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Based on the riveting novella in his Full Dark, No Stars collection, this is Stephen King’s first self-adapted feature screenplay since 1989’s Pet Sematary. But King going to the movies is not always a good thing – he adapted and directed Maximum Overdrive from his short story ‘Trucks’, after all.

At once overwrought and stubbornly dull, this flatline thriller benefits from the author’s colourfully colloquial dialogue but squanders the OMG premise – a woman discovers her hubby of 25 years is a serial killer – and top casting (Joan Allen and Anthony LaPaglia). Shame.

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DVD release20 April 2015
DirectorPeter Askin
Starring"Joan Allen","Anthony LaPaglia","Stephen Lang "
Available platformsMovie
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Jamie Graham

Jamie Graham is the Editor-at-Large of Total Film magazine. You'll likely find them around these parts reviewing the biggest films on the planet and speaking to some of the biggest stars in the business – that's just what Jamie does. Jamie has also written for outlets like SFX and the Sunday Times Culture, and appeared on podcasts exploring the wondrous worlds of occult and horror.