Stephen King has always been famed for being one of the best horror writers of all time, but the author is having a big moment. Not only has the film adaptation of his iconic It been getting rave reviews, but he’s also making huge waves on Netflix, too.
A few weeks ago, we revealed that the entertainment company is adapting Gerald’s Game (one of his lesser-known books, all about BDSM gone horribly, murderously, wrong) into a film. Now, a trailer has dropped for Netflix’s latest King adaptation – and it looks even more terrifying.
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Based on the gothic novella of the same name (first published in the 2010 collection Full Dark, No Stars), 1922 tells the story of Wilfred James, a farmer grimly clinging to his family land in 1920s Nebraska.
When his free-spirited wife Arlette (Molly Parker) inherits a significant plot of farmland, Wilfred (Thomas Jane) assumes that she’ll hand the money over to him so that he can keep the farm he’s worked on all his life. Arlette, though, has dreams of her own: she wants to sell so the family can move to Omaha, “or even St. Louis!”
All she wants is to throw off the drudgery of their country life, head to the big city and carve out a new future for herself and her family. One which doesn’t involve her slaving away in the kitchen every single day. One which might see her make something of herself. And, above all else, one which doesn’t see her cut off from her friends, family and the rest of the world on an isolated plot of land.
Wilf, however, is disgusted by the idea of city living. In his eyes, Arlette’s plan to sell her acreage to a hog-farming combine would pollute his land, and giving in would mean either living in the city or divorcing her – and probably losing their 14-year-old son, Henry (Dylan Schmid), to her custody.
So Wilf quietly plans to murder his wife, and to bring Henry in on the act to assure the boy’s silence and lock him to the land.
What Wilf doesn’t bank on, though, is the fact that every evil act has consequences. That every unspeakable sin has the power to tarnish the soul. That our consciences are far more complex than we give them credit for.
Above all else, though, he fails to prepare for the fact that Arlette will not go down without a fight – whether she’s dead or alive.
1922 will arrive on Netflix on 20th October, just in time for Halloween. But are you brave enough to watch it?
Be warned: this really isn’t a film for anyone with an aversion to anything ghoulish, ghostly or filled with swarming black rats.