‘Castle Rock’ sets premiere date

  • A screenshot from the new Castle Rock trailer. Contributed photo

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    Recorder Staff/Domenic PoliThe Pizza Factory at 11 West Main St. in Orange is decked out for the filming of "Castle Rock," an upcoming Hulu series inspired by the works of horror writer Stephen King.

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    Recorder Staff/Domenic PoliOne of the two 15,000-square-foot brick buildings belonging to Gary H. Moise, owner of the Orange Trading Co. on South Main Street, was on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the site of filming for "Castle Rock," an upcoming Hulu series based on the works of horror writer Stephen King.

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    Recorder Staff/Domenic Poli The production crew working on "Castle Rock" will film in Central Cemetery in Orange on some day next week.

Recorder Staff
Published: 5/22/2018 9:15:34 PM

ORANGE — “This is Castle Rock right here.”

That’s what Joseph Stargensky, one of the location managers for the television series “Castle Rock,” recalled the production team thinking when they stumbled across Orange.

The team had been “scouring” most of New England for a town to transform into Stephen King’s fictitious town of Castle Rock for its eponymous TV show.

On July 25, residents will finally get a chance to see what that transformation looks like, when the series by Hulu — a subscription video-on-demand service — premieres.

Hulu announced the date in its latest “Castle Rock” trailer, “Something’s Happening,” which begins with an overview of Orange’s familiar downtown intersection at night, with eerie music playing in the background.

The show’s first season, staring Sissy Spacek, Melanie Lynskey and André Holland, was filmed throughout the summer and fall and into January in Orange, which producer Robin Sweet called a “lovely” location.

While “Castle Rock” is not the title of any prior Stephen King novel or work, Castle Rock — the town — is a fictional Maine location featured in many of the author’s books, including “Cujo,” “The Dead Zone,” “The Dark Half” and other novels, novellas and short stories.

Hulu claims the series will feature some of Stephen King’s most famous characters and monsters, including Pennywise the Dancing Clown from “It,” while providing an original story. The streaming service bills the series as a collaboration between executive producer J.J. Abrams — director of “Star Wars: the Force Awakens” — and King.

During the trailer, a hearse can be seen driving across Orange’s South Main Street bridge over the Millers River. Later, a woman is seen jumping off the bridge and into the water, before a car with a “Shawshank Department of Corrections” emblem — from King’s “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” — is shown sinking into the depths of the river.

Although it is unknown whether there will be a Season 2 of “Castle Rock,” the production team has expressed a desire to return to Orange and film more seasons if possible. The team has sought to establish an ongoing relationship with the town, and has donated to Orange twice in 2018: $10,000 for beautification of the town’s cemeteries and $3,500 for the Orange Fire Department.

“We very much appreciate all the cooperation and help the town and its residents provided us while filming Season 1 of ‘Castle Rock,’” Alex Berard, a “Castle Rock” location manager, wrote in a letter to the town.

The first three episodes of the 10-episode “Castle Rock” Season 1 will all be released July 25.

Reach David McLellan
at dmclellan@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261, ext. 268.


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