Saturday Frights Podcast Ep. 65 (Halloween Special IV)

What can you expect from the Saturday Frights Halloween Special IV? How about a visit to the Haunted Drive-In for a movie marathon? Furthermore, the Projectionist and myself are joined by a host of friends this time. All gathered to discuss that maestro of horror, Stephen King! We cover the likes of his books, film adaptations and even TV miniseries. Of course since we are at the Haunted Drive-In, you can expect plenty of surprises and vintage audio treats.
Halloween Special IV - King

For the Halloween Special IV, we are joined by I See Robots, Allison L. Venezio, Ashley Thomas aka The Nerdy Blogger, Rockford Jay, Gino Vega, and of course the Retroist. I ask you, what better time to discuss Stephen King than on Halloween?

As for what we cover on the Saturday Frights Podcast Halloween Special IV. It ranges from Cujo to the The Running Man.Pet Sematary and The Ramones – up to the author’s influence on the hit series Stranger Things. I think we have certainly thrown a wide net on King’s work. However I feel there is one movie in particular that managed to plant seeds of fear with more than one of us.
Halloween Special IV - Church

We hope you will listen and share your own King memories in the comments section!

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The Saturday Frights Halloween Special IV guests certainly deserve links to their spot on the internet!

Both I See Robots as well as the sensational Gino Vega can be found at the The Official Webpage of the IseeRobots Foundation!
Besides her work here on the Retroist you can also catch up on Allison Venezio’s work at Allison’s Written Words!
Ashley Thomas can be located in fact at her namesake – which just so happens to be The Nerdy Blogger!
Our newest intern at the Retrost Vault, I referring of course to Rockford Jay can be found on the Saturday Frights Facebook Page. Naturally!

Happy Halloween!

Castle Rock

Castle Rock Series Promises A Stephen King Multiverse

The announcement of Hulu‘s Castle Rock series has made one thing rather clear. This is in fact a very good time to be a fan of Stephen King. In July we will have a film adaptation of The Dark Tower as well as It in September. It was just a few days ago that I shared the amazing piece of fan art inspired by that 1986 novel.

Read: Fan Transforms 1958 Stereo Unit Into Derry From Stephen King’s It

Castle Rock is an upcoming 10-episode series, furthermore it is an exclusive for Hulu. Produced by J.J. Abrams with show creators and writers, Sam Shaw & Dustin Thomason. Whom you might know from the criminally underappreciated Manhattan.

[Via] BD Horror and Trailer Clips

I’m not sure about you but I am totally digging the vibe of that teaser trailer. As to why this in fact looks to be a Stephen King Multiverse series, I will let the Hulu Press Release explain:
“A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. Castle Rock is an original suspense/thriller — a reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.”

Of course, fans of Stephen King know of Castle Rock all too well. 35 works of King’s fiction feature or mention that fictional town in Maine. Starting with the Dead Zone in ’79 up to 2014’s Revival.
Castle Rock

J.J. Abrams went into a little more detail when appearing on a recent episode of The Tonight Show. As well as describing the surreal experience of watching 2005’s The Descent with the author in a movie theater.

[Via] The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon

Behind The Scenes: Salem’s Lot (1979)

With our own Patrik J. Doody’s excellent Salem’s Lot Post earlier today it seemed only right to share these two behind the scenes photos of that excellent Tobe Hooper directed miniseries. I’m going to have to take up Patrick’s challenge tonight and not only watch the scene with Mike Ryerson (Geoffrey Lewis) waiting for his teacher, Jason Burke (Lew Ayres), in his bedroom before I go to bed but the whole movie…in the dark…possibly with the covers over my head.

Of course a huge thanks goes to Quint for the two photos above at Ain’t It Cool News for his continuing Behind the Scenes features, he really does give us movie fans an excellent post to look forward to everyday!

Salem’s Lot was Scariest TV Movie Ever Made

So my family was lucky enough to own a VCR around 1980. With corded remote control, top loading tray, and an audio dub feature, this RCA was a work of art.

And like many families in our neighborhood, we traded VHS tapes. Somehow, we got a tape that had TWO awesome made for TV movies on it. One was Captain America 2: Death Too Soon (which I blogged about on this site some months back) AND..the second half of the Salem’s Lot mini-series on CBS, directed by Tobe Hooper.

Have you ever seen the 1979 Salem’s Lot mini-series? It’s quite honestly THE SCARIEST FREAKING MOVIE (TV or NOT) EVER MADE. Now, I believed that when I was 9 years old watching it on VHS and I believe it now, when I’m 38 years old watching it on..well, VHS tape. I bought a two cassette set a few years ago.

The scene where Danny Glick floats into his brother’s room? FREAKY. That part where Mike Ryerson is rocking in the chair, waiting to feast on his own teacher? WATCH THAT RIGHT BEFORE YOU GO TO SLEEP.

The film freaked me out SO much, that on palm Sunday (which happened to be around the time I watched the tape for the first time), I grabbed a handful of extra palms, and put them on all the doors of my house. No, I’m not making that up.

That retro bumper, while awesomely groovy, doesn’t do the film justice. Well acted, well directed, well scored, well written – this mini-series delivers on every level. Starring James Mason, David Soul, Lance Kerwin and a SMOKING HOT Bonnie Bedelia, it’s top notch and one of my must see Halloween viewings.

Also, do some digging on YouTube – the whole film is there. But don’t say I didn’t warn you. Fine, you can say it, but doesn’t mean it’s true.

Look at me….teacher!

(NOTE – Do NOT watch Salem’s Lot: The Movie from 1979 – it’s a two hour cut down of the mini-series and severely lacking in the full length’s awesomeness. And don’t be confused with the 2004 TNT Salem’s Lot mini-series starring Rob Lowe. It’s good, but not 1979 Salem’s Lot mini-series good. And don’t bother with A Return To Salem’s Lot. Look, I’m just being thorough for you guys.)