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It's an exciting week to be an avid TV or film fan. New York Comic-Con brought a myriad of new trailers and footage, helping to hype up excitement for new projects. Case in point: Hulu's Castle Rock, which is based off the many iconic stories and characters from Stephen King's catalogue. Produced by J.J. Abrams, anticipation has been slowly building, and now we can see a first look into the show's first season courtesy of Comic-Con. Check it out.
Well, I suddenly feel much happier about my Hulu subscription. This new trailer is mysterious and haunting, and it's chock full of Stephen King references.
While visually exciting, this first look at Castle Rock doesn't tease much of the new series overall plot. Instead, we're shown brief shots of various settings and characters, many of which include Stephen King easter eggs. Perhaps the most obvious ones are the cast members who have already played iconic King characters. Sissy Spacek's legendary performance as the title character of Carrie earned her an Oscar nomination, and Bill Skarsgård's recent go as Pennywise in IT has been met with universal acclaim.
Aside from the Stephen King veterans in the cast, there are subtle references to The Shining, IT, Misery, and The Shawshank Redemption. The latter's makes up one of the most powerful images from thew new teaser, as we see a Shawshank Penitentiary car sinking into a body of water. While the other easter eggs are subtle, this one smacks viewers in the face, and is sure to interest even the most casual Stephen King fan.
The Shining references are a bit more understated, but not any less cool. There's one quick shot of legs coming out of a bathtub, which is sure to remind many of the terrors of Room 217 in The Shining. Additionally, the waving mascot seems familiar to the one Wendy found in the heat of passion in the hotel.
The missing child poster will no doubt strike a chord for the many moviegoers who recently sat IT in theaters, or perhaps were fans of the original miniseries. We know how the clown feasts for child flesh every 27 years, so it would stand to reason that the kid's connection was the demon's doing. And while Bill Skarsgård is reportedly not going to be reprising his role as Pennywise in Castle Rock, it's hard to believe they won't take advantage of his presence through at least some subtle references.
There's also a shot of an angry dog, which seems very Cujo-esque. Of course, Cujo is a St. Bernard so it's not the iconic pooch, but the influence can certainly be felt. Cujo's influence is also felt in the show's title and setting, as Castle Rock is the setting of the Cujo novel.
Castle Rock is set to arrive on Hulu sometime in 2018. In the meantime, check out our fall premiere list to plan your next binge watch.