The Films of Stephen King: From Carrie to Secret Window by Tony Magistrale

By Tony Magistrale

Over seventy-five motion pictures were made dependent both on Stephen King narratives or screen/teleplay scripts that King himself authored-yet this physique of labor has got little or no scholarly attention. The movies of Stephen King is the 1st number of essays assembled at the cinematic variations of Stephen King. the person chapters, written via cinema, tv, and cultural experiences students, learn an important movies from the King canon, from Carrie to The Shining to The Shawshank Redemption.  members concentrate on the main exciting facets of those videos: race, gender, and expertise, and draw conclusions on their socio-political relevance. 

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My thanks go to Tony Magistrale for his expert editorial guidance and insightful suggestions. Above all, I thank my first German teacher in high school, Rev. J. (1929–2007), who opened up a whole world inside and outside the classroom for his pupils and who has served as a model of humane mentoring throughout my teaching career. Requiescat in pace. Chapter 3 Maybe It Shouldn’t Be a Party Kids, Keds, and Death in Stephen King’s Stand By Me and Pet Sematary Jeffrey A. Weinstock What connects Stand By Me (1986) and Pet Sematary (1990) most poignantly—if not most immediately—is the sneaker.

In his “Bogeyboys” talk, King expressed sympathy for young people whose high school experiences of isolation and torment lead them to do horrible things: “In Iroquois trials of manhood, naked warriors were sent running down a gauntlet of braves swinging clubs and jabbing with the butt end of spears. ” Film viewers either familiar with King’s novella or seeing Apt Pupil in a post-Columbine world probably are bracing themselves for a cataclysmic conclusion to the film: Todd self-destructing at his high school graduation ceremony, for example, and taking down as many people as possible with him.

As Margaret attempts to end Carrie’s life through a physical form of betrayal (backstabbing), Carrie TEEN HIERARCHIES IN CARRIE 23 hits her breaking point and kills Margaret with a variety of kitchen implements. At this point, she finally gives up and gives in: “Carrie has pushed her isolation as far as possible. She has killed everyone who has touched her life, dissolving all social bonds until there are literally no groups left” (Collings 38–39). Just as the ladder of teen hierarchy had collapsed in on itself at Bates High School before Chris’s prank, and is now destroyed through the massive death toll, Carrie brings her house down on herself and her mother.

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