Stephen King paints a picture of horror in the year “1922”
“In 1922, a man’s pride was a man’s land. And so was his son.” This is one of the opening lines read by Thomas Jane, who portrays Wilfred James, in the recently released Netflix adaption “1922.”
In the year 1922, in the fictional town of Hemingford Home, Neb., life on the farm seemed like hard work, but nothing could prepare the James family for what was on the horizon.
“1922” stars Jane (“The Punisher”), Molly Parker (“House of Cards”) and Dylan Schmid as Wilfred, Arlette and Henry James, respectively. This film is one of two Stephen King film adaptions that recently were released as Netflix originals. The other was the gruesome “Gerald’s Game.”
Written and directed by Zak Hilditch and released on Oct. 20, the horror drama is based on the novella of the same name that’s a part of King’s collection titled “Full Dark, No Stars.”
At the start of this film, viewers find Wilfred James as a very proud landowner and father, but he has a dilemma: his wife, Arlette, is unhappy with life in the country. She wants to sell the house and the land and move to the city. Molly Parker does a fantastic job of portraying a wife who’s truly bored with life at home, wearing the same frilly-floral dress each day.
The trailer for the film strikes a viewer as interesting, because it gives away the big spoiler up front. (If you can’t guess, he kills his wife.) He does this as a result of Arlette’s stubborn ways regarding their land and their home.
It’s what comes after that killing that leads into 70 additional minutes of horror and misfortune for the James family.
The remaining time in the film moves along at a slow burn as it shows a man trying to remain cool about his decision, featuring wide shots of the horizon over miles of gravel roads and cornfields. Little does Wilfred know, karma and a haunting is well on its way for him.