1922 is one of Stephen King’s darkest and creepiest horror tales. That should tell you something. Stephen King is the master of modern horror and 1922 is King at his meanest, ugliest, and scariest.
It’s been a great time to be a Stephen King fan, and now there is yet another reason to celebrate. Australian writer/director Zak Hilditch has made 1922 into a film, and holy s–t, this look INTENSE. Check out the trailer, but be warned: it’s not for the faint of heart.
“I hope there is no God. Because if there’s no Heaven, there’s no Hell.”
The story centers around Wilfred James (Thomas Jane), a proud farmer who lives out in the country with his son, Henry (Dylan Schmid), and his wife, Arlette (Molly Parker). When Arlette decides to sell some of her land and move to the city, it endangers Wilfred’s way of life. He conspires to murder Arlette and gets Henry to help.
But, after the deed is done, things begin to take a frightening turn. Tons of rats begin to attack Wilfred. And he’s beginning to see Arlette again…
1922 is a skin-crawling story and the film looks like it’s perfectly capturing that. The cast is fantastic — Thomas Jane was excellent in the film adaptation of King’s The Mist — and Hilditch has a great eye for eerie imagery. If this works, it could be a real unexpected surprise for horror fans.
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It’s exhilarating to see Stephen King back in the mainstream. The success of IT and all the upcoming film adaptations are making this Stephen King fan unbelievably happy. 1922 is a left-field story to see adapted, but it looks like it’s going to be as excellent as IT.
1922 hits Netflix on October 20. Just in time to give you some Halloween scares.