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A Revenge Honey Winter Horror Review by Linnie

Storm of the Century (1999)

Like most of the Honeys, I grew up reading/watching everything that was even remotely related to Stephen King. I devoured books and movies like someone was going to take them away, which was always a remote possibility depending on my mother's mood that week. But one facet of the Stephen King lexicon that I don't have a lot of experience with are the mini-series'. I've seen bits and pieces of most of them, but have never dedicated the hours necessary to complete any one film (Except for The Stand, which I've seen out of order, but in totality).

I decided to change that by sitting down and watching Storm of the Century, a mini-series for which King wrote the script himself. Because this is one of the few King films that was never a book to begin with, I had zero knowledge of the plot, only my memories of being in love with a Wings-era Tim Daly, who starred in Storm. And after watching, I am not only nostalgic for the awesomeness that was 1999, but also have found a new film to add to my December rotation... Four and a half hour running time be damned.

Storm of the Century may be the best horror mini-series that I've ever seen.

The Plot: Little Tall Island, off the coast of Maine, is about to be hit by the biggest storm they have ever seen: a freak meeting of hurricane force winds and blizzard-condition snow. But the storm isn't the only horror about to befall their island. A strange man named Andre Linoge walks into town, and he knows every single townsperson's deepest, darkest secrets. As citizens begin to die in increasingly strange ways, Linoge makes his message clear: "Give me what I want, and I'll go away." But just what does Linoge want? And are the people of Little Tall willing to submit to his terms?

This was one of those rare occasions when I was actually happy that I didn't have a King book to read first. Storm of the Century is so tense, and so fraught with an increasing sense of dread, that I flew through the all three parts of the film in one sitting. Colm Feore stars as Linoge and he's absolutely brilliant. From the first moment you see his eyes, you know he's bringing hell to Little Tall. But with each second he appears on screen, all sly smiles and serpentine charisma, you become even more entranced. And completely terrified.

Tim Daly, as town constable Mike Anderson, is the perfect Stephen King hero. A kindly demeanor, a loving family man, and a world-class brave face, Anderson must pull his town together to face the twin foes of a deadly blizzard and Andre Linoge. And of course, when the chips are down, he is also the town's soul voice of steadfast reason. Even when part of you thinks he might be making the wrong choices, Daly makes the character so sympathetic, you can't help but root for him.

If you're at all a history nerd, and a few of the Honeys are, you will love the real-world connections King made between Little Tall and a famous American mystery that shall remain nameless. (Details would constitute a spoiler, and this is a rare occasion where I don't want to do that disservice to anyone who hasn't seen the film.) But the mystery at the heart of Storm of the Century and it's connection to Linoge not only frighten, but they force you to ask yourself what you'd do in the same situation. Personally, I love horror that does that.

I'll end with saying that given Storm of the Century aired on ABC in 1999, I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of gore and violence included. But in true King fashion, some of the best scares are implied. If you haven't seen Storm of the Century, and have some time off this holiday, the whole series is currently available on a popular video website that I won't name directly but where you probably already watch videos of cats falling off things. Put the cat video on pause and watch Storm of the Century. You won't regret it.

Revenge Honey Rating: 5 Shiny Wolf Canes out of 5