Monday, December 19, 2011

Mulling a critique of Bag of Bones

I found myself a little underwhelmed by the recent mini-series adaptation of Stephen King's Bag of Bones, but I did find one critique from Entertainment Weekly particularly interesting. It was a good warning of how not to write or film a horror story: 'Bag of Bones' attempts to say something about care-giving and leave-taking. But, much of the time ... it’s busy trying to scare the pants off you and failing in the attempt."

Now I'm left wondering how one might do such a story about care-giving and leave-taking well. And also scare the bejeezus out of you without resorting to dream-within-a-dream-within-a-dream sequences and cheap thrills.

But for those of you who've read Bag of Bones, where do you think it went right, and what might have been done better?

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