Whenever a new horror cycle spins 'round, there'll be a newspaper reporter ready to ask Stephen King what he thinks of the "new" sub-genre. Plus if the mega-popular novelist has a new movie adaptation (like 1408) just ready to hit the market, well, that's what they called serendipity. But Marc Olsen of the L.A. Times is to be commended for asking the man just a few simple questions and leaving things simple.

For example, did you know that Mr. King has no real problem with "torture porn"? True. And he also seems to be a really big fan of Eli Roth's Hostel Part II: "There's something going on in "Hostel II" that isn't torture porn, there's really something going on there that's interesting on an artistic basis. Sure it makes you uncomfortable, but good art should make you uncomfortable." But when asked about "crossing the line," King makes a strange statement about a film he doesn't seem to have seen yet: "I'm very uneasy about this film coming out with Elisha Cuthbert, Captivity." The novelist doesn't elaborate much on why he has a problem with this specific movie but adds "It makes me feel creepy just to think about it. It's almost like exploiting murder for the sake of murder."

For more on how that specifically differs from what's on display in Hostel 2 (and I would agree it does), you can check the full interview. But there is one more little tidbit that's worth mentioning. It's been well-documented that Stephen King is not a huge fan of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, so when Olsen asks about what makes a "bad" Stephen King movie, here's what the author had to say: "I don't like movies that are cold. I don't like movies that approach it like an exercise. A movie, for instance, where say Jack Nicholson and his wife are trapped in a hotel and you don't feel any love between them, you don't feel any caring, it just becomes sort of an exercise. And that bothers me."

Someday I'd love to interview Mr. King and run down all of the movies, one at a time. I'd get a kick out of hearing his thoughts on The Mangler, Pet Sematary 2 ... or his own Maximum Overdrive.
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