CAT’S EYE
1985, Warner Bros., 94 min, USA, Dir: Lewis Teague

Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Alan King and Robert Hays star in this three-part anthology of Stephen King short stories connected by a stray cat that wanders through each tale. Chain smoker Morrison (Woods) joins a stop-smoking group run by sadistic Dr. Monatti (Alan King). A gambler named Cressner (Kenneth McMillan) makes a bet with his wife's lover. And a young girl (Barrymore) is terrorized by a tiny troll.


MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE
1986, Rialto Pictures, 98 min, USA, Dir: Stephen King

Legendary horror writer Stephen King’s sole credit as a director is this mayhem-filled sci-fi film that redefines “monster trucks.” When Earth passes through the tail of a comet, inanimate objects begin to kill their human masters. As big rigs and bulldozers converge on a North Carolina truck stop, survivors led by Emilio Estevez try to hold them off and find a machine-free refuge. With music by hard-rock greats AC/DC.


CREEPSHOW
1982, Warner Bros., 120 min, USA, Dir: George Romero

There hadn’t been a lot of anthology movies when the George Romero/Stephen King collaboration CREEPSHOW, a film inspired by classic EC horror comics, debuted in 1982; in comparison to the sober, big-budget thrills of POLTERGEIST and THE THING, the Romero/King effort was a refreshing blast of B-movie fun, low on budget and ambition but with a surprisingly good cast: Hal Holbrook, E.G. Marshall, Ted Danson, Leslie Nielsen, Ed Harris, Fritz Weaver and King himself. "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill," the segment with King (as an incredibly stupid farmer), is probably the most memorable even though it’s a short vignette compared with the others - it’s a deft takeoff of THE BLOB and a riff on those moronic victims in ’50s sci-fi movies who always want to be first in line to check out that strange light coming from over the next rise.


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