Before Hulu's 10-episode horror-drama anthology series Castle Rock premieres its first episode next week at San Diego Comic-Con and less than two weeks before it debuts its first three episodes on the streaming service, we're being treated to a not-so-friendly reminder that author Stephen King's (in)famous town has a dark history that dates back long before the events of the series.
Spearheaded by J.J. Abrams, Stephen King, Sam Shaw, and Dustin Thomason, Castle Rock combines elements from a number of King's works into a shared universe narrative based around the fictional town. As we can see from the videos below, the town's cycle of horror and violence goes back generations – well before Andre Holland's Henry Deaver returned to his hometown, and to Shawshank Penitentiary.
(Spoiler Warning: Make sure to check out Bleeding Cool's slightly spoilery review of Castle Rock here.)
A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King's best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. The fictional Maine town of Castle Rock has figured prominently in King's literary career: Cujo, The Dark Half, IT and Needful Things, as well as novella The Body and numerous short stories such as Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption are either set there or contain references to Castle Rock. Castle Rock is an original suspense/thriller — a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.
From J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lost), best-selling author Stephen King and executive producers/writers Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason, Castle Rock stars André Holland (Moonlight), Melanie Lynskey (Togetherness), Bill Skarsgård (IT), Jane Levy (Suburgatory), Sissy Spacek (Carrie), Scott Glenn (The Right Stuff), Terry O'Quinn (Lost) and Chosen Jacobs (It).