I’m The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day’s Number One Fan!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!
Misery came out at a perfect time for me. It was right when I started reading Stephen King’s stuff. In 6th grade I carried around Cujo in my pencil box if that gives you an idea of how young I started my obsession over King’s work.
Now, I’m not gonna Annie Wilkes out and say I’m King’s Number One Fan. Lord knows there much more obsessive folks out there than I, but I’m definitely a Constant Reader and still one of those people that gets excited instead of grumpy when a new 900 page Stephen King book is announced.
When Misery hit my mom was the most excited. She read the book in one sitting when it came out, so I’m sure that excitement carried over to me even though I didn’t get to see the movie in the theaters.
God I remember the trailers, though… which oddly enough set me up to think the hobbling scene was going to be tamer than it ended up being. What a shock when poor ol’ Jimmy “The Dream” Caan’s ankles were cracked… whover did that effect, my hat’s off to them. It’s one of the most cringe inducing moments in movie history.
With Rob Reiner at the top of his game, giving us his second fantastic Stephen King adaptation after Stand By Me, and two leads who are brilliant Misery stands out as one of the top 5 King adaptations and one of the better horror thrillers of the last 30 years.
Thanks to Barry Rubin for sending this shot along! Click to embiggen!
You better check out tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic if you know what’s good for ya’, bub!
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March 5, 2011, 11:45 a.m. CST
Had to at least try it once!
March 5, 2011, 11:47 a.m. CST
Who gives a shit? Anyway, let's comment on the picture, no? It's ok.....but I was hoping for so much more from a Misery shot. What, no Jimmy Caan? Meanwhile, is that banner on purpose? An ad for a seminar by the Dragons Den's JAMES CAAN....????
March 5, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST
adaptation of one of King's best. I always thought he was writing about himself with this one. Wonder how many letters a week he got (and gets) from "Number One Fans"?
March 5, 2011, 11:54 a.m. CST
I'd probably still do Kathy Bates... (but just out of fear more than anything else)
March 5, 2011, 11:54 a.m. CST
by The StarWolf
The only one of King's efforts which I've seen which I felt didn't suffer from his penchant for throwing in unnecessary sub plots. Take THE LANGOLIERS. Utterly fascinating concept of people literally trapped out of time with reality being devoured all around them. So what the heck did we need an embezzling lunatic on top of that? Needless distraction which the story would have been much better without. Ot, THE STAND. 90%+ of humanity wiped out by a plague. OK, that's got my attention. But, what's this about the Devil showing up? Oh, good grief! Again, not needed. The man simply doesn't seem to know to leave well enough alone. Except in MISERY where he stuck to the basic plot and it worked very well. If only he'd learned from this.
March 5, 2011, 11:56 a.m. CST
First is hard to do, good job!
March 5, 2011, 11:57 a.m. CST
..hoping to see Alan Partridge?
March 5, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST
Gerald's Game needs to be adapted. Perhaps with a side story about some guy fishing?
March 5, 2011, 12:12 p.m. CST
by Cheif Brody
Have to rewatch the flick....but I don't remember them utilizing that overhead angle in Misery. Kinda creepy looking shot. <p> Kathy Bates was really funny on Jimmy Fallon last nite...and Chris Pratt revealed that she directed the pilot episode of "Everwood" for The WB. Not too shabby. <p> Donkey_Lasher/Starwolf...speaking of fishing and book/movie adaptations... Peter Benchley added TWO unneccessary sub-plots to JAWS that were completely (and wisely) removed from the screenplay for the movie. <p> The Mayor being pressured by the MOB to keep the beaches open...and Hooper having an AFFAIR with Chief Brody's wife!! <p> Can you imagine JAWS with those two useless subplots in it?
March 5, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST
March 5, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST
the appearance of the Devil killed the Stand for me.
March 5, 2011, 12:25 p.m. CST
... I'm stoked about King's take on JFK et al. I started reading SK at about the same time as Quint and while I think after IT he lost a little something, as a student of the JFK assassination I would find his take on the events compelling.
March 5, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST
i had seen most of the movie adaptations,but after seeing Misery i decided to start reading his books as well.I am still waiting for the From a Buick 8 movie.
March 5, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST
March 5, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST
March 5, 2011, 12:47 p.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
hobbling where he gets both ankles smashed, or the book where he only gets one foot, but it gets chopped off instead of smashed.
March 5, 2011, 1:04 p.m. CST
Are the other 3 the Darabonts? Or something else?
March 5, 2011, 1:08 p.m. CST
Sounds bloody idiotic, and most likely King's shot at cashing in on the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination. As if he needs the cash. Out-and-out sci-fi isn't King's strongest card; his smaller, more personal stories are usually way more successful.. I'd rather read a "MISERY" than a "LANGOLIERS" any time
March 5, 2011, 1:14 p.m. CST
Misery, Stand by Me, The Shawshank Redemption, The Shining, and The Mist. Others' mileage may vary. Say, Carrie instead of The Mist.
March 5, 2011, 1:28 p.m. CST
But, fuzzyjefe's five still hold up, so I would just extend the list to six instead. New book seems interesting. I will always read King, no matter what. While I think latter-day King is still great in longform... but his short fiction is incredible. Like, the best writing of his career, maybe. JUST AFTER SUNSET and FULL DARK NO STARS are both amazing, essential, best-of-ever collections.
March 5, 2011, 1:32 p.m. CST
Was really good as well.
March 5, 2011, 1:40 p.m. CST
In the book she takes a knife to him. But I actually found the hammer and the way the foot turned 90 degrees in the wrong direction, to be far more horrible.
March 5, 2011, 2:23 p.m. CST
by maxwell's hammer
You can accuse Stephen King of a lot of things, excess being a big one, but the man would never exploit or sell out or 'cash in' (as you put it) . The guy is about as earnest and passionate about what he does as you can get. If he wrote 900 pages about a sci-fi JFK story, its because he has a story he wants to tell. He actually reminds me a lot of Harry in that respect. Both guys are big lugs who spill their emotions into their websites/novels and sometimes it gets a little eye-rollingly over-the-top, but its hard to hold it against them since that's just who they are. Unless you're an AICN talk-backer, whose special talents include holding anything against anybody for reasons both arbitrary and ficticious.
March 5, 2011, 2:28 p.m. CST
...are the two properties I would be most interested in seeing adapted (you can't count the Schwarzenegger version of the Running Man, which while actually entertaining, is really nothing like the book). I would like to see a Darabount/Fincher version of The Long Walk - great story and becoming more and more relevant with the current decline of society.
March 5, 2011, 2:48 p.m. CST
by Frank Conniff
And I agree that it is great. Some of the creepiest and best-written stuff I have read by King. Especially the last story about the serial killer.
March 5, 2011, 3:03 p.m. CST
Finished reading Carrie in one day. Have huge affection for Christine but IT will aways be my favourite.
March 5, 2011, 3:20 p.m. CST
by Frank Conniff
Not because they were rushed. The only one I thought maybe could have used some editing was Order of the Phoenix.
March 5, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST
by puto tenax
Just wondering if you'd heard any rumblings from where you are. I hope it's made soon. Just downloaded "Under the Dome" last week. Hope it's a good one.
March 5, 2011, 3:40 p.m. CST
Is a technique in making your book a "page-turner." Every chapter ends with a cliffhanger, and you rotate through the story-lines with each consecutive chapter. So, you always have a cliffhanger in play, and the reader has to keep turning them pages to see what happens next. This technique (or gimmick, depending how you look at it) really blew up in the late '70s, and King can't seem to drop it. I guess I thought it was cool when I was 11, for about the first 20 or so times I encountered it (even comics were doing it for a minute), now I find it outdated and ultimately annoying.
March 5, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST
as Riff Randell in Rock and Roll High School. Of course, I am probably the only one here who actually saw that flick. I loved that film when I was in high school.
March 5, 2011, 4:04 p.m. CST
I was recovering from a car wreck where I had broken one ankle and crushed the other heel when this came out, and I felt the pain when Bates broke that guy's feet. Ouch!
March 5, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST
all better films than books. even cujo & children of the corn. the stand is maybe the worst adaptation.
March 5, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST
Look at you. Typing and on the internet and everything. Just like big people.
March 5, 2011, 5:06 p.m. CST
that wasnt the devil who showed up, it was just a plain old supernatural bad guy who is also as i remember the man in black from the dark tower series.
March 5, 2011, 5:33 p.m. CST
One of the best of the King adaptations, probably second only to the Shining. Probably Taylor Hackford's best movie, period.
March 5, 2011, 5:34 p.m. CST
>Ah, internet fights are so 2002. You have to love it when someone claims the high ground after randomly calling another person a fucktard.
March 5, 2011, 6:43 p.m. CST
by Judge Briggs
Was anyone else as pissed off as me with the Dark Tower's ending?
March 5, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST
But I have liked some of his non-horror films. I love Stand by Me and The Shawshank Redemption. I also like The Green Mile and Dolores Claiborne very much. I also think that Apt Pupil was not too bad. Definitely not great, but not bad. As his horror stuff goes, I did enjoy IT.
March 5, 2011, 7:30 p.m. CST
I think the ending is to suggest that, much like Paul told his agent, "one can't get over someone like Annie Wilkes". In the annals of ambiguous endings, it's not quite up there with THE THING, but it works well enough. <br><br> It's kind of a pity that Marc Shaiman got swallowed up by comedies, because his serious score here is fantastic.
March 5, 2011, 7:32 p.m. CST
was not as scary as Annie Wilkes in the book. Kathy Bates did OK, but I didn't think she was well cast. Neither was Caan as Sheldon. I wouldn't mind seeing a new version of the book.
March 5, 2011, 7:43 p.m. CST
It wasn't so much the ENTIRE ending that made me want to punch the universe in the face....it was the total 'non-event' of Roland vs the Crimson King. GREAT IDEA STEPHEN!!! Why don't you take a character from an ancilliary novel (Insomnia), and have HIM take care of that little detail in one of the most BLATANT uses of deus ex machina ever printed? That is just ACES!!! AAAAAAAUUUUUUUUGH!!!!! THAT SAID (tm Harry Knowles), I thought the cyclical nature of Roland's quest was a cool little detail. But damn...if you're gonna make a slow, steady build for an epic show-down between good and evil....you wanna at least TRY to deliver on that. What he did would be akin to Chewbacca's son from the Star Wars Holiday Special poppin' up in the Emperor's throne room, dispatching Palpatine, and then showing Vader Luke's baby pictures to turn him back from the dark side.
March 5, 2011, 7:46 p.m. CST
that doesn't even take into account the fact that King totally Boba Fetted with Flagg's demise as well. Those TWO things would have definitely benefitted from a leeeeetle more thought.
March 5, 2011, 8:41 p.m. CST
You should check out Bates in 'About Schmidt', then see if you could still get it up for her!
March 5, 2011, 8:41 p.m. CST
The end of Dark Tower was disappointing, in the first book King described that at the top of the tower was a man holding a single blade of purple grass that held all of reality, instead we get Roland running around reliving his whole life over. I waited 25 years, for that cop out, I bought the first dark tower hard cover book at the San Diego comic con in 1980-81 when it first came out and waited patiently for the rest of the story through the years, so, yes I was disappointed with the end.
March 5, 2011, 8:48 p.m. CST
by The StarWolf
A supernatural being who is the embodiment of evil, who has charisma to draw people to him, who is apparently immortal and unkillable ... if not the devil, close enough. Either way, didn't belong in the story.
March 5, 2011, 9:06 p.m. CST
The 6th and 7th books were god awful. I could go Kathy Bates on King's ass for what he did to Flagg. I'm convinced that 5,6, & 7 were written by: a) A ghost writer--possibly Robin Firth, and edited by King. b) A Highly medicated Stephen King, addicted to pain killers from his accident. Then again, maybe he really NEEDS them in order to function due to his broken hip and chipped spine.
March 5, 2011, 10:59 p.m. CST
1. Shawshank Redemption 2. Stand By Me. 3. The Shining 4. Misery 5. The Dead Zone
March 5, 2011, 10:59 p.m. CST
He direct out of the room like Altman?
March 6, 2011, midnight CST
by Carl XVI Gustaf
Faithful adaptation wanted now.
March 6, 2011, 12:01 a.m. CST
by Carl XVI Gustaf
March 6, 2011, 12:54 a.m. CST
You read Misery when it came out in 87 at age 6?
March 6, 2011, 1:02 a.m. CST
HBO was going to do a 12 hour mini series for Under The Dome. What happened? Frank Darabont wants to do The Long Walk. I can't wait! I hoping he films most of the movie on a sky cam zipline camera like the one used by the NFL. Whatever he does= My ass in the seat.
March 6, 2011, 4:21 a.m. CST
I've read: Carrie Salem's Lot The Shining Misery The Stand On Writing The Dark Half Dreamcatcher The Green Mile Under The Dome Different Seasons The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger The Dark Tower II: The Drawing Of The Three The Dark Tower III: The Waste Land The Dark Tower IV: Wizard And Glass The Dark Tower V: Wolves Of The Calla The Dark Tower VI: Song Of Susannah The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower I'm currently reading "Everything's Eventual", and I've read "The Mist", but not the rest of "Skeleton Crew". He's easily my favourite author, and it's my ambition to read EVERYTHING he's ever written. "Misery" was a decent enough book, and ten times MORE disturbing than the film. She doesn't break his foot in the book, she cuts it off with a blow-torch. It's not for the faint-hearted!
March 6, 2011, 4:56 a.m. CST
aicn forgets again
March 6, 2011, 7:56 a.m. CST
March 6, 2011, 7:58 a.m. CST
That long ago should have been forgotten. One of the most overrated pieces of shit ever.
March 6, 2011, 9:12 a.m. CST
by Mr Nicholas
March 6, 2011, 10:14 a.m. CST
although I did like Cell. Dean Koontz has stayed pretty damned clever his whole career though. Still writes the most 3 dimensional characters is this genre, even if he overuses space alien shit in a lot of his books.
March 6, 2011, 10:27 a.m. CST
is there any way to get the complete list of all the previously posted behind-the-scenes pictures back online. I missed out on a few and would love keep to track. Please respond!
March 6, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST
He's traditionally had difficulty with ending his books. There is usually a climax, but after the climax, they just sort of ramble on for another 50-100 pages. Dark Tower 7 being a failure of an ending, even fucking up the climax.
March 6, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
...as the most horrific act of screen violence in any King flick.
March 6, 2011, 1:59 p.m. CST
Love the film, love the performances of the two leads, love this photo to bits. Love especially that the film is, essentially, a stage play.
March 6, 2011, 7:38 p.m. CST
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