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Doctor Sleep – Finding Lost Locks

26 Sep

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To return again but to step away.

Finding not a sequel but your old self in a new town.

Time to run away.

It can be cured again.

Mix the puzzle pieces and it might be write again.

To be unfinished and so to dream.

I read 100 pages I wish to read again.

But how I fear the drift.

May I slip between the cracks?

Of some longed for instant. Other outcomes.

To skate beside King’s usual flex.

Then discover.

Old town. New town.

Danny Torrance’s references. The wine purchase in the morning.

Tony waving in the turret window.

Is there another hallway down a burned manuscript page?

But it isn’t over.

As I said: 100 pages deep.

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The Masque of Red Death’s Shining Room 237

12 Sep

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I will not repeat or repost Poe’s story here, nor will I regurgiate with blood and feathers The King’s Shining.  

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The question lurking out of every his & her mussed-up/mashed-up/mashed-up must and will and well might be: so, if you watch the film backwards on 2 screens simultaneously (one in front, one behind you) while riding around on an exact replica of Danny’s POWER WHEELS while in a state of GENTLE autoasphyxiation, then, yes, you may just as well admit that whipping yourself right into Room 237 could easily be done; and what a dreamy room it ‘TIS! Okay, so, whaddya wanna yadda an yadda on about the film? There are crack-pot theories and then there are CRACKED theories; this one had them all, though I did buy the bit about the German typewriter…and of course the N.A. imagery is REAL OBVIOUS, so….

Doctor Sleep: The Shining Anticipatory Review

7 Sep

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I decided to reread this classic before Doctor Sleep comes out (in two weeks or so). I admit to seeing the film before I read the book when I was in middle school. It has remained an enduring favorite: one of the best horror films of all time. Strangely, King has been quoted, on numerous occasions, as expressing distaste for the adaptation; rereading it, was struck by how faithful it is (literally whole pages of dialogue repeated verbatim). True, there are some major plot alterations (the ending, as is typically remarked upon, for instance), but in some ways Kubrick represents the gradual slide into insanity with greater accuracy (I was dumbfounded that the “all work and no play…” scene was absent from the book!). I really loved the extended dog costumed man scene in the book (only a flickered image in the film), but am going back and forth about the effectiveness of the topiary as an object of terror (Kubrick’s emphasis on Grady’s daughters was a far better choice), however I preferred King’s handling of the ghost party; where Kubrick played it straight, King’s party was much wackier and wild. Kubrick also misses King’s emphasis on Jack’s alcoholism–a fascinating back-story that adds a great depth to a character which, in Kubrick and Nicholson’s hands, occasionally veers into parody. I wait expectantly to see what King has cooked up in Doctor Sleep and why he’s chosen to return to these characters after all these years.