I hope you like cheese. This book is full of it. In this edition of Trends of Terror, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews 150 horror and horror-adjacent movies so bad they’re good, sorted from best to worst. How many have you seen?
A run for your money
1922 is one of Stephen King’s most humble adaptations. It is a horror drama, with emphasis on “drama”. It’s about a farmer, his wife, his son and a murder conspiration that will ruin their small lives. There isn’t much to this story and there isn’t much to spoil. There are no turns nor twists. Even what we consider supernatural events may turn out to be hallucinations.
Thomas Jane plays one of the most remarkable roles of his career. He sure worked on his accent and is completely unrecognizable. The other actors merely orbit around him, trying to compete with his performance. The second-best actors, in 1922, are rats, and there is a lot of them. They are crucial to the story, yet their importance is never justified.
This is a story about the significance of money and the weight of poverty. Poverty leads us to the trigger event and everything crumbles from there. 1922 is a sad movie, a poignant drama, but a misleading horror movie. It’s your average King adaptation; neither horrible nor amazing. That being said, one wonders why he keeps writing these weaker stories and why they keep adapting them.