Wastelands Radio Show - An Australian B-grade, Punk Rock, Street Trash online radio show exploring the vast undiscovered cultural wastelands as a creative pursuit. Hosted by long time partners in slime Adam (085c3n3) Obscene and Mark-O -Mark, pondering punk oddities & trashy treasures.
Episode 06 -
Pick Your Kings Part 2
Episode 05 Pick Your Kings
In this episode Adam and Mark discuss Mark's top five Stephen King novels and movie adaptions. Featuring a conversation focusing on his formative viewing habits and reviews on Salem’s Lot(1975), Thinner (1985), It (1986), Carrie (1974) and Pet Sematary (1983).
Salem’s Lot - Suburban vampire creepers! Writer named Ben Mears who returns to the town of Jerusalem's Lot (or 'Salem's Lot for short) in Maine, where he had lived from the age of five through nine, only to discover that the residents are becoming vampires
Novel – 1975 -It was his second published novel. In 1987 he told Phil Konstantin in The Highway Patrolman magazine: "In a way it is my favourite story, mostly because of what it says about small towns. They are kind of a dying organism right now. The story seems sort of down home to me. I have a special cold spot in my heart for it!"
Film – 1979- Director - Tobe Hooper -Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974, Poltergeist 1982, Crocodile 2000. Starring -David Soul - Ben Mears - Starsky and Hutch - Det Ken 'Hutch' Hutchinson 1975-1979. James Mason – Straker 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Captain Nemo 1954, Stanley Kubrick's Lolita Prof. Humbert 1962. Salem's Lot (also known as Salem's Lot: The Movie, Salem's Lot: The Miniseries and Blood Thirst) is a 1979 American miniseries television adaptation of the horror novel of the same name by Stephen King. Directed by Tobe Hooper and starring David Soul and James Mason. Salem's Lot combines elements of both the vampire film and haunted house subgenres of horror.
Thinner - Fake latex fat suit businessman with a gypsy curse. Obese Billy Halleck (Robert John Burke) accidentally runs over and kills a gypsy woman; he uses his court connections to get off the hook. The woman's elderly father takes revenge by placing a curse upon Halleck, one that soon has him uncontrollably losing weight to the point of emaciation.
Novel – 1984.Thinner is a 1984 novel by Stephen King, published under his pseudonym Richard Bachman. It was the last novel King released under the Richard Bachman pseudonym until the release of The Regulators in 1996, and the last released prior to Bachman being outed as being Stephen King's pseudonym. The initial hardcover release of Thinner included a fake jacket photo of "Bachman". The photo is claimed to have been taken by Claudia Inez Bachman. The actual subject of the photo is Richard Manuel, the insurance agent of Kirby McCauley, who was King's literary agent.
Film – 1996. Director - Tom Holland -Fright Night -1985, Child's Play 1988. Starring - Robert John Burke - Billy Halleck - RoboCop 3 – RoboCop 1993. A fully committed, even compelling performance by Robert John Burke can’t save this picture from itself. Hilarious cartoonish makeup and anaemically written characters are among the critical flaws in this tale of an overweight lawyer haunted by a Gypsy curse. The tone here bears similarity to the Goosebumps TV show that was popular at the time—only less scary.
It - Crazy ass demon gutter clown. A predatory monster which has the ability to transform itself into its prey's worst fears, allowing it to exploit the phobias of its victims. It mostly takes the humanoid form of a vicious but darkly comedic clown called Pennywise.
Novel – 1986 King’s 22nd book, and his 17th novel written under his own name. The story follows the experiences of seven children as they are terrorized by an evil entity that exploits the fears of its victims to disguise itself while hunting its prey. "It" primarily appears in the form of Pennywise the Dancing Clown to attract its preferred prey of young children.
Film – Original 1990. Director - Tommy Lee Wallace - Halloween III: Season of the Witch 1982, Fright Night Part 2 1988. Starring - Tim Curry – Pennywise - The Rocky Horror Picture Show- Dr. Frank-N-Furter 1975. The story revolves around The protagonists are The Lucky Seven, or The Losers Club, a group of outcast kids who discover Pennywise and vow to kill him by any means necessary. The series takes place over two different time periods, the first when the Losers first confront Pennywise as children in 1960, and the second when they return as adults in 1990 to defeat him a second time after he resurfaces.
Carrie - High-school bullying and psychokinetic wrath Carrie White, an unpopular friendless misfit and bullied high-school girl who uses her newly discovered telekinetic powers to exact revenge on those who torment her
Novel – 1974. King’s his first published novel, released on April 5, 1974, with an approximate first print-run of 30,000 copies. King has commented that he finds the work to be "raw" and "with a surprising power to hurt and horrify." It is one of the most frequently banned books in United States schools.[
Film – 1976. Director - Brian De Palma - The Untouchables 1987. Starring - Sissy Spacek – Carrie White - Coal Miner's Daughter - Loretta Lynn 1980. Piper Laurie – Marget White - The Faculty - Mrs. Karen Olson 1998, Twin Peaks Catherine Martell / Mr. Tojamura 1989-1991. John Travolta – Billy - Pulp Fiction- Vincent Vega 1994. For its first hour, Carrie is a deliriously entertaining, rising-star-studded tragicomedy. Then the prom scene hits—it will still make your blood run cold. Star Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie, who plays Carrie’s violently fanatical mother, were both nominated for Oscars, an unprecedented feat for a horror movie.
Trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSF6WVx_Tdo
Pet Sematary -Undead pets and children sometimes come back……..Sometimes. The downward spiral of a family rocked by tragedy who go to supernatural lengths to reconnect with dead loved ones
Novel – 1983. In 1979, King was a "writer-in-residence" at the University of Maine and the house he was renting was adjacent to a major road where dogs and cats were often killed by oncoming trucks. He decided to write a book based on these ideas, and that the book would be a re-telling of "The Monkey's Paw" (1902), a short story by W. W. Jacobs about parents whose son resurrects after they wish for that to happen. King has gone on record stating that of all the novels he has written, Pet Sematary is the one which genuinely scared him the most.
Film – 1989/2019 - Director - Mary Lambert - Mötley Crüe: Without You, Mötley Crüe: Without You, Janet Jackson: Nasty, Control, Madonna: Material Girl. Starring - Dale Midkiff as Louis - The Crow: Salvation - Vincent 2000. Fred Gwynne as Jud -The Munsters - Herman Munster 1964-2004. Funnier and slightly campier than you'd expect. It goes deep on afterlife themes, there are plenty of freaky moments, and scene-stealing Church is the coolest resurrected cat of all time. The Ramones recorded a song of the same name as the theme for the 1989 film adaptation. It appeared on their album Brain Drain. It was later covered by the band Starcrawler for the 2019 film.
Trailer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMao8sg4DPA - Film Clip - Ramones - Pet Sematary - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3J0iwwsq-w - Film Clip – Starcrawler – Pet Sematary - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CA2sgZJlbLI