Movie Review: STANDWarner Home Video
1994
NR

“Liars sit in chairs, you know. Truth tellers just sort of hunker down.”

The entire population of America (perhaps even the world, we’re never told) is decimated by a bioengineered super flu. Now, the forces of Good and Evil are gathering the survivors together for a final showdown.

Why the Anthrax song “Among The Living” was never co-opted for the soundtrack to this epic TV miniseries is beyond me. I mean, c’mon, it was based on the novel! It’s a no-brainer! But no, the powers that be decided that Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear The Reaper” was a better pick (“MORE COWBELL!” Sorry, couldn’t resist…).

That mindless diatribe aside, this six-hour adaptation of Stephen King’s classic novel is very faithful in tone and form to the material. And yes, I read the book- the massive, don’t-drop-it-on-your-foot 10th Anniversary uncut hardcover version. And while there are noticeable differences between the two (why they made Harold skinny is beyond me), the story flows nicely, if not evenly. It’s well cast, and see if you can find Kathy Bates, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sam Raimi and Stephen King himself in their cameos. Well worth the rental, if you have the time to invest. Pace yourself, though…

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