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Castle Rock Season One

 
 
Film Information
 

Plot: A death row attorney returns to Castle Rock following an anonymous phone call and a secret long buried.
Release Date: 2nd September.
Format: DVD, Blu-ray ad digital download.
Cast: André Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Bill Skarsgård, Sissy Spacek, Scott Glenn, Terry O’Quinn.
BBFC Certificate: 18.
Running Time: 480 mins.
Country Of Origin: USA.
Language: English.
Review By: Paula Hammond.
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Film Rating
 
 
 
 
 
5/ 5


 

Bottom Line


Permeated with a sense of foreboding and dread—-along with some genuine scares—Castle Rock is classic King with a liberal sprinkling of Upside Down oddness thrown in for good measure.


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Posted September 16, 2019 by

 
Film Review
 
 

Based on characters and settings created by Stephen King, Castle Rock comes fast on the heels of Stranger Things, with a tale of psychological horror that will have you hocked from the get-go. Combining King’s trademark combination of mythological horror and in-depth characterisation, Season One follows the story of Harry Deaver (André Holland), an attorney, who returns to his hometown after an anonymous phone call from the infamous Shawshank State Penitentiary. The caller reveals that a young man (Bill Skarsgård) has been found locked up, apparently by the previous prison warden, in an abandoned cage, in an unused part of the prison. How, why, and who—or what—the Kid may really be unravels as the story progresses.

Notable performances from Holland, Sissy Spacek and Melanie Lynskey, as the psychic Molly Strand, make for some stand-out episodes—especially The Queen, which serves to showcase just what a fine actress Spacek is.

Aficionados will enjoy spotting references to the wider King-verse scattered liberally throughout the tale. However, these are more than just cookies. Rather a nod to the fact that, with King, we’re in very safe hands and while, Castle Rock is a slow burn piece, we know that the journey will be well-worth the effort. 

Permeated with a sense of foreboding and dread—-along with some genuine scares—Castle Rock is classic King with a liberal sprinkling of Upside Down oddness thrown in for good measure.


Paula Hammond - Features Editor

 
Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email: writerpaula@icloud.com


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