The appearance of the follow up offers a perfect justification for stepping through those bat-wing doors for the first time. I enjoyed it then for its effectiveness in If you have not read The Shining already do not overlook the opportunity presented by the publication of Doctor Sleep, the sequel, to revisit one of the best ghost stories of our time. I enjoyed it then for its effectiveness in telling a scary, no, a very scary story. Reading it now is colored, as is all of life, by our accumulation or lack of accumulation of experience.
Plot[ edit ] In the Nevada desert, a couple, Peter and Mary Jackson are driving just as they are stopped by a sheriff, Collie Entragian. He soon learns they are in possession of marijuana.
It is implied later that Entragian planted the marijuana in their car. He takes them to jail. After they enter the police station, they see a little girl, dead, on the floor and Entragian shoots and kills Peter.
Mary is thrown in a jail cell along with a young boy, David Carver, his parents, Ralph and Ellen, and an old man, Tom Billingsley.
The little girl is the Carver's daughter, named Pie. In the meantime, in the police station, David kneels and prays to God, his practice since his best friend Brian was struck by a drunk driver. For the duration of the film, David is a mouth piece for commonplace Judaeo-Christian values.
Meanwhile, Steve Ames is in his truck, following famous author Johnny Marinville, who is some 50 miles up ahead. Ames is Marinville's assistant. Steve soon picks up a young female hitchhiker named Cynthia Smith.
Johnny stops in the desert to urinate just as Entragian shows up behind him and plants the same bag of marijuana he got from Peter and Mary in Johnny's motorcycle bag and arrests him. Back in the Police Station, David is asked by his mother Ellen why he kept on praying.
David revealed that he prays because God made 'his' presence known to him by miraculously saving his friend Brian from the brink of death. He then recollects that when he and Brian were riding a bike, a drunk driver hit Brian. David immediately began praying to God, offering to sacrifice anything, and to do what ever is asked of him in order that his friend be saved, at which point, Brian miraculously regained consciousness.
The doctor at the hospital described Brian's recovery as "miraculous". Later, David realizes Entragian's skin is breaking out and he keeps saying "Tak" because he is possessed. Entragian then takes Ellen so he can shift his spirit into her body. He leaves his vicious dog to guard the cells.
Pie's ghost appears and gives David a bar of soap which glows green. David scrubs his body with the soap and while the dog is distracted, slips through the bars of the jail cell and escapes the holding area.
David searches the police station and finds a gun on the corpse of another sheriff.
He returns and shoots the guard dog, freeing everyone. Meanwhile, Steve drives up to where Johnny was captured by Entragian. He and Cynthia find Johnny's motorcycle hidden behind dry bushes.
Cynthia and Steve later search the town, finding all the residents dead. That night, they both meet up with other escaped prisoners from the jail. They gather at a disused theater and Tom tells a story that took place years ago, when Chinese workers digging in a local mine known as 'The China Pit' discovered an evil spirit named "Tak".
The now-possessed Ellen sends in a mountain lion and Tom is killed. Mary is then possessed by Ellen so that Tak can have a new body. David sees Pie's ghost in the theater again. Mary wakes up to find herself trapped in a shed, surrounded by rattlesnakes, scorpions and tarantulas, waiting to be the next host for Tak.
With the help of Pie, she manages to escape, while seriously injuring Ellen's body. Tak is forced to take over the body of a buzzard. Johnny later confesses that 40 years ago in Vietnam he saw a guy, possessed by Tak, blow up the bathroom of a bar, killing 87 people.
Johnny still feels guilty to this day that he did not warn any of the patrons before fleeing the bar. The group decides to return to the cave with some explosives they found to put an end to Tak.
At the entrance, the buzzard comes out and kills Ralph. In order to redeem himself, Johnny goes into the mine and falls in a hole leading to a pit where Tak is.
Johnny ignites the explosives, blowing up the mine and giving up his life, while the rest of survivors drive away in Steve's truck.
Along the route driving away from the town, they pass by the empty RV vehicle owned by David's family and Peter's sister's car.Desperation is reminiscent of King’s magnum opus The Stand, and King revisits many familiar themes such as good versus evil, salvation, redemption, faith, so forth.
There’s also a lot of blood and gore, which One thing I find fascinating is how many critics write off Stephen King as /5. Directed by Mick Garris.
With Tom Skerritt, Steven Weber, Annabeth Gish, Charles Durning. When a sheriff arrests a writer, a family, a couple, and a hitchiker and throws them in a jail cell in the deserted town of Desperation, they must fight for their lives.
Sep 22, · I am enjoying what I think is perhaps Stephen King’s best novel, ever. The opinion on Stephen King’s best work differs depending on who you talk to; but for me, it will always be Bag of Bones. Stephen King's Desperation is a television movie based on Stephen King's novel of the same initiativeblog.com himself wrote the teleplay.
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Several cross-country travelers--including a writer, a family on vacation, and a professor and his wife--end up in the little mining town of Desperation. Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers.
His recent work includes The Outsider, Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), the Bill Hodges trilogy End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and an AT&T Audience Network original television series).
His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of.