It’s the year of the Stephen King adaptation, with both Gerald’s Game and 1922 following The Dark Tower and IT—I would imagine we’ll be seeing even more next year thanks to the amazing success of the latter. But before we start thinking about what’s to come, let’s focus on 1922, Netflix’s second King adaptation this year. The short story, found in King’s Full Dark No Stars, was directed by Zak Hilditch and it’s a gnarly story about a man’s life that falls to pieces after a murder. Just ahead of its release next month, we have our first look at Hilditch’s adaptation, and it looks every bit as haunting as King’s story. I was a huge fan of King’s short; it’s a pretty nasty story that hinges on some twisted imagery, so I can’t wait to see how this one turns out. Also, it’s great to see Thomas Jane back in Stephen King’s world.
1922 is out on Netflix this October 20th.
The tale is told from the perspective of Wilfred James, the story’s unreliable narrator who admits to killing his wife, Arlette, with his son in Nebraska. But after he buries her body, he finds himself terrorized by rats and, as his life begins to unravel, becomes convinced his wife is haunting him.
It stars Thomas Jane, Molly Parker, Dylan Schmid, Kaitlyn Bernard, Brian D’Arcy James and Neal McDonough.