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Thursday, July 13, 2006

I am now afraid of toy soldiers

I have mentioned before just how much I love Stephen King. I have read everything of his at least once and I get SO excited when I see that he has published a new book. It is all I can do to NOT buy it the day it is released.

Needless to say, when I saw that his Nightmares and Dreamscapes had been made into a movie I almost wet myself. That is one of my favorite books; Mr. King's short stories pack a punch in a few short pages. Yes, it is a made for TV series, but he doesn't need blood or gore to scare you silly. He takes real life things and twists them until you are terrified; last night didn't disappoint.

One night a week for the next four weeks TNT is showing two, one-hour stories. I only watched the first one. It wasn't scary. It was intense. I don't do well with intense before bed. I will watch the second one tonight with Carl -- after I re-watch the first one with him.

Like I said, Mr. King takes every day, ordinary things and puts a twist on them. What was his focus last night? Toy soldiers. Yep, those little green guys we all played with as a kid. The same ones we fell in love with in Toy Story... J-man even had his picture taken with one at Disney!

Let me set the scene:

William Hurt plays an assassin that murders the owner/CEO of a toy company. Why? We don't know. (Let me say here that the entire hour-long show had NO dialog. Can you imagine? You are riveted to a show where not one single word is uttered) He sees a picture of the victim's Mom (I think) and takes a toy fairy as a souvenier. Hmmmm...

Ok. So he takes a plane ride, he gets home, and emails whoever paid for the hit that it is done and to transfer the cash. Next thing you know someone is knocking on his door with a package. He is suspicious. He opens the package slowly. It is a case full of toy soldiers, a couple of helicopters and some jeeps. Interesting. He goes to get a drink and the case falls off the counter. He gets suspicious.

Suddenly gunfire erupts from UNDER the couch! It was laughable at first. Then it just got more and more intense. Those little suckers were like the roaches of the toy world. They would not die unless you stepped on them or tore them apart. They had bullets and bombs. They had helicopters that chased him on a ledge (he lived in an apartment on the 40th floor). I'm telling you it was the craziest thing I have ever seen. I wanted to laugh, but I couldn't! I sat there with my hand over my mouth for the last 20 minutes!

I'm not going to tell you how it ended; I'll just say it was typical Stephen King style. Now that I've slept on it and written about it, I can see how some people will call the story dumb. It SOUNDS that way. When you talk about any Stephen King story you sound like a looney tune, but trust me, I'm not. I can't wait to see what Carl thinks about it. I'm going to try to do intense tonight and the next three weeks.

After I throw away J-man's soliders.


Beth said...

Sounds fantastic! I'll have to watch it this weekend. I love William Hurt, and the idea of a show with no dialog intrigues me.

On another note, I like intense before bed ...

KLee said...

Stephen King is the master of not allowing you to sleep.

"It" scared the hell out of me. I still can't walk by sewer openings without freaking a little internally.

Marni said...

ME, too! I won't even walk on one and I am to big of a chicken to look into one. If I saw Pennywise I think I would have a heart attack then and there.

Paw Paw said...

It is a requirement for anyone in the family to read and love Stephen King. I missed the frist show last night but I saw the second one. The "no dialog" concept was also done on a Twilight Zone show with Agnas Moorehead playing an old lady living alone in a cabin battling little aliens. As for the blog about answering questions, you said you never went to detention. I though that was a required course each quarter. I never miss a class. And for those questions I couldn't read, what were your answers? Were you realy bad? My little mouse? Dad

Ann said...

I can't read or watch too much Stephen King. You're right, he takes the ordinary and somehow makes you terrified of it. Very warped mind there but a brilliant writer.

Itchy said...

This entire episode reminded me of the Twilight Zone or Tales from the Crypt or something. It was sooo familiar. I TiVo'd the 2nd one and haven't watched it yet. I can't wait!