming that safety violations were what led to this tragic and horrific on-set accident.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
During production on the sixth and final installment of the original Resident Evil film series, British stuntwoman Olivia Jackson, who served as lead actress Milla Jovovich’s stunt woman, was severely injured during a motorcycle collision. It collided into a camera crane, which didn’t properly move out of the way. This resulted in the stuntwoman being in a coma for the following two weeks.
Similar to Deadpool 2‘s events, the performer was riding without a helmet, which led to critical and severe injuries during this accident. Specifically, Jackson’s face was torn and her facial bones were crushed. There was also cerebral trauma, a severed artery in her neck, a paralyzed arm, a crushed face, several broken ribs, torn fingers (with a thumb that was amputated), and five nerves torn out of her spinal cord, among other grave injuries. Eventually, the paralyzed left arm was amputated.
To make matters worse, this is not the only accident that occurred on set of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, though the second accident turned into a fatal one. Crew member Ricardo Cornelius was tragically crushed to death by one of the movie’s props, the U.S. Army-issue Hummer. The Hummer was on a rotating platform, and when it fell off, it crushed Cornelius against a wall and he later died in the hospital. While the movie was released back in 2016, the story still continues. Earlier this year, Olivia Jackson announced that she’s suing the production for what she perceived as disastrous negligence, which resulted in her accident on set. The details regarding this court case are currently still ongoing at this time.
The Walking Dead
During filming in Atlanta on AMC’s The Walking Dead Season 8, stuntman John Bernecker plunged head-first from a 22-foot balcony, ultimately leading to the 33-year-old’s untimely death. What should’ve been an easy stunt, according to experts on the scene, took a turn for the worse, and there were several questions raised about the safety and well-being of the set. This included accusations being made that proper padding wasn’t in front of the performer and that it took longer than necessarily for an ambulance to reach the critically injured stuntman. These combined factors, along with several others, might’ve possibly led to this stuntman’s death, and the circumstances surrounding this stunt gone dramatically wrong are in question.
Six months after this tragedy occurred, it was revealed that the mother of the late John Bernecker was suing AMC and a few parties involved with the hit zombie series for what she classified as wrongful death. She believed that the show was cutting corners when it came to the proper safety and precautions needed to perform this stunt, and this critical lack of consideration and preparation lead to these tragic circumstances.
Fast & Furious 9
Earlier this year, on production of the forthcoming Fast & Furious 9, Joe Watts, an experienced stunt performer, found himself in intensive care after a stunt gone wrong on the franchise sequel resulted in serious head injuries. The details surrounding this accident are still a bit unclear from a public perspective, but the accident was investigated and it was revealed a little over a month after the event occurred that Watts left the intensive care unit of the U.K. hospital. Hopefully, it would seem that Watts is recovering from this serious accident, though it’s still concerning news.
The head injury sustained by Jon Watts was considered major, and it’s currently unclear what his status is outside of his leave from intensive care. It is concerning to know, however, that even this stunt-friendly franchise has been added to the recent and growing list of stunts gone horribly wrong lately.
No Time To Die
The production for James Bond’s 25th official feature, No Time To Die, has unfortunately been plagued with problems. The new Bond film has seen its fair share of troubles from both its drastically changing screenplay and its rotating director’s chair, which means that the build-up to Daniel Craig’s latest (and presumably final) adventure as the famous cinematic spy has also resulted a few delays due to injuries on the set.
Notably, it was Daniel Craig himself who was injured while working on Bond’s latest cinematic venture. Namely, the British actor received a nasty ankle injury, which resulted in the production being delayed as the A-list actor went through both an operation and rehabilitation in order to heal properly. While it doesn’t quite match the same severity as some of the other stunts listed in this article, it does show how even the stars can also be hurt by some of the dangerous stunts they do for their work. It’s not an easy business. There were lots of tragic circumstances in the last few years.
Making movies is certainly not as easy as it might seem. Indeed, when it comes to performing high-flying stunts, and daring and dangerous deeds, it’s ultimately up to the stunt performer and the stunt coordinator(s) to make sure everything runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible. With this recent string of serious injuries and fatalities, it’s apparent that more precautions might be necessarily for the stunt performers who put everything on the line.
In the first two Clerks movies, Randal definitely had a cavalier attitude about life, being perfectly content to keep working at a menial job and getting to always hang out with his best friend, Brian O’Halloran’s Dante Hicks. But much like how Kevin Smith’s heart attack resulted in the filmmaker making lifestyle changes, Randal’s heart attack will make him realize that he’s capable of more, and he’ll decide to make… a movie about clerks. How very meta of Kevin Smith.
And Randal and Dante’s Clerks movie won’t just bare a loose similarity to the one Kevin Smith delivered in 1994. Smith mentioned during his interview with The Wrap that there will be a scene where the duo is writing a character based on Jason Mewes’ Jay, who, along with Smith’s Silent Bob, has hung outside of Randal and Dante’s places of employment for years. They’ll also be forced to film their Clerks in black and white, just like Smith had to do.
Kevin Smith described the new Clerks 3 as the closest thing that’s come to his own biography, because just like how he turned to the people and events of his life to craft a movie, so will Randal and Dante with their experiences. None of this could have happened without Jeff Anderson’s involvement, but just like Smith did with Ben Affleck, he and Anderson were able to mend their relationship, allowing Randal and Dante to reunite more than a decade after Clerks II.
The writer/director also reiterated that his original vision for Clerks 3 was filled with too much “doom and gloom” with its commentary on middle age and death. After the heart attack, Kevin Smith isn’t keen on tackling death as a subject matter, preferring to “do life affirming things” and why the new Clerks 3 will have a more optimistic tone.
For now, you can return to Kevin Smith’s View Askewniverse in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, which sees the pot-smoking hetero-life mates traveling to Hollywood embarking on a journey awfully similar to the one they had in 2001’s Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back. It’s packed with cameos, from View Askewniverse alumni like Jason Lee and Shannon Elizabeth to ‘new’ faces like Val Kilmer and Melissa Benoist.
Keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more updates on how Clerks 3 is coming along. In the meantime, look through our 2019 release schedule and 2020 release schedule to plan your trips to the near future accordingly.
Stephen King will forever be remembered first and foremost as an author, but the truth of the matter is that cinema has been a part of his career from basically the very beginning. His seminal novel, “Carrie,” was first published in 1974, and it was just a little over two-and-a-half years later that director Brian De Palma’s adaptation had its opening weekend in theaters. For as long as King has been writing books, Hollywood has been producing movies based on them.
The result of this marriage between medium and creative master has resulted in not just some of the scariest movies of all time, but also some of the scariest individual moments in cinema history. Some of them are not detailed facsimiles of what Stephen King originally put on the page, but his influence is never in question. Because they are all so different, and because multiple new adaptations are made every year, it’s really impossible to rank them all – but what we can still do is celebrate what we see as the best of the best.
So without further ado, here are the 13 scariest movie moments from Stephen King book adaptations:
Carrie’s Final Attack (Carrie)
Thanks to her telepathic abilities, Carrie White (Sissy Spacek) is able to create a whole lot of chaos while taking revenge on those that have made her life totally miserable, but still there is something particularly special about the last scare of the movie, which has the effect of forcing your skeleton to leap out of your body. At first everything seems peaceful and serene, with survivor Sue Snell (Amy Irving) visiting the (albeit defiled) grave of her dead classmate, but then Carrie’s bloody arm reaches out from beneath the ground, and what’s cemented is one of the best scary moments in any Stephen King movie.
The Opening Massacre (Children Of The Corn)
Fritz Kiersch’s adaptation of Stephen King’s Children Of The Corn truly wastes no time getting right in to the scary bits – featuring its most horrific material right in the first scene. It’s set three years before the main events of the story, but it has the important job of telling the audience what exactly happened in Gatlin, Nebraska, and does so with some seriously violent action. There are few movies out there willing to go as far as to splash a child with a blood that comes as a result of a man having his hand fed into a meat slicer, not to mention all of the other various stabbings and poisonings that are executed.
Christine Rebuilds Herself (Christine)
As seen in John Carpenter’s Christine, a car can make for a pretty scary and formidable villain – particularly one that can highly influence the person who owns it – but you might also think that it would be pretty simple to defeat. After all, it’s a car, and there are many ways to kill a car. As seen towards the end of the movie, though, Christine is no ordinary car. Dennis (John Stockwell) and Leigh (Alexandra Paul) do a pretty damn good job beating the hell of the vehicle, even employing the use of a bulldozer, but it’s hard not to be totally freaked out for them when Stephen King’s haunted Chrysler is able to magically fix itself and continue its reign of terror.
Cujo Catches Donna (Cujo)
The scene where Cujo is able to catch Donna (Dee Wallace) out of the car, and then attack her as she gets back in, is really remarkable proof of movie magic. Reading the book, you’d think that the only way to film the dog attacks would be to actually use a rabid canine, and yet director Lewis Teague is able to stun and horrify with his adaptation of Cujo – with this particular scene standing out in memory. As though it’s not scary enough to watch Donna desperately try and push the titular beast far enough away so that she can close the car door, but the shrieks of terrified young Tad (Danny Pintauro) make the ordeal a thousand times more hellish.
Frank Dodd Takes His Own Life (The Dead Zone)
Of all the Stephen King characters that are killed in his stories, Frank Dodd is hardly one of the most sympathetic – what with him being a psychotic serial killer responsible for raping and strangling multiple women. That being said, it’s still pretty hard to watch the way in which he exists the mortal coin in David Cronenberg’s The Dead Zone. Like the book, it’s ultimately death by suicide, but the film adaptation gets a bit more creative than the novel. While King just has Dodd shoot himself in the head, Cronenberg’s version goes an extra step by having the villain get into an empty bathtub with his clothes on and impale his face on a pair of scissors.
Jessie Slips Out Of Her Handcuffs (Gerald’s Game)
Human beings are capable of doing both remarkable and terrible things when they reach a particular point of desperation, and that fact very much drives what is truly the most nightmarish moment in Mike Flanagan’s brutally tense Gerald’s Game. Shattering a glass and using it to slice one’s own wrist isn’t something a person just does in every day circumstances, but in this story it is the act that stands between the protagonist and certain death. And not only is it brutal to watch Jessie try and use her own blood as lubricant while she tries to escape the handcuffs shackle her, but the fact that the skin on her hand practically comes off like a glove as a result is next-level horrifying.
Becky Is Nourished After Giving Birth (In The Tall Grass)
Vincenzo Natali’s In The Tall Grass is the most recently released Stephen King film, having only come out a few days ago, but it most definitely earns a spot on this list thanks to what happens with Becky (Laysla De Oliveira) and Ross (Patrick Wilson) in the movie’s third act. Shortly after the heroine has given birth to her baby, she hallucinates her brother Cal (Avery Whitted) taking care of her, and nourishing her with natural food – but the reality is far more unthinkable and disgusting. It’s not grass and seeds she’s eating, but the body of her newborn. It’s a sequence that goes down very differently in the novella King co-wrote with his son, Joe Hill, but that does nothing to undercut its serious impact.
Pennywise Leaps From The Projector Screen (IT)
Part of the reason why the titular monster in Andy Muschietti’s IT is so terrifying is because it can really show up basically anywhere it wants in Derry, Maine – even a garage where a group of kids are plotting against him. The pacing in this scene is excellent, as slides flash by on the screen faster and faster until you realize what’s going on… but by then it’s too late. Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard), with his teeth giant and fang like, is bursting of the screen and causing mass panic among The Losers Club (Jaden Martell, Sophia Lillis, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Chosen Jacobs, Finn Wolfhard, Jacob Dylan Grazer, and Wyatt Oleff). It’s brilliantly scary moment in one of the best Stephen King movies.
The Death Of Adrian Mellon (IT Chapter Two)
Following the immense success of the first IT, Andy Muschietti found an excellent way to start in the action in IT Chapter Two with what is actually the first scene in Stephen King’s novel. The evil that haunts Derry manifests as more than just horrifying visions of what people fear, as it also persists as a virus that propagates hate. In the case here it’s an example of horrible homophobia, as the influence of It (Bill Skarsgard) leads to the beating and death of Adrian Mellon (Xavier Dolan). It’s not only impressively scary as an audience member putting yourself in the experience of the character, but also powerful when you reflect on how that kind of hatred exists everywhere in the world today.
Annie Wilkes Does Some Hobbling (Misery)
There is a nice long spell in the middle of Rob Reiner’s Misery where you think that author Paul Sheldon (James Caan) is going to be okay. While communication with the outside world remains an issue, he finds a way to escape his locked room and move around the house – even able to surreptitiously acquire a knife that he keeps under the mattress. But he makes one mistake: facing a ceramic penguin the wrong way after bumping into it. For this, Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) believes that he needs to be punished, and does so by executing one of the most gruesome, hard-to-watch moments in the history of the horror genre. It’s perhaps not quite as bad as what’s in Stephen King’s book, where Paul’s foot is actually cut off with an axe and his ankle is cauterized with a blowtorch, but there’s something about Annie swinging that sledgehammer that’s arguably more disturbing.
David Drayton’s Rash Decision (The Mist)
The scene in question here from Frank Darabont’s The Mist is a bit of an anomaly on this list, as what’s featured in the movie is completely different than what goes down in Stephen King’s book – but it’s also a case where the changes are an improvement on the source material. I am, of course, referring to the final scene of the film, where David Drayton (Thomas Jane) believes that he and his fellow survivors (Nathan Gamble, Jeffrey DeMunn, Frances Sternhagen, and Laurie Holden) are doomed, and decides to spare them a death being eaten by monsters. It’s bad enough that he doesn’t have enough bullets in his gun to also kill himself, but making things infinitely worse is the realization that holding on for just a few more minutes would have resulted in a miraculous military rescue.
Gage Attacks Judd (Pet Sematary)
You’d think that late 1980s movie making technology would have made it impossible for director Mary Lambert to effectively bring to life the third act of Stephen King’s brilliant novel Pet Sematary, but armed with some impressive creativity and a screenplay written by the horror master himself, the 1989 classic does just that. It’s true that certain shots of the young Gage Creed (Miko Hughes) attacking the elderly Judd Crandall (Fred Gwynne) use actual dolls, but that makes it no less scream-inducing when the toddler first slices his neighbors Achilles tendon with a scalpel, and then bites out his Adam’s apple.
All Work And No Play Makes Jack A Dull Boy (The Shining)
It’s not exactly disguised that Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) is losing slowly his mind as he stays with his family at the Overlook Hotel in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining – but the full extent of his insanity comes into sharp focus when Wendy (Shelley Duvall) discovers what he has been writing on while feverishly working at his typewriter for days. Sane people don’t typically find themselves typing “All Work And No Play Makes Jack A Dull Boy” hundreds of times, and it’s really the moment in the film where the audience gets a full grasp on Jack’s terrifying mental state. This is, of course, followed by one of cinema’s most iconic stair ascents, taken straight from Stephen King’s novel, as Wendy is confronted by her violently mad husband, and all of it is spine-tingling horror genius.
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