A TRAVELER’S GUIDE TO THE WORLD OF STEPHEN KING – PART TWO: CASTLE ROCK

THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Greetings, paranormal pilgrims, and welcome to the second chapter of Vudu’s terrifying tour of the Stephen King horrorscape.

Our next stop in King’s fictional interpretation of Maine is in the seemingly idyllic township of Castle Rock, where medical mysteries, baleful beasts, and desecrated dungeons lurk around every corner.

One of Castle Rock’s most infamous tales is that of The Dead Zone, in which local schoolteacher Johnny Smith awakens from a years long coma with the power to see beyond the veil into the past, present, and grisly future of those around him. Whether a gift or a curse, this abnormal ability is but one of many manifestations of the town’s ever-present eeriness.

Perhaps more terrifying still is the story of Castle Rock’s cuddliest killer: Cujo. Once a very good boy, this massive mutt takes an evil turn after an encounter with a rabid bat, at which point his bite becomes irreversibly worse than his bark.

Also darkening the vicinity of Castle Rock is the formerly abandoned and currently bedeviled textile mill of Graveyard Shift. As the overworked mill laborers are soon to discover, there’s more hiding in the mill’s depth than a few ornery rats…

Even newly-released horror hit Pet Sematary bears an uncanny link to Castle Rock’s bizarre borders. The original novel mentions the events of Cujo, which is fitting for a horror-thriller featuring beloved pets gone extremely bad.

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If you also want to burn the midnight oil with the books behind these tales of terror, find them here at Walmart eBooks:

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GAME OVER

You’ve seen the movies, you’ve followed the storylines, and you’ve watched the team grow into the universe’s ultimate force for justice. All of it has led to the climactic battle for the fate of existence, and we’re joining you and a legion of fellow Vudu fans for all the fun.

Avengers: Endgame arrives on Vudu on July 30th, and we’re celebrating with one Thanos-sized Vudu Viewing party like you’ve never seen before.

Join us on Twitter on August 2nd at 6pm PT for a treasure trove of epic prizes (no spoilers but this loot will make Iron Man jealous), behind-the-scenes trivia, and the best community of movie fans this side of the galaxy.

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4. Watch and tweet along with #VuduViewingParty on Friday 8/2 at 6pm PT for all the fun facts, behind the scenes secrets, and prize giveaways

See you there, true believers!

A TRAVELER’S GUIDE TO THE WORLD OF STEPHEN KING – PART ONE: DERRY

ONE HELL OF A TOWN

The books and films of Stephen King aren’t just creeptastic portals to the weirdest corner of the imagination; together they make up an entire shared universe of strange happenings and memorable characters.

Join us on a three-stop tour of some of King’s most famous fictional locales and the movies that bring us to them. First stop: Derry, Maine, the town where terrible misfortune waits just beneath the surface.

Derry is most widely known as the setting for Stephen King’s It, the twisty tale of a population under attack from a murderous shape-shifting clown. Both the original 1990 miniseries and the 2017 film (soon to be followed by this year’s sequel) reveal Derry as a quaint and sleepy town where terrible tragedies are somehow easily forgotten by the adult residents…

Dreamcatcher is another King film starting in the town of Derry, in which a group of teenage friends awaken telepathic abilities that they later put to good use fighting off a race of body-snatching aliens.

The bedeviled beasts of Pet Sematary are also (coincidentally?) no stranger to nearby neighbor Derry. A road sign in the 2019 remake points the way to the town, although cautious travelers might not want to follow.

The hero of 2017’s The Dark Tower also owes a great debt to the good people of Derry. In King’s novel Insomnia several Derry residents foil a homegrown terrorist plot to blow up the Derry civic center, and in doing so prevent a sequence of events that would have eventually spelled doom for the Dark Tower and its protector.

The Running Man, while differing greatly from King’s original novel, tells the story of a hard-nosed fugitive who (at least in the book) passes through Derry while eluding his powerful pursuers.

Finally, who could forget Misery? King’s tale of a beleaguered novelist and the obsessed fan who kidnaps him bears a small but significant connection to a certain small but significant town. Based on a short anecdote relayed in the book, protagonist Paul Sheldon may in fact have spent part or all of his childhood years in Derry (which might account for his streak of bad luck).

Has all this sightseeing got you in the mood for a macabre movie marathon? Word on the street is, purchasing the newly released Pet Sematary on Vudu may unlock some scary good deals on other Stephen King classics (but only for a limited time)…

If you want to head back to where it all began, start with the novels that inspired all of the films above, available on Walmart eBooks:

LET YOUR SPIRITS SOAR WITH A DUMBO FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT

IT’S SHOWTIME

Timeless Disney fun meets thrilling modern visuals in Disney’s Dumbo – a high-flying adventure perfect for gathering the whole family. Purchase or rent it now in up to 4K UHD quality to experience this classic family fable like you’ve never seen it before.

Director Tim Burton‘s brings his signature style to the stirring story of a baby elephant with the gift of flight. The sights and sounds of the Medici Brothers’ Circus come to life in a thrilling display of movie magic.

Watch the video above for a behind-the-scenes look at the circus performers’ triumphant parade in the movie.

Dumbo may not look like the other elephants, and people may treat him unkindly because of it, but with a little bravery and the support of his newfound circus family he finds the confidence to save the day. This pint-sized but plucky pachyderm teaches kids the importance of believing in yourself and encouraging others.

FUN FOR ALL

Ready for some extra excitement? The Dumbo-sized entertainment isn’t just on the screen; enjoy even more family fun with Dumbo activity sheets containing fun facts, coloring pages, and more! Click on the images below for the full-size printable set.

Celebrate the things that make us all unique and add some classic Disney magic to your family movie night with Disney’s Dumbo, available now in up to 4K UHD.

PLAY, LEARN, AND WIN WITH THE WONDER PARK FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT

BUCKLE UP FOR EASY FAMILY FUN

Being a parent is hard work, but giving your family a movie night to remember doesn’t have to be.

Wonder Park, the wild family adventure for kids of all ages is available now on Vudu, and we want you and your kids to enjoy the ride with themed activity sheets, trivia, and a chance to win some amazing Wonder Park prizes.

Join June, an endlessly inquisitive, math-loving girl as she and her animal friends explore the ultimate theme park brought to life by June and her mom’s shared imagination. Real-life problems and frustrations threaten to shut down the park and June’s creativity, but with STEM skills and some creative problem-solving she’ll make sure her sense of wonder stays open for business.

Wonder Park has something for everyone. Kids will love to see the unbelievable rides and cuddly creatures, and parents can show kids the power of combining imagination and education to create something new, just like June creates all of the park’s rides and games. Speaking of games…

STEP RIGHT UP AND WIN A PRIZE

It wouldn’t be Wonder Park without some furry friends, and you can enter to win your own set of Wonder Park plush toys plus a $20 Vudu credit in our Wonder Park Family Movie Night Giveaway.

All you have to do to enter is let your imagination run wild and come up with your own wonderous Wonder Park ride, and you could be selected to win one of the 6 prize packs! Click here to enter and here to read the full rules. Contest runs from now through 6/25.

ADDED ATTRACTIONS

Want to make your family’s Wonder Park movie night extra amazing (without a bunch of extra prep work)? Just like June’s mom helps June unlock the power of imagination, you can be a movie night hero to your kids with FREE creative activities that make learning fun. Simply print out these Wonder Park trivia and coloring sheets and let the fun, education, and creativity flow.

The amusement doesn’t stop there. Just like June and her geometry-minded friends, your younger family members can get excited about math with this sing-along video of the Pi Song from the movie.

With age-appropriate emotional themes (caring for a sick family member), important lessons about STEM and imagination, and big time fun, Wonder Park is the crowd-pleasing thrill ride guaranteed to make your family movie night. Rent or purchase Wonder Park today and prepare for a night full of twists, turns, and wonder!