According to Bloody Disgusting, Cell will begin a limited theatrical run on Wednesday, June 8th before premiering on VOD services the following Friday. I’m kind of bummed it’s not going to be a bigger deal. Back when Eli Roth was planning to direct it, I had (stupidly) gotten my hopes up for a big budget horror movie for adults, knowing he wouldn’t shy away from the crazy shit. (Early on in the novel, an insane man tries to bite a dog’s ear off, one of the numerous King images that stick.)
Considering the disappointing level of CGI in the trailer, I’m beginning to suspect the producers weren’t planning a major release anyway. At least it’s got a killer cast, right?
I’m just stoked we finally got a trailer and don’t have to wait long for the real deal. After Hulu’s 11.22.63, my favorite anything from 2016, I’m excited to see more Stephen King productions as long as network TV stays far, far away. I know his popularity owes a lot to the TV adaptations of The Stand and IT, but that shit was dank compared to the books.
I loved Cell despite its issues. The premise was a hundred times scarier than the execution and it got mired in the unstructured weirdness King crams into the end of his novels whenever he gets bored writing ’em. But man, what a scary concept.
Yeah, I haven’t been blogging much lately. I’ve been busy on another project.