Stephen King's 'Desperation' (2006)
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as Johnny Marinville
as Collie Entragian
as Steve Ames
as Mary Jackson
as David Carver
as Ralph Carver
as Ellie Carver
as Tom Billingsley
as Peter Jackson
as Pie Carver
as Young Viet Cong
as Young Johnny
as Brian Ross
as Drunk Driver
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Terrible in so many ways. It's sad when you think about how many Stephen King books have been butchered and turned into made for TV movies. This isn't all that great to begin with and pretty dull so I don't feel that offended, but it's still a failure and makes the book look like nothing more than something by Dean Koontz. Terrible acting and production value also add to this.
Although this film starts off relatively well, grabbing viewers' interest and setting up the situation nicely, it does not take long before the film becomes nothing more than mediocre filler for a prime-time spot; what could have--should have--been a terrifying and freaky story soon becomes an eye-roller of the most predictable sort. However, this should not have been the case. Ron Perlman's acting is superb, and he does, at first, enable the casual viewer to get slightly uncomfortable. Tom Skerrit is also excellent, although to see him play something other than "the bad guy" is something certain viewers may have difficulty getting used to. "Desperation" is a film that is trying to be scary while simultaneously being conservative and mainstream and trying not to offend at the same time. Stephen King just does not belong on prime-time, not, that is, if the intention is to scare and disturb.
Fine horror made-in-TV adapted by Stephen King about the town becomes hell with the demon-possessed in the human beings. I'm very impressived for Tom Skerritt, Annabeth Gish and a young boy made their own great encourage to fight their own lives against evil.
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