Welcome to Bleeding Cool‘s first-season review series for Hulu‘s Castle Rock, the 10-episode horror-drama anthology series spearheaded by J.J. Abrams, Stephen King, Sam Shaw, and Dustin Thomason. Combining elements from a number of King’s works into a shared universe narrative based around the famed (and infamous) fictional town, Castle Rock stars Andre Holland, Bill Skarsgard, Sissy Spacek, Jane Levy, Scott Glenn, Terry O’Quinn, Chosen Jacobs, and Allison Tolman.
Now that Henry Deaver’s (Holland) made contact with his client “The Kid” (Skarsgard), things are starting to get even stranger around Castle Rock – if that was even possible. But who really has Castle Rock’s best interest at heart? Deaver, or the town’s designated protector Alan Pangborn (Glenn) – who’s perfectly fine keeping “The Kid” deep in the bowels of Shawshank prison? Is all of this exactly what “the Kid” had planned all along?
As Deaver prepares for his day in court and Castle Rock prepares for a “special delivery,” check out our review of Hulu‘s fourth episode of Castle Rock, ‘The Box’:
And here’s a friendly reminder about the episode:
Castle Rock s01e04 ‘The Box’: Henry prepares for his day in court; a coffin arrives in Castle Rock.
A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. The fictional Maine town of Castle Rock has figured prominently in King’s literary career: Cujo, The Dark Half, IT and Needful Things, as well as novella The Body and numerous short stories such as Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption are either set there or contain references to Castle Rock. Castle Rock is an original suspense/thriller — a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.
From J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lost), best-selling author Stephen King and executive producers/writers Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason, Castle Rock stars André Holland (Moonlight), Melanie Lynskey (Togetherness), Bill Skarsgård (IT), Jane Levy (Suburgatory), Sissy Spacek (Carrie), Scott Glenn (The Right Stuff), Terry O’Quinn (Lost) and Chosen Jacobs (It).
Here’s some disturbing “historical context” about King’s infamous town to help with your “visit”: