HBO officially green-lights new adaptation of Watchmen from Damon Lindelof

Damon Lindelof, co-creator of Lost and The Leftovers, made waves earlier this week when he seemed to confirm his long-rumored adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s gritty graphic novel, Walkmen. “Day One,” he captioned an Instagram photo featuring the base of the statue that, in the novel, serves a pivotal purpose.

Now, HBO has made it official. The premium cable network has indeed green-lit a pilot of Lindelof’s adaptation, according to While a pilot doesn’t guarantee a full series order, EW adds that HBO has high hopes for the project as a possible tentpole drama to replace Game of Thrones. And though Watchmen is notoriously hard project to adapt (just ask Zack Snyder), HBO is said to have confidence given its success with GoT.

In previous interviews, Lindelof said he needed to “weigh the balance” of whether or not another adaptation of Watchmen should exist before actually taking it on. “I hold the source material in such high regard, it would literally be the worst feeling in the world to screw it up,” he continued. As such, Lindeolf’s adaptation will be a completely new and separate iteration from Snyder’s 2009 movie, EW notes.

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Shania Twain guests on Broad City, soundtracks a Soulstice sex scene: Watch

Throughout countless episodes, Broad City character Abbi Abrams (portrayed by Abbi Jacobson) has perpetuated the lie that one of her clients at her gym is country superstar Shania Twain. On this week’s installment of the Comedy Central series, that fib became a glorious reality with Twain guesting as a Soulstice gym customer.

During her appearance, the musician attempts to skip out on her workout in order to watch Friends and brainstorms a handful of song ideas (sounds like my idea of an “athletic” trip to the gym). However, the episode’s best moment came when Twain sang her 1997 hit “You’re Still the One” while Abrams and her beau, fellow Soulstice employee Trey, get it on in a locker room. Now that impresses me much.

(Read: Broad City Navigates a Precarious Political Reality in Season Four)

“She was so funny,” the show’s Ilana Glazer said of Twain in a behind-the-scenes video. “She was so down to play with herself as an icon.”

Watch a few clips below. Head here to watch the whole “Twaining Day” episode (scroll to the 18:47 mark).

Twain will return with her first album in 15 years (!), Now, on September 29th.

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Frank Zappa is being resurrected as a hologram, will tour

Frank Zappa passed away over a decade ago after a long battle with cancer, but is currently prepping a comeback — that is, as a hologram. Like Andy Kaufman, Selena, and Ronnie James Dio before him, the late Zappa will soon go on “tour” to “play” for audiences thanks to the wonders of technology.

As a press statement details, the Zappa Family Trust has partnered up with production company EyeIlusion for this new venture. The proposed tour is expected to see the Zappa hologram perform alongside some of his past bandmates, including Steve Vai, Adrian Belew, Ian Underwood, and Arthur Barrow. Various family members also will take part in the events.

(Read: A Beginner’s Guide to Frank Zappa)

“Also, how radical would it be to have Moon singing ‘Valley Girl’ onstage with Frank?” said Ahmet Zappa, co-Trustee of the Zappa Family Trust. “Or to see Dweezil side by side with our father playing dueling guitar solos? That would be my greatest wish and I look forward to bringing this special celebration of Frank’s legacy to a town near you.”

Setlists haven’t been hammered out just yet, but do promise to feature the musician’s “most well-known music as well as some rare and unheard material.” Production for these shows will begin later this year, followed by actual tour announcements in 2018.

If that’s not enough to get Zappa fans hyped, a stage production titled Joe’s Garage: The Musical, based on his 1979, three-part rock opera, is also being developed. Zappa himself is set to star as the Central Scrutinizer.

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Stone Temple Pilots share unreleased track written for The Crow soundtrack, “Only Dying”: Stream

On September 29th, Stone Temple Pilots will release a special 25th anniversary reissue of their debut album, Core. Coming from Rhino, the deluxe package promises over two hours of unreleased live performances and demos, including the previously revealed early version of “Sex Type Thing”. Now, another previously unheard demo for a track called “Only Dying” has been revealed.

According to Rolling Stone, the track was originally penned for inclusion in the 1994 classic comic book adaptation The Crow. However, it was held out of the final film because its themes of mortality conflicted with the tragic on-set death of the movie’s star, Brandon Lee. While “Big Empty”, the lead single from the band’s sophomore album, Purple, was used in its place, there might be another reason “Only Dying” was held out: STP didn’t really like it.

I remember Scott really wanted to redo the song and quite honestly, the guitar tone we chose on that … I don’t know what I was thinking,” said guitarist Dean DeLeo. “Maybe I was listening to too much Robert Smith or something. It’s a song where I don’t think we reached our full potential as songwriters quite yet. But honestly, it really is a beautiful song.” Take a listen below.

Pre-orders for the Core reissue are going on now.

Core Super Deluxe Edition Tracklist:
Disc One (Original Album Remastered)
01. Dead & Bloated
02. Sex Type Thing
03. Wicked Garden
04. No Memory
05. Sin
06. Naked Sunday
07. Creep
08. Piece of Pie
09. Plush
10. Wet My Bed
11. Crackerman
12. Where the River Goes

Disc Two (Demos and B-sides)
01. Only Dying – Demo *
02. Wicked Garden – Demo *
03. Naked Sunday – Demo *
04. Where the River Goes – Demo *
05. Dead & Bloated – Demo *
06. Sex Type Thing – Demo *
07. Sin – Demo *
08. Creep – Demo *
09. Plush – Demo *
10. Sex Type Thing – Swing Type Version
11. Plush – Acoustic Type Version
12. Creep – New Album Version
13. Plush – Acoustic from MTV Headbanger’s Ball (Take 1)

Disc Three (Live 1993)
Live At Castaic Lake Natural Amphitheater (July 2, 1993)
01. Crackerman *
02. Wicked Garden *
03. No Memory *
04. Sin *
05. Plush *
06. Where the River Goes *
07. Sex Type Thing *
08. Wet My Bed *
09. Naked Sunday *

Live At the Reading Festival (August 27, 1993)
10. Wicked Garden
11. No Memory *
12. Sin
13. Lounge Fly *
14. Dead & Bloated
15. Sex Type Thing
16. Naked Sunday *

Disc Four (MTV Unplugged – November 17, 1993)
01. Crackerman
02. Creep *
03. Andy Warhol
04. Plush *
05. Big Empty *
06. Wicked Garden *
07. Sex Type Thing *

Disc Five (DVD – Original Album 5.1 Mix, 24/96 Stereo Audio, And Music Videos)

* = previously unreleased

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Jordan Peele looking to kick some Nazi ass in new TV series The Hunt

Jordan Peele has been a hot commodity since his directorial debut, Get Out, scored big with audiences and critics earlier this year. He’s since teamed up with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions to produce an HBO horror drama and will also join Spike Lee in telling the story of an African-American police officer who infiltrated the KKK. Now, in keeping with his interest in American race relations, he’s working to develop a new series about Nazi hunters in the 1970s.

Called The Hunt, it follows “a diverse band of Nazi hunters in 1970s America as they set out on a quest for revenge and justice — tracking and killing hundreds of Nazis who, with the unconscionable help of the U.S. government, escaped justice and embedded themselves in American society.” It’s being developed as part of Peele’s first-look deal with Sonar Entertainment, who will produce the series alongside Peele’s own Monkeypaw Productions.

Like all of Peele’s work, the piece is clearly inspired by current events. According to The Hollywood Reporter, sources say the potential series began circulating in the wake of the neo-Nazi protest in Charlottesville, though it was also probably inspired by the national debate as to whether or not it’s okay to punch a Nazi. It’s safe to say Peele is of the opinion it is.

A network is not yet attached, but the word is people are very interested.


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Miley Cyrus previews upcoming album with new song “Week Without You”: Stream

With just a little over a week to go before the release of Younger Now, the country-turned-pop-turned-country-again singer Miley Cyrus has let loose a new song dubbed, “Week Without You”.

Over a slowly stomping rhythm, Cyrus imagines life without her current lover who’s been a source of stress lately. If she had seven free days at her disposal, she says she’d “probably have so much fun” chilling with her gal pals and soaking up some sun. Sounds like it’s time to give her SO the boot. Hear it down below.

(Read: The 25 Most Anticipated Albums of Fall 2017)

Younger Now arrives September 28th. Earlier this month, Cyrus performed the title track on Ellen, outfitted in Elvis-like attire.

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Should I Take a GLA Supplement?

Inline_GLA_09.21.17Recently, a reader inquired about gamma linolenic acid (GLA) and inflammation. Is GLA everything it’s made out to be? Is it something all of us should add to our diets? Can we obtain it through real foods, or do we need to rely on supplements? There’s certainly a lot of hype about GLA’s ability to heal chronic inflammation and even to facilitate an easier transition into menopause (something I’ll cover more in a follow-up post). For today, let’s take a closer look at GLA and the role it may play in anti-inflammatory nutrition.

Quick review of inflammation here… Inflammation might seem like the root of all peril, and for many of us struggling with inflammatory conditions, it’s hard to think otherwise. However, we also recall that it exists to protect us. A little acute inflammation helps the body to heal from injury. It brings blood flow to the area of injury or pain as a protective mechanism. The blood vessels become more permeable, thus allowing the plasma and leukocytes to flow through the vessel walls, and into the injured area where they help the body to heal. The area becomes warm, swollen and painful. This is all necessary in order for the body to repair itself.

However, like any extreme response, inflammation can become chronic and harmful. These days many people are struggling with chronic inflammation in some capacity. It’s all part of the stress overload, the typical American diet, the lack of sleep, a lack of outdoor time, poor gut health, insufficient vitamin D, rampant overtraining—or (alternatively) being too sedentary, working too hard, feeding fatty acid imbalances, absorbing environmental toxins, etc., etc. This kind of chronic inflammation can lead to serious health conditions like painful arthritis, heart disease, troublesome skin conditions, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s, and so forth.

There are many ways to fight chronic inflammation, including promoting antioxidant intake and fatty acid balance. I’ve written about foods and supplements to fight inflammation before. But today I thought I’d explore GLA in particular.

What Exactly is GLA?

GLA is an omega-6 fatty acid that’s both converted in the body (in a series of LA to GLA to AA) and is found in dietary sources—most notably borage oil, black currant seed oil, and evening primrose oil (and a genetically-modified version of safflower oil). It’s also found in whole foods like hemp seeds and spirulina, organ meats, and human milk.

Dietary GLA is associated with higher blood levels of dihomo GLA (DGLA), the elongation product of GLA and a potent anti-inflammatory fatty acid in its own right. DGLA’s own eicosanoids (signaling lipids) can out-compete AA’s generally pro-inflammatory eicosanoids. (PDF)

What Does Science Say about GLA?

The science surrounding GLA benefits is a bit contradictory (like we haven’t heard that before). Research reveals both benefits and non-benefits, as well as some contraindications and side effects. Here are some of the issues I took a look at with regard to GLA use.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

In this recent study, adding evening primrose oil with a fish oil decreased inflammation and resulted in significant clinical improvement with rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. (Would it have been effective without the fish oil?) In a review of 22 studies, GLA reduced pain, reduced intensity, and improved disability associated with RA. Apparently dosage makes a difference as well. GLA doses equal to or higher than 1400 mg/day showed benefit in the alleviation of rheumatic complaints, whereas lower doses (approximately 500mg) were ineffective. When using GLA for RA symptoms, it can apparently take several months to feel the benefits.


GLA has been studied for its immunomodulatory properties as well. GLA improved overall sciatic nerve function following a crush injury in lab rats. GLA also showed 1,000 times stronger immunomodulating activity than muramyldipeptide (a a common immunomodulator). On the contrary, in a study done on patients with acute lung injury, twice daily GLA supplementation did not improve any clinical outcomes.

Skin Conditions

GLA has been shown to help with skin conditions such as eczema and keratosis pilaris, and even acne. These researchers found that small and large does of evening primrose oil helped improve atopic dermatitis in children.

However, I found research surrounding this to be contradictory. Some studies show no changes in eczema with the use of GLA containing oils. Investigators reviewed 27 studies and concluded that borage oil and evening primrose oil didn’t have a substantial effect on eczema. Improvements experienced were similar to placebo. So there you have it—more mixed results.

Hormonal Health

Finally, GLA is often taken for women’s hormonal health issues and for labor and delivery purposes—including breast tenderness, cyclical acne, depression, menopausal and premenstrual cramping, cervical ripening, and labor inducing.

However, there hasn’t been significant science to back  up these claims. Anecdotally, GLA (particularly in the form of evening primrose oil) has been used for female reproductive health for centuries. The symptoms that seem to improve the best from GLA use are breast tenderness, depression, irritability, swelling, and bloating from fluid retention.

A Few Words of Caution…

With regard to evening primrose and borage oil, gastrointestinal issues can occur during short-term use. During long term use, there was a potential risk of inflammation, thrombosis, immunosuppression, as well as increased bleeding when on blood thinners or Phenothiazines. Those with seizure disorders should avoid GLA supplementation, as should pregnant women. These are some serious implications that I would keep in mind, but I’d also discuss GLA supplementation with your doctor if you’re on any kind of pharmaceutical medication, as a number of drug interactions may be possible.

Reported side effects include headaches, abdominal pain, nausea, and loose bowels. In animal studies, GLA was reported to decrease blood pressure. More than 3000 mg has been shown to be pro-inflammatory, so be careful on the dosing, and don’t take more than you need.

Finally, many experts particularly caution against borage oil, which may contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids that are toxic to the liver.

Should I Buy a Supplement?

Although GLA is anti-inflammatory in nature and necessary for the body, upping anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acid consumption from wild caught fish or a quality fish oil supplement is still of utmost importance. Some research indicates that intake of omega-3s can encourage the conversation of supplementary GLA to DGLA.

I would increase consumption of wild fish and organ meats in preference to purchasing a seed oil—or at least make sure I did both if I was going to add a GLA supplement. If you do decide to go that route, I can’t stress quality enough—cold-pressed, hexane-free, dark-bottled varieties are available and worth the added cost. Try it out, see if you notice a benefit, and make your own assessment.

That’s it for me, folks. I’d love to hear your experiences with GLA supplementation for inflammatory conditions, and I’ll be back with more on GLA sources for women’s health in the coming weeks. Thanks for stopping by today.


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Wes Anderson unveils first trailer for new film Isle of Dogs: Watch

Dust off that corduroy jacket, folks, because Wes Anderson’s highly anticipated new movie, Isle of Dogs, is almost here. Well, not really, we still have to wait until next April, but we’ve got a first trailer, and it looks quite good.

If you recall, his highly anticipated followup to 2014’s Oscar-nominated magnum opus The Grand Budapest Hotel is another stop-motion animated film from the Texas filmmaker, this time moving from foxes to the canine variety. The story is set in Japan and follows a young boy as he searches for his dog, Rex, and you know it won’t be as simple as that.

Once more, Anderson’s strung together an inspiring A-list cast of voice actors, specifically Bryan CranstonTilda SwintonFrances McDormandScarlett JohanssonGreta GerwigJeff GoldblumF. Murray AbrahamHarvey KeitelAkira ItoAkira TakayamaKoyu RankinCourtney B. VanceYoko OnoLiev Scheiber, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, among others.

The film hits theaters on April 20th, 2018, which gives you plenty of time to get reacquainted with your favorite eccentric heroes and villains by diving into our ranking of every Wes Anderson character from best to worst. It’s our Rushmore, Max.

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Anel Olsen announces rarities compilation, Phases, shares “Special”: Stream

Angel Olsen has announced a new compilation album entitled Phases. Appropriately for its title, the collection comprises B-sides, rarities, and demos Olsen has recorded over the past seven years, covering all the ground from her sparse 2010 Strange Cacti EP to last year’s acclaimed My Woman.

Due out November 10th via Jagjaguwar, Phases features 12 tracks, including two never-before-heard demos (“How Many Disasters” and “Sans”). There’s also the record’s lead single, “Special”, a newly revealed song from the My Woman sessions. The seven-minute track is a wobbly, woozy number that’s filled with the inventive electric guitar and twisted romance that made up one of last year’s best albums. Take a listen below.

Also included on Phases is “Fly on Your Wall”, the anti-Trump ballad that kicked off the Our First 100 Days singles series. Find the entire tracklist beneath the album artwork ahead.

Phases Album Artwork:

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Phases Tracklist:
01. Fly On Your Wall
02. Special
03. Only You
04. All Right Now
05. Sans
06. Sweet Dreams
07. California
08. Tougher Than the Rest
09. For You
10. How Many Dreams
11. May as Well
12. Endless Road

After playing Lincoln, Nebraska’s Lincoln Calling Festival on September 29th, Olsen will head on the road for a fall North American tour. Find her complete itinerary below.

Angel Olsen 2017 Tour Dates:
09/29 – Lincoln, NE @ Lincoln Calling Festival
09/30 – Maquoketa, IA @ Codfish Hollow Barnstormers *
10/01 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater *
10/02 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue *
10/04 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant *
10/05 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater *
10/07 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/14 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/18 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena ^
10/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum ^
10/21 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena ^
10/22 – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center ^
10/23 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot #
11/18-19 – Mexico City, MX @ Corona Capital Festival
11/28 — Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater %
11/29 — New York, NY @ Town Hall $
11/30 — New York, NY @ Town Hall $
12/01 — Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel $
12/02 — Portland, ME @ State Theatre $
12/04 — Boston, MA @ House of Blues $
12/05 — Montreal, QC @ Rialto Theatre $
12/06 — Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre $
12/07 — Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre $
12/08 — Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre $
12/09 — Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre $
12/10 — Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom &
12/12 — Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer &
12/13 — Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer &
12/14 — Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club &
12/16 — Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel &

* = w/ Mount Mariah
^ = w/ Arcade Fire
# = w/ Strong Words
% = w/ Ned Oldham
$ = w/ Heron Oblivion
& = w/ White Magic

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Ranking: Every Stephen King Movie, Miniseries, and TV Show from Worst to Best

When Stephen King published his first novel, Carrie, on April 5, 1974, the New England author unknowingly caused a rift in genre storytelling and filmmaking that has yet to zip back up. Since then, he’s published nearly 100 works and sold over 350 million copies, all of which have spawned countless films, mini-series, and television shows.

Some have been great, some have been awful, some shouldn’t even be allowed to use the original title. When you have an oeuvre that deep and licensing that expansive, it’s understandable why quantity would triumph over quality. Still, when filmmakers do connect with King’s work, it often conjures up something iconic and masterful.

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Feature Artwork by​ Cap Blackard

“I love the movies, and when I go to see a movie that’s been made from one of my books, I know that it isn’t going to be exactly like my novel because a lot of other people have interpreted it,” King previously stated. “But I also know it has an idea that I’ll like because that idea occurred to me, and I spent a year, or a year and a half of my life working on it.”

That’s the allure of his many adaptations. Even at their worst, they all work off ideas that were at one time unique and exciting enough to compel him to write 400 or 1,500 pages about them. Having said that, we’re probably never going to revisit the bottom of this barrel ever again, which is why this feature should come in handy for you.

As for those Dollar Baby shorts, well, you’re on your own there.

–Michael Roffman


73. The Lawnmower Man (1992)

the lawnmower man Ranking: Every Stephen King Movie, Miniseries, and TV Show from Worst to Best

In the history of loose Stephen King adaptations, The Lawnmower Man has got to be the loosest. Taking only the most basic element of King’s story (a man who mows lawns) and shoehorning in King tropes of creepy religious imagery and abusive fathers, The Lawnmower Man is actually based on the script Cyber God, written by director Brett Leonard and producer Gimmel Everett. A sci-fi take on Frankenstein, the film features some very cool and (at the time) state of the art special effects that takes the audience into the world of virtual reality. New Line eventually relented and removed King’s name from the film. For the purposes of this list, though, it answers the question: “When is a Stephen King adaption not a Stephen King adaption?” –Mike Vanderbilt


72. Trucks TV Movie (1997)

trucks Ranking: Every Stephen King Movie, Miniseries, and TV Show from Worst to Best

Maximum Overdrive is an absurd, over-the-top adaptation of “Trucks”, a subdued Night Shift story that’s both ambiguous and despairing. It’s considered one of the worst Stephen King adaptations of all time, so it’s telling that the story’s other film adaptation is even lower on this list. Trucks is a TV movie from 1997 starring Timothy Busfield that’s almost more absurd than Maximum Overdrive in conception—holistic mumbo-jumbo attempts to explain away the living cars—but not nearly as violent, silly, or stupid. Really, this thing is an absolute snorefest; the best part is a tonally inconsistent sequence where some dude on the street is slowly, painstakingly killed by a tiny RC monster truck. I never thought I’d say this, but I really wish a coked-out King directed this one, too.

–Randall Colburn


71. The Mist TV Series (2017)

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On paper, it seemed like a good idea: King’s Skeleton Crew novella “The Mist” is a story ripe for serial television, chock full of memorable characters that must try and survive an impossible situation that is literally shrouded in mystery. It’s like The Walking Dead, what with all the dread and savage humanity, only with far more possibilities because anything can happen in the mist. Spike TV fumbled big time, though, as showrunner Christian Torpe took all the menace and characterization of Frank Darabont’s 2007 adaptation and funneled it through cheap CGI scares and insufferable archetypes. Now, more often than not, the worst of the King adaptations are saved by a capable cast or carried to the finish line by concept alone, but both lack so much imagination here that you find yourselves wishing for a bullet like Thomas Jane in the original. Woof.

King’s Consensus: “THE MIST TV series premieres on Spike, June 22nd. You might want to mark it on your calendar. It’s really good.” –Twitter, June 2017

–Michael Roffman


70. A Good Marriage (2014)

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Full Dark, No Stars, King’s 2010 short story collection, deals with themes of vengeance, and while A Good Marriage isn’t exactly one of its better stories, it still has all the trappings of a decent flick. So, when it was announced that there would be a film with Joan Allen and Stephen Lang on board, intrigue settled in. Unfortunately, this film turned out to be a by-the-numbers Lifetime special, complete with one poorly fleshed-out family, awkward sexual tension, and a great collection of coins! The direction is sophomoric, and some of the interplay between Anthony LaPaglia and Allen is downright cringeworthy. This is also Stephen King’s first screenplay in 25 years, and it shows. In the end, you’re better off divorcing yourself from A Good Marriage.

King’s Consensus: “Frankly, I thought It would make a terrific suspense movie.” –Fox News interview, September 2014

–McKenzie Gerber


69. The Mangler (1995)

the mangler Ranking: Every Stephen King Movie, Miniseries, and TV Show from Worst to Best

Tobe Hooper directing. Robert Englund starring. A Stephen King story. What could possibly go wrong? Let’s break it down: We have a director in Hooper well past his Texas Chainsaw prime. We get an Englund performance that is so cartoonish, it makes his take on the titular character in Freddy’s Dead seem as restrained as Gunnar Björnstrand in Ingmar Bergman’s Winter Light. To top it off: the short story in which its based (about a haunted laundromat presser) is kinda lame! A bad supporting cast, a laughable “twist” ending, and some howlingly bad CGI and you get a mangled mess of a movie.

King’s Consensus: “Tobe Hooper, who directed it, is something of a genius…The Texas Chain Saw Massacre proves that beyond doubt. But when genius goes wrong, brother, watch out. The film version of ‘The Mangler’ is energetic and colorful, but it’s also a mess with Robert (Freddy Krueger) Englund stalking through it for reasons which remain unclear to me even now. … The movie’s visuals are surreal and the sets are eye-popping, but somewhere along the way (maybe in the copious amounts of steam generated by the film’s mechanical star), the story got lost.” —Stephen King Goes to the Movies, 2009

–Justin Gerber


68. Dolan’s Cadillac (2009)

dolans cadilla Ranking: Every Stephen King Movie, Miniseries, and TV Show from Worst to Best

Christian Slater has saved many films in his life, but Dolan’s Cadillac is not one of them. Jeff Beesley’s 2010 adaptation of King’s Nightmares and Dreamscapes short story is a sleazy genre affair that suffers from garish overacting and a total lack of self-awareness. Essentially, it’s a would-be hard-boiled revenge story, only its tires go flat right out of the gate without a spare in sight. Think back to the premise of James O’Barr’s The Crow, strip out the gothic overtones,replace them with some desert raunch from a flu-rattled Joe Carnahan, and, well, there you are. Had Beesley gone for a lead with a little more chutzpah than Wes Bentley, this might have fared differently, but as it is, Dolan’s Cadillac is a predictable waste of time. –Michael Roffman

67. “Chattery Teeth” from Quicksilver Highway (1997)

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The King half of this made-for-TV anthology movie — the other half belongs to Clive Barker — isn’t much to write home about (and to be fair, neither is the Barker half). It’s oddly shot with performances that range from wooden to deeply silly, and frequent King interpreter Mick Garris takes every opportunity to say “THIS IS SPOOKY” that he possibly can (wait for the vulture shot — it’s not 10 minutes long, but it feels it.) Still, you can’t call a movie where a malevolent hitchhiker gets brought down by a pair of chattering toy teeth dull, so it has that going for it. –Allison Shoemaker

66. The Langoliers (1995)

langoliers Ranking: Every Stephen King Movie, Miniseries, and TV Show from Worst to Best

King’s stories had found a new place to flourish in the ‘90s: television. After the success of ABC miniseries adaptations of IT and The Stand, things were looking up for TV King to wear the crown for the rest of the decade. Then The Langoliers happened. Unrecognizably directed by Tom Holland (Child’s Play, Fright Night), this adaptation from King’s Four Past Midnight has a cast that looks ready to bail ASAP. The lone exception is Bronson Pinchot, who looks thrilled to abandon his Balky persona. Bad, bad “Langoliers” special effects and one of the worst freeze-frame endings of all time contribute to this entry landing near the bottom of our list. –Justin Gerber


65. Cell (2016)

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King often receives hell for his endings, but rarely does he fumble on the half-yard line. Such is the case with Cell, his 2006 zombie homage that essentially finds the author answering a call from one of his own deadly constructs about 150 pages into the story. Because what follows an incredibly strong start — one of his best, if we’re being fair to the author — is a frustrating downward spiral of logic and plotting. Naturally, that chaos extended to Tod Williams’ 2016 film adaptation as King returned to write the screenplay, rewriting the ending yet retaining all the annoying quirks that plagued the source material. What’s worse, the film reeks of VOD cheese, so much so that you start wondering if 1408 co-stars John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson might be better off answering one of the phones themselves. We all should. –Michael Roffman


64. Desperation TV Movie (2006)

desperation Ranking: Every Stephen King Movie, Miniseries, and TV Show from Worst to Best

With Desperation, director Mick Garris returns to the King universe once again with another stellar cast, this time made up of Ron Pearlman, Tom Skerritt, Annabeth Gish, Henry Thomas. Sadly, not one of them can save this strange story: An ancient evil, Tak, is unleashed on the small town of Desperation after miners accidentally disturb its lair in an old mine dug by Chinese immigrants 150 years prior. At times, it feels like Garris is trying to make a propaganda film about believing in God, only the message gets crushed under the weight of a story despite its two hour and 10 min runtime. Originally shot in 2004, the story was to be released as a two-part miniseries, but was burned off in 06’ in one fell swoop against American Idol. Needless to say, King was not thrilled. Maybe we can undo the wrongs of this film with an adaptation of its sister book, The Regulators? Eh, probably not. –McKenzie Gerber


63. “Gramma” from The Twilight Zone (1986)

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Here’s one for the history books: On Valentine’s Day 1986, “Gramma” entered The Twilight Zone canon. Yes, King managed to slip into the revival of Rod Serling’s iconic television series, but so did Barret Oliver, who trades in his attic retreat, The Never-Ending Story, and “MOON CHILD!” for Castle Rock, the Necronomicon, and a Cthulhu chanting “Gramma!” Originally published in Weirdbook magazine and later recollected for Skeleton Crew, this story follows a young boy left behind to care of his dying grandma, who may or may not be a witch! Told mostly through voiceovers, something Oliver killed in The Never-Ending Story, one would think we’re in safe hands. However, director Brad Mayford rushes through a script that hemorrhages too much story in too little time. Harlan Ellison, who is responsible for Strange Wine, one of King’s favorite horror novels, does a poor job adapting this eerie tale, but one wonders what could have been with a little more time to flesh this monster out. –McKenzie Gerber


62. “The Moving Finger” from Monsters (1991)

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The great Tom Noonan, of all people, stars in this adaptation of the memorable Nightmares & Dreamscapes short story that finds an everyday man grappling with the horrifically long finger poking out of his bathroom sink. This goofy, schlocky adaptation aired as the final episode of the early ‘90s anthology horror series Monsters and Noonan’s excessive mugging is outdone only by the short’s Looney Tunes score, which would sound a lot better underscoring the adventures of Elmer Fudd than this would-be horror tale. Sure, the tone is jaunty, but without an adequate peek into the mind of Noonan’s character it’s impossible to grasp the stakes or underlying horror of the actual situation. One watch and you’ll be happy to flush this one from your mind. –Randall Colburn


61. Children of the Corn (1984)

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While Stephen King adaptations really didn’t lean into prestige territory until the ‘90s (outside of The Shining, that is, but King still hates that one), Christine, Carrie, and The Dead Zone were certainly top shelf affairs. Children Of The Corn, meanwhile, is a gleefully low-rent King adaption—from Roger Corman’s New World Pictures, no less—which is fitting for a short story that premiered in Penthouse magazine. Featuring creepy kids and creepier religious imagery, Corn is an effective piece of schlock that provides a few good jump scares and a wonderfully over the top opening with the kids disposing of the adults in a variety of ways, including a deli style meat slicer.

King’s Consensus: “My feeling for most of these things is like a guy who sends his daughter off to college. You hope she’ll do well. You hope that she won’t fall in with the wrong people. You hope she won’t be raped at a fraternity party, which is really close to what happened to Children of the Corn, in a metaphoric sense.” —USA Today, May 1995

–Mike Vanderbilt


from Consequence of Sound