Adapting Stephen King’s Crouch End: Nightmares & Dreamscapes’ Second Episode Is All About The Lovecraftian Horrors

In planning out the release schedule for the anthology series Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From The Stories Of Stephen King, the TNT network opted to unleash the eight episodes in two hour blocks on Wednesday nights from mid-July until early August 2006. The calculation from there was figuring out how the installations would be paired up for broadcast. In retrospect, it seems like their ultimate strategy was to have each night’s block begin with one of the better episodes in the lineup, and have the weaker second reap the benefits in the ratings from the carry-over audience.

For the premiere, the obvious choice to lead things off was “Battleground,” the adaptation of the Stephen King short from 1979’s Night Shift directed by Brian Henson and starring William Hurt. As I noted in last week’s column about the episode, it’s a high concept story about toy soldiers that lead an assault against an assassin who kills a famous toy maker, and it’s executed with tremendous style and flair – opting not to features a single line of dialogue, and featuring some impressive, state-of-the-art visual effects. Making it the debut of Nightmares & Dreamscapes told Constant Readers and horror fans that the show would deliver faithful takes on King’s work that would be both creepy and entertaining, and it was a great choice.

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