It seems we just can’t get enough Stephen King-related content this year. Coming off the heels of The Dark Tower, The Mist, Mr. Mercedes, Gerald’s Game, the forthcoming Castle Rock and the phenomenally successful IT, Stephen King adaptations are everywhere and with 1922, we are getting one more before the year is out.
1922 is based on Stephen King’s 131-page storytelling of a man’s confession of his wife’s murder. 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.
Thomas Jane, who starred in the King-based 2007 film The Mist, plays Wilfred in the Netflix original film opposite Molly Parker as wife Arlette and Dylan Schmid as son Henry. You can check out the first trailer for Netflix’s 1922 below:
The trailer for 1922 comes across as disturbing with a tense atmosphere. Toss in the fact that everything happening to Wilfred could just be his guilt-ridden conscience – in the vein of Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart – or maybe there are actually supernatural forces at work. For those who have read the source novel, you already know the answer so hopefully, the movie adapts many other aspects to a successful degree. You never know when we might get a new twist when it comes to a King adaptation.
Director Zak Hilditch, known for his sci-fi thriller These Final Hours, helms 1922 and wrote the screenplay based on King’s source material. Alongside Jane, Parker, and Schmid, the cast includes Kaitlyn Bernard (The Healer), Brian d’Arcy (Spotlight), and Neal McDonough (The CW’s Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow).
1922 will first premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas before being released for streaming on Netflix on October 20th. Gerald’s Game directed by Mike Flanagan will debut on September 29 on the streaming service.