It looks like UK fans of Stephen King's 2006 novel Cell will be able to breathe a sigh of relief as the movie is FINALLY going to hit theaters and VOD next month. Now a decade since the novel was released, King's vision of a Zombie apocalypse brought on by those pesky "smart phones" is more relevant then ever and it has some serious star power behind it.
Here's the official synopsis:
In this highly anticipated adaptation of Stephen King’s bestselling apocalyptic thriller, John Cusack ('1408'), Samuel L. Jackson ('Django Unchained') and Isabelle Fuhrman ('Orphan') star as one of the few survivors of a murderous epidemic fending off bloodthirsty predators who have been dangerously re-programmed to kill by a mysterious worldwide phone signal.
Also starring Stacy Keach ('American History X') and Lloyd Kaufman ('Tromeo and Juliet'), produced by Richard Saperstein ('Se7en,' '1408') and Michael Benaroya ('Margin Call,' 'Lawless') and directed by Tod 'Kip' Williams ('Paranormal Activity 2,' 'The Door in the Floor'), 'Cell' is a frightening new story from The Master of Horror.
As a lifelong King fan myself I will be seeking this out the minute (or the second) it gets a release in the UK. So without further ado, here are my five reasons why I think it deserves your attention.
Put simply, when John Cusack and Samuel.L.Jackson "chewed" their scenes together in the earlier King adaption, 1408, I was really hoping they'd get to work on a project together again someday. Who could guess they'd do that again under the Stephen King banner?
OK, the market has been over-saturated with zombie films since Danny Boyle made them cool again in 2002's 28 Days Later, however that's no reason not to get excited about them. They're a unique monster and if used correctly they can be a serious threat on screen, especially since King's vision (going by the novel's interpretation) is so unusual and game-changing. Let's hope they've stuck to the source material on this one.
3. The Raggedy Man
The main villain of the novel and all too briefly seen in the trailer, the "raggedy man" is the leader of the mindless phone zombies. As the outbreak continues it soon becomes apparent that there is method to the monsters madness. In the novel the protagonists have many lucid nightmares about him and it seems he has the power to control the hordes of undead (and possibly the living as well). I cannot wait to see how they realize him in the movie.
2. Isabelle Fuhrman
The actress who seems to be bridging the difficult gap from child star to adult is in this one. Her turn in The Hunger Games was brutal and also her debut in Orphan showed that she had serious talent and at such a young age. I can only hope she brings the same intensity to her role in Cell as she has in her work so far.
1. Stephen King
This had to be No. 1 reason on my list since I've been a fan of his work since my pre-teens and am always distressed when I'm browsing the horror section and find I already own everything he's written. Also, the fact he wrote both the novel and the screenplay for Cell has given me high hopes for this adaptation and makes it a must-see for millions of other King fans across the globe.
Official UK Trailer
If I STILL haven't peaked your interest then check out the Trailer for Cell below:
Cell will have its UK premiere at the Horror Channel's FrightFest on Thursday, August 25th.
Signature Entertainment Presents Cell in Cinemas and on Demand from August 26th, 2016
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