Friends, to start off our first Saturday Frights podcast for the month of April, the Projectionist and I have chosen to discuss the 2006 adaptation of Stephen King’s short story entitled “Battleground”. Which as you might already know was one of eight episodes featured in the TNT television mini-series Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King. As we point out in the podcast itself, this 4 week event was a pretty big deal back in the day, a lot of that had to do with the caliber of actors they managed to nab for the episodes. Just a few include Tom Berenger (Platoon), Kim Delaney (NYPD Blue), William H. Macy (Fargo), and for “Battleground” there is the esteemed William Hurt (Altered States).
The story for “Battleground” concerns a hired killer by the name of Jason Renshaw (Hurt) who finds himself under siege in his apartment by a most unlikely army, one made of plastic but bent on dispatching the assassin at all costs.
The teleplay for “Battleground” happens to have been written by Richard Christian Matheson (Masters of Horror) and was directed by Brian Henson (Labyrinth). The episode not only is nearly devoid of any spoken dialogue but features some rather incredible special effects, they were so impressive that they managed to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special. In fact you can see how much work into this episode thanks to this short behind the scenes video.
As always we appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule to listen to the Saturday Frights podcast. Especially with the vast number of quality podcasts being offered these days, so without further ado, prepare to enter the “Battleground”!
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