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– by David Kozlowski

What’s your favorite Stephen King story? Can’t decide? Don’t fret, Hulu’s upcoming Castle Rock series might contain them all… OK, that’s a bit of hyperbole, but not by much. This series crams everything from Carrie to The Shawshank Redemption to Needful Things to a bunch of other material scattered across King’s dozens of novels and short stories, dating back to the early 70s.

A new trailer just dropped for Castle Rock, which expands ever so slightly from the previous teaser released last October. It doesn’t shed much new light on the storyline, unfortunately. Henry Deaver returns home to the fictional Maine community of Castle Rock, after a mysterious phone call from Shawshank Penetentiary. That’s it, that’s all the explanation you’re gonna get.

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The rest of this trailer — it’s really more of teaser — contains a series of strange and scary moving images: foggy facades, mask-wearing weirdos, some nut running with a hammer, and a bunch of random people with tense looks on their faces. Basically, a cool montage of King-inspired madness. The trailer/teaser does its job, it sells a grim universe of broken characters in dire circumstances — were you expecting something different?

Here’s the synopsis:

“From Stephen King and Executive Producer J.J. Abrams, Castle Rock is an original suspense/thriller — a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.”

Castle Rock stars Scott Glenn, Sissy Spacek, Bill Skarsgård, Terry O’Quinn, and André Holland. It’s a tremendous group of actors bridging several of King and Abrams’ various universes. Given King’s recent resurgence in Hollywood, that’s all the selling most of his fans require. Hulu must feel like this is their Stranger Things killer (well, they hope so), and it’s also a great follow-up to their own award-winning The Handmaid’s Tale.

Castle Rock is the next big battlefield in the ongoing streaming wars, and you’ve gotta give the nod to Hulu on this one. It’s exciting to wonder how Amazon and Netflix will counter this — and you know they’re trying!

What are your expectations for Hulu’s Castle Rock? Let us know in the comments down below!

Castle Rock hits Hulu this summer. (Why so vague?)

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David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.