‘Rose Red’ Marked the End of Stephen King’s Miniseries Boom [The Losers’ Club Podcast]

Stephen King’s Rose Red had auspicious beginnings. According to King, it began life as a potential dream collaboration between him and Steven Spielberg, who wanted to make a haunted house movie that echoed Shirley Jackson’s iconic The Haunting of Hill House. King, an avowed fan of Jackson’s masterpiece, ran with the idea but also wove […]

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A Tale of Two Fires: Comparing Stephen King’s Novel and the New ‘Firestarter’ Movie

After thirty-eight years, Firestarter is once again lighting up theaters. Adapted from Stephen King’s 1980 novel of the same name, Firestarter is the story of Charlie McGee (Ryan Kiera Armstrong), a nine year old girl with the power to light fires with her mind. Though opinions vary on the novel’s success, Firestarter has always had […]

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Latest Stephen King Movie ‘Firestarter’ Debuts to Just Under $6 Million in Theaters

The latest Stephen King adaptation, the Keith Thomas-directed Firestarter blazed into theaters over the weekend, simultaneously available for free to subscribers of Peacock. Not surprisingly, the availability of the film on Peacock cut into the opening weekend box office numbers for Firestarter, with the film scaring up $3.8 million in domestic theaters. Here in the […]

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‘Firestarter’ Undercooks Stephen King’s Scorcher [The Losers’ Club Podcast]

“You’re special, Charlie.” The heat is on, and The Losers’ Club are sweating as they check out Keith Thomas‘ new re-imagining of Stephen King‘s fiery 1980 novel Firestarter. Starring Zac Efron, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Sydney Lemmon, and Michael Greyeyes, the Blumhouse-Universal joint offers a swift, 90-minute jaunt through the iconic story. Join Losers Michael Roffman, Randall Colburn, […]

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‘Firestarter’ Review – Modern Reimagining of Stephen King’s Novel Fails to Ignite

Bloody Disgusting’s Firestarter review is spoiler-free. The Stephen King renaissance continues with a modern adaptation of his 1980 novel, Firestarter. Considering the lackluster response to the 1984 adaptation, it’s likely long overdue. But the real question is whether there’s any thematic depth or storytelling to mine amidst superhero cinema’s current oversaturation and popularity. While The Vigil director Keith Thomas does […]

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‘Firestarter 2: Rekindled’ – Unearthing the Ashes of a Forgotten Stephen King Sequel

Of all of Stephen King’s literary children, none burns as brightly as Charlie McGee. She is the main character in his 1980 novel Firestarter and arguably his most powerful protagonist. The child of participants in a college experiment run by a government agency known as The Shop, Charlie was born with the unique ability to […]

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How ‘Firestarter’ Lead Ryan Keira Armstrong Helped Zac Efron Through His First Horror Movie [Interview]

This coming Friday the 13th brings a new adaptation of Stephen King’s novel Firestarter from Universal, Blumhouse, and director Keith Thomas (The Vigil). In Firestarter, “For more than a decade, parents Andy and Vicky have been on the run, desperate to hide their daughter Charlie from a shadowy federal agency that wants to harness her unprecedented gift for creating fire […]

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‘Firestarter’ Director Keith Thomas on Practical Effects, Real Fire, and Working with John Carpenter

This week, the modern reimagining of Stephen King‘s Firestarter releases courtesy of Universal, Blumhouse, and director Keith Thomas (The Vigil). In Firestarter, “A young girl develops pyrokinetic abilities and is abducted by a secret government agency that wants to harness her powerful gift as a weapon.” Ahead of its debut in theaters and on Peacock on May 13, Bloody Disgusting […]

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Failure to Burn: Revisiting the Original ‘Firestarter’ Movie

Constant Readers often refer to Firestarter as “vintage King.” This designation is usually reserved for works published in Stephen King‘s early career, roughly marked by his debut novel Carrie (1974) and the horror masterpiece It (1986). That run also includes fan favorites like The Shining, Pet Sematary, and Night Shift, and has spawned an astonishing […]

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40 Years Before the ‘Multiverse of Madness’: Read Stephen King’s 1982 Review That Saved ‘The Evil Dead’

King called Sam Raimi‘s debut “The most ferociously original horror film of 1982.” One of the coolest things about Stephen King is that he’s constantly promoting the work of other artists working within the horror space. When he sees/loves a new horror movie, King tweets about it; very often, these quotes are then used as […]

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Stephen Graham Jones on How Stephen King’s ‘Skeleton Crew’ Helped Inspire ‘My Heart is a Chainsaw’ [The Losers’ Club Podcast]

Do you like scary movies? Of course you do, you’re reading Bloody Disgusting. Jade Daniels, the teenage protagonist of Stephen Graham Jones’ My Heart is a Chainsaw, likes scary movies, too. Slashers, specifically. She likes them so much that when it appears a real slasher has descended upon her small Idaho town, her reaction isn’t […]

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Zac Efron is a Real ‘Firestarter’ in Over 20 Images from Peacock’s Stephen King Movie

Coming to theaters as well as the Peacock streaming service on May 13, the latest Stephen King re-adaptation is Firestarter, courtesy of Universal, Blumhouse and director Keith Thomas (The Vigil). The film’s image gallery has been set ablaze today, providing us with over 20 shots of the feature film starring Zac Efron and Ryan Kiera Armstrong. In Firestarter, “A young […]

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Stephen King and Peter Straub’s ‘Black House’ Is As Funny As It’s Grisly [The Losers’ Club Podcast]

“The King is in his Tower, eating bread and honey. The Breakers in the basement, making all the money…” Stephen King plays well with others. He’s collaborated with numerous writers, filmmakers, and innovators, but no one’s challenged him quite like Peter Straub, the writer of books like Ghost Story and Julia. Together, the pair wrote […]

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‘The Shining’ at 25 – Heading Back to the Overlook for a More Faithful Adaptation

Not all Stephen King adaptations are created equal, but the author usually keeps his criticisms to himself. The one exception is The Shining; King has been famously vocal, to varying extents over the years, about his issues with Stanley Kubrick’s take on his 1977 novel. King’s constant readers also grapple with the disconnect between the […]

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‘Salem’s Lot’ Remake Footage Just Debuted at CinemaCon – Check Out Some Social Reactions

Warner Bros. is bringing a brand new feature film adaptation of Stephen King‘s Salem’s Lot to theaters on September 9, and the first footage just debuted at CinemaCon tonight. As always, this particular footage won’t be making its way online, but we do have some social media reactions that at least help paint a picture […]

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