Cursed Cemetery: Why did Stephen King dislike the adaptation?

Despite being a box office success when it was released in 1989, Damn cemetery it did not fare well with critics, and was among the writer’s least-appreciated adaptations of Stephen King’s works.

Seeing King disapprove of the feature film can be difficult to understand, if one doesn’t know the reasons for the writer’s displeasure, as he himself wrote the screenplay for the adaptation directed by Mary Lambert.

The director is also not to blame for the film’s disapproval, according to Stephen King himself, in an interview with the American magazine Cinefantastique, a few years after the film’s debut in theaters.

Scene from Cursed Cemetery (1989)
Cursed Cemetery Scene (1989) (Reproduction)

Actually, the writer thinks that what prevented Damn cemetery was a good adaptation was its cast, more precisely the performance of the protagonists, that he pointed out didn’t have the chemistry or depth that should exist between a couple in that situation.

“I think Dale Midkiff is tough in places. I think Denise Crosby gets cold in some places. I don’t feel like the couple at the center of the story have the kind of warmth that would set them off perfectly against the supernatural element that surrounds them,” he explained.

The writer went on to add that due to the poor performance of the protagonists, the feature lacked what he considers vital for a horror story.

“I like that contrast better. I think it does what horror movies are supposed to do. It’s an outlaw genre. It’s an outlaw photo. A lot of the reviews suggested very strongly that people are offended by the image, and that’s exactly the effect the horror movie is aiming for,” he pointed out.

Scene from Cursed Cemetery (1989)

approved remake

Thirty years after the release of Mary Lambert’s film, a remake of Damn cemetery with a script by Jeff Buhler and direction by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer provoked mixed opinions, due to having made a big change in the story, killing Ellie instead of little Gage.

Many people thought that the exchange took away a good deal of the emotional burden of the story, which was precisely the fact that Gage was only three years old and just starting to live, while Ellie was already a slightly older child, at nine years old. .

The controversial amendment, however, was not only approved but defended by Stephen King. who declared that people’s complaints about Ellie dying in Gage’s place were madness, as it didn’t change anything, and it was an understandable change, after all it’s much easier to work with a nine-year-old zombie than a three-year-old baby. .

Damn cemetery by Mary Lambert is available for rent on Youtube, Apple TV and Google Play Movies & TV, as well as Damn cemetery by Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer, which can also be rented on Prime Video.

Source: Epipoca

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