Special effects for next Stephen King movie
It’s official: Hell — or at least its rural America equivalent — has frozen over, and you have Stephen King to thank for it. The Sultan of Scare unveils Storm of the Century, his first specifically written-for-TV movie, which sets serial murder amid meteorological mayhem. The triple-deadbolt-your-door six-hour ABC miniseries about a blizzard-besieged Maine village with a devil-possessed killer in its midst airs in time for you to cozy up with your Valentine on Feb. 14, 15, and 18. With 260 special-effects scenes — F/X gurus used bleached potato flakes, truckloads of synthetic snow, and 300-pound blocks of ice blown through a snowmaking machine to supplement a fortuitous January ’98 Maine squall — the $35 million production was certainly a chilling experience for the cast. ”They’d yell ‘Cut!’ and we’d be picking this crap out of our eyes and every orifice and spitting it,” laments star Tim Daly (Wings). ”And then you’d look behind the camera and see 60 people wearing goggles and respirators. I probably only have three months to live.” Hmm, sounds like a setup for another King opus.
Stephen King's Storm of the Century