Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King
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|Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King|
|Created by||Stephen King|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||8 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||378 minutes|
|Production company||Coote/Hayes Productions|
|Original release||July 12 –|
August 2, 2006
Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King is an eight-episode anthology series on TNT based on short stories written by Stephen King. It debuted on July 12, 2006, and ended its run on August 2, 2006. Although most of them are from the collection of the same title, there are some stories from different collections by King. A trailer confirming a DVD release of the series was made available in October 2006. The series was filmed entirely in Melbourne, Australia.
Episodes based on stories from the Nightmares & Dreamscapes collection are "Umney's Last Case", "You Know They Got a Hell of a Band", "The End of the Whole Mess", "The Fifth Quarter" and "Crouch End".
The rest of the episodes are adaptations of "The Road Virus Heads North" and "Autopsy Room Four", collected in Everything's Eventual, and "Battleground" from the anthology Night Shift. Stars include Tom Berenger, William H. Macy, Kim Delaney, Steven Weber, Ron Livingston, William Hurt, Samantha Mathis, Jacinta Stapleton and an uncredited Bill Barretta as Savage Commando.
The special effects for this anthology series were provided by Jim Henson's Creature Shop.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Original air date|
|1||"Battleground"||Brian Henson||July 12, 2006|
|A professional hit man (William Hurt) receives a package of sinister toy soldiers after killing the CEO of a toy company. Teleplay by Richard Christian Matheson.|
|2||"Crouch End"||Mark Haber||July 12, 2006|
|A newlywed couple (Claire Forlani, Eion Bailey) goes honeymooning in London only to get lost in Crouch End, a notorious town that may be a portal to another dimension.|
|3||"Umney's Last Case"||Rob Bowman||July 19, 2006|
|After the death of his son, a writer (William H. Macy) writes himself into the story and forces his lead character, a hardboiled detective from the 1930s (also played by Macy), to switch places with him.|
|4||"The End of the Whole Mess"||Mikael Salomon||July 19, 2006|
|In his last moments, a renowned filmmaker (Ron Livingston) recalls an experiment by his genius brother (Henry Thomas) to end world violence—but at a horrible cost.|
|5||"The Road Virus Heads North"||Sergio Mimica-Gezzan||July 26, 2006|
|A famous horror writer (Tom Berenger) buys a gruesome painting for inspiration, only for the painting to start changing and corresponding with sinister events in real life.|
|6||"The Fifth Quarter"||Rob Bowman||July 26, 2006|
|A released convict (Jeremy Sisto) goes on a treasure hunt for stolen money, risking his family and freedom in the process.|
|7||"Autopsy Room Four"||Mikael Salomon||August 2, 2006|
|Bitten by a venomous snake, a man (Richard Thomas) falls into a catatonic state, assumed dead and becomes witness to his own autopsy.|
|8||"You Know They Got a Hell of a Band"||Mike Robe||August 2, 2006|
|A couple (Kim Delaney & Steven Weber) ignore the advice of the mysterious CeCe (Jacinta Stapleton) and get lost in a strange place called "Rock & Roll Heaven" where ghosts of Rock & Roll legends roam.|
The complete series was released on DVD on October 26, 2006.