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A VERY TIGHT PLACE – Stephen Tramonatana

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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.

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BEACHWORLD – Jackie Perez

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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.

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Posted July 28th, 2019.

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DEDICATION – Selina Sondermann

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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.

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Posted May 12th, 2019.

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THE LAST RUNG ON THE LADDER – James Cole, Daniel Thron

The last rung on the ladder is a Stephen King short story that was published in King’s short story collection, Night shift. The story is about a brother and sister who are always there for each other. One day on a hot summer’s day, they play a game in a barn that one jumps off the top of the inside of a barn and the other catches them at the bottom.

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Posted March 25th, 2014.

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CAIN ROSE UP – Ranjeet S. Marwa

It’s time again to bring you the very best in Short film entertainment and by doing so that means, yet another review of a “Dollar Baby” brought to you by the Stephen King Program. This time, our “Dollar Baby” is from filmmaker Ranjeet S. Marwa and he has adapted King’s short story, Cain rose up, from the book, Skeleton Krew.

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Posted March 6th, 2014.

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ALL THAT YOU LOVE WILL BE CARRIED AWAY – James Renner

It is time again to bring you the very best in Independent and Short Film entertainment. This time, it is yet another Short film from the Stephen King “Dollar Baby” Program. For those unfamiliar with this program, it is a decades long program that the famous writer, Stephen King, came up with where up-and-coming filmmakers buy the rights to one of King’s short stories for one dollar, make the film, and sends it off to King himself. Most of these films are on the film festival circuit and end up being very successful.

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Posted February 3rd, 2014.

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INVENTORY – F. C. Rabbath

Inventory is directed by F.C. Rabbath and stars Laura Johnson and Owen Provenschen. The story takes place in the back alley’s of the busy city. A young business woman (Johnson), is talking away on her cell phone about her work. Very busy and sidetracked, she doesn’t realize the strange homeless man (Provenschen) sitting in the alley watching her. He smiles knowing this just might be his next “victim”.

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Posted December 18th, 2011.

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(Italiano) IL METODO ORFEO – Filippo Sozzi

Uno scrittore e una illustratrice si recano su un’isola del Mediterraneo per soggiornare in una villa di campagna dove, due anni prima, è avvenuto l’omicidio di sette persone. Non è la prima volta che questi artisti, per scrivere i loro romanzi, vanno a vivere in luoghi dove è accaduto qualche crimine efferato. Lo chiamano Il Metodo Orfeo, perché ricorda la vicenda dell’antico cantore greco, che scese negli inferi per riportare in vita Euridice.

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Posted December 8th, 2011.

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INSIDE – Trevor Sands

Inside is a short film directed by Trevor Sands. It begins with a young man by the name of Daniel who is being escourted down a long, gray hallway at a mental hospital. Sitting in a room across from a doctor, the room is full of actual people that represents the voices that are in Daniel’s head, his mutiple personalities. Each one different than the other, everything from a little girl to an over- sized psycho.

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Posted December 8th, 2011.

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