Storm of the Century
release year:1999 (made-for-TV) genre:Stephen King horror viewing setting:home VHS, 3/28/99 what I expected:I had no idea what I got:a 6-hour horror/drama with some interesting aspects
synopsis:An island town is cut off from the world during a bad blizzard, and a strange character comes a-calling, and death comes with him.
impressions:This was a drama at heart - it spent a lot of time letting us get to know the cast of characters. It was slow at times, especially in the beginning, but it seemed to pick up about halfway through. I can't talk about it much more without spoiling it for you, but suffice it to say that things came down to a bunch of regular people forced to deal with something highly irregular.
body count:less than ten, no explicit gore of course
acting:All of the leads did good jobs; the bad guy in particular turned in a creepy performance.
the good:neat idea (once we finally find out what's going on) and cool ending
the bad:slow start
final word:good watching when you're ready for a long, drawn-out horror/drama
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