Nightmares & Dreamscapes 7/26

The Road Virus Heads North

I missed the title at the beginning and couldn’t figure out what the story was for the life of me, so I had to run look it up. I flipped through N&D, then found the story in Everything’s Eventual. As I searched, I ran across maybe twenty stories in those books that made me think, “Why couldn’t they have done that one? That would have been good!”

Anyway, I finally identified the story and realized that although I’m a big SK fan, I didn’t remember reading it because I only wasted my time on it once. I went back and watched the program, becoming increasingly irritated at how this half-baked idea was spread over an entire hour. Is it really important to know anything about this character? It’s not as though you will grow to care about him. Basic idea: Guy buys a painting. Guy in the painting starts following him and killing people. Ooooh! Better insert some quick cuts and shaky camera work so the audience will know they’re being scared! After all, this is STEPHEN KING, MASTER OF HORROR! :rolleyes:

When the next segment started, my husband looked at me in disbelief and said, “That was the end?”

I found it interesting that of all the moronic, needless changes I’ve seen them make when transferring SK’s work to the screen, on this story they decided to keep the final line almost word for word. “Well, I guess I’m going outside.” Huh? Gee, glad they didn’t mess that up!

The Final Quarter

I said “Fuck it” and went to bed.

As dumb as The Road Virus Heads North may have been, it had nothing on The Final Quarter. I read a book through most of that one and watched out of the corner of my eye. You didn’t miss anything. I haven’t read “Nightmares & Dreamscapes” myself, but from what you’ve said, it makes me wonder what in hell they were thinking when they chose these stories, especially when they have legitimately good actors signed on to play these parts. With the exception of last week, it’s been pretty much crap so far.

I liked The Final Quarter, which I don’t remember reading. I wonder if the wife will actually wait on her husband to get out of prison, though!

I thought The Road Virus Heads North pretty much sucked. One cool part, though. Did anybody catch it when Tom Berenger tripped and fell down the stairs, that he tripped on some Stephen King books? Heh. I liked that part.

I have finally figured out that these stories don’t necessarily come from Nightmares and Dreamscapes. :smack:

I’m still watching this series. There’s nothing else on, anyway!

Well, there’s only one week left. I’ll be watching, and likely being disappointed again, but hope springs eternal. I know one of the stories is going to be Autopsy Room whatever, and that one holds some promise. I’ll be interested to see how they handle it.

I just realized I’ve been saying the Final Quarter when I meant The Fifth Quarter. Oh well, at least I made you guys do it too! :slight_smile:

I assume you of all people caught the line about the china pig? :slight_smile:

My impression of every Stephen King product I’ve ever read and/or watched:

“At the heart of this [insert inanimate/non-sentient object/creature here], there lies and unspeakable evil that WANTS TO KILL YOU.”

Okay, except for Firestarter.

Nope! Care to enlighten me? It must be a Dolores Claiborne reference…

Yeah, pretty sure Vera had a “goddamn china pig”.

Yep. As Dung Beetle has pointed out, I’m talking about Vera “kiss my back cheeks” Donovan’s china pig. (If that scene from DC wasn’t about the saddest thing I’ve ever seen, I don’t know what is.)