The King Zone Podcast Episode 25
‘As I was, you are. As I am, you will be.’
Taking A Deep Dive Into
1408 (2007) and Firestarter (2022)
Welcome to this Podcast series from The Super Network with The King Zone! This podcast series is all about the adaptations of Stephen King, from the cinematic films, mini-series, TV shows and TV movies!
Join your co-hosts ‘Super’ Marcey and the ‘Terrible Australian’ Bede Jermyn as they welcome back special guest Josh Plock (House Of Geekery) to take a deep dive into two Stephen King film adaptations with 1408 (2007) and the recently released Firestarter (2022). This episode, both Josh and Bede had previously seen 1408 and Marcey had not prior to recording and with Firestarter it was a first time watch for all three. Did we survive the mysterious hotel room or go up in a blaze of glory? Listen in to find out!
1408 was directed by Mikael Håfström, based on the short story 1408 by Stephen King and it stars John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Mary McCormack, Tony Shalhoub, Jasmine Jessica Anthony and Len Cariou.
Plot synopsis from IMDB: A man who specialises in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Soon after settling in, he confronts genuine terror.
Firestarter was directed by Keith Thomas, based on the novel Firestarter by Stephen King and it stars Zac Efron, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Sydney Lemmon, Michael Greyeyes, Gloria Reuben, Kurtwood Smith and John Beasley.
Plot synopsis from IMDB: A young girl tries to understand how she mysteriously gained the power to set things on fire with her mind.
*Welcome back to the show Josh!
* These two films are quite different but have some similarities.
* The depths of 1408 go far, with themes including grief.
* John Cusack’s performance in the film is great!
* Firestarter is a bit of a fizzle.
* Zac Efron does not suit the role of Andrew McGee.
* Marcey really did not like one scene in particular from Firestarter …
* Ratings for each film.
* Plus much, much more!
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