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Firestarter

The Shining is one of my favourite films, and I’ve always been kinda fascinated by how much Stephen King hated it. To the point that he went and made a TV miniseries that was apparently a much more faithful adaptation. I’ve not seen the miniseries, but I have seen an interview with Stephen King where he admits the reason it’s so bad is that he didn’t know what he was doing. One day, the people who made this might confess to the same. 

The premise is that there’s a family of people with all kinds of psychic abilities, and that the daughter’s is unfortunately to randomly set things on fire. Firstly, I don’t think anyone accounted for how funny that can look on screen. But more importantly, no one reacts to it in any believable way. There are scenes where you can literally see the heat in the room coming off of her, but no one seems to notice the temperature. There’s also a scene where she tells her dad that the “bad thing” is coming, and he assumes it’s her period. Like dude, your daughter regularly sets things on fire accidentally, she’s probably talking about that. 

I left the cinema just feeling really confused as to how films like this get made. I can’t think of a single reason other than Stephen King’s name for why a studio decided to put money into this, but even then I’m not sure why this adaptation specifically got greenlit. This is as close to a pointless film as I’ve seen in a long time. Or at least since Morbius.

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