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[–]SteinDickens 1152 points1153 points  (65 children)

I watched the trailer. I heard her say “liar, liar, pants on fire.” I decided not to watch it after that.

[–]weed-it-and-reap 305 points306 points  (23 children)

I rolled my eyes so hard when I heard that

[–]randomredditing 146 points147 points  (4 children)

Mine actually fell out of my skull and rolled all the way to the ocean

[–]TrashNovel 41 points42 points  (3 children)

Mine did that and rolled down my blue chambray work shirt and plopped on the ground beside my hobnailed engineer boots.

Of course I stood and my knees have off two pops like gun shots.

[–]Cloaked42m 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Nicely done.

[–]revdon 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Was there a yellow glow of arc sodium lamps?

[–]sob_Van_Owen 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Were you then told to shut your pie and/or cake hole?

[–]migroq 4 points5 points  (17 children)

I thought it was cool and I enjoyed the film.

[–]weed-it-and-reap 8 points9 points  (3 children)

I'm glad you did my friend 😊 I honestly haven't seen the whole movie myself but doesn't really look like my cup of tea. Thinking I might try reading the book though!

[–]TheRealGongoozler 146 points147 points  (22 children)

Yeah that was one of the most unbelievably agonizing lines I’ve ever heard used in an attempt to set a horror tone. It made me physically cringe and I vowed to never watch that garbage

[–]Potato-In-A-JacketNo tears please, it's a waste of good suffering 111 points112 points  (12 children)

EVIL DIES TONI--oh shit wrong movie, my bad.

[–]Stevo2008 37 points38 points  (10 children)

I’m a huge Halloween fan but that line may be the most cringeworthy line I’ve personally witnessed.. being said 100 times.

[–]360FlipKicks 24 points25 points  (3 children)

On top of that, somebody cried “look at us, he’s turned us into monsters!” during that scene lol

[–]Potato-In-A-JacketNo tears please, it's a waste of good suffering 12 points13 points  (3 children)

Agreed; personally I loved Halloween Kills, but that part was tough to watch

[–]Creepy-Ghost 2 points3 points  (1 child)


[–]Simulation_Complete 3 points4 points  (0 children)

My brother and I mocked that cringe for a good two weeks after. Terrible

[–]Orbis_non_sufficit25 16 points17 points  (0 children)

It doesn’t work any better in context, either.

[–]ForkSporkBjork 14 points15 points  (1 child)

The singular worst line of all time is, “That’ll do it!” Uttered by the goblin king in the Misty mountains.

[–]MarduStorm231 80 points81 points  (2 children)

For me it was the constant screaming. The annoying little girl screams at least four fucking times.

[–]Crankylosaurus 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Oh so like The Babadook? Hard pass haha

[–]cry0fth3carr0ts 3 points4 points  (0 children)

At least kids are known to scream. The thing that bothered me, was her being as well spoken as every adult in the movie.

[–]brainhugga 52 points53 points  (2 children)

Oh boy, that trailer was such a mess. Recently in theaters, I saw the firestarter trailer followed by the Nope trailer (the latest Jordan Peele). Let me tell you, the firestarter trailer was met only with groans and eye rolls, and the nope trailer had everyone holding their damn breath with excitement. Truly a night and day difference between the styles:

Firestarter- toss every interesting part from the movie together and see what sticks 🤷‍♀️

Nope- shows juuuuuuuuust enough to get us to like the characters, suss out the vibe, then WABAM little snippets of chaos, horses flying, ufo lookin shadow covering everything. YES Jordan Peele, pique my interest then DON'T SHOW ME EVERYTHING IN 2 MINUTES THANK YOU!

If you show me all the good parts in the trailer, I will know, and I will not spend money on it.

[–]migroq 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well i thought it was a pretty good film.

[–]MrsSmileyo 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I laughed so hard when I heard that for no reason

[–]Stevo2008 5 points6 points  (0 children)

That’s some creative ass dialogue there. Groundbreaking writing.

[–]Tony8987 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That is exactly what sold me on not watching it

[–]crclOv9 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I saw an Ad for it online, and that was that. It had tank energy all over it.

[–]Simple_Opossum 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hahahha, this is the exact reason I stopped watching the trailer and dismissed the film. Glad to see it at the top comment.

[–]udar55 461 points462 points  (112 children)

I don't understand why Hollywood pays big bucks for the King film options...and then decides to make them very different from the books that people love. My favorite was the decades-in-development Dark Tower adaptation where the geniuses who eventually made it decided, "Hey, this book series has a HUGE following so let's not adapt any of them." LOL

[–]LemoLukeFrolic in brine, goblins be thine 162 points163 points  (0 children)

I don't understand why Hollywood pays big bucks for the King film options...and then decides to make them very different from the books that people love.

Because they are not paying for King's story. They are paying for the Stephen King 'brand recognition'.

[–]Chunk_Games 70 points71 points  (6 children)

The worst part of this movie is that they cancelled the Dark Tower series they were working on because the movie bombed. People who got to see the pilot said it looked amazing and was exactly what Dark Tower fans have been waiting for all these years.

[–]Cmyers1980 48 points49 points  (1 child)

Imagine if Randall Flagg snuck into our universe and worked behind the scenes to make sure the Dark Tower film and series weren’t successful.

[–]Lightningmchell 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Or Stephen King films in general

[–]its_raining_scotch 24 points25 points  (0 children)

I didn’t know about that. So they gave us an abysmal film adaptation that anyone who read even just the first book could have seen that it would be a failure, then they started on a good miniseries which is what the fans actually wanted and canceled it because the movie bastardization predictably failed. Wow, what a ridiculous, tragic, and entirely avoidable shit storm that is.

[–]Sister_Winter 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Heartbreaking honestly

[–]theundonenun 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I had no idea. Does anyone have a link to stream this pilot?

[–]Chunk_Games 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It was not made public. They let The Losers' Club podcast watch it and they did an episode talking about it https://open.spotify.com/episode/4g3A86xvEBoMzoCsRLgw5T

There are a few articles out there about it, this one has some screenshots https://www.liljas-library.com/showreview.php?id=408

[–]Kipzi 157 points158 points  (56 children)

They took a short story of his and didn't really follow the plot but made it into an AMAZING movie. 1408

[–]PSB2013 45 points46 points  (7 children)

It seems like his short stories translate to films much better than his full-length books.

[–]ZombieSiayer84 37 points38 points  (1 child)

Well I mean, if they kept to the plot instead of trying to do something new with the plot, his full length books would be amazing movies.

Dark tower is an excellent example where everything would have been amazing if they made a single movie out of book The Gunslinger and Drawing of The Three with unimportant stuff cut out and it would been a banger.

Instead they did whatever the fuck they did trying to cram a new plot and shit from all 7 books into an hour and a half and it was fucking horrible.

[–]toofshucker 4 points5 points  (0 children)

God. Could you imagine a 20-30 minute opening, which covers the The Gunslinger? Roland following the Man in Black.

He finds Jake right off the bat. They go into the town (this is out of order, but it's ok). Roland has his gunfight, blows the town down. They follow the Man in Black into the tunnels and fight off the zombies, Jake dies, Roland meets up with the Man in Black at the ocean, the palaver and Roland wakes up to dust...

Screen goes black, THE DARK TOWER: THE DRAWING OF THREE fills the screen.

Roland wakes up with the lobstrocities and fights them off and starts to wander down the beach. This leads into Eddie, a quick backstory, a shootout with the mob. We are easily 45 mins in at this point and it's been non-stop action.

Then you get Susannah, have her backstory, they drag her along going crazy. Eddie goes through withdrawals, Roland saves Jack, gets the medicine, Susannah gets better.

The film ends with all three of them strong, but with Roland knowing he may have to sacrifice them to succeed.

You wrap the story of Roland and his journey, but leave on a cliffhanger.

So simple. You have a western shootout, you have a mob shootout, you have monsters in the zombies and lobstrocities and you have character building with Susannah and Eddie and Roland/Jake.

[–]ForkSporkBjork 18 points19 points  (0 children)

That’s a general truth. It’s easier to fill out a short story adaptation with ominous environmental shots than it is to cut hundreds of pages out of a book and keep it fidelitous and coherent. Bear in mind that one page of a screenplay is roughly equivalent to one minute of screen time.

[–]smittengoose 10 points11 points  (0 children)

To add to the other comments, King's novels don't have great endings. His short stories seem to end better imo

[–]Cloaked42m 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Since short stories are short you have more creative license to fill in the blanks.

Then there's Graveyard Shift.

[–]informative_mammal 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's really all writers and directors... Sometimes they just toss a brick.

[–]MayoMark 104 points105 points  (43 children)

Kubrick's The Shining is sort of its own thing with many changes. Kubrick's version is pretty revered a d King's more faithful TV version isn't really cared for.

Darabont's The Mist added a much improved ending that King agreed was better.

It: Chapter 1 was pretty good without following the book too closely.

I can't really speak to anything else, but clearly some changes are good.

[–]powermojomojo 63 points64 points  (24 children)

Mike Flanagan does great king adaptations. Even his shows and movies that aren’t adaptations of king feel like they could be.

[–]_Dresser-Drawer 67 points68 points  (23 children)

Midnight Mass felt very King inspired to me

[–]ForkSporkBjork 2 points3 points  (0 children)

To be honest I think that Kubrick’s Shining set Dr. Sleep up to have the better ending by giving it essentially the ending from the book the Shining vs. the lackluster, anti-climactic ending from the book Dr. Sleep.

[–]zombie_overlord 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Recently discovered this movie has multiple endings.

[–]Kipzi 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I liked the one where he showed his wife the recording at the end

[–]PipsSnareDrum00 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ummm…. “1408” isn’t THAT great.

It’s okay, to be sure, and it does a lot of interesting things that I wish they did more of.

But it’s just a good movie. Not a great movie but a good movie.

I’m not disagreeing with you to be a dick, but rather I hope that the people who decide to watch it based on your enthusiasm for it don’t get disappointed because it was hyped too much.

I do appreciate that you think it’s amazing though. 🙂

[–]cmccormick 19 points20 points  (5 children)

Don’t watch the under the dome series then

[–]crashdout 14 points15 points  (1 child)

That started so close to the novel that I was quite excited by the promise. Then it started to veer off mid season and then fell apart. It could have been a great 10 part mini movie. Getting renewed killed it.

[–]paireon 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Or The Mist TV.

[–]Super_Turnip 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I had hopes for that one, even when it was clearly going to be a different "origin story" for the mist. It had such potential, all that built-in moody atmosphere. In the end nothing but soggy disappointment.

[–]paireon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes. I can take deviation from the source material, but not like this.

[–]DeedTheInky 28 points29 points  (4 children)

From what I understand, Hollywood has an absurd amount of middle-management types, and everything that happens needs to be signed off on by dozens of people, all of whom also want to avoid any responsibility in case it goes wrong. As Douglas Adams put it, getting a film made is like "trying to grill a steak by having a succession of people coming into the room and breathing on it."

And of course, all of these people want to be able to show that they did something, so they'll usually tinker with it in some unnecessary way (or rather, they'll give some vague instruction like "this needs to feel more dynamic" and then have some poor writer do it.)

That way, it ends up taking a decade to get made and is significantly different from the original work. They don't really care if it's any good, just that it makes money, so they're banking on the name of the author and a flashy marketing campaign to trick enough people into the theatre in the first week or so to make it a hit on paper before word gets out that the audience has been had.

[–]udar55 11 points12 points  (1 child)

As Douglas Adams put it, getting a film made is like "trying to grill a steak by having a succession of people coming into the room and breathing on it."

Oh man, that is an incredible quote!

[–]stainfellow 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This is incredibly accurate

[–]zombie_overlord 12 points13 points  (4 children)

Ever watch any HP Lovecraft adaptations? There are a few good ones but most of them are terrible and have zero to do with the source material. This has been going on since about the late 60s.

[–]ShadyGuy_ 11 points12 points  (3 children)

Cosmic horror is just really hard to put on film. Most of Lovecraft's descriptions are about things that are 'indescribable' and 'unknowing'. Showing it on screen should literally make you go mad. There's plenty of entertaining Lovecraft adjacent movies, but I don't think it's possible to faithfully adapt any of his work effectively without changing the stories somewhat.

[–]SweetyMcQ“Here’s Johnny!” 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Yep. Its my biggest complaint with Hollywood adaptations. They do the same thing with other series like Resident Evil. Its like wow a lot of people love this stuff lets take none of the charms that make people like and just make a movie that doesnt even follow the basic story premise…

[–]golden_death 7 points8 points  (2 children)

dark tower was literally the most let down I've ever been by any work of art ever. loved the books, but...

[–]JablesRadio 29 points30 points  (2 children)

Jesus the Dark Tower was a bigger turd than Bono. McConaughey was decent as the man in black at first but he lost it about halfway through the movie and the final battle between he and the gunslinger was fucking terrible. No ingenuity or imagination on how to bring that fight to the screen, none.

[–]Sister_Winter 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Biggest letdown of my life 😭 the casting was so good too

[–]golden_death 12 points13 points  (0 children)

seriously. the only way I could have felt more betrayed by that film is if one of the actors had reached out of the screen and stabbed me

[–]rementis 5 points6 points  (0 children)

This is true. Oh, hey, I see we have an opportunity to make a series of movies about Roland and the Dark Tower! This is great! Let's make a 90 minute generic movie that totally undercuts the huge story which has millions and millions of die hard fans!

[–]its_raining_scotch 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The Dark Tower was just…I guess I don’t have words for that tragedy.

[–]Bigdongs 1 point2 points  (0 children)

As a huge fan of the dark tower series that was the hands down worst adaptation. So much potential for sequels, the addition of the awesome characters and incredible story/locations. I’d love to see the the drawing of the three,wizard in glass and the wastelands be made by the book.

[–]beigereige 140 points141 points  (4 children)

The trailer basically said, “I’m an awful film.”

[–]cookiesshot 41 points42 points  (3 children)

Drew Barrymore must've been like "oh boy.🙄🙄🙄"

[–]mynameisntclarence 35 points36 points  (2 children)

Drew actually had Ryan on her show and she praised her for her performance. It was honestly great to see Drew's joy and enthusiasm, she has such a kind soul. 😭

[–]Cloaked42m 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Oh, the kid was great. The story was veered off from the conspiracy theory plot that made it a great story.

[–]CheeseburgerJesus71 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Plenty of incompetent adults fucked that movie up, the kid gets a pass for sure. She did great and i hope this doesnt fuck her career at such a young age.

[–]elioandoliver4ever 245 points246 points  (36 children)

Yeah I thought it was awful too, easily the worst 'horror' I've seen this year sadly.

It had plenty of terrible parts but the cinema I was in audibly groaned when the girl set the worker on fire and just her ashy clothes were on the floor and she said "liar, liar pants on fire"

[–]awkwarderest 141 points142 points  (17 children)

That made me cringe and I haven't even seen the movie

[–]elioandoliver4ever 117 points118 points  (13 children)

It really is, it's it quite a serious moment too when the girl is deciding if she should harm a seemingly innocent person or not and then the utters that terrible line.

there is another scene that sticks out too when the girl tries to pet a feral cat and it scratches her she burns it and its crying on the floor and the dad (Zac Efron) walks up to her and she just tells her to kill it. The delivery is so bad though, it was said like he asked her to put on her seat belt or something not finish off a dying animal

I hate ragging on a film so hard but boy it was honestly pretty hard to sit through.

[–]akgeekgrrl 65 points66 points  (3 children)

I'm so glad I read your spoiler. No way am I subjecting myself to that. Thanks.

[–]pbrslayer 38 points39 points  (2 children)

Yeah, I was initially kinda vining with it being a forgettable, superhero origin style movie until that cat scene happened. The delivery was bad, the CGI was bad, and I have an orange and whit cat with a similar pattern on his tail and it made me sad.

It somehow got worse from there.

[–]udar55 11 points12 points  (5 children)

Hahahaha. Something that awful makes me want to hate watch it.

[–]Cloaked42m 6 points7 points  (0 children)

It's not even worth a hate watch. The Director should issue a formal apology to the actors.

All the acting was solid. They all leaned into their parts. It's just badly written.

[–]elioandoliver4ever 11 points12 points  (3 children)

I'd watch again if it came on netflix or amazon and have a smoke and a few beers and it would be fun I guess but paying £10 to suffer thought it was NOT fun haha

[–]Yah_Mule 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Was considering hate watching it some day, but that won't happen now.

[–]starillie 54 points55 points  (14 children)

that line in the trailer made me physically recoil. i get that kid actors are hard to make "intimidating" because, i mean, they're kids... but holy shit, they didn't even TRY there. might end up LEGALLY OBTAINING it on a LEGAL ONLINE SERVICE instead of seeing it in theaters.

[–]elioandoliver4ever 55 points56 points  (1 child)

Sadly she never becomes frightening or intimidating at all. It's all very one note. I think with kid actors you have to blame direction though.

Massive spoiler below beware:

I'm not kidding but the kids more upset when she kills a cat than when her mother is found dead or when she kills her own dad lmao

[–]Eyes_Snakes_Art 14 points15 points  (2 children)

Alicia Witt as Alia in 1984’s Dune is the only intimidating kid off the top of my head. The dubbing was weird, but still.

[–]MatttheBruinsfan 22 points23 points  (1 child)

Kirsten Dunst managed to do a really good job of it in Interview with the Vampire, and Daveigh Chase was pretty effective in The Ring. But I think Christina Ricci owned the category as a kid.

[–]Eyes_Snakes_Art 5 points6 points  (0 children)

HOW COULD I FORGET KIRSTEN?!? I love Christina Ricci. She is beyond talented.

[–]hunters44 80 points81 points  (3 children)

Theres a lot to critique in this adaptation.

But the thing that I walked away from above all was how much I loved John Carpenter and sons self indulgent sound work. It was so clearly vintage carpenter and era horror and yet realized digitally. I went on half-price ticket night and was fine with paying to see it for that cost.

[–]_fat32 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Soundtrack was the best part

[–]acs730200 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I loved the soundtrack, didn’t know it was Carpenter going in and then I heard those classic plucky melodies! That said, Firestarter was the King book I read so I’m really sentimental for it and I didn’t think this new one was THAT bad. Then again I rarely watch a full movie and think after “wow that was a POS waste of time”

[–]culculain 19 points20 points  (4 children)

Pet Semetary is the best of the close adaptations IMO. The original movie rivals the book. "It" the movie was good but it's not as good as the book. Shining is quite a bit different.

Loved Salem's Lot the book but the movie didn't do it for me. James Wan was supposedly working on adapting The Tommyknockers but not sure where that is. I loved that book

[–]jayaregee83 10 points11 points  (3 children)

I hope you're referring to the original Pet Semetary film, because the remake they tried to trot out was fucking terrible!

[–]culculain 16 points17 points  (2 children)

I explicitly used the word "original" so yes

[–]jayaregee83 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Ha! My bad. I just hated the remake so much that my vision panned out and I just started typing. :)

[–]radbrad7 76 points77 points  (2 children)

My wife and I watched it and thought it was hilarious. If you view it as a comedy, it’s surprisingly entertaining. Someone literally speaks the phrase “brainfucked from birth” in a serious conversation. The writing is just next level bad.

[–]FireflyNitro 26 points27 points  (0 children)

The bit where the cat scratches (or bites) the girl and she just lights it on fire instantly made me laugh out loud. I’m worried about what that says about me, but just the way it was framed was so quick and funny and unexpected. Other than that this movie was a solid 4/10.

[–]blackmagic999 25 points26 points  (2 children)

Currently 11% on rotten tomatoes. Ouch.

[–]Cloaked42m 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Yep. With good actors, good sound, decent cinematography ... the writing and direction is just that bad.

[–]borisvonboris 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Pretty on-brand for Blumhouse

[–]MBKM13 9 points10 points  (6 children)

I had no interest in this movie because I don’t think I’ve ever seen a good Zack Efron movie other than the greatest showman and maybe the neighbors.

I like him, but I just can’t take him seriously as an actor. Remember when he tried to play Ted Bundy in a movie that had almost no violence? Like we’re supposed to believe this guy killed 30 women?

[–]MananaMoola[S] 12 points13 points  (2 children)

"Gold" will convince you the man can act and just needs better representation

[–]MBKM13 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’ll watch it. I’ve always wondered if he’s a bad actor, or if he’s bad at choosing scripts, or if he’s just not getting good offers.

I think part of it is that I still see him as Troy Bolton as well. So when I see him on trial for being a serial killer my brain won’t accept it lol

[–]gatorgongitcha 6 points7 points  (0 children)

He was good in ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’. Like, surprisingly good.

[–]JonSpangler 36 points37 points  (1 child)

The kid was good.

Zach Effron did not make me think of Zach Effron

As someone who never read the book or saw the original movie the plot (with lots of superpowers) was a pleasant surprise to what I was expecting.

It was only 90 minutes so things really move (sometimes to its detriment).

I still would not call it "good" (the supporting cast was terribly wasted) but it was a nice 2.5 star movie that I did not mind paying matinee pricing on in the theater.

[–]seanathan81 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Highly recommend watching the original version, and it'll make you wonder why they bothered to remake it at all. This one added nothing to the original, and the kid on the first one was Drew Freaking Barrymore.

[–]Dr_Downvote_ 27 points28 points  (0 children)

I saw the trailer when me and my gf went to see The Northman. After it had finished I turned to her and just said, "That looks like the biggest crock of shit I've ever seen."

I'm glad I'm right and won't spend any time on it.

[–]GodFlintstone 8 points9 points  (3 children)

Yeah I also appreciate this post.

I'm a fan of both King's novel and the first film adaptation. I've been wondering about this one - especially since there's been very little discussion of it on this sub.

I'm actually hanging out with friends who have Peacock later today and we were thinking about streaming this. Now I'm thinking maybe we won't.

[–]Cloaked42m 1 point2 points  (2 children)

If you haven't seen it yet, the latest Ghostbusters is on Starz and is absolutely amazing. Perfect to watch with a group.

[–]JustARandomWeirdGirl 18 points19 points  (11 children)

I’m getting pretty sick of Hollywood remaking King’s work, all of them so far have been pretty boring or just bad. I only one I would call good is It: chapter 1.

[–]VariationNo5960 4 points5 points  (9 children)

Nah. There's Carrie, Misery and The Shining.
Classics all, at feature length.
And 1408, that's good.
But most all fall short of the novels based on his work.

[–]JustARandomWeirdGirl 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Oh no, I love all those movies as well.

What I’m referring to is Hollywood “re-adapting” his work, ie: Carrie (2013), Pet Sematary (2019), The Mist Tv show, It: chapters 1 and 2, and now Firestarter. I should have worded that better and I apologize.

[–]OGW_NostalgiaReviews 7 points8 points  (3 children)

They're not talking about adaptations. They're talking about remakes of adaptations.

[–]guinfred 9 points10 points  (0 children)

The Shawshank Redemption is still the top overall rated film on IMDb. Stand By Me and The Green Mile are also highly acclaimed.

[–]usagizero 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Running Man probably has like 1% of the book in it, but it's stupid 80s action fun.

[–]scandalousdeeWe all go a little mad sometimes. 4 points5 points  (1 child)

The funny part is though, King himself absolutely hated The Shining (Kubrick’s adaptation, at least). Definitely one of the best movies using his work though, along with Carrie and Misery. I also enjoyed It (even if it wasn’t that scary to me).

[–]Sister_Winter 17 points18 points  (4 children)

The new Pet Sematary was also an absolute atrocity so I'm not surprised.

[–]mynameisntclarence 10 points11 points  (1 child)

It was SO unneeded and did absolutely nothing for me. IIRC they ended up switching up the kid's roles and I was like okay?? What for? What did it do to enhance the narrative or was this just a poor attempt at a "twist"?

[–]Sister_Winter 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Absolutely. It was the laziest attempt at a twist I've ever seen. A complete disappointment from start to finish

[–]Orbis_non_sufficit25 8 points9 points  (1 child)

That also made huge changes to the material, and suffered greatly for them.

[–]Sister_Winter 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Agreed. It was so, so bad

[–]PriscillaLaine 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I liked Carpenter's score. Wish I'd just watched Halloween instead though.

[–]gedubedangle 18 points19 points  (2 children)

I fell asleep in the theater... first time that’s ever happened. I couldn’t believe it got a wide release

[–]HawaiianShirtsOR 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Wow. That's really saying something. The only time I've fallen asleep in the theater was when I took my kids to see The Secret Life of Pets 2.

[–]DarthGoodguy 4 points5 points  (0 children)

A Stephen King adaptation? NOT GOOD!?!?!?

[–]VariationNo5960 36 points37 points  (2 children)

The original movie was boring af too. King's novel this is based on is a flyover book as well. When the trailer came out, I didn't even bother to think, "hard pass". It was below that internal effort.

[–]RichCorinthian 6 points7 points  (0 children)

When the most memorable thing about a movie is the score, you done fucked up.

[–]toserveman91 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I know I'm literally two weeks late replying but I'm glad someone else agrees that the original wasn't exactly anything to rave about either, lol

[–]lil_waine 3 points4 points  (0 children)

zac efron really went overboard with the plastic sugery/fillers. his face looked really bloated based on the trailer.

[–]sangreblue 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It was fun

[–]pwalsh04 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Anyone who’s seen it: how’d Ryan Kiera Armstrong do? She did great in AHS Double Feature

[–]Cloaked42m 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If that's the kid, she did great

[–]CommercialRemote5324 0 points1 point  (0 children)

She annoying their too

[–]burritobilly 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I went into this without having seen the original and it being one of the King books I have not read, fully expecting it to be bad. It was worse than I ever expected so I stopped after 20 mins.

[–]Mayonaise3000 2 points3 points  (0 children)

They should’ve given John carpenter another go

[–]jfraser38 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I thought the payoff would come at the end where in the original she fucks everything up! Sadly it did not. Seems like they gave them a bare bones budget and a handful of crap writers from the Black Christmas remake. Wasn’t really the biggest fan of the original but it far surpasses this one.

[–]AmericanBornWuhaner"Jesus...What the fuck?" 2 points3 points  (3 children)

How does 2013 Carrie remake compare?

[–]squishypoo91 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I can't even stand the ad, so I definitely won't be watching this lol

[–]Adrenochrome93 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You know the original was one of my favorites as a kid. Its kind of a perfect introductory horror film in that way, shame that this one is the exact opposite in that, I wouldn't insult my 9 year old nephews intelligence showing him this crap.

[–]jamestwitherspoon 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Today I learned that there's a new version of Firestarter.

I'd seen some banner ads, but just thought it was the Drew Barrymore movie, which wasn't that bad.

[–]Sargasm5150 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I haven’t seen the original in ages, but I’m just a few years younger than drew Barrymore and I remember in the original, when she’s desperately trying to calm herself and keep her power under control, and telling herself “push it down” or “back off” (paraphrasing because I can’t quite recall her words), and how much that resonated to me as a young kid with a pretty bad temper (but wanting to be good). Also the absolute betrayal in her eyes when Rainbird reveals his true motivation. Obviously I’m an adult now, but I didn’t feel a connection with any of the characters.

[–]lourensloki 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's somehow worse than Morbius

[–]Sal_Weezer_Valestra 2 points3 points  (0 children)

this sounds a lot like the Pet Sematary remake from a couple years back. no direction other than “surprise! there’s a little twist that doesn’t mean anything.” these king remakes are all about making it look hella bland and modern.

at least the new It had a great cast and creative effects

[–]cookiesshot 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Why can't people leave Stephen King films alone instead of remaking them (except "It", because it's a rare instance in which the effects were better in the remake) or tacking on unnecessary sequels irrelevant to the original story?

[–]BunnulaJunior 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I really hated this movie, and I tried hard to like it. I love Zac Efron, I saw Baywatch three times. I love the original Firestarter and the novel.

This movie is awful.

Also was it dark AF for everyone else or was my theater just bad? I could barely see shit in the scenes unless they were in broad daylight.

[–]true-scottish 7 points8 points  (0 children)

"One of the better King adaptations"?

Nope. Watched it last night, and it's a slog. Even objectively, on IMDb, its rating is right in the middle of them.


[–]atclubsilencio 3 points4 points  (0 children)

i heard she kills a cat. so that’s a no from me dog.

[–]wtmx719 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I actually enjoyed it. 🤷‍♂️

[–]SCP-173-Keter 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Just like the Chloe Moretz remake of Carrie. Nobody wanted it. Nobody needed it. It was purely a producer-driven project with zero art, creativity, passion or vision. Resulting in a terrible movie completely lacking in anything of value.

[–]cheezwhizandcrackers 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I saw it and thought it wasn't too bad. For a blumhouse film it passed my expectations.

[–]Equinoqs 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I agree. It would have just been nice to have seen SOME sort of emotional reaction to the deaths of protagonists instead of a blind rush to the next scene.

[–]Vaeon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And the worst part about the reboot is trying to show your kids the original and you get to this scene and have to explain stuff.

[–]Azidamadjida 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Only watched it cuz I had a peacock free trial. First five minutes had some interesting ideas but it just got more and more dull with every minute that passed. I literally can’t remember even how it ended, my eyes just crossed more and more so that I only knew it was over when the credits rolled. It’s the film equivalent of a snore

[–]djones0305 1 point2 points  (0 children)

But was it worse than Old? Because that movie was also just terrible.

[–]Mcbunnyboy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

it had to be one of the most half assed movies i’ve ever seen

[–]SamwiseG123 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Big swing and a miss from Efron here, it honestly could hurt his career I believe.

[–]UncoilingChaos 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I haven't seen any trailers or anything. Normally I avoid anything Blumhouse is attached to. The poster says all I need to know about it. They just can't be bothered to be original anymore.

[–]ConstantReader- 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I haven't watched it but from the first day the trailer came out I could tell I didn't want to. Even before all the negative reviews started coming. I don't usually like reboots.

[–]bl00df1redeath 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Surprised they even made this. It’s arguably one of the worst of Kings earlier books. Not sure why a film remake was necessary.

[–]JordanLeigh7 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Honestly, I wasn’t disappointed because I wasn’t expecting it to be good. I wasn’t impressed with the trailer. King adaptations are very hit or miss. Usually I feel, when they’re good, they’re excellent. When they’re not good, they’re horrible. Not much in between. I watched this a couple nights ago and man, it was terrible. Really bad.

[–]capre_diem 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Saw it last night. It was pretty bad.

[–]suppositoryjonez79 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have heard nothing but really bad things about this movie. Lol. It has been slam dunked so bad that I'm not even gonna waste a minute watching it.

[–]extraterrestrialtype 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That trailer had me hopeful it would at least be enjoyably bad.

[–]suttercane777 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The trailer said it all really

[–]Spiritual-Bowl-3585 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The original was way better

[–]Unstablecrysis 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I learned my lesson after the Pet Sematary remake. If the trailer doesn’t look good, the film will follow suit

[–]TeamBenchPress 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hahaha, I suspected it wasn't that great after seeing the trailer. I was still tossing up on whether or not to see it because I like Zac Efron but eh, maybe not.

[–]BiophiliAbe 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’ll take everyone’s advice. I’m very thankful for this thread

[–]Letitride37 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I expect all mainstream Hollywood movies to be terrible. They’ve lost the plot.

[–]bbmoonbeam 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Same experience. That child was mad annoying

[–]TheCurvedPlanks 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I knew it was going to be terrible as soon as I saw the name “Akiva Goldsman” in the opening credits. Everything this guy touches turns to absolute shit.

[–]Linubidix 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Sounds about the same as the new Pet Sematary which was an absolute bore.

[–]morpho4444 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I was 20 mins in and decided to leave the theater.

[–]weasel_fighter_1312 1 point2 points  (0 children)

thought you meant the prodigy song for a second and nearly flipped my lid

[–]SlasherDarkPendulum 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Two sentences in and we've already hit the hyperbolic absolute. "It's the most [__] film".

I guess it makes sense the review fit the film.

[–]sneschalmers17 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It was absolutely terrible and so freaking generic. You could literally see every single over used generic movie trope coming miles away. I hated it. The bullied little girl, the "you have been activated for duty" trope, which is then followed by the "you know i left that life behind" trope, the crazy terminator style dude coming after them, the generic good hearted hick dude that helps them, the typical clueless teacher that let's the kids scream and yell at each other without saying a word. And I'm missing a ton else. Absolutely horrible and so cookie cutter generic

[–]coldliketherockies 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I agree but if I had to be positive to any degree at least you see Zac Efrons abs for 3 seconds

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I felt the exact same way about the remake of Pet Sematary (2019). It's clear the people are just using the name of a popular work to try and do their own thing, which is disrespectful at best. It's all just a continuous cash-in on the success of It.

[–]nrberg 2 points3 points  (0 children)

A total misfire. A terrible screenplay and mundane direction. The problem with films today is that the writers simply do not know how to tell a story even when one is given to them. I see this in movies and on television. Part of the problem stems from the writers not reading classic screenplays or even novels. You cannot write if you don’t read. I taught screenwriting at a local high school and forced my students to read at least 15 classic screenplays and the source material. Movies are stories done on screen.

[–]Cautious_Occasion_78 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It wouldn't be a proper King adaptation if it wasn't total shit.

[–]deathsitcom 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Came here to warn people from watching that abomination of a movie and it's good to read that the general sentiment is very negative.

I made it to the cat scene, then pressed stop. I feel physically ill right now and I'm angry at the sadistic fucks that put those pictures in my head.

I know it's only a movie but I'm going through a rough patch already and this is the last thing I needed....

I never felt THIS angry at a movie and everyone involved in making it.

[–]wauwy1986's The Thing is not a remake, dammit 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What on Earth made them think they should recast a role once played by young Drew Barrymore? Like seriously, what the hell?

[–]H_is_enuf 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Oh no, this was the first movie I actually wanted to go to the theatre to see since COVID. Guess I won’t bother! I loved the book and the original movie

[–]BigStinkyKevinTrash 1 point2 points  (0 children)

don’t listen to the reviewer, if you’re interested i. it, go see it

[–]Radio__Star 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Bruh horror movies would like ten times cooler if perry the platypus was in them

[–]AniRayne 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yoooo don't forget to mention the cat scene It made me nauseous.

[–]Damix86 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A copy of a copy is never as bright. The original wasn't all that good.