Stephen King’s It on VHS video. Starring Richard Thomas, Tim Reid, Annette O’Toole, Tim Curry, Richard Masur, John Ritter, Harry Anderson, Dennis Christopher. Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace. 1990.
From the VHS box:
Your every fear — all in one deadly enemy.
It can be anything. A fanged monster that won’t stay on the movie screen. Something ominous lurking in the basement. No matter what your biggest fear is, no one knows It better than Stephen King.
Based on the King Of Horror’s 1986 bestseller, It is a jittery, jolting excursion into personal fear. A malevolent force in a small New England town takes the shape of a clown, but It is not clowning around. Instead, It terrifies youngsters with their innermost fears, bringing some to their untimely doom — until a group of wily neighborhood kids fight back. Thirty years later the evil resurfaces: meaner, angrier, deadlier. And the friends who vividly remember the terrors of their youth reunite to make a desperate stand against It.
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Stephen King’s Golden Years on VHS. 232 minutes. Starring Keith Szarabajka, Frances Sternhagen, Felicity Huffman, Ed Lauter, R.D. Call, Bill Raymond. Television mini-series directed by Allen Coulter, Kenneth Fink, Mitchell Galin, Stephen Tolkin, Michael Gornick. 1991.
From the box:
His body held the secret of time. Now time is… running out!
Reigning horror master Stephen King (Misery, Pet Sematary, The Shining) creates a chilling vision of scientific progress run amok in this electrifying, original techno-thriller! Starring Keith Szarabajka (Missing, “The Equalizer”) and Frances Sternhagen (Misery, Doc Hollywood), Golden Years features make-up and special effects supervised by legendary effects master Dick Smith (The Exorcist, Amadeus) and a plot that builds to an astonishing ending!
When aging janitor Harlan Williams is accidentally exposed to exotic chemicals in a lab explosion, he undergoes an extraordinary change. It’s a process the government will do anything to learn more about — no matter who has to die in the process. Soon, Harlan, his wife Gina and the lab’s beautiful security chief are on a cross-country race to evade a murderously effective federal agent. But even as he stays one step ahead of his ruthless pursuers, Harlan continues his transformation into something the world of science has never seen… or imagined!
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Needful Things on VHS. Starring Max von Sydow, Ed Harris, Bonnie Bedelia, Amanda Plummer, J.T. Walsh. Directed by Fraser Clarke Heston. From a Stephen King novel. 1993.
From the box:
The Town Of Castle Rock Just Made A Deal With The Devil… Now It’s Time To Pay.
A mysterious new store has opened in the town of Castle Rock, Maine. And though every item in it has a nerve-shattering price, the owner is always willing to make a devil of a deal.
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The Shining on VHS. Starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall. With Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Based on the novel by Stephen King. 1980.
From the box:
Two-time Academy Award winner Jack Nicholson overwhelms you as Jack Torrance, winter caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, who spirals helplessly towards madness and murder as the hotel’s power plays upon his weaknessess. Shelley Duvall is the ultimate woman on the run as Jack’s put-upon wife Wendy, and Danny Lloyd effectively plays their psychic son, whose ability — his “shining” — unlocks visions of evil.
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