“It was The Stand. I was 16 years old. It was the peak of the Stephen King miniseries era, and it was appointment television. My whole family watched it on the first airing, and I was enraptured. I vividly recall the excitement at school the following day – everybody was watching it and we were hanging on every minute. It remains the high water mark of the King miniseries. I remember seeing Mick’s name in the credits and committing it to memory.”
That’s Mike Flanagan, one of the most talented voices in horror after movies like Oculus (2013), Hush (2016), Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016), Gerald’s Game (2017) and Doctor Sleep (2019) and Netflix series like The Haunting of Hill House (2018), The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020), Midnight Mass (2021) and the forthcoming adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher.
And he’s talking about Mick Garris, a name as synonymous with the horror genre as Hooper, Carpenter, Romero or Craven, a figure who’s been in the industry for half a century, 37 of them as a writer, producer and director.
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