Living in the Stephen King-aissance these days is more exciting than it was a decade ago. Before 2017’s It, we would have a good adaptation every few years, but you have to shovel through a lot of slop to get there. Even though we may still see a dud here or there (like It: Chapter 2), for the most part, filmmakers and television showrunners are finding ways to push King’s supernatural material toward cinematic royalty.
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The 10-part HBO mini-series, The Outsider, is not recognized as King’s finest or darkest hour. It sits somewhere around the middle of the barrel, likely because it covers familiar territory or the tonal shift, which suddenly transitions from a crime procedural drama to a full-on supernatural mystery akin to It.
However, show creator Richard Price (The Night Of and The Wire) arguably discovered a…