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Hops and Box Office Flops: ‘The Stephen King Roundtable’


Much of our “Flops that Go Bump in the Night” series has been dedicated to adaptations of the great Stephen King’s work. Those films have varied in quality, but none have attained the utter madness of the four films we chose for our last installment.

Stephen King's Sleepwalkers, art from Shout Factory

For this final horror-inspired episode, we stared down rampaging machinery, fueled by an all AC/DC soundtrack and a hefty amount of sugar boogers, with Maximum Overdrive; we gorged ourselves with cursed pies and bad product placement with Thinner; we indulged Johnny Depp’s bizarre affinity for hats with Secret Window; and we tried not to look at the slimy cat people as they reveled in their incest with Sleepwalkers

Yes, folks, things got weird. So sit back, endure the venom of a fine King Cobra from Anheuser-Busch, and avoid angering any Gypsies! I, the Thunderous Wizard (@WriterTLK), Capt. CashChumpzilla, and Mayor McCheese are adopting dozens of stray cats to prepare for the inevitable showdown with the horny, vampiric cat people.

This Week’s Segments:

  • Introduction – With all we’ve covered this October, it seemed only fitting to go out with some of the more bizarre King-inspired films. (00:00)
  • Thinner – Turns out, crossing the old guy from My Big Fat Greek Wedding is not at all advisable. (8:35)
  • Secret Window – One thing Johnny Depp loves is silly headwear; another, we guess, is corn on the cob. (32:09)
  • Sleepwalkers – Why are cat humanoids always sexually aroused? (53:47)
  • Maximum Overdrive – Emilio Estevez, a murderous Green Goblin truck, Commissioner Gordon, and apparently a large tray of cocaine at catering. (1:21:36)
  • Recommendations – We offer our picks for the week, and next up: We begin our Stallone-tastic series, “Tango and Captain Cash,” with Over the Top. (1:55:00)

And, as always, hit us up on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram to check out all the interesting factoids—the insanity of the Maximum Overdrive set and more—from this week’s episode!

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Thomas L. Kelly

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