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Post by Remo D » Sun Mar 14, 2004 6:45 pm

Well, THIS doesn't happen too often... I liked it better than the book!

SECRET WINDOW, SECRET GARDEN was never my favorite Stephen King story... THE LIBRARY POLICE (also in the FOUR PAST MIDNIGHT collection) was essentially a short version of IT, while SS,SG was essentially a short version of... well, I won't spell it out, but the casting of one of the supporting characters in the film version ought to really raise your eyebrows if you believe in coincidence!

I quite like Stephen King by and large, and I'm even following KINGDOM HOSPITAL with mild amusement--this just wasn't something I'd put near the top of the heap. And knowing the story to begin with, I expected to be thrilled very little by a movie version.

But Johnny Depp, John Turturro, the director of STIR OF ECHOES... well, damned if they didn't pull it off. This is one thoroughly entertaining movie, and don't let the PG-13 rating put you off, either--this doesn't need gore to be harsh.

Normally, here's where I'd say "the less you know ahead of time, the better." But in this case, even if you DO know too much ahead of time, there are still plenty of reasons to check out SECRET WINDOW. Let me know what you think.
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Post by Latte Thunder » Mon Mar 15, 2004 6:26 am

A friend of mine just caught this one and told me that it wasn't very good. I imagine I'd have to see it to make the call, but it looks to me like The Dark Half. I can't remember which story came first, though. All I know is that King has a bad habit of rewriting his own books. Dreamcatcher was just a quasi sci-fi retelling of It, after all.
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Post by DylanDog » Mon Mar 15, 2004 10:12 am

Jesus, it's been so long since I read that book that I completely forgot that this was a Stephen King story. Well, that explains why when I first saw the trailer, the story didn't seem very original, but I couldn't think of why. I might have to check it out. I also just inherited a bunch of dvds from a buddy of mine who loves Stephen King so I've recently watched Misery, Salem's Lot and Children of the Corn. It's surprising how many of his movie adaptions I've not seen (or it's been so long I can't remember them). When is somebody gonna adapt "The Mist" , goddammit!?
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Post by I am 138 » Mon Mar 15, 2004 11:02 am

"the Mist" would probably result in a CG piece of crap, unless someone really good like Peter Jackson directed it.
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