Filmmaker Billy Hanson has made an impact on us in several ways. He has been a part of the film industry since 2005, directing both short and full-length features, and is the winner of several film awards for his outstanding work. He is also the director behind one of the most popular, most gross, award-winning Stephen King Dollar Baby films, SURVIVOR TYPE. This short film is based on Stephen King’s short story of the same name, which is one of the titles Billy selected from the Dollar Baby short films adaptation program, allowed by Stephen King to be purchased for the amount of…one single dollar!
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My latest Dollar Baby interview is with a talented director from the UK, Hendrik Harms. Hendrik studied at Keele University and graduated in 2o11. With various jobs and experience under his belt, Hendrik eventually started his own production company ‘Harms Way Studios’ in 2018, in Worcester, Worcestershire. He is a writer, producer, director, and he is now a part of the Stephen King Universe with his Stephen King Dollar Baby film, ALL THAT YOU LOVE WILL BE CARRIED AWAY.
Posted February 16th, 2020. Add a comment
Stephen King is no stranger to “haunted” vehicles. With stories such as, MILE 81, TRUCKS (aka MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE), FROM A BUICK 8, and the queen of “haunted” vehicles: CHRISTINE! But there was a short story first published in Yankee magazine in 1983 and later published in Stephen King’s short story collection, SKELETON CREW in 1985. A talented filmmaker, Dan Sellers, has brought this short story to life.
Posted November 8th, 2019. Add a comment
The short story POPSY, was first published in Stephen King’s short story collection, NIGHTMARES & DREAMSCAPES, in 1993. It’s a story about a man named Sheridan, whose a compulsive gambler, who finds himself in deep debt to a man known only as, Mr. Wizard. Mr. Wizard threatens Sheridan with serious bodily harm if he doesn’t pay up, and has way of paying off his debt is through child trafficking, sending the children on a boat to another country.
Posted October 27th, 2019. Add a comment
CAIN ROSE UP is one of Stephen King’s earlier short stories. He wrote it in 1968, and it was first published in the Spring 1968 issue of Ubris magazine, and later republished in King’s short story collection, SKELETON CREW, in 1985.
Posted October 20th, 2019. Add a comment
This is one of the very first short stories Stephen King had ever written in his career. He wrote it while in high school, and was first published in 1968, in Ubris magazine.
Posted September 1st, 2019. Add a comment
Stephen King has run the gamut of every scenario possible with his stories, and with characters ranging from vampires, werewolves, killer clowns, cars, dogs, cats, and monsters from other worlds, and nearly everything else we can think of. However, Stephen King has at times had a very twisted imagination, or so it seems. The short story A VERY TIGHT PLACE was first published in the May 2008 issue of McSweeney’s, and later appeared in King’s 2008 collection of stories entitled, Just After Sunset.
This story is about Curtis, a middle-aged man who is lured to a construction site by his very unfriendly neighbor. The two have had numerous confrontations with one another regarding legal disputes over property rights, and the death of Curtis’s dog, whom he blames his neighbor for. Once Curtis is at the site, he is then forced into a porta potty, locked in, and is left to his demise, along with the most disgusting and foul odors one can imagine, not to mention other creepy encounters. Poor Curtis, I wonder how all this will turn out for him?
This Dollar Baby was disgustingly entertaining, and well done. With an interesting soundtrack, enjoyable performances, especially the two main actors, a bit of quirky humor, and actually seeing the amazing, but difficult way of filming in a porta potty, I think Stephen Tramontana hits the mark with this adaptation. This is a Dollar Baby film you won’t want to miss. I do however, recommend viewing it…after lunch!
Posted August 4th, 2019. Add a comment
There are actually a few versions of the Dollar Baby film, BEACHWORLD. I have personally seen only one other version, and that was animated, by Dollar Baby filmmaker, Maria Ivanova, so this was the first time seeing a live-action version of this story.
Posted July 28th, 2019. Add a comment
In the 1970’s, science fiction was at the height of its popularity, and some of the most classic films in history were released during that decade. WESTWORLD, PLANT OF THE APES, THX-1138, LOGANS RUN, and SILENT RUNNING, were considered some of the greats. However, it wasn’t until 1977, when a little film called STAR WARS hit the box office , changing the genre completely, taking it in a new direction.
Posted May 26th, 2019. Add a comment
DEDICATION first appeared in the June 1988 anthology, Dark Visions. It was reprinted in Stephen King’s collection of short stories, NIGHTMARES & DREAMSCAPES. This story is about a Black woman who has left a very violent and senseless relationship, who goes to work at an exclusive hotel as a maid. It’s there a repeat guest, an alcoholic, but talented writer stays to do his writing. The maid finds him annoying and disgusting, yet a slow amicable relationship begins.