Stephen King's Cat's Eye AND Stephen King's Silver Bullet
October 29th 2009 00:21
Movie mogul Dino De Laurentiis (who had produced The Dead Zone and given Cronenberg his biggest commercial hit) decided to strike again while the King iron was hot, although this time round he decided to give the screenwriting duties to the novelist himself. This was not the first time King had delivered screenplays. Stanley Kubrick had bought the rights to arguably one of King’s most powerful novels The Shining and commissioned him to write the screenplay, then in classic Kubrick form rejected the script and wrote it himself (making numerous key changes). King then provided George Romero with the screenplay to the anthology Creepshow (1983), of which two of the tales were based on King short stories, and the other three written especially for the screen.
The Shining (1980) was like, but the screenplay to Creepshow, a severed tongue-in-cheek tribute to the E.C. horror comics of the 50s, for the most part worked a treat. However King’s screenplays to Cat’s Eye (1985) and Silver Bullet (1985), both of which carried his name as part of the complete title, are patchy and obvious at best. They’re cheap productions, and they look like it too.
Norris (Robert Hays) living on the edge
The second story features Norris (Robert Hays, impossible to watch in a dramatic role after Flying High aka Airplane!), an ex-tennis pro and adulterer orced to walk the tiny ledge perimeter of a skyscraper at gunpoint by a jilted husband and pathological gambler Cressner (Kenneth McMillan), exacting jealous revenge. If he makes it around he’ll get “the girl, the gold watch, and everything.” It’s windy, the ledge is narrow, and there’s a damn pecking pigeon to deal with.
Marty (Cory Haim) and sister Megan (Jane Coslaw) in the werewolf's gaze
Here's the trailer to Cat's Eye:
Here's the trailer to Silver Bullet:
Cat's Eye DVD and Silver Bullet DVD are courtesy of Madman Entertainment, many thanks!
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