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 Posted:   Jul 3, 2013 - 10:06 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Norwegian TV aired first episode yesterday, and all I can say is WOW! I'm a big fan of Stephen King mini-series like The Stand and The Langoliers, and this was just as good. There's just something extremely original and terrifying about King's works that I can't put my finger on.

I usually don't watch many TV series, but I'll do all I can to see more of Under The Dome in the coming weeks.

Opinions? NO SPOILERS PLEASE!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 3, 2013 - 10:41 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I didn't find anything particularly terrifying about it, and I don't think that was the intention either. It's not THAT kind of King. Some of the situations and characters are very King, on the other hand, and although some of them are a bit 'used' by now (and lack the complexity of more contemporary, HBO-like TV characters), I always find myself liking the ideas behind them.

As far as the 'dome' concept goes, this is obviously not the first time anyone has had a similar idea. But it's kinda cool, and even though I wasn't hooked right off the bat, I'm curious to see where this goes.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 3, 2013 - 10:42 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

It's a great set-up, & I also love The Langoliers, but I finished reading the book yesterday & it's rubbish, & I think the problems are unfixable. I won't do any spoilers.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 3, 2013 - 10:44 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

If you're talking about the novel THE LANGOLIERS (or rather the 'long short story', as it goes), that is absolutely fantastic and my favourite King after THE SHINING. Somewhat of a minor masterpiece. The TV series was fairly successful in capturing the tone and mood of the novel, but still a long way from its looming sense of doom.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 3, 2013 - 1:20 PM   
 By:   Cooper   (Member)


The Dome is sealing in a King-ian Town's worth of Steve's typical roster of stock characters, situations and the usual comfortably conventional, inorganic execution...but not for freshness. It's boilerplate that fits like your broken in sneaks, and that's why we like it (kinda, sorta).

I found myself thinking of Darabont's "The Mist," which I thought was the best, recent example of how to make something with that unmistakable, faithful to King sound and sensibility work like gangbusters... That's if you're not going to go the Kubrick route and make his work your distinctive own.

Tobe Hooper's "Salem's Lot" is still king in my book for Stephen based mini-series: Viscerally alive like a cold lady vampire slowly waking on a gurney, her dead eyes glinting as she calls for her boy... Different kind of story, sure, but wouldn't it be cool if someone at least tried to do something shuddery-awesome like that again?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 3, 2013 - 3:42 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I can't stand SALEM'S LOT and thought it was absolutely ridiculous and dated from the first to the last image. I was flabbergasted when I saw how many on this board found this to be the epitome of King filmatizations. Just flabbergasting. I'd rather take MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE, to be honest.

But to each their own. We definitely agree on THE MIST.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 3, 2013 - 3:46 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

I've always wanted to see the original Salem's Lot. I remember the remake a few years ago, but it was awful. I don't know why I tuned in for the second night, but I guess I thought it might improve. It didn't.

I can't stand SALEM'S LOT and thought it was absolutely ridiculous and dated from the first to the last image. I was flabbergasted when I saw how many on this board found this to be the epitome of King filmatizations. Just flabbergasting. I'd rather take MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE, to be honest.

I learned long ago to just accept that everybody has different tastes and not get all worked up or overdramatic about it.

 
 Posted:   Jul 3, 2013 - 4:16 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

I can't stand SALEM'S LOT and thought it was absolutely ridiculous and dated from the first to the last image. I was flabbergasted when I saw how many on this board found this to be the epitome of King filmatizations. Just flabbergasting. I'd rather take MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE, to be honest.

But to each their own. We definitely agree on THE MIST.


Maximum Overdrive, Thor? That movie is schlock-trash.

 
 Posted:   Jul 3, 2013 - 4:16 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

FWIW, the miniseries of Under the Dome is deviating quite a bit from the novel...in terms of characters and their development within the story arc.

Anyone who saw the original "Salem's Lot" on TV (the first one starring David Soul) was seeing something very eerie/creepy. We, in the U.S., were not oversaturated at that time with vampire stories and magical effects/makeup.

When we actually saw the vampire, it was scary.

I'm certain it is with that nostalgia that most of us remember it fondly.

 
 Posted:   Jul 3, 2013 - 4:26 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

I think it helps to have been a kid when seeing 'Salem's Lot' for the first time (agree with Ron, the vampire scared the **** out of me). It hasn't dated that well but it's still a solid effort and I do hope Warner will give it a decent blu-ray release. Wasn't a big fan of the Rob Lowe remake, that was all over the place.

As tv adaptations of King go, aside from Salem's Lot, I'd have to go with "The Stand" and "It" as being the best. Other tv efforts like 'Storm of the Century', 'The Shining', 'Rose Red' and even "Langoliers" IMO are drawn out far too much and take forever to get going. "Desperation" only had a strong first half but annoying characters, "Kingdom Hospital" was redundant (just see the original) and if you count the long running series "Dead Zone" I think that did strike a cord and was entertaining though obviously not as mainstream as "The Dome".

Now Under the Dome isn't the most creative story King wrote but it has all the trademark King ingredients you've come to like from him and the tv show seems to do its own thing, which I appreciate. I did like the book as it was a pageturner, but it's obvious it needs readjustment to survive on tv.

It is refreshing to see a good King adaptation after 1408 and The Mist, both from 2007 already! I miss the days when you'd have multiple King movies/tv shows a year.

P.S. another tv effort "Tommyknockers" also had a plot element where the town was sealed off by a barrier though most of them didn't want to leave wink.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 3, 2013 - 5:36 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

I love the remake of "The Shining." The Kubrick movie took a long time to grow on me, but in the last few years I've re-evaluated my opinions on it. Now I enjoy both. I like the movie for the rollercoaster ride that it is, and I like the mini-series for being a much better, more faithful adaptation of the novel. (Which I finally read for the first time last year and enjoyed immensely.)

It! is also pretty good. I re-watched The Langoliers and The Stand just within the last couple of years. I enjoyed them at the time, but found them tough to sit through now. Especially with the acting in The Langoliers, and the special effects haven't aged well at all.

The Dead Zone television series was really good until the network demanded changes in the final season. Really hated it after that and never stuck around to see how it ended. But the first few seasons especially were pretty solid.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 3, 2013 - 10:59 PM   
 By:   Cooper   (Member)



Anyone who saw the original "Salem's Lot" on TV (the first one starring David Soul) was seeing something very eerie/creepy. We, in the U.S., were not oversaturated at that time with vampire stories and magical effects/makeup.

When we actually saw the vampire, it was scary.

I'm certain it is with that nostalgia that most of us remember it fondly.




Nostalgia could be part of it, Ron; I haven't actually seen it in years. One of these days I hope to see how it holds up.

I don't recall the bulk of the running time, but I remember it being punctuated by some amazing moments. Overall, maybe it was Hooper's take on The Undead that got under my skin: Cold, reptilian. It was like we were seeing some ghoulish, hidden part of nature scratching at the second story window in the dead of night. Creepy, man!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 3, 2013 - 11:41 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

FWIW, the miniseries of Under the Dome is deviating quite a bit from the novel...in terms of characters and their development within the story arc.

Anyone who saw the original "Salem's Lot" on TV (the first one starring David Soul) was seeing something very eerie/creepy. We, in the U.S., were not oversaturated at that time with vampire stories and magical effects/makeup.

When we actually saw the vampire, it was scary.

I'm certain it is with that nostalgia that most of us remember it fondly.


Completely agree about Salem's Lot. I watched it when it first aired and those vampires (especially their eyes) scared the hell out of me. They were truly undead creatures that emanated death and decay. You can keep your sparkling vampires, give me these creature of the night, any day...or night. wink

Greg Espinoza

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 3, 2013 - 11:42 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

Double post.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 4, 2013 - 7:15 AM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

The series continues to underwhelm me. Not that it is bad, but it just lacks any sense of urgency or mystery or wonder. There's a curious flat feeling to everything. This week's episode in particular was marred by just plain bad staging - the climax of the episode should have been more involving, just any kind of tension at all would have been fine. But it just laid there.

I am wanting to like this, am a fan of King's stuff overall and the TV creative crew has some good product in their past. But the first two episodes aren't really making this one a must see so far. Let's give it a few more hours to see if they get things up and running

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 4, 2013 - 11:48 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Channel 5 have bought the rights to show this in the UK but it looks like it won't be aired
until Autumn!!!

 
 Posted:   Jul 4, 2013 - 3:09 PM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

After 2 episodes I too have been underwhelmed. No real sense of menace, too little build up and too many plot and character changes that have totally thrown me even from what little I remember about the book.

The cast is good and the special effects are OK but the pacing is off and so is the script writing. I hope it gets better or I'm afraid the great initial ratings will plummet.

 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2013 - 7:25 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Here is a ranking and rundown of all of King's TV adaptations:

http://www.vulture.com/2013/07/all-of-stephen-kings-tv-work-ranked.html

 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2013 - 9:51 AM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

Creepiest moment for me in the '79 "Salem's Lot":

Danny Glick scratching on his bedroom window and asking his brother to let him in.

Someone in Hollywood in some art or craft has the name "Glick". Every time I see it, I get creeped out.

 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2013 - 9:53 AM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

"The Stand" is King's finest novel, IMO. I'm especially partial to the "restoration" version...the one that puts back much that the publisher asked King to remove so that the original book would not seem too long.

I'm also very partial to the TV movie. I think it still has legs. Beautifully scored and with a really good cast.

I very much liked "The Langoliers", too, as a TV movie.

 
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