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I gave Robert Wise's The Haunting a second chance.

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Dome Vongvises, Aug 27, 2002.

  1. trevanian

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    I don't know that I'm onboard with King fully either. I really really like most of EXORCIST III, which up till the (reshot) ending does things in a mostly Lewton-esque fashion I adore, without showing much beyond an old lady JeffGoldbluming across the ceiling ...

    I do agree about remake, that was a mess and a half, though some of the digital work might have been more successful if used in a different story, a totally different story.
     
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    I love SK's writings on writing, but I disagree with that, too, for two reasons.

    First, because Wise's film is PERFECT. As was Shirley Jackson's novel. There's not a damned thing to "see" in either one of them.

    Second, because as much as I love starting a new SK book, old or new, and they're always intriguing and massively entertaining throughout their first half, the eventual letdown comes when he himself shows you what's behind that damned door.
     
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    I think some of King's on novels don't work well when filmed for the theater or for TV. "It" for example. I believe that became a mini-series. I remember liking the book (it's been a long time). If I recall correctly many of the characters end up attacking the monster at the end. When I read it, it was more like they were attacking an idea than an actual thing. In the series it looked more like they were battling a paper mache insect like creature. Again a long time ago, so I hope I remember correctly.

    Even movies that eventually show you the creature (Alien, Jaws) show only a little for most of the movie.
     
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    Well, Stephen King's preconception would ruin many a Val Lewton, Film! :D
     

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