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Published at: March 5, 2011, 11:41 a.m. CST

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!

-Quint
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  • March 5, 2011, 11:45 a.m. CST

    First!

    by cgh123

    Had to at least try it once!

  • March 5, 2011, 11:47 a.m. CST

    First, second, third, fourth, fifth?

    by TheComedian77

    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

    Killer

    by sundancekeed

    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

    You know what...?

    by kubricksnutsack

    I'd probably still do Kathy Bates... (but just out of fear more than anything else)

  • March 5, 2011, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Misery's the exception

    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

    Good job cgh123!

    by room23storeblogspotcom

    First is hard to do, good job!

  • March 5, 2011, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Was anyone else secretly...

    by donkey_lasher

    ..hoping to see Alan Partridge?

  • March 5, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Starwolf

    by donkey_lasher

    Gerald's Game needs to be adapted. Perhaps with a side story about some guy fishing?

  • March 5, 2011, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Great pic...from a great angle!

    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

    dumb and dumber

    by scadamz

    tomorrow

  • March 5, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    the starwolf i agree with you

    by KilliK

    the appearance of the Devil killed the Stand for me.

  • March 5, 2011, 12:25 p.m. CST

    The pic is cool, but...

    by Denty420

    ... 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

    Misery was King's first book i ever read

    by KilliK

    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

    Tomorrows pic an XMEN movie?

    by KilliK

  • March 5, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST

    There are some people I'd like to hobble

    by MaliceHighload

  • March 5, 2011, 12:47 p.m. CST

    I'm trying to figure out what's worse. Is it the movie

    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

    Quint... 2 of the Top 5 adaptations are Reiner

    by Cartagia

    Are the other 3 the Darabonts? Or something else?

  • March 5, 2011, 1:08 p.m. CST

    11/22/63

    by BenBraddock

    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

    Cartagia....I'd wager on

    by Fuzzyjefe

    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

    Carrie is definitely my favourite King adaptation.

    by blackwood

    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

    Dolores Claiborne

    by RoarsLoudly

    Was really good as well.

  • March 5, 2011, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Truly one of the most horrific scenes...

    by V'Shael

    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

    benbraddock

    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

    The Long Walk and The Running Man...

    by I_Snake_Plissken

    ...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

    @blackwood: just finished Full Dark, No Stars

    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

    Night Shift was the first of his I read

    by alan_poon

    Finished reading Carrie in one day. Have huge affection for Christine but IT will aways be my favourite.

  • 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

    Quint-Any Update on King/Straub's Talisman?

    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

    RE: King's love of plots, sub-plots, sub-sub-plots, etc

    by mr.underwater

    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

    From the headline, I was hoping it was P.J. Soles

    by Ingeld

    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.

  • 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

    Misery/shining/shawshank/standbyme/cujo/childrencorn

    by FleshMachine

    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

    raindrain

    by Ingeld

    Look at you. Typing and on the internet and everything. Just like big people.

  • March 5, 2011, 5:06 p.m. CST

    starwolf, killik

    by dane27

    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

    Dolores Claiborne...

    by Negator76

    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

    braindrain

    by Ingeld

    >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

    Dark Tower

    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

    I am not a reader of Stephen King's books

    by dukeroberts

    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

    braindrain...

    by Darkman

    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

    Movie Annie Wilkes

    by Gwynplaine

    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

    judge briggs.....**spoilers for The Dark Tower**

    by Fuzzyjefe

    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

    Oh yeah....

    by Fuzzyjefe

    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

    kubricksnutsack

    by DrMorbius

    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

    by jonasgrumby

    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

    Dane27 - Close enough

    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

    judge Briggs re: Dark Tower

    by spire_walk

    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

    Definitely in the top five of king adaptations...

    by SAILOR_RIPLEY

    1. Shawshank Redemption 2. Stand By Me. 3. The Shining 4. Misery 5. The Dead Zone

  • March 5, 2011, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Is Reiner in this pic?

    by proevad

    He direct out of the room like Altman?

  • March 6, 2011, midnight CST

    The Running Man!

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    Faithful adaptation wanted now.

  • March 6, 2011, 12:01 a.m. CST

    The Running Man directed by Frank Darabont.

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    Yes?

  • You read Misery when it came out in 87 at age 6?

  • March 6, 2011, 1:02 a.m. CST

    Two King projects I'm always wondering about.

    by TheJudger

    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

    Love Stephen King...

    by ChickenStu

    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

    google celebrates eisners bday

    by john

    aicn forgets again

  • March 6, 2011, 7:56 a.m. CST

    The Sch

    by gruntybear

  • March 6, 2011, 7:58 a.m. CST

    The Schmaltzshank Redemption is, at best, a Hallmark Channel movie

    by gruntybear

    That long ago should have been forgotten. One of the most overrated pieces of shit ever.

  • March 6, 2011, 9:12 a.m. CST

    I agree; that trailer was nailbitingly great.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • March 6, 2011, 10:14 a.m. CST

    King's best stuff was long, long ago

    by proevad

    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

    dear quint

    by Matt

    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

    King's main weakness...

    by spire_walk

    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

    Hobbling scene ranks with the botched execution scene in The Green Mile...

    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

    Thanks for this one!

    by recantha

    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

    where does it say the new book is 900 pages?

    by BBSloth

    well?

  • March 7, 2011, 1:01 a.m. CST

    He didn't Get out of the caca-doodie car!!!

    by Tikidonkeypunch