Austin, TX – June 27, 2019: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is celebrating the master of horror Stephen King with a curated selection of cult and classic adaptations, beginning in July through the highly anticipated release of It: Chapter Two. Kicking off with a month of “Terror Tuesday” programming in Austin and culminating in nationwide screenings of four films in all Alamo Drafthouse cities, audiences will be able to experience a “King-Size Summer” of terror on the big screen.
The lineup includes an Alamo Drafthouse-wide re-release of Creepshow, Maximum Overdrive, The Running Man, and Stand by Me starting in August, along with select screenings of additional classics like Carrie, Pet Sematary, and The Mist.
“We’re crazy with anticipation for It: Chapter Two, so to ease the wait, we’re revisiting some of our favorite Stephen King adaptations,” said Sarah Pitre, senior director of programming and promotions. “These screenings will provide a chilling countdown to the final chapter of one of his most beloved works of fiction. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to build up our fear tolerance before we’re scared out of our minds by It: Chapter Two.”
“Stephen King loves genre movies as much as we do,” said Joe Ziemba, director of genre programming. “From gushing about horror in the non-fiction book Danse Macabre to directing Maximum Overdrive, King’s passion for film is infectious. That feeling is represented in every movie that we’ve chosen in this celebration of his cinematic legacy.”
CREEPSHOW (Alamo Drafthouse-wide)
The seminal 1980s horror anthology to end all seminal 1980s horror anthologies, Creepshow is a pop-art splatterfest that’s oozing with senior citizen zombies, bad dads, furry beasties, disco dance-offs, cockroach war-zones, and Stephen King turning into a plant.
MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE (Alamo Drafthouse-wide)
Maximum Overdrive is the ultimate Stephen King retreat into total excess, a savage glimpse into the horror maestro’s deepest id and weirdest whims. King directs King, and a plastic Green Goblin steals the show.
THE RUNNING MAN (Alamo Drafthouse-wide)
Based on a novella by King (as Richard Bachman), this violent and legitimately funny sci-fi action romp is an underrated classic of the ‘80s.
STAND BY ME (Alamo Drafthouse-wide)
Based on King’s novella, Rob Reiner’s film about the sadness that comes with the end of childhood innocence still maintains an emotional resonance decades later.
CARRIE (Brooklyn, Yonkers)
Thanks to King and Brian DePalma, prom was transformed from a symbol of happiness to a violent hellscape of death.
CHRISTINE (Austin, Brooklyn)
Christine is John Carpenter’s go-for-broke assault on coming-of-age sentimentality in the form of a killer-car movie.
THE DARK HALF (Austin)
Based on King’s meta-fueled novel and directed by horror legend George Romero, The Dark Half is a smart and overlooked creeper from the pre-Scream era.
THE DEAD ZONE (Austin)
A super-powers team-up between director David Cronenberg and Stephen King seems like an impossible dream. But it happened.
No matter what script you start with, any film with the star of Patton, the star of Apocalypse Now, and the star of E.T.—all directed by the guy who did Class of 1984—is gonna turn out pretty wonderful. What a bonus, then, to have it be a whackadoo Stephen King adaptation.
THE GREEN MILE (Austin)
Based upon King’s serial novel, the Academy Award-nominated The Green Mile is a dense and enthralling film that’ll lead to introspection and the thought of what it means to lead a truly fulfilling life.
THE MIST (Austin)
A wonderful blend of slimy creature-feature horror, paranoia, and commentary on the inherent terror of just being inside a grocery store. One of the meanest Stephen King adaptations ever put to film.
PET SEMATARY (Austin, Brooklyn)
The original adaptation of King’s meditation on grief, scripted by King himself and directed by Mary Lambert, is heartbreaking, horrific, and a touch campy.
SLEEPWALKERS (Austin, San Francisco)
Filled with gory carnage, jaw-dropping special effects, and a constant barrage of insanity, Sleepwalkers is the ultimate WTF party in Stephen King’s filmography.