Oh what a year for Stephen King and his diehard fans. The master of horror is back in a big, bad way — and judging by his growing list of adaptations, there’s no getting rid of him now! King got off to a rocky start with the disappointing The Dark Tower movie, but stormed back with a vengeance: IT, The Mist, Mr. Mercedes, Gerald’s Game, the casting of Castle Rock, and now the trailer for 1922.
Everywhere you turn, there he is. King lurks in theaters, Hulu, Spike, Audience (AT&T Network), and now Netflix. It’s kinda creepy, but I suspect that’s just how King likes it. So anyway, what the hell is 1922 about?
I’m a lifelong King fan, but I kind of overlooked 1922, which is based on a novella from his Full Dark collection. 1922 tells the story of a poor farmer, Wilfred James (Thomas Jane), and his long-suffering wife, Arlette (Mollie Parker), who pines for a divorce — so he kills her. I’m not giving anything away, that’s merely the setup for what appears to be a period-piece ghost and/or zombie tale, as Arlette returns from the grave to torment Wilfred.
Sounds a lot like Pet Sematary, doesn’t it?
Given the massive success of IT and King’s recent, sudden resurgence, this is a major coup for Netflix, which frankly has been killing it over the last year with Hollywood quality original films and series, such as Death Note, Okja, The Defenders, Stranger Things 2, and Bright. But let’s be honest, the premise for this film is about as far from “Netflix and Chill” as one could possibly imagine — seriously, what kind of maniac watches this movie with their spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend?
The trailer for 1922 looks as tense and bleak and dark as anything King’s done in years — and that’s saying something. Jane appears to completely immerse himself in his role, and the photography nails the look and sound of the post-WWI era. Be warned, however, there are lots of rats in this film — hey, some people are terrified of rats (spiders are my thing, but to each his own personal horror).
As an aside, I think it’s interesting to note that many of King’s best adaptations combine novellas with period settings: Stand by Me, Shawshank Redemption, 1408, and Green Mile. I’m not sure why this is so, but everyone knows that King writes massive, sprawling books that defy easy adaptation. His short stories and novellas are obviously more compact and contain fewer characters. Just thinking out loud.
1922 looks particularly grim and depressing, if you’re into that sort of thing. Do yourself a favor, before dialing up this movie on Netflix, check with your significant other… we don’t want anyone getting any bright ideas, do we?
Is this the best year ever for Stephen King fans? Are you psyched to see 1922 on Netflix? Let us know in the comments down below!
1922 hits Netflix on October 20, 2017.
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