Adapted Nightmares

I like Stephen King. Yes, he has a penchant for redundancy,

but the dude knows how to tell a story, even if it seldom translates to the big

(or small) screen. King has a knack for creating and fleshing out interesting

characters who are bombarded with one horrific incident after another amidst

particularly sinister settings, his fast-paced prose deftly revealing the

innermost thoughts and feelings of said characters in a way that puts you right

there with them. This intimacy is noticeably absent from film and TV

adaptations, which have the tendency to come off as cold and detached, the hair-raising

moments and creepy details cheesy to the point of being comical, and the characters

(or really, the actors who play them), hard to like and their seemingly vague motivations

difficult to understand. Prime example: ABC’s sad, made-for-TV attempt of Desperation, an intriguing tale about a desert

town in Nevada,

its enormous, recently haunted mining pit, and the unlucky group of folks who

get caught up in a battle of good versus evil while trying to pass through.

My point? I recently received a flyer for TNT’s four-week

television event, Nightmares and

Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King, in which eight stories from

the book are produced as an eight-part mini-series. The quality is questionable

for sure, but I’ve heard moderately good things about the TNT remake of Salem’s Lot. Plus, Nightmares and Dreamscapes boasts a rather respectable cast —

William H. Macy, Ron Livingston, Samantha Mathis, Kim Delany, William Hurt and

Tom Berenger, to name a few — and TNT graciously sent senior writer/editor

Eric Snider a preview package, which I’m snagging from him ASAP so as to find

out whether or not to invest my attention. Stay tuned — if it’s decent enough,

I’ll be previewing the series for its July 12 premiere.

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