Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King

TNT (Mini-Series 2006)
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  • TNT has pulled together an all-star cast for its new anthology series consisting of eight one-hour episodes adapted from Stephen King’s short stories. Look for such notable performers as William H. Macy, Jacqueline McKenzie, Steven Weber, Samantha Mathis, Jeremy Sisto, Ron Livingston, Henry Thomas, Tom Berenger, Marsha Mason, and William Hurt.

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 8

    You Know They Got A Hell Of A Band

    Aired 8/2/06

  • S 1 : Ep 7

    Autopsy Room Four

    Aired 8/2/06

  • S 1 : Ep 6

    The Fifth Quarter

    Aired 7/26/06

  • S 1 : Ep 5

    The Road Virus Heads North

    Aired 7/26/06

  • S 1 : Ep 4

    The End of the Whole Mess

    Aired 7/19/06

  • Cast & Crew
  • William H. Macy

    Clyde Umney/Sam Landry/George Demmick

  • Jacqueline McKenzie

    Linda Landry/Gloria Demmick

  • Bert Labonte

    Otis Redding

  • William McNamara

    Ricky Nelson

  • Joe Sagal

    Elvis Presley

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  • Quotes (26)

    • Archibald: Ma'am. You asked me if Crouch End's a nice place to live. To you it looks nice and normal. But it's not what it seems. But what I told you before is true. This world, it's like living inside a huge leather ball. And outside the ball are other dimensions. There are scuffs, nicks in the leather, that made the thin spots. And every once in a while, the leather rips... right through the thin part. It's then the other dimension pours in and breathes and lusts. Right here in Crouch End. You and your husband shouldn't be here.

    • Archibald: Well, you see, London is laid out like no other city. More like it hatched and meandered a street pattern. Then, it planned one, you see. It's because the streets were paved over barriers. Barriers between what is rational and what is not. Crouch End was built on top of a towen. Doris: A town? Archibald: No, ma'am. Uh... towen. Towen. It's a Druid word. Means a place of ritual sacrifice. Said that Crouch End rests on top of the Druid towen of Slaughter.

    • Lonnie: And how long will it take us to get from the hotel to Crouch End? Cabby: I'm sure I can't help you. It's a place for strangers not to go. Lonnie: No. (laughs) I got a friend who lives on the outskirts. Cabby: Here what I say, man. Don't go to Crouch End.

    • Clyde: Tell me what's going on here? Sam: You're beginning to know, aren't you? Clyde: Maybe I don't know my dad's name or my mom's name or the first girl I went to bed with because... you don't know. Is that it? Sam: You're getting warm. Clyde: You don't just own this building. You own everything. Sam: Hot, hot, hot. Hot as a hot potato.

    • Clyde: What's a Sony? Some sort of a side dish you get with a Reebok dinner? Sam: It's a Japanese electronics company. Clyde: Oh, now you're kidding me, mister. The Japs cant even make a wind-up toy. Sam: Not now.

    • Howard: What I haven't told you is that four hours ago, I killed my brother by shooting him up with his own discovery. He called it "the calmative," but... "a very serious mistake" might have been a better name.

    • Howard: They say God protects drunks and fools and children. They also say that the devil's in the details.

    • Howard: You see, guys like Bobby, they come along maybe once in a lifetime. Uh, the Da Vincis and the Newtons, and the Einsteins and the Edisons. And they all had one thing in common, they're like huge compasses just swinging aimlessly for a long time. Uh, searching for some true north. And then, one day, they just hone in on it with fearful force.

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    Notes (15)

    • The episode won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Original Dramatic Score); and Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special.

    • Differences from the original work: Renshaw’s initial hit on the toymaker is shown, as is his return by plane to his penthouse apartment. The final ending is modified substantially with the introduction of a Rambo-like commando doll that attacks Renshaw in the pool, then goes after him as he escapes in the elevator. Renshaw defeats the commando but the miniature thermonuclear device goes off as in the short story.

    • On its premiere this episode was shown commercial-free.

    • This episode is done entirely without dialogue. This is reminiscent of the Twilight Zone episode "The Invaders", which was written by Richard Matheson, father of this segment's writer Richard Christian Matheson.

    • In Renshaws's apartment the Zulu Doll from Richard Matheson's TV movie Trilogy of Terror can be seen. Richard Matheson is writer Richard Christian Matheson's father.

    • "Battleground" is not from Nightmares and Dreamscapes. It is collected in Night Shift (1978).

    • Differences from the original work: numerous small changes, the appearances of the snake-creature, Lonnie's fate at the end of the episode involving the cat.

    • Differences from the original work: several added sequences with Umney solving cases. Several scenes of Umney's realization that something is going wrong with his world are deleted, including the newsboy Peoria getting money from the lottery. In the story, the Demmicks never appear. Umney discovers the Demmicks are dead after talking to Landry initially, then Landry meets with him again at the Demmicks before moving them to Umney's office. All references to Landry having shingles are removed. Landry's son dies in a pool accident rather than by AIDS from a blood transfusion. Entirely new scenes added after the point where the original story ends with Umney in the real world, including an extended sequence with Linda and the pool girl. Several scenes of Landry as a detective in his new office. Linda kills herself after Umney's arrival in the real world, while in the story she killed herself before Landry takes over Umney's life.

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    Trivia (11)

    • When Renshaw pulls the gun from the alcohol cupboard, he takes a sip of Jameson whiskey. We can also see a bottle of Chartreuse, and a bottle of Jose Cuervo tequila. The door is a lot more open and the tequila more visible after he readies the gun.

    • Most modern apartments and appliances have surge protectors built in, so when Renshaw drops the hair dryer in the toilet, the power would not short out.

    • Despite being supposedly set in Crouch End, London, and many references to London being made throughout the episode, the settings are very obviously Australian. When they are having breakfast, you can clearly see the Aussie yellow cabs and Melbourne's tram system. London doesn't have either. They do use the traditional London cab for the journey. The architecture is totally Melbourne, with the verandas and "hotels." Plus the real Crouch End doesn't look at all like this one, even if you allow for the thin spaces.

    • After the conversation about the lost napkin with the address, in the taxi. We can see a wide street out the side window (over Mrs Freeman's shoulder), but then we see a very narrow, one way street out the front window

    • Crouch End is an area of north London, in the London Borough of Haringey. It has a postcode of N8 and has a football club called the Vampires.

    • When he goes to bed at the start of the episode, Mr Umney sets his alarm for 6 o'clock. We then see a shot of the clock turning with the alarm set to 10 o'clock. And although the hands are turning fast, the second hand isn't moving.

    • Danny's tombstone says 1994-1999, which makes him 5 years old at his time of death. But Clyde read the story on Sam's laptop and later said that he was 6 years old.

    • Clyde says "As they say in your world, I'm the Man." But how did he know what they said in Sam's world? He didn't have any knowledge of the real world, other than what Sam told him.

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    Allusions (7)

    • There are many references to HP Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos, especially as road signs while the couple are running through town: Cthulhu himself is referenced as well as Shoggoths and the demi-god Nyarlathotep. The fourth reference - R'lyeh - is the fictional city where "dread Cthulhu lie dreaming".

    • The black ooze permeating the episode refers to the Lovecraftian construct of a Shoggoth. "We were on the track ahead as the nightmare plastic column of foetid black iridescence oozed tightly onward through its fifteen-foot sinus; gathering unholy speed and driving before it a spiral, re-thickening cloud of the pallid abyss-vapour." (Lovecraft, At the Mountains of Madness, 1931)

    • Aunt Trudy: Get busy livin'. In the Shawshank Redemption, a movie based on a Stephen King short story, Red (played by Morgan Freeman) said many times "get busy livin', or get busy dyin'"

    • Richard Kinnell says that he still has two hours to drive to Derry. Derry is the fictional setting for Stephen King's "It".

    • Clark: It's not some Tolkien Fantasy. J.R.R. Tolkien was the author of the epic novel, The Lord Of The Rings which is set if a fantasy world, and based around a long journey. The book was made into three movies in the early 2000s.

    • As Mary and Clark arrive in town, Mary remarks at how the town reminds her of an episode from The Twilight Zone.

    • The title comes from a line from the Righteous Brothers' song "Rock and Roll Heaven". The town in the episode gets its name from the same source.

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  • Fan Reviews (17)
  • Great concepts (by Stephen King), good cast, but bad delivery and misleading tone (seems very scary but no just interesting)

    By Connie2_0, Jun 22, 2014

  • Short stories of Stephen King comes back to life with the mini-series!!

    By saxa246, May 16, 2007

  • Could have been a contender!

    By Fat_Boy_PT, May 10, 2007

  • The mini-series seemed compelling enough to take a chance on. But great actors with mediocre scripts and poor digital effects (a necessity nowadays) make the suspension of disbelief a whole lot harder than it should be.

    By kevin_lock, Jan 16, 2007

  • a must see for King fans.

    By chrismart83, Dec 12, 2006