October 24, 2013 13 Nights of Hallowe'en 2013: Night #6 Dreamcatcher (2003)
What starts off as a standard Stephen King movie quickly takes a turn into something exceedingly different while keeping all of the Kingly flourishes you expect and want. A group of friends takes a trip to their hunting cabin in the woods. The fun is interrupted by an alien invasion and the military assault on the invaders. I told you this was a different kind of Stephen King movie. These aren't your run of the mill aliens. They're definitely horror aliens. The only other definitive thing I'll say about the aliens (to avoid spoilers) is that there are different stages of the aliens life cycle or a couple different organisms involved.
There are a few people to shine a light on in this movie. First up is definitely Morgan Freeman as the General leading up the military forces. You might want to see Morgan in the famous horror Se7en (1995) (movie) or in the movie adaption of Stephen King's The Shawshank Redemption (1994) (movie), plus lots of other great movies of course. Also on deck is Donnie Wahlberg from The Sixth Sense (1999) (movie). Again Donnie stands out for a markedly different appearance than in his regular life, plus his role is definitely one of those iconic Stephen King characters that everyone always remembers. Tom Sizemore plays Morgan's right hand man. You should also see Tom in Ring Around the Rosie (2006) (movie). One final connection of note is that Dreamcatcher's screenwriter, William Goldman, also wrote the screenplay for Misery (1990) (movie). Enjoy!