37. Nightmares And Dreamscapes: From The Stories Of Stephen King

Air Dates: July 12, 2006 - August 2, 2006
Network: TNT
Best Episode: "The End Of The Whole Mess" (July 19, 2006)

As prolific of a novel writer as he is, Stephen King is also one of genre fiction's most decorated short story writers. Several of his shorts have been expanded into movies, such as Children Of The Corn, The Mist, Stand By Me, and The Shawshank Redemption, but there's still an abundance of material available for live-action adaptation.

In 2006, the folks at TBS took advantage of King's endless output and launched Nightmares And Dreamscapes, an eight-episode series that included five stories from King's same-titled anthology book. Were King's fans pleased? More so than they were about shitty misfires like Maximum Overdrive and Thinner, but not exactly ecstatic.

”Crouch End”, for example, ruins a perfectly eerie King yarn, about two newlyweds stranded in a town where rat-faced entities maraud around, with laughably cheesy visual effects. But there are a few triumphs in the bunch. “The End Of The Whole Mess” impressively nails the apocalyptic tension of King's story, and “The Road Virus Heads North”, in which an evil painting causes people to croak, is agreeably stone-faced in its bleakness.

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