Stephen King cameo?

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Dana Jean

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Don't see him,Imdb doesn't mention it in the trivia section..
If you go to 1:08 (by my timer) there is a lone wolf with his hands on the back of the pew in front of him sort of swaying back and forth -- that kind looks like stephen, but I'm sure I'm just seeing him in there by the power of suggestion.
 

mjs9153

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If you go to 1:08 (by my timer) there is a lone wolf with his hands on the back of the pew in front of him sort of swaying back and forth -- that kind looks like stephen, but I'm sure I'm just seeing him in there by the power of suggestion.
I saw that guy too..but apparently he didn't have a part,googled that..
Was Stephen King in IT?
No, Stephen King did not appear in IT, but here is a list of movies I retrieved from IMDB that he was in: "Kingdom Hospital" .... Johnny B. Goode (1 episode, 2004) - Finale (2004) TV episode .... Johnny B. Goode "Rose Red" (2002) TV mini-series (uncredited) .... Pizza Delivery Guy "Frasier" .... Brian (1 episode, 2000) - Mary Christmas (2000) TV episode (voice) .... Brian "Storm of the Century" (1999) TV mini-series (uncredited) .... Lawyer in Ad/Reporter on Broken TV "The Shining" (1997) TV mini-series .... Band Leader Thinner (1996) .... Dr. Bangor The Langoliers (1995) (TV) .... Tom Holby "The Stand" (1994) TV mini-series .... Teddy Weizak Sleepwalkers (1992) .... Cemetery Caretaker "Golden Years" (1991) TV series .... Bus Driver Pet Sematary (1989) .... Minister Creepshow 2 (1987) .... Truck Driver (segment "The Hitchhiker") Maximum Overdrive (1986) (uncredited) .... Man At Cashpoint Creepshow (1982) .... Jordy Verrill (segment "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill") Knightriders (1981) .... Hoagie Man
 

Gerald

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I just ordered the blu-ray from Umbrella. If he was in it, then it should be mentioned in the commentary or one of the extras, but I think not.
I wonder if he did the cameo in Knightriders and the role in Creepshow mostly because Romero asked him, and since Romero must have been a hero to him he obliged.

Since he wrote Cat's Eye and Silver Bullet himself, you would kind of expect to see him in it. But it's only from Maximum Overdrive that he starts doing them more regularly.
 

Blake

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Corey Haim played that part fantastic in this movie and he was fantastic in Lost Boys. I watched the movie about a month ago and King wasn't in it because King plays himself generally, albeit he dresses up for the part like a pharmacist or a bus driver etc. King's best acting, in my opinion was in Golden Years where he is a grumpy bus driver.
 
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Gerald

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Jordy Verrill in Creepshow is my favourite of his appearances, but it is a complete role, not a cameo, of course.

I think the one in Knightriders is quite funny, but the funniest is probably in Maximum Overdrive. I wonder though why he put his cameo in that right at the beginning. Perhaps it was in the spirit of an anthology film where a writer or narrator introduces the story? I think it sets the tone of the film to comedic rather than scary right from the start.


He does the same thing with his glasses, lifting the sunglasses, as in the Golden Years cameo.
 
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I listened to the Knightriders commentary with Romero, Savini and several others. Although when King comes on they mention him obviously, but they don't explain why he was on set, since he did not write it or was it based on something by him. Romero only quickly mentions that he 'had just started working with him' (they worked on an adaptation for a theatrical version of Salem's Lot, before it went to television with Tobe Hooper directing). I don't know at this time (1981) whether there was already talk of Creepshow, but that was 1982 so it's very possible.

Knightriders and Martin are the two movies that are closest to Romero's heart, he says. A huge part (a little too much perhaps) of the commentary is them just recognising people from 'back in the day' and trying to remember all their names and what they're doing now. I'm always amazed how huge the cast is in this movie, so many characters.
It's always amazing the things you never noticed they point out in commentaries, like you can see clearly when a 'knight' is launched from their motorcycle, it's because the seat springs up.
It seems to have done very poorly in cinemas at the time. Christine Forrest says it played only one week. But it became a huge cult hit later through video.
I think it's a great film with a wonderful atmosphere, and while it takes its time at 2 and a half hours, it's never boring or too slow.
 

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SK got reunited with Drew Barrymore once more in Fever Pitch (2005, Peter and Bobby Farrelly) in which he did a cameo. I haven't seen that one though.
He just throws a baseball (the opening pitch) but it's pretty cool to see him in that movie. Jimmy Fallon has a great part in that as well - quite a good movie!
 

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I listened to the Knightriders commentary with Romero, Savini and several others. Although when King comes on they mention him obviously, but they don't explain why he was on set, since he did not write it or was it based on something by him. Romero only quickly mentions that he 'had just started working with him' (they worked on an adaptation for a theatrical version of Salem's Lot, before it went to television with Tobe Hooper directing). I don't know at this time (1981) whether there was already talk of Creepshow, but that was 1982 so it's very possible.
In this episode of the Dick Cavett show they already talk about Creepshow, and it looks by the copyright that's in 1980. I don't know if this was before or after Knightriders was filmed.


Straub, King, Levin and Romero! What a line-up! In these talks about horror there's often the same topics, but still I didn't know some things, like that The Shining was inspired by Bradbury's The Veldt, or that Tabitha came up with the idea for Salem's Lot first.
In fact they comment that the genre is often parasitic, a lot of well-known books and films are based on earlier works - like I Am Legend inspired Romero for Night of the Living Dead.

I also find it interesting that Levin says this same thing SK has said: that the inspiration and basis for books and stories are often not one thing, but a couple of ideas coming together and clicking somehow.

I don't know if I agree with them that horrorstories need humor. It seems to me that some of the best horror doesn't have a lot of humor, like a lot of Gothic horror doesn't have humor (for example the Hammer films; Amicus films of the same period often have humor, but Hammer not much), or a masterpiece like The Exorcist doesn't have humor.

I'm always surprised SK and Romero think of Creepshow as a really scary film they wanted to make. I think the comic strip style and the Jordy Verrill episode make it quite funny. It's always been more of a nostalgic, funny film to me than a scary one.
 

Blake

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In this episode of the Dick Cavett show they already talk about Creepshow, and it looks by the copyright that's in 1980. I don't know if this was before or after Knightriders was filmed.


Straub, King, Levin and Romero! What a line-up! In these talks about horror there's often the same topics, but still I didn't know some things, like that The Shining was inspired by Bradbury's The Veldt, or that Tabitha came up with the idea for Salem's Lot first.
In fact they comment that the genre is often parasitic, a lot of well-known books and films are based on earlier works - like I Am Legend inspired Romero for Night of the Living Dead.

I also find it interesting that Levin says this same thing SK has said: that the inspiration and basis for books and stories are often not one thing, but a couple of ideas coming together and clicking somehow.

I don't know if I agree with them that horrorstories need humor. It seems to me that some of the best horror doesn't have a lot of humor, like a lot of Gothic horror doesn't have humor (for example the Hammer films; Amicus films of the same period often have humor, but Hammer not much), or a masterpiece like The Exorcist doesn't have humor.

I'm always surprised SK and Romero think of Creepshow as a really scary film they wanted to make. I think the comic strip style and the Jordy Verrill episode make it quite funny. It's always been more of a nostalgic, funny film to me than a scary one.
Is this about 1983/84? I think King is wearing engineer boots because there's a buckle on the side of them. I've never seen this clip before. I see that Gerald says it's from 1980.
 
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Gerald

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Is this about 1983/84? I think King is wearing engineer boots because there's a buckle on the side of them. I've never seen this clip before. I see that Gerald says it's from 1980.
It says at the end 'copyright 1980 Daphne Productions'.

It's not 1983/84, because they still have to make Creepshow which is from 1982. Also they say Peter Straub's Shadowland is just out, which is published in 1980.
 
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Gerald

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Concerning The Veldt by Bradbury: the daughter in that story is called Wendy, like the mother in The Shining. So that's King nodding to that story in the novel.

I was wondering is the title Creepshow actually an existing word used for something in the US?
They don't explain why they chose that on the Special Edition dvd.
Or is it a wordplay on Peepshow, like it's a peepshow for horrorfans?
I always found the title peculiar.
 
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