Give Me The Creeps: ‘Tea Time’ From ‘Stephen King’s IT’ (1990)

With the newly rebooted and remade version of Stephen King’s IT coming to the big screen in a two-parter, I recently started to think more about the original TV mini-series from 1990.  Clearly most of the praise from that goes to Tim Curry giving a memorably creepy (and charming) performance as Pennywise The Clown.  But there are enough little bits and pieces sprinkled throughout that are just as creepy and never fail to give me the creeps.  Case in point:  Beverly’s visit back home for some tea time.

Granted this scene is much different than how it plays out in the book (this was regular TV after all), but goddammit if I still don’t get the shakes when the old lady starts slurping her tea.  And then when she turns into an old and rotten version of Beverly’s Dad?  Phew. Check please!  We shall see how the big screen treats this when the new version of IT comes out later this year, but suffice to say that I still to this day get the creeps from the TV version.  Beep Beep!

Give Me The Creeps: The Window Scene From ‘Salem’s Lot’ (1979)

What the hell were my parents thinking when they let me watch Salem’s Lot on TV when I was 6-years-old?  Well, thanks Mom & Dad – because I’m still having nightmares about a ghostly floating vampire boy scratching at my window, just begging to be let in.

Not many TV movies nowadays could give me the creeps (unless the acting in Sharknado counts), and Salem’s Lot definitely succeeded there numerous times.  Released as a TV mini-series that was based on the novel by Stephen King, this is easily one of the better vampire horror movies around.  The window scene is the true master here (sorry, Barlow) and that is the scene that makes me grab at my blankey extra tight.  I’ll leave it up to you, the reader, to determine if I really do still have a blankey.  But anyway, high praise goes out to you Salem’s Lot and your creepy ass window scene – you will forever give me nightmares.  Oh, Hi Barlow!  How long have you been standing there?

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Sunday Bloody Sunday: ‘Steamroller Death’ From ‘Maximum Overdrive’ (1986)

There is a problem that is plaguing the world that no one seems to want to talk about.  And that problem is:  Steamrollers.  Not just any kind of steamroller though, because that would be boring.  I’m talking about the kind of steamrollers that are able to operate on their own and hunt down small kids who play Little League baseball and then run them over.

On this week’s Sunday Bloody Sunday, I’m taking a trip to Stephen King’s first and only time in the director’s chair.  It’s all about Maximum Overdrive and even though Mr. King should definitely stick to writing and leave the directing to someone else, he sure knows how to film a kid getting squashed by a maniacal steamroller.  Feast your eyes below and pour some liquor out for that little guy while you’re at it.