Clocking-in at over 800 pages, Stephen King’s 1978 sci-fi/horror novel, The Stand is an epic battle of good versus evil. The TV adaptation was also an epic event when it first aired in 1994, garnering huge viewing figures and scoring impressive reviews. The four-part, 360 minute long mini-series was directed by Master Of Horror and Post Mortem podcast host, Mick Garris.
Stacked with an impressive cast which includes Gary Sinise, Rob Lowe, Ossie Davis, Miguel Ferrer, Laura San Giacomo, Molly Ringwald, Ed Harris and Kathy Bates, The Stand is an huge multi-strand narrative filled with a curious collection of characters. It might be a little hokey when you watch it now, a quarter of a century after it first aired, but there’s no denying that this is a fantastic yarn. It helps that Stephen King himself adapted his novel for the screen and if anyone can understand what makes this story work, then it’s the man who originated it in the first place.
All four parts of The Stand were viewed by approximately 19 million homes when they aired in the US in May 1994.