I’ve grown up with Stephen King’s novels and to a lesser extent, the many number of adaptations into film or television. For every Shawshank Redemption or Stand By Me there is a Maximum Overdrive or a Pet Sematary. (sic) and many more. King’s novels often struggle when they are adapted as much of the horror comes from within and our own imaginations.
In my early teens we passed around a VHS copy of the television adaptation of ‘IT,’ as Tim Curry forever put a different slant on clowns in what ended up being a great miniseries that was let down only by its television roots and the distinct lack of budget. Remember the ‘spider’?
Hopefully that will not be a problem for ‘Under The Dome,’ the latest King work to arrive on screens. Having not read this one I’ll be going into it with fresh eyes but I’m aware that it is a novel that divides people when it comes to its conclusion. Here’s a first look at the 13-part show which should be a slightly scarier version of The Simpsons Movie…