Bag of Bones
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Based on the award-winning bestselling novel by Stephen King, Bag of Bones is an unforgettable psychological thriller.Two-time Golden Globe Award nominee Pierce Brosnan (Die Another Day) stars as Mike Noonan, a novelist who suffers from writer's block after the death of his wife, Jo (Annabeth Gish, Pretty Little Liars). A dream inspires him to return to the couple's lakeside retreat hoping to find answers about his wife's sudden death- but he is plagued by ever-escalating nightmares and mysterious ghostly visitations from Sara Tidwell (Anika Noni Rose, Dreamgirls), a blues singer whose spirit lingers in the house. As the inhabitants of Dark Score Lake haunt him, Mike comes to realize that his late wife still has something to tell him.Jason Priestly (Beverly Hills, 90210), Melissa George (30 Days of Night) and William Schallert, (True Blood) also star in this haunting thriller.
One of Stephen King's more literary ghost stories gets a largely faithful small-screen translation in this effective story about things bumping in the night. Set, like many of King's later works, in a small Maine town with secrets, the plot follows a bestselling writer (Pierce Brosnan) haunted--in every sense of the word--by the death of his wife (Annabeth Gish). Suffering from writer's block, he heads to his family's cabin by the lake, only to get entangled in a supernatural tug of war between a young girl and her supremely scary grandfather (played, in a sly casting move, by kindly sitcom perennial William Schallert). Before long, he realizes that his new home's closets are bursting at the seams with skeletons. Director Mick Garris, an old hand at King adaptations (The Stand, Desperation, the television remake of The Shining), delivers the scary stuff with aplomb, particularly a mountingly creepy dream within a dream within a dream sequence. Unfortunately, he has rather less success depicting the tricky internal thought processes of the main character that gave the novel its distinctive flavor. Still, fans of the author will find much to enjoy here, including Brosnan's central performance, a memorably deranged sound design, and an array of scares that range from creepily subtle to full-tilt in your face. Watch out for that tree. --Andrew Wright
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It is great if you are a King fan and, like me, are on a quest to own/watch/read everything he ever touched, but if you are a novice or looking for a good King film to bite your nails to, this is not it.