In 2006 Stephen King published the best selling novel Cell. It is most notable for being his bloodiest book and is considered by many to be among his top 10 works. Written in honor of the Zombie horror genre, the book was partly dedicated to George A. Romero and his 1978 masterpiece film 'Dawn of the Dead'.
The screen adaptation, directed by Tod Williams (Paranormal Activity), is set for theatrical release on July 8th, 2016. And all reports indicate it will be a real GoreFest. Imagine 'The Crazies' meets 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers'. Then add a lot more blood.
Now I realize you're probably thinking "for the love of God, not another Zombie Movie"!
It almost feels as if the world is already in the midst of a 'Zombie Apocalypse'... or at least a Zombie crisis. A sickness which plagues network television. It infests our cable and satellite channels. It spreads rampantly across the internet like a virus nesting itself within Hulu, Netflix and Youtube. No digital screen or human eye is immune.
Interestingly enough the movie Cell actually plays on technology in an eerily similar way. Take a look at the trailer and see why this movie isn't just another excuse for a brain eating Zombiethon.
As indicated in the trailer, the antagonists in this movie are created via a mind altering pulse sent through the 6 billion cell phones currently spread throughout our globe. A signal which instantly turns most of the human population into vicious, raging killers. You know, like those blood thirsty freaks in the 'Crazies' or 'Cujo' once the rabies infection has taken hold.
The overall story line revolves around a New England man named Clay Riddell who is trying to reunite with his son when the pulse strikes. What ensues within the first few pages of the book is probably the most bloody and nightmarish sequences Stephen King has ever written. Don't think bloodbath. Think river of blood.
Clay, however, survives the initial onslaught aligning himself with a couple of other non-infected people who find safety in an abandoned home as the city of Boston burns around them. The next day, Clay and his group set out to find his son amidst the chaos only to learn that daylight hours now belong to the infected. They would have to travel under the protective darkness of night, while the infected sleep.
If you are a Stephen King fan you'll probably be expecting a lot of character exposition revealing the fears and intricacies of the story's major players. King is notorious for building terrifying moments from within the mind's eye of his characters. This methodology is the heart and soul of his work. Unfortunately, King's brand of deeply personal horror does not always translate well to screen.
The good news for moviegoers is this book was definitely a departure from his usual writing style. The character complexity is played out within the infected. A fact we quickly learn when the infected, called 'phoners', start working in tandem.
The zombies share a common consciousness and act in unison with a single purpose. One goal. One mind. So when they come after you, they all come after you. And these are factors which play well on screen from jump scares to pure gore and violence.
One 'phoner' known as the raggedy man, actually infiltrates the dreams of non-infected humans inducing nightmares, setting traps and planting thoughts. Add to that the danger of facing frantically panicked non-infected humans on the road and you have a recipe for terror.
The movie, like the book, is expected to start with killing, progress violently with aggressive intent and end without resolution much like the 'Lights Out' Movie I discussed a few weeks ago. As such it is poised to be the goriest, if not the scariest Stephen King movie ever made.
So grab some popcorn and a drink. Buy your movie tickets and enjoy the mayhem. Because after all, its just fiction. Isn't it?
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