Books, Writing

Stephen King for a Rainy Day

I’m not sure what to write today.  I am angry but I don’t want to write about that.  Sadly that is taking all my focus.  I didn’t get all my words for NaNoWriMo in yesterday but I still feel good about things because I stumbled on a little trick.  I’m writing a collection of flash fiction from what I am seeing around me.  And to be honest I’m tickled with the surprise results!  I’m going to keep going with the technique and see how it goes.

One of the things I love about Amazon Prime Video is the HUGE variety of movies I have been able to find.  I mean an absolutely amazing selection of my horror movies from the 30s thru the 80s.  Some I’d heard of and some I hadn’t.  Looking for inspiration I watched Stephen King’s Pet Sematary (the 1989 version).  As the credits were rolling a small picture of a suggestion popped up in the lower right corner of the screen.  Curious I clicked it.  This led me to the behind the scenes documentary entitled “Unearthed and Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary” (2017).

If you enjoyed the movie I highly recommend the documentary!  I’m one of those that likes to see the nuts and bolts of a movie if I like it.  I want to see what made it tick.  This film goes behind the scenes for the book as well.  They talk to the “kids” that actually started the original Pet Sematary near Orrington, Maine.  They interview locals who helped on the film as well as friends so you get not only background on the movie but on the novel and Stephen King as a person as well.

I was interested to see the actors as well.  They even talked to Miko Hughes who played Gauge Creed.  (I guess he doesn’t remember much of filming because he was so small but the adults who were there shared some stories.)  The only people really missing were Fred Gwynne and Stephen King.  All the other actors they tracked down.

Not only was I amazed at all the extra work they ended up doing (Jud Crandall’s house was a facade on the house across the street from the Creed home) but how much Stephen King did to keep Maine in the picture (literally and figuratively).  He pushed to have the film made essentially where it came from, city and all.  It was more expensive than going to say Canada but everyone agrees that it was a better film for being made right where it is from.  King is constantly giving to his community.  In return they are fiercely loyal to him.

“He still gets his own groceries,” said one of the locals who had been an extra on the film.  That says a lot about him and the community he lives in.  He has always given back to the people and places that have helped him over the years.  And that, my friends, is one of the many reasons I am a HUGE Stephen King fan.  I can also see that he taught his sons well.

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