Castle Rock Premieres at Comic Con
By Pauline Perenack
There’s another Stephen King show out there, and what better place for it to premiere than at Comic Con. As such, on Day Two, the Hulu-exclusive show had fans lined up for hours to get in to be one of the first to see the new horror show. Castle Rock focuses on the small town of the same name, and the characters who inhabit it. Their lives all intertwine, and the show follows each one as they navigate the mysteries that seem to also inhabit the town.
The pilot focuses on the discovery of a mysterious prisoner in Shawshank, who asks for a very specific lawyer. That lawyer has his own mysteries, as when he was a child, he ran away for days, but can’t remember anything before being found alive and well.
The panel itself consisted of stars Bill Skarsgard, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Lynskey, Jane Levy, and executive producers Dustin Thomason and Sam Shaw. Here are some nuggets of information picked up during the panel.
- Spacek said on set it felt like they were in Stephen King’s world, and that the writers did a fabulous job.
- Skarsgard mentioned that the book was his bible during filming, and it really helped him to figure out his character.
- When asked about their favorite King books, Lynskey said Pet Cemetery, Levy liked Carrie, Skarsgard was partial to Misery (and of course IT), and Spacek had the crowd cheering when she said her favorite was Carrie.
- Thomason said that it was Spacek who really brought Ruth Deaver to life, and her connection to Castle Rock. She even chose her own production design within her house.
- Levy’s character, while not in the pilot, is the town taxi driver, town snoop, and self-proclaimed historian. She’s turned on by horror, and is a fan herself.
- Answers to questions left in the pilot will be quickly answered, and not drawn out throughout the season.
- We’ll understand more of Lynskey’s character and how Skarsgard was captured.
Overall, I very much enjoyed Castle Rock. I was a huge fan of Haven in the day, and this has that same town of mysteries feel, but the intensity level is way up there. I definitely jumped during one scene, as did most of Ballroom 20, so get ready when you watch it. If you don’t already have a Hulu account, this might be the show that tips you over the edge to buy one (it is for me).
Castle Rock premieres July 25 on Hulu.