BOU 013 – Stephen King Books vs. Movies (and More Walking Dead)

BOU 013 – Stephen King Books vs. Movies (and More Walking Dead)
Chloe Grace Moretz in the Carrie remake

Chloe Grace Moretz will be starring in the Carrie remake.

This week we talked Stephen King books versus movies.

We tried to dissect why some King movies are great, (such as The Green Mile, Stand by Me, The Shining, etc…) while others are god awful (IT, nearly all the TV adaptations, Maximum Overdrive, etc…)

We also mentioned the trailer for the Carrie remake with Chloe Grace Moretz, who was excellent in Let Me In.

Johnny argued that King somehow taints the movies when he’s involved, that perhaps he has a great eye for fiction, but not movies, so much.

We also talked The Walking Dead: Season Three Episode Two, where we someone asked Rick, “Is that a machete in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?”

We all pretty much agreed that this episode pretty much kicked all sorts of unholy ass. Dave liked this episode better than the debut. And all were surprised by Hershel’s fate.

We also played voicemail from a naked woman in a tub (at least we think she’s naked), which might be the highlight of our show to date.

Which King movies did you like? Which did you hate?

How are you liking this season of The Walking Dead so far?

Wanna call and leave us a message from the comfort of your tub? Dial the number on the homepage. Unless you’re a dude, in which case, please make sure you’re fully dressed… Unless you’re calling Sean and wanna talk about unicorn westerns.

See you next week with a re-cap of the much-anticipated third episode of The Walking Dead’s third season!

To view the video version of this episode, go to: Better Off Undead #13 – Stephen King Books vs. Movies (and More Walking Dead)



  1. You guys overlooked Salem’s Lot. For its day it was an awesome made for TV miniseries.

  2. First, it made me laugh that y’alls topic (if it can be called that lol) was Stephen King, when I had a long elaborate discussion over his books/movies just this past weekend…should I be worried? Haha

    Also, you totally skipped over Dreamcatcher. I remember when I saw the movie the first time, I was in awe…a few weeks later, I thought I loved it so much I should see it again. That’s when I realized I was wrong. Aliens that looked like penises with teeth were not quite what I would have envisioned. And despite how bad “IT” was, I still hate clowns and refuse to walk near sewer openings thanks to that damn movie…”Everything floats down here” still gives me the heebee jeebees…

    By the way, you TOTALLY need to make your theme music into a ringtone…I would definitely pay for that…

  3. Never saw Salem’s Lot on TV, but I didn’t really like the movie. Skipped Dreamcatcher, though I did like the first half of the book.

    I would totally use that as my ringtone!

    • You should at least watch Dreamcatcher once…then remember why you shouldn’t have watched it to begin with…

      And y’all need to get on that!

  4. I liked The Stand. I thought it was pretty good for a King mini-series. Molly Ringwald as Frannie irritated me just as much as the whinny character in the book so I would have to say she nailed it. BTW…I actually read both the abridged and unabridged versions. The unabridged was so much better. The original was cut too much and left things hanging.

  5. Walking Dead has been awesome. I loved the second episode-Rick is becoming quite the badass.

    Green Mile and Stand by Me are the two King movies that stand out for me. The Shining too, but I am fairly certain that is because Jack Nicolson is a legend.

    I have vague memories of watching the Tommy Knockers and IT when I was younger. I have vague memories of them being terrible. I love the Stand as a book, have never seen the movie (if there is one?)

  6. I hope they don’t remake IT, no-one could be a scarier Pennywise than Tim Curry!

    You should check out this podcast: The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe
    Podcast #380, in this episode they talk about the possible science behind the virus in The Walking Dead.

    • When you think about it, there really is no more logical choice to play a murderous undead clown than a vaguely effeminite English Broadway actor.

  7. Bag of Bones wasn’t bad for a tv flick – perhaps a little more of a girlie flick though since the love story plays the pivotal role. I absolutely HATED the original Shining. Nicholson played crazy too crazy and Shelley Duvall….man did they have to alllow her character to live so long ??!!

    Walking Dead rules. Personally, I like how the wintertime passed between seasons 2 & 3 (rather than a winter full of talking, talking, talking) and we see the end result – a group that is tightly knit and a well-oiled killing machine.


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