Book Review: Stephen King, “Doctor Sleep”

When I first heard that author Stephen King was revisiting the world of The Shining for a sequel, I groaned. It was one of those combinations of groans, part guttural pain and part cynical eye roll, because the last thing anyone needed ...

You’re Dead to Us…The Miniseries

In which we look at once common curiosities of pop culture that don’t exist anymore, be it because of changing tastes, the fragmentation of culture, or merely the fickle nature of fads.

“This week our regular programming will be pre-empted so ...

PopSmarts: Let Nothing Come Between Us

One of the most anticipated television events of the summer is Under the Dome, a 13-week summer series adapted from the Stephen King novel of the same name. Under the Dome, which premieres June 24 on CBS, has a high-concept ...

10 Movies…That Are Remakes of Classic Horror Films

Horror movies derive most of their power and enjoyment (you sicko) from a combination of novelty and surprise.The novelty: how the filmmakers will have this particular bad guy stalk and kill the good guys. The surprise: OHMYGODLOOKOUTBEHINDYOUDREWBARRYMORE!

Nevertheless, because horror movies are ...

The Popdose Interview: Robert Carradine

You might think that Robert Carradine, an actor whose filmography is far more formidable than the average moviegoer would ever imagine (keep reading and find yourself astonished by at least one or two of his past co-stars), would ...

Speechless And Heartbroken: Rest In Peace, Michael Clarke Duncan

A gentle giant. A megawatt smile. A deep brooding voice that would scare the hell out of you at “hello.” Stephen King gave us John Coffey in his late-period masterpiece The Green Mile, but Duncan (through Frank Darabont’s adaptation and direction) made ...

Revival House: “You guys wanna go see a dead body?”

Twenty-five years ago, on August 8, 1986, Rob Reiner’s Stand By Me opened in limited release (opening in wide release on August 22).

In 1982, one of my favorite Stephen King books Different Seasons was published, consisting of four novellas that ...

Comic Book Review: “American Vampire Volume 2″

The most startling element about American Vampire Volume 2 is how different it is from the first book in this series by Scott Snyder, Stephen King and Rafael Albuquerque. The first book introduced us to Skinner Sweet and Pearl Jones, both ...

Basement Songs: 52 Saturday Nights

As far back as I can remember I always wanted to be a writer. Since the first grade, when my teacher suggested that I recount my family’s recent cross country vacation to California, I was bitten by the writing bug. In ...

Dw. Dunphy On… Crawling Through a Winter Wonderland

Hey, East Coast, are you feeling a little European today? It’s the last great Blizzard of 2010, folks.

I have just finished digging out our driveway (thanks to the neighbors for the snow blowing, shovel assistance and the salt) and the sun ...

Box Office Flashback: October 29, 1996

As the latest round of would-be blockbusters lines up at a theater near you, Popdose looks back at the box office totals of yesteryear. This week we revisit the top ten films of October 29, 1996!

10. To Gillian on Her ...

Listmania: Top 20 Scariest Films (#10-1)

In pop culture, lists are everything. They lend a sense of order to an otherwise orderless world. From film and literature to music, critics and readers alike love to put things in tidy rows. It is with this in ...

Listmania: Top 20 Scariest Films (#20-11)

In pop culture, lists are everything. They lend a sense of order to an otherwise orderless world. From film and literature to music, critics and readers alike love to put things in tidy rows. It is with this in ...

Soundtrack Saturday: “Carrie”

There has been a lot of discussion in the past few years about bullying and its repercussions. Since the advent of mobile phones and Internet gathering places such as MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, bullying has become more widespread and much ...

Soundtrack Saturday: “The Shining”

“Some places are like people — some shine and some don’t.” Dick Hallorann (Scatman Crothers) in The Shining (1980)

I first saw The Shining when I was 10 or 11 years old. It was a cold Saturday afternoon in the winter, ...

Basement Songs: Queen and David Bowie, “Under Pressure”

This year marks the fifth anniversary of my friend Matt’s death. He was my brother in every sense except for blood, and like siblings, we fought, had misunderstandings, hurt each other and went through periods in which we didn’t speak. ...

One Day in Your Life: November 18, 1984

November 18, 1984, is a Sunday. By Congressional resolution, it’s the first day of National Family Week. The New York Times publishes several articles about Baby Fae, the anonymous child who died last Thursday after living 20 days with ...

Soundtrack Saturday: “Christine”

I started reading Stephen King novels when I was about 11 years old. The first one I read was Carrie. I loved it. Soon after I finished it, I started grabbing his other books from the library. ...

The Most Disturbing Halloween EVER!: Jupiter Society

That’s right, folks — the most disturbing Halloween EVER! From now until Halloween, the Popdose staff are going to be thumbing through their record collections in search of the music that gives them the worst case of the heebie-jeebies. Up first is ...

Book Review: Stephen King’s “The Stand: Captain Trips”

You won’t hear it from the literary highbrow among us, but Stephen King’s novel The Stand has all of the elements necessary to qualify as a (if not the) Great American Novel. If you’ve read King’s 1978 novel, you recognized ...