King-Size Summer to Bring the Cinema of Stephen King to the Alamo Drafthouse

/Film | 6/28/2019 | Chris Evangelista
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Stephen King movie adaptations are experiencing a bit of a resurgence lately, but they’re nothing new. King adaptations have been thriving since Brian De Palma’s Carrie in 1976, resulting in some genuinely great – and some not-so-great – films over the years. To celebrate the impending release of the latest King adaptation, It Chapter Two, the Alamo Drafthouse is about to kick-off something they’re calling King-Size Summer. The program will screen several King films on the big screen, a plan which will likely draw in King fans far and wide.

It sure must be nice living near an Alamo Drafthouse! I’m in the Philadelphia region, which means I get jack ****. But you lucky folks in Austin (and in some cases, New York and San Francisco) are in for a treat. Starting in July, Drafthouse is kicking-off King-Size Summer, described as a “month of Terror Tuesday programming in Austin and culminating in nationwide screenings of four films in all Alamo Drafthouse cities, audiences will be able to experience a King-Size Summer of terror on the big screen once again.”

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“We’re crazy with anticipation for It Chapter Two, so to ease the wait, we’re revisiting some of our favorite Stephen King adaptations,” said Sarah Pitre, senior director of programming and promotions. “These screenings will provide a chilling countdown to the final chapter of one of his most beloved works of fiction. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to build up our fear tolerance before we’re scared out of our minds by It Chapter Two!”

The lineup includes the original Pet Sematary, Carrie, the Mist, and more. Even Maximum Overdrive, the one and only film King himself directed, will be included. King weighed-in on the concept of the King-Size Summer on Twitter, and took time to point out how terrible his solo directorial effort is.

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