Storm of the Century

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The first story Stephen King wrote specifically for a television miniseries, Storm of the Century is set in Little Tall Island, a small town off the coast of Maine. The citizens are bracing themselves for what is expected to be the worst snowstorm in 100 years when a mysterious stranger named Andre Linoge Colm Feore arrives with a simple command: "Give me what I want and I'll go away." Andre is, in fact, an emissary of Satan, and what he wants is one of the children of Little Tall Island, whom he will raise to ...
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The first story Stephen King wrote specifically for a television miniseries, Storm of the Century is set in Little Tall Island, a small town off the coast of Maine. The citizens are bracing themselves for what is expected to be the worst snowstorm in 100 years when a mysterious stranger named Andre Linoge Colm Feore arrives with a simple command: "Give me what I want and I'll go away." Andre is, in fact, an emissary of Satan, and what he wants is one of the children of Little Tall Island, whom he will raise to take over his assignment on Earth -- it seems that Satan's lifespan, although far longer than that of a normal human, is not unlimited, and he will need a replacement for that time when he must vacate his position. Andre knows everyone's secrets and can make their lives a living hell no pun intended; he can also destroy the city at will. And only one person in town has the strength to stand up to Andre -- the sheriff, Mike Anderson Tim Daly. While originally written for television, Stephen King's novelization of Storm of the Century was published shortly after the series was originally broadcast.
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Storm of the Century, written by Stephen King specifically for television, is one of the better renderings of his work in recent years. The small-town locale, though familiar territory for King, is brought new life by the miniseries' commitment to the severity of its cold-blizzard setting, in which much of the action occurs in the darkness of night or in the blinding white of the snow. The color scheme is often bluish gray, lending the setting a sort of suspended, otherworldly tone that contributes to the eeriness of the story. The seldom-heard New England dialect of its characters also adds to the feeling of the island town's isolation in its peril. Storm's slow pace is both its strength and its weakness. The first two installments (the series was broadcast in three two-hour segments) masterfully set up the story and build up the requisite creepy tension, showing just enough to make viewers ill at ease and eager to know what is really going on in the town. Colm Feore's performance as the evil outsider Andre Linoge is perfectly sinister, played with subtlety rather than scene-chewing theatrics. His dead-on stare alone is enough to induce goose bumps or at least a quickened pulse in the viewer; strangely, he is more effective in his early "normal" form than in the old-man makeup in which he later appears. This high quality of acting does not, however, fully extend to the rest of the cast. Although Mike Anderson (Timothy Daly) and the other "good folk" of the town are reasonably believable, the acting still remains at the TV-movie level. Perhaps the script may also be to blame for this, but the huge size of the cast would have been the greatest prohibitive factor in creating fully realized characters. Overall, though, the overdone quality of the townspeople's innocence and naïveté is fitting to the story and makes Linoge seem all the more sinister, especially in his "outing" of their secret sins. The special effects are a mixed bag. The frantic blizzard and events that occur in its flurries are very effective, but the CGI actions of Linoge's evil cane, for instance, look fake and are not as terrifying as they aim to be. The slow pacing of the story, though effective in setting up the plot line and tone, eventually betrays the series, never building up to any grand heart-pounding ending. Although this creates a slick, well-executed eeriness, it defies audience expectation and may disappoint many viewers. Storm of the Century, more creepy than scary, is still a well-made King miniseries, even if it does not rise to the heights of horror that earlier, similar works such as It achieved.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/18/2000
  • UPC: 031398703136
  • Original Release: 1999
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  • Source: Vidmark / Trimark
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tim Daly
Colm Feore
Debrah Farentino
Casey Siemaszko
Jeffrey DeMunn
Technical Credits
Craig R. Baxley Director
Sonny Baskin Editor
Thomas H. Brodek Producer
Gary Chang Score Composer
David Connell Cinematographer
Stephen King Screenwriter, Source Author
Craig Stearns Production Designer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Storm of the Century

    Storm of the Century
    This is a film adaptation of Stephen King's novel by the same title. A small island town off the coast of Maine experiences the snowstorm of the century and at the same time they are visited by an ancient evil and supernatural being that kills for attention and demands of the town that they must freely give over to him one of their own children to raise as his own. It's an unsettling story. It's worth watching.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    BONE CHILLING!!!

    This movie is like the stories and you get to know the whole town. You will not believe the ending. If you like scary movies this is the one for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nancy

    "Satan" goes to a island during a bad snow storm. I really enjoyed this movie. Good ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    NOT AS GREAT AS IT SEEMS

    Scary? No. Interesting? Yes. Able to sleep through it? Yes. Boring? about half of the 4 hour movie is boring, (yes). Good ending? Yes!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good

    If you're looking for a movie that will scare you, this is not your movie. But it is good...well...Stephen King wrote it for God's sakes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Phenomenal

    Stephen Kings mastery of work never ceases to amaze me.This is one of my favorites!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Colm Feore Is Amazing!!!

    Colm Feore has presented us with what I feel is his best acting performance ever. The entire cast keeps us suspended in the non-stop action and we embark on a exciting adventure alongside Linoge in his non-stop killing spree. Undoubtedly the best movie I'v ever watched. Should have won some sort of an award!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best horror film

    Stom of The Century was an amazingly scary fil on abc in august of 2003 the three part movie left us in suspense not knowing what was going to happen each night. Little Tal Island did not know what they were getting into when they had this hurricane and the people didn't understand this linoge man who came to kill people and his quotes whre ''born in sin come on in'' and ''give me what i want and i'll go away'' what this evil person wanted was a child many peopl died or disopeered in this freak storm and this is one of stephen kings best movies

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GOT MY ATTENTION!

    fastest 4 hours ever spent. have a whole new respect for Stephen King. movie kept me spellbound. highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    what a blizzard

    One of the most dramatic movies I have seen!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    STORM IS RIGHT ON THE MARK

    OUT-STANDING KING STORY.... KEEPS YOU ON THE EDGE FROM START TO FINISH.THE 4 HOURS WILL SEEM LIKE 2.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    STORM OF THE CENTURY IS ACE

    Not only is the screenplay good to read but the movie really does bring the words to live. The acting is spot on and the ending really does leave you to think about what you would do if you ever came across a situation like the one in the movie!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the best

    its awsome i rented it 5 times

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great

    One of the best movies of a King book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie

    We have already rented this movie about three times. I think I need to purchase it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MY BUDDY AND I HUGGED ALL NIGHT AFTER WATCHING ''STORM''!

    IT'S KING AT HIS BEST!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    give me what i want and I'll go away

    but the scary thing is what he wants.

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