A Stephen King Podcast For Stephen King Obsessives
Ranking Stephen King Cameos with Screen Draft's Clay Keller and Ryan Marker
Are you ready for the podcast crossover event of the century? Well, you damn well should be because The Kingcast boys are welcoming Screen Draft's Clay Keller and Ryan Marker and turning the tables on them. Wampler and Vespe serve as commissioners and it's up to Clay and Ryan to rank the top 7 Stephen King Cameos of all time. What will make the cut? How many King cameos will actually be for movies based on King's work? You might be surprised by what Clay and Ryan pick, but we can guarantee you'll have a blast hearing them justifying their choices.
Dolan's Cadillac with Wynter Mitchell
The Kingcast boys finally dive into arguably the very worst direct adaptation of a Stephen King story: 2009's Dolan's Cadillac starring Christian Slater and American Beauty's Wes Bentley.
Joining us is fellow podcaster and Kingcast favorite guest Wynter Mitchell (Tangent Island) who hated the movie even more than we did. Why is this movie so bad? Could a good movie ever be made from this short story or is it doomed to only ever work on the page? Who comes out of this adaptation squeaky clean (lookin' at you Christian Slater) and who doesn't (lookin' at you everybody else), and what horrors await when you IMDB director Jeff Beesley? All those questions are answered (and so many more) in this extra rowdy episode.
Carrie with Lily Sullivan
Evil Dead Rise star Lily Sullivan joins The Kingcast boys to talk about her latest genre outing, a thriller called Monolith, as well as Brian De Palma's Carrie. Lily dives into her own quasi-traumatic upbringing thanks a horror-loving mom, how Stephen King played into that, and, of course, how iconic Carrie is. You'll also get some conspiracy talk, how absolutely terrifying podcasters are, and the infectious nature of words, so this one is packed to the brim.
Monolith will be released in theaters and on demand this Friday, February 16th. Also releasing this weekend is Grimsburg, the sponsor of this episode, which airs on Fox Sundays at 9:30/8:30pm Central.
Cujo with Sam Haft
This isn't your typical Cujo conversation this week as we welcome the very talented writer, performer, and singer Sam Haft (Hazbin Hotel, The Living Tombstone) onto the show. He doesn't just come ready to get silly while talking about Cujo, he also created a whole-ass original song for this episode called "Bat Blood," sung from Cujo's point of view after he eats the face off of the Cambers's neighbor.
You get a full, original Cujo song as well as a lively and highly entertaining chat about growing up being afraid of horror, a deep dive into Stephen King's process and what makes him so unique as a popular author, and what would a Cujo remake starring a house cat look like.
Misery with Barnaby Clay
Horror and music video director Barnaby Clay (The Seeding, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) joins Vespe and Wampler to discuss the parallels between his new movie and Stephen King's Misery, which naturally cascades into a deeper conversation about fan's ownership over art, the addiction themes of the book, and how Rob Reiner assembled a perfect cast for the adaptation.
The Seeding is out now on digital and can also be seen in a limited theatrical release.
A Deep Dive Into an Unproduced Screenplay of The Stand with Dave Schilling
There have been many attempts to make The Stand and only two have ever succeeded. One of the early at-bats was by John Boorman's go-to writer Rospo Pallenberg (Excalibur, Exorcist 2: The Heretic) who delivered a very unfortunate screenplay in 1990.
The very funny podcaster and writer Dave Schilling(Galaxy Brains, LA Times) joins Vespe and Wampler to beat up this terrible screenplay and try to convey to the listeners just how misguided and, frankly, offensive this script was. Would you believe that there's an aborted demon baby that talks right out of the womb? How about the absolutely bonkers idea of not introducing the book's main female protagonist until page 44?
That's just the tip of the iceberg on this near miss of a project and you'll get to hear all about it from three very exasperated gentlemen.
Love pod, but confused spoilers within
Love the pod, but I was confused by your life of chuck discussion in 1/17/24 episode. I was never under the impression that chuck knew that was him dying when he opened the door when he was 12. When he started having the headaches when he was older, he probably guessed, but he didn’t know at 12. That’s what made it to me so sad. If he knew when he was12, that just makes it less interesting to me. You guys read the script too, so maybe that’s there. I wondered if he knew at 12, but I, ultimately, thought it was pretty clear he didn’t. I mean why would he think that dying man was him? His grandfather had seen someone else die, not himself. Unfortunately, I don’t have the book on me, so I can’t reread it to make sure I’m right. Anyway, it made it kind of hard to listen after that because it totally changes the story if you think he knew. Anyway, still love the pod, 5 stars
Good idea detailed by politics
It’s hit or miss. There are some great episodes that mostly stay on topic. Then there are some which devolve into politics or other subjects. When they can stay focused, it’s usually pretty good, especially if you are a big King fan. Some very interesting guests as well. Wish they could stick to the King universe though.
I love this podcast, the hosts, the guests, the interviews, the insights and theories - seriously fun & endlessly listenable!