Stephen King * Storm of the Century

We don’t get in trouble, we’re in trouble

If you like Stephen King, then you surely must have seen a 1999 TV mini-series called “Storm of the Century”. I was never able to get the book but I was happy enough to have re-watched it recently and I must say it has aged well in the horror section.

The good is an illusion. Little fables folks tell themselves so they can get through their days without screaming too much.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King presents an original screenplay and major television event set in Maine’s remote Little Tall Island.

What really happened in Roanoke in 1587? And what happened here on Little Tall Island in 1989? We may never know. But I know one thing, Davey, you’re too damn short to play basketball.

They’re calling it the Storm of the Century, and it’s coming hard. The residents of Little Tall Island have seen their share of nasty Maine Nor’easters, but this one is different. Not only is it packing hurricane-force winds and up to five feet of snow, it’s bringing something worse. Something even the islanders have never seen before. Something no one wants to see.

Just as the first flakes begin to fall, Martha Clarendon, one of Little Tall Island’s oldest residents, suffers an unspeakably violent death. While her blood dries, Andre Linoge, the man responsible sits calmly in Martha’s easy chair holding his cane topped with a silver wolf’s head…waiting.

Linoge knows the townsfolk will come to arrest him. He will let them. For he has come to the island for one reason. And when he meets Constable Mike Anderson, his beautiful wife and child, and the rest of Little Tall’s tight-knit community, this stranger will make one simple proposition to them all:

“If you give me what I want, I’ll go away.”

In the film’s epilogue, Mike explains (in voiceover narration), that the community of Little Tall, which specializes in keeping secrets, has tried to heal from the traumatic events by attempting to return to a state of normalcy, which only partially succeeds. The epilogue reveals, that Mike, angry that the town and his wife were willing to sacrifice his child to appease pure evil, divorces Molly and leaves the town. He never returned.

Molly, who is now remarried to Mike’s deputy, who’s wife died out of a heart attack because of these events, has been going to therapy, in which she continues to deny what really happened to her son but admits (for reasons she refuses to specify) that Mike was right to leave her. Several townspeople commit in time suicide , because of what happened. Mike, meanwhile, is working as a federal marshal stationed in San Francisco, when he spots nine years later Linoge and Ralphie on a busy street, who has become a teenager in the meantime. Mike calls out to his son and they stop to look back at him. Ralphie makes eye-contact with him and bares his teeth to him; they are fangs, showing that Ralphie is no longer human and that he has become like Linoge. Mike is horrified to see this. However, before Mike has a chance to react to this, he loses them both in the crowd, and they vanish down a long alley.

In a closing voiceover, Mike says he considered calling Molly to tell her about it, but “in the daylight, I know better.”. It is implied, that the island and the people there have now become only a memory for him, condemned to disappear in time because of what happened.

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