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The Dark Tower: Easter Egg Trailer & Breakdown
Posted on 25th July, 2017 - By Jonathan Hezzlewood
Hile fellow Gunslingers / Dark Tower Junkies,
A NEW ‘Easter Egg’ trailer has arrived. Although I can’t help but feel like Sony Pictures are giving everything away before the release of the movie, I couldn’t help but watch it.
I’ve tried to spot as many nods to Stephen King’s other works as possible, and have listed down what I found below.
Check out the trailer:
The Dark Tower Easter Egg Trailer Breakdown
I managed to spot twelve Easter Eggs that nod to the other works of Stephen King, both his novels and short-stories and movie adaptations. Have a read through what I have found:
It: ‘Pennywise’ Sign
An old fairground sign, with the dilapidated letters spelling out the name of the kid-killing-clown; Pennywise, from Stephen King’s terrifying novel; IT.
The Drawing of the Three: ‘Doorway’ Drawings
Although some may argue that this isn’t a nod to King’s other works, various doors feature within the sketches done by Jake Chambers, which hints heavily at The Drawing of the Three – the second entry into Stephen King’s magnum opus; The Dark Tower series.
The Shining: ‘The Overlook Hotel’ Photograph
When the table shakes within the office of the psychiatrist that Jake has visited, you can see a picture of the iconic, haunted hotel from Stephen King’s 3rd novel; The Shining.
The Shawshank Redemption: ‘Rita Hayworth’ Poster
Here the Gunslinger discovers a poster, featuring the beautiful actress; Rita Hayworth. This acts as a nod to both the novella; Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption (from a collection of works by Stephen King called Different Seasons), as well as the Frank Darabont adaptation; The Shawshank Redemption, whereby the protagonist Andy Dufresne uses a Rita Hayworth poster to cover up his escape.
The Number ‘19’: Graffiti
The number 19 is threaded throughout the entirety of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series (but especially the final three novels), as well as making appearances in many of his other works. The number 19 signifies certain things within the world of The Dark Tower, but I won’t spoil anything by mentioning them here.
Stephen King started writing his Dark Tower series at the age of 19. It may be this that led him to the idea of choosing 19 to be of such importance in the books.
Here you can see that the children have written the number 19 over, and over again, rather than drawing the expected chalk hopscotch squares.
Cujo: The St. Bernard Dog / ‘Attack Dog’ Sign
Here there is a double-nod to the rabid, ‘bat-bitten’ killer dog; Cujo, from the Stephen King novel of the same name. A lady walking a St. Bernard dog along the street – the same breed as Cujo himself, as well as a scene featuring an ‘Attack Dog’ sign, which appears to be on the door of the Dutch Hill Mansion, before Jake enters.
Children of the Corn: Jake Hiding Amongst the Corn
Although rather subtle, I took this scene of Jake hiding within the corn, as a nod to the short-story; Children of the Corn, that is included in Stephen King’s 1978 collection; Night Shift.
Christine: Plymouth Fury Toy Car
The red toy car being wheeled back and forth in this scene is another cool nod to Stephen King’s possessed 1958 Plymouth Fury; Christine, from the novel of the same name, as well as the 1983 John Carpenter movie adaptation.
The Shining: The Grady Twins
Although the girls pictured aren’t the Grady Twins themselves, this is a nod to the girls for the 1980 Stanley Kubrick adaptation (albeit loose) of Stephen King’s novel; The Shining.
Mr Mercedes: ‘Hello There’ Graffiti
Although this appears to be the Man in Black that has left behind this message for Roland (the Gunslinger) to see, this is an obvious tip of the hat towards Stephen King’s Mr Mercedes trilogy.
Misery: ‘Misery’s Child’ Book by Fictional Author Paul Sheldon
Misery’s Child is the final novel in the Misery series, written by fictional author; Paul Sheldon, who is the victim to his obsessive fan turned captor; Annie Wilkes.
1408: The Numbers ‘14 – 08’ Scribbled Above the Portal
The numbers 14 – 08 above the portal is a nod to the fabled Room 1408, the main antagonist of the Hotel Dolphin, where the Stephen King short-story; 1408, takes place.
Have you spotted that I have failed to mention? Please let me know, and drop a comment below, detailing down what you saw.
There will no doubt be many more references entwined through the movie. Come back, let us know what else you spotted. The Dark Tower opens in U.S. theatres on August 4th and U.K. cinemas August 18th.