Horror movies, horror movie reviews, interviews, fiction reviews and more... Horror of Buried.com
Horror movies, horror movie reviews, interviews, fiction reviews and more... Horror of Buried.com
Horror movies, horror movie reviews, interviews, fiction reviews and more... Horror of Buried.com
Horror movies, horror movie reviews, interviews, fiction reviews and more... Horror of Buried.com
Horror movies, horror movie reviews, interviews, fiction reviews and more... Horror of Buried.com
Horror Movie Reviews | Horror Fiction Reviews | Horror Interviews | Horror Movie Trailers | Horror Movies Database
12.04.2016
From A Buick 8 (2003)
Fiction Review by The Mortician
02.07.04

From A Buick 8 (2003) The latest horror novel (and allegedly last) from Stephen King is pretty enjoyable. Due to economics, I had to wait and pick it up in paperback and it was worth the wait...sort of.The plot deals with the titular Buick 8 in a small Pittsburgh town. The owner drives into a gas station, walks out back, and disappears forever. Troopers impound the car, which has very odd and otherworldly qualities (like an engine that can't possibly work).Soon, otherworldly creatures start to materialize from the trunk, only to die shortly after hitting our 'air.'
The Troopers decide to keep the car in 'Shed B' behind their station, and the story interweaves police characters past and present in with the car. There's a big focus on a Trooper who gets killed in the line of duty (who was obsessed with the car) and his son, who sort of follows his footsteps when he graduates high school.The characters are real and emotional, the back story is believable and fine. I thought the ending kind of wound things up nicely in a GREEN MILE sort of way.The big trouble is...the MONSTERS FROM THE CAR. While King's suspense writing skills are in fine form and you want to turn the pages, in restrospect, virtually NOTHING HAPPENS in this area. A lot is left to the imagination but too much isn't. Bat-looking creatures, lizard-looking creatures, beetles, and even a humanoid thing come through. In one thoroughly disgusting scene, the humanoid figure is sadly axed by Troopers, ala EVIL DEAD. Another 'autopsy scene' the Troopers engage in is where King 'goes for the gross-out,' a pretty routine trick he's used over the last thirty years. There's a nice tie-in to THE BLACK HOUSE/TALISMAN world if you catch it, though this was totally unnecessary---I think leaving the alternate world more of a total mystery would have been better, though readers not familiar with that world won't notice.FROM A BUICK 8 is a good, but kind of disappointing read. Again, I don't know exactly what I was expecting with the creatures and all, the situation did stick with me for days after, but I can't help but feel I was a bit ripped off in that area. They come, they melt. It's like the Cenobites from Barker's world coming and wreaking no havok.Word to movie producers: DO NOT MAKE THIS A FILM. The tone and atmosphere of the book work fine, but trying to make this into a scary romp where the monsters don't do anything would be impossible and BORING. What makes a pretty decent read DOES NOT always translate to celluloid well.If you like a few gross outs, some suspense, and a character-driven piece, definitely pick a copy of FROM A BUICK 8 up. Die-hard King fanatics should not be disappointed...maybe a little baffled at times...but not disappointed.
Read it? Rate it
Rating: 1.0 out of 10.0 - 1 vote cast total
buy horror book del.icio.us  |  digg  |  reddit

» BACK TO HORROR FICTION REVIEWS LIST
buy horror book


HORROR FICTION REVIEWS
922 total
Fiction Review Search:


HORROR FICTION REVIEW CATEGORIES
Horror Fiction A
Horror Fiction B
Horror Fiction C
Horror Fiction D
Horror Fiction E
Horror Fiction F
Horror Fiction G
Horror Fiction H
Horror Fiction I
Horror Fiction J
Horror Fiction K
Horror Fiction L
Horror Fiction M
Horror Fiction N
Horror Fiction O
Horror Fiction P
Horror Fiction Q
Horror Fiction R
Horror Fiction S
Horror Fiction T
Horror Fiction U
Horror Fiction V
Horror Fiction W
Horror Fiction X
Horror Fiction Y
Horror Fiction Z
Horror Fiction #
Recent Horror Fiction Reviews
Horror.net
Horror Search Engine and Directory
Buried.com
Horror movies horror fiction and more
Samhain
Halloween Search Engine and Directory
Haunted Houses
Directory of Haunted Houses & Attractions
Horror Movies
Horror and Sci-Fi Movies Database
Scream Queens
The Hottest Actresses In Horror Movies
Crypt Crawl
Horror and Halloween Directory
First Fright
Horror Press Releases & Horror News
FrightMaster
Your Horror Guide and Shopping
Horror Video Games Sites  ::  Mortal Kombat  -  MK Video Games & Movies Coverage  -  Mortal Kombat Nightmares  -  Welcome To Our World of Mortal Kombat
Buried.com | Everything That Is Horror | Horror Movies, Horror Fiction, Movie Trailers, Interviews & More Since 1998 | Part of the Horror.net Horror Network
Horror Movies, Horror Movie Reviews, Horror Movie Trailers, Horror Fiction, Horror Fiction Reviews, Horror Interviews, Horror Press, Horror Forums
Copyright © 1998- Horror.net :: The Web's Deadliest Horror Network. Property of GlassPlanet Design. Web Hosting by GlassPlanet