‘Castle Rock’ Trailer Is an Easter Egg Feast for Stephen King Fans

     July 10, 2018


Fans of horror master Stephen King are in for an absolute Easter Egg feast with the new Castle Rock trailer. Hulu’s horror-show is a bit of a blender-job of King’s bibliography, a psychological thriller that mashes up the author’s best works into a messed up smoothie of psych wards, rabid dogs, and Bill Skarsgard’s naturally unsettling face.

The trailer alone is filled with King nods—not the least of which is Skarsgard himself, who portrayed killer clown/werewolf/fourth dimension monster Pennywise in Andy Muschietti’s IT—but Sissy Spacek is also here to remind everyone of her turn in Carrie

There’s also mentions of Shawshank Prison, the setting ripped from a 1982 King novella and eventually turned into the Oscar-nominated Shawshank Redemption. There are shots of Juniper Hill Asylum, an oft-mentioned King haunt in Maine that’s been featured in everything from IT to Gerald’s Game to 11/22/63. And then there are newspaper clippings warning of rabid dog attacks, shoutout to the title character of King’s Cujo, a book the author straight up does not remember writing. Stephen King had a rough time in the 80s.

Hell, there are probably about a hundred smaller nods I missed packed into these two and a half minutes. See if you can spot any in the trailer below, and catch the series—which also stars Moonlight‘s Andre Holland—on Hulu July 25.

Here’s the full synopsis:

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 series stars André Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Sissy Spacek, Billy Skarsgård, Jane Levy and Scott Glenn. Sam Shaw & Dustin Thomason developed the project for television and serve as executive producers along with J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson and Liz Glotzer. Castle Rock is from Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.