Christine is a horror novel by American writer Stephen King, published in 1983. It tells the story of a 1958 Plymouth Fury possessed by supernatural forces. A film adaptation, directed by John Carpenter, was released in the same year. In April 2013, PS Publishing released Christine in a limited 30th Anniversary Edition. In the summer of 1978, while high school student Dennis Guilder is riding home from work with his friend, nerdy teen Arnold "Arnie" Cunningham, Arnie spots a dilapidated red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury parked behind a house. Arnie makes Dennis stop, despite Dennis' attempts to talk him out of it. Roland D. LeBay, an elderly man wearing a back brace, sells the car—which he had named "Christine"—to Arnie for $250. While waiting for Arnie to finish the paperwork, Dennis sits inside Christine and has a vision of the car and the surroundings as they were when the car was new, 20 years before. Frightened, Dennis decides he dislikes Christine. Arnie brings Christine to a do-it-yourself garage run by Will Darnell, suspected of using the garage as a front for illicit operations.
As Arnie restores the car, he becomes withdrawn and cynical. However, he is more confident and self-assured than usual. Dennis is puzzled by the changes in Christine; the repair work proceeds haphazardly and the more extensive repairs, which Arnie can hardly afford, do not appear to be done by Arnie himself. Arnie's appearance improves in tandem with Christine's, his severe acne clears up and he becomes more self-assured and cocky. When LeBay dies, Dennis meets his younger brother, who reveals LeBay's history of anger and violent behavior. George reveals that LeBay's small daughter choked to death on a hamburger in the back seat of the car and that LeBay's wife, depressed by the loss of her child, committed suicide in its front seat by carbon monoxide poisoning; as time passes, Dennis observes that Arnie is taking on many of LeBay's personality traits and has begun dressing like a 1950s greaser and wearing his hair in a 1950s "duck's ass” style. Dennis sees that Arnie has become close to Darnell acting as a courier in Darnell's interstate smuggling operations.
When Arnie is finished restoring Christine, he begins dating an attractive transfer student named Leigh Cabot. While on a date with Arnie, she nearly chokes to death on a hamburger and is saved only by the intervention of a hitchhiker who uses the Heimlich maneuver. Leigh notices that Christine's dashboard lights seemed to become glaring green eyes, watching her during the incident, that Arnie tried to save her by ineffectually pounding her on the back, she realizes that she and Christine are competing for Arnie's affection and vows to never get into the car again. Arnie's parents refuse to keep Christine at home and force Arnie to put it in an airport parking lot. Soon afterward, Clarence "Buddy" Repperton, a bully who blames Arnie for his expulsion from school, learns where Christine is being kept and vandalizes the car with help from his gang. Arnie, aware of Christine's ability to repair herself, pushes her through Darnell's garage until enough of the damage is undone for her to run, drives her around and around the junkyard until she is brought all the way back.
Arnie strains his back in the process and begins wearing a back brace, the same as LeBay did. His relationship with Leigh declines and they break up over Christine. A number of inexplicable car-related deaths occur around town; the victims include Darnell and all but one of his accomplices in the vandalism. The police find evidence linking Christine to each of the murders, but none is found on the car itself. A detective named, it is revealed that Christine, possessed by LeBay's vengeful spirit, is committing these murders independently and repairing herself after each one. Leigh and Dennis begin unearthing details of Christine and LeBay's past. Dennis speculates that LeBay may have deliberately sacrificed his daughter and wife to make Christine a receptacle for his own spirit, they compare Arnie's signatures from before and after his purchase of Christine with LeBay's. One evening, Arnie stumbles upon Leigh and Dennis being intimately close in Dennis' car, sending him into a rage. Soon after, Junkins is mysteriously killed in a car crash.
Knowing that they are next and Leigh devise a plan to destroy the car and save Arnie. While Arnie is out of town visiting a college and Leigh lure Christine to the garage and batter her to pieces using a septic tanker truck named "Petunia", rented by Dennis. Dennis witnesses LeBay's spirit attempting to make him stop before the wreckage is crushed. Dennis learns that Arnie and his mother were both killed in a highway accident, while Christine earlier killed Arnie's father. Witness accounts lead Dennis to believe that LeBay's spirit, tied to Arnie through Christine, fled the Plymouth and attempted to repossess Arnie, but Arnie fought him to at least a draw, resulting in the fatal wreck. Four years Dennis and Leigh have ended their relationship, he reads about a freak car accident in Los Angeles, in which a drive-in theater employee — the last surviving member of Buddy's gang — was struck and killed by a car that smashed through a cinderblock wall. Dennis speculates that Christine may have rebuilt herself and is setting out to kill everyone who stood against her, saving him for last.
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Circumnavigation is the complete navigation around an entire island, continent, or astronomical body. This article focuses on the circumnavigation of Earth; the first circumnavigation of Earth was the Magellan-Elcano expedition, which sailed from Seville, Spain in 1519 and returned in 1522, after crossing the Atlantic and Indian oceans. The word circumnavigation is a noun formed from the verb circumnavigate, from the past participle of the Latin verb circumnavigare, from circum "around" + navigare "to sail". If a person walks around either Pole, he crosses all meridians, but this is not considered a "circumnavigation"; the trajectory of a true circumnavigation forms a continuous loop on the surface of Earth separating two-halves of comparable area. A basic definition of a global circumnavigation would be a route which covers a great circle, in particular one which passes through at least one pair of points antipodal to each other. In practice, people use different definitions of world circumnavigation to accommodate practical constraints, depending on the method of travel.
Since the planet is quasispheroidal, a trip from one Pole to the other, back again on the other side, would technically be a circumnavigation, but practical difficulties preclude such a voyage although it was undertaken in the early 1980s by Ranulph Fiennes. The first single voyage of global circumnavigation was that of the ship Victoria, between 1519 and 1522, known as the Magellan–Elcano expedition, it was a Castilian voyage of discovery, led by the Portuguese Ferdinand Magellan between 1519 and 1521, by the Spanish Juan Sebastián Elcano from 1521 to 1522. The voyage started in Seville, crossed the Atlantic Ocean, after several stopovers rounded the southern tip of South America where the expedition discovered the Strait of Magellan, named after the fleet's captain, it continued across the Pacific discovering a number of islands on its way, including Guam before arriving in the Philippines. After Magellan's death in the Philippines in 1521, Elcano took command of the expedition and continued the journey across the Indian Ocean, round the Cape of Good Hope, north along the Atlantic Ocean, back to Spain in 1522.
Elcano and a small group of 18 men were the only members of the expedition to make the full circumnavigation. Apart from some scholars, it is not accepted that Magellan and some crew members completed a full circumnavigation on several voyages, since Sumatra and Malacca lie southwest of Cebu. If he had been in the Moluccas islands in early 1512, he completed and exceeded an entire circumnavigation of Earth in longitude—though one circumnavigation in the strict sense implies a return to the same exact point. However, traveling west from Europe, in 1521, Magellan reached a region of Southeast Asia, which he had reached on previous voyages traveling east. Magellan thereby achieved a nearly complete personal circumnavigation of the globe for the first time in history. In 1577, Elizabeth I sent Francis Drake to start an expedition against the Spanish along the Pacific coast of the Americas. Drake set out from Plymouth, England in November 1577, aboard Pelican, which Drake renamed Golden Hind mid-voyage.
In September 1578, he passed through the southern tip of South America, named Drake Passage, which connects the southwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean with the southeastern part of the Pacific Ocean. In June 1579, Drake landed somewhere north of Spain's northern-most claim in Alta California, known as Drakes Bay, California. Drake completed the second circumnavigation of the world in September 1580, becoming the first commander to lead an entire circumnavigation. For the wealthy, long voyages around the world, such as was done by Ulysses S. Grant, became possible in the 19th century, the two World Wars moved vast numbers of troops around the planet. However, it was improvements in technology and rising incomes that made such trips common; the nautical global and fastest circumnavigation record is held by a wind-powered vessel, the trimaran IDEC 3. The record was established by six sailors: Francis Joyon, Alex Pella, Clément Surtel, Gwénolé Gahinet, Sébastien Audigane and Bernard Stamm; the absolute speed sailing record around the world followed the North Atlantic Ocean, South Atlantic Ocean, Southern Ocean, South Atlantic Ocean, North Atlantic Ocean route in an easterly direction.
The map on the right shows, in red, a typical, non-competitive, route for a sailing circumnavigation of the world by the trade winds and the Suez and Panama canals. It can be seen that the route approximates a great circle, passes through two pairs of antipodal points; this is a route followed by many cruising sailors. In yacht racing, a round-the-world route approximating a great circle would be quite impractical in a non-stop race where use of the Panama and Suez Canals would be impossible. Yacht racing therefore defines a world circumnavigation to be a passage of at least 21,600 nautical miles
Night Shift (short story collection)
Night Shift is the first collection of short stories by Stephen King, first published in 1978. In 1980, Night Shift received the Balrog Award for Best Collection, in 1979 it was nominated as best collection for the Locus Award and the World Fantasy Award. Many of King's most famous short stories were included in this collection; the book was King's fifth published book. Nine of the twenty short stories in the book had first appeared in various issues of Cavalier Magazine from 1970–1975; the stories "Jerusalem's Lot", "Quitters Inc.", "The Last Rung on the Ladder", "The Woman in the Room" appeared for the first time in this collection. Night Shift is the first book; the introduction was written by one of John D. MacDonald. With the publication of Night Shift and the rise in King's popularity as a best-selling author with the success of Brian De Palma's motion picture adaptation of Carrie, student film and theatre makers began to submit requests to King to make adaptations of the stories that appeared in the collection.
King formed a policy he deemed the Dollar Deal, which allowed the students the permission to make an adaptation for the consideration of just $1. In the 1980s, entrepreneurial film producer Milton Subotsky purchased the rights to six of the stories in this collection with the intention to produce feature films and a television anthology based on multiple stories. Although Subotsky was involved with several King adaptations the television series never came to fruition due to conflicts with the networks' Standards and Practices; the following is a list of film, television or theatre adaptations made from the stories collected in Night Shift: Children of the Corn Hal Roach Studios, Inc. directed by Fritz Kiersch Cat's Eye Dino De Laurentiis Productions/MGM/UA directed by Lewis Teague Maximum Overdrive De Laurentiis Entertainment Group directed by Stephen King Graveyard Shift Paramount Pictures directed by Ralph S. Singleton The Lawnmower Man New Line Cinema directed by Brett Leonard The Mangler New Line Cinema directed by Tobe Hooper Sometimes They Come Back Vidmark Entertainment directed by Tom McLoughlin attempted to be adapted into Cat's Eye.
Trucks USA Pictures directed by Chris Thomson Battleground Turner Network Television mini-series Nightmares & Dreamscapes Children of the Corn a Syfy production The Boogeyman directed by Jeff Schiro Disciples of the Crow directed by John Woodward The Woman in the Room directed by Frank Darabont The Last Rung on the Ladder directed by James Cole and Daniel Thron The Lawnmower Man directed by Jim Gonis Night Surf directed by Peter Sullivan Strawberry Spring directed by Doveed Linder I Know What You Need directed by Shawn S. Lealos La Femme dans la chambre directed by Damien Maric The Boogeyman by Graham Rees Stephen King short fiction bibliography Dollar Baby
Pet Sematary is a 1983 horror novel by American writer Stephen King. The novel was nominated for a World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1986, adapted into two films: one in 1989 and one in 2019. In November 2013, PS Publishing released Pet Sematary in a limited 30th-anniversary edition. Louis Creed, a doctor from Chicago, is appointed director of the University of Maine's campus health service, he moves to a large house near the small town of Ludlow with his wife Rachel, their two young children and Gage, Ellie's cat, Church. From the moment they arrive, the family runs into trouble: Ellie hurts her knee and Gage is stung by a bee, their new neighbor, an elderly man named Jud Crandall, comes to help. He warns Rachel about the highway that runs past their house. Jud and Louis become close friends. Since Louis's father died when he was three, he sees Jud as a surrogate father. A few weeks after the Creeds move in, Jud puts the friendship on the line when he takes the family on a walk in the woods behind their home.
A well-tended path leads to a pet cemetery where the children of the town bury their deceased animals. The outing provokes a heated argument between Rachel the next day. Rachel disapproves of discussing death, she worries about how Ellie may be affected by what she saw at the "sematary". Louis himself has a traumatic experience during the first week of classes. Victor Pascow, a student, fatally injured in an automobile accident, addresses his dying words to Louis even though the two men are strangers. On the night following Pascow's death, Louis experiences what he believes is a vivid dream in which he meets Pascow, who leads him to the deadfall at the back of the "sematary" and warns Louis to not "go beyond, no matter how much you feel you need to." Louis wakes up in bed the next morning convinced it was, in fact, a dream—until he finds his feet and bedsheets covered with dried mud and pine needles. Louis dismisses the dream as the product of the stress he experienced during Pascow's death, coupled with his wife's lingering anxieties about the subject of death.
Louis is forced to confront the subject of death at Halloween, when Jud's wife, suffers a near-fatal heart attack. Thanks to Louis's prompt attention, Norma makes a quick recovery. Jud is grateful for Louis's help and decides to repay him after Church is run over outside his home at Thanksgiving. Rachel and the kids are visiting Rachel's parents in Chicago, but Louis frets over breaking the bad news to Ellie. Sympathizing with Louis, Jud takes him to the pet sematary to bury Church, but instead of stopping there, Jud leads Louis farther on a frightening journey to "the real cemetery": an ancient burial ground, once used by the Miꞌkmaq Tribe. There Louis buries the cat on Jud's instruction. Louis thinks -- until the next afternoon when Church returns home, it is obvious. While he used to be vibrant and lively, he now acts ornery and "a little dead" in Louis's words. Church hunts for mice and birds much more but he rips them apart without eating them; the cat smells so bad that Ellie no longer wants him in her room at night.
Jud confirms that this condition is the rule, rather than the exception, for animals who have been resurrected in this fashion. Louis is disturbed by Church's resurrection and begins to wish that he had never done it. Several months two-year-old Gage is killed by a speeding truck in a horrible accident. Overcome with despair, Louis considers bringing his son back to life with the help of the burial ground. Jud, guessing what Louis is planning, attempts to dissuade him by telling him the gruesome story of the last person, resurrected by the burial ground, Timmy Baterman. Timmy Baterman was killed in action during World War II. Timmy's body was shipped back to the U. S. and his father Bill buried Timmy in that cemetery. Timmy came back malevolent and hellish, terrorizing the people of the town with secrets that Jud asserts he had no earthly way of knowing. Jud and the men fled in horror, it is revealed to Louis that Timmy was stopped by Bill. The traumatised Bill set their house on fire before shooting himself.
Jud states that he believes that whatever came back was not Timmy, but a "demon" that had possessed his corpse. He concludes that "Sometimes, dead is better" and states that "the place has a power... its own evil purpose," and may have caused Gage's death because Jud introduced Louis to it. Despite Jud's warning and his own reservations about the idea, Louis's grief and guilt spur him to carry out his plan. Louis inters him in the burial ground. Gage returns from the dead different from the child he was, he is demonic and more vicious than Timmy, speaking as if not Gage at all but something else. He kills both Rachel. After killing Church, Louis confronts his son and sends him back to the grave with a lethal injection of chemicals from his medical supply stock. After burning the Crandall house down, Louis returns to the burial ground with his wife's corpse, thinking that if he buries the body faster than he did Gage's there will be a different result. Following all of these tragic events, Louis has aged in physical appearance, with white hair and wrinkles.
Penthouse is a men's magazine founded by Bob Guccione. It combines urban lifestyle articles and softcore pornographic pictorials that, in the 1990s, temporarily evolved into hardcore. Although Guccione was American, the magazine was founded in 1965 in the United Kingdom. Beginning in September 1969, it was sold in the United States as well. Penthouse has been owned by Penthouse Global Media Inc. since 2016. The complete assets of Penthouse Global Media were bought out by WGCZ Ltd. in June 2018 after winning a bankruptcy auction bid. The Penthouse logo is a stylized key which incorporates both the Mars and Venus symbols in its design; the magazine's centerfold models are known as Penthouse Pets and customarily wear a distinctive necklace inspired by this logo. At the height of his success, who died in 2010, was considered to be one of the richest men in the United States. In 1982 he was listed in the Forbes 400 ranking of wealthiest people.). An April 2002 New York Times article reported Guccione as saying that Penthouse grossed $3.5 billion to $4 billion over the 30-year life of the company, with net income of half a billion dollars.
Penthouse magazine began publication in 1965, in the UK and in North America in 1969, an attempt to compete with Hugh Hefner's Playboy. Guccione offered editorial content, more sensational than that of Playboy, the magazine's writing was far more investigative than Hefner's upscale emphasis, with stories about government cover-ups and scandals. Writers such as Seymour Hersh, Craig S. Karpel, James Dale Davidson, Ernest Volkman exposed numerous scandals and corruption at the highest levels of the United States Government. Contributors to the magazine included such writers as Isaac Asimov, James Baldwin, Howard Blum, Victor Bockris, T. C. Boyle, Alexander Cockburn, Harry Crews, Cameron Crowe, Don DeLillo, Alan Dershowitz, Edward Jay Epstein, Joe Flaherty, Chet Flippo, Albert Goldman, Anthony Haden-Guest, John Hawkes, Nat Hentoff, Warren Hinckle, Abbie Hoffman, Nicholas von Hoffman, Michael Korda, Paul Krassner, Michael Ledeen, Anthony Lewis, Peter Manso, Joyce Carol Oates, James Purdy, Philip Roth, Harrison E. Salisbury, Gail Sheehy, Robert Sherrill, Mickey Spillane, Ben Stein, Harry Stein, Tad Szulc, Jerry Tallmer, Studs Terkel, Nick Tosches, Gore Vidal, Irving Wallace, Ruth Westheimer.
The magazine was founded on humble beginnings. Due to Guccione's lack of resources, he photographed most of the models for the magazine's early issues. Without professional training, Guccione applied his knowledge of painting to his photography, establishing the diffused, soft focus look that would become one of the trademarks of the magazine's pictorials. Guccione would sometimes take several days to complete a shoot; as the magazine grew more successful, Guccione embraced a life of luxury. However, in contrast to Hugh Hefner, who threw wild parties at his Playboy Mansions, life at Guccione's mansion was remarkably sedate during the hedonistic 1970s, he once had his bodyguards eject a local radio personality, hired as a DJ and jumped into the swimming pool naked. The magazine's pictorials offered more sexually explicit content than was seen in most sold men's magazines of the era. Penthouse has over the years, featured a number of authorized and unauthorized photos of celebrities such as Madonna and Vanessa Williams.
In both cases, the photos were taken earlier in their careers and sold to Penthouse only after Madonna and Williams became famous. In the late 1990s, the magazine began to show more "fetish" content such as urination, bondage and "facials". On January 15, 2016, a press release emanating from owner FriendFinder Networks announced that Penthouse would shutter its print operations and move to all digital. However, managing director Kelly Holland disavowed the decision and pledged to keep the print version of the magazine alive. In 1982, Guccione was listed in the Forbes 400 ranking of wealthiest people, with a reported $400 million net worth. An April 2002 New York Times article quoted Guccione as saying that Penthouse grossed $3.5 billion to $4 billion over the 30-year life of the company, with a net income of $500 million. In an effort to raise cash and to reduce debt, Penthouse sold its portfolio of several automotive magazine titles in 1999, for $33 million cash to Peterson Automotive, the national automotive-publishing group.
While these titles were successful, it is reported that the science and health magazines Omni and Longevity cost Penthouse $100 million, contributing to its eventual financial troubles. On August 12, 2003, General Media, the parent company of the magazine, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Upon filing, Cerberus Capital Management entered into a $5 million debtor-in-possession credit line with General Media to provide General Media working capital. In October 2003, it was announced that Penthouse magazine was being put up for sale as part of a deal with its creditors. On November 13, 2004, Guccione resigned as Chairman and CEO of Penthouse International, the parent of General Media. Penthouse filed for bankruptcy protection on September 17, 2013; the magazine's owner FriendFinder’s current common stock was wiped out and was no longer traded on the open market. In August 2013, FriendFinder’s stock was delisted from Nasdaq because it failed to trade for more than $1; as of 2015, General Media Communications, Inc. publishes entertainment magazines and operates as a subsidiary of FriendFinder Networks Inc.
In February 2016, Pentho
Cat's Eye (1985 film)
Cat's Eye is a 1985 American anthology horror film directed by Lewis Teague and written by Stephen King. It comprises three stories, "Quitters, Inc.", "The Ledge", "General". The first two are adaptations of short stories in King's Night Shift collection, the third is unique to the film; the three stories are connected only by the presence of a traveling cat, which plays an incidental role in the first two and is a major character of the third. Its cast includes James Woods, Alan King, Robert Hays and Candy Clark. A stray tom tabby cat is chased by a dog, nearly gets run down by a car, he hides from the dog in a delivery truck. The tomcat hears the disembodied voice of a young girl pleading for help because something is threatening her; the cat is picked up by Junk, an employee of Quitters, Inc. Smoker Dick Morrison is advised by a friend to join Inc. to kick his habit. Clinic counselor Vinnie Donatti explains that the clinic has a 100% success rate due to a uniquely persuasive method: every time Dick smokes a cigarette, horrors of increasing magnitude will befall his wife and child.
Using the tomcat that Donatti's assistant Junk has caught in the street, Donatti demonstrates the first of these horrors: the cat is put in a cage and tormented with electric shocks. Donatti explains that if his new client should be caught with a cigarette, Dick's wife Cindy will be subjected to the same shocks while he is forced to watch. For subsequent infractions, his young daughter will be subjected to the shocks his wife raped, after the fourth infraction, they give up. Not wanting to worry them, Dick hides the looming threat from his family; that night, Dick is angered by the methods Quitters uses and notices a pack of cigarettes in his desk. He prepares to smoke one, but notices a pair of feet in his closet, realizing Quitters Inc. is serious about their threat to ensure he is not smoking. The following day, Dick gives her a doll. Donatti is at the school, warning Dick that if he strays the only thing his daughter would understand is that someone is hurting her because her father misbehaved.
During a stressful traffic jam, Dick loses his will and smokes after finding an old forgotten pack of cigarettes in his glove box, not realizing he is being watched by Junk in a nearby car. After watching Cindy suffer in the electric cage, an enraged Dick attacks Donatti and Junk, allowing the tomcat to escape in the scuffle. After regaining the upper hand, Donatti says he forgives Dick. Dick tells his wife everything, after which they embrace. Time passes, Dick is smoke free at last, but has put on a little weight as a result of quitting. Dr. Donatti sets a target weight for Dick. Dick jokingly asks what will happen if he continues to gain weight, whether a man would attack his house with a flame thrower. Donatti says that's not what they have in mind. Dick and his wife have a dinner party with the friends who recommended Quitters, Inc. and they toast the company for a job well done. As she raises her glass, Dick discovers Donatti was not joking around: his friend's wife is missing her little finger.
The tomcat who has escaped Quitters Inc leaves Manhattan via the Staten Island Ferry befriends a group of vagrants and travels to Atlantic City, New Jersey, where it hears the same disembodied girl's voice asking for his help. Meanwhile and former tennis pro Johnny Norris is involved with a woman whose jealous husband, Cressner, is a crime boss and casino owner. Cressner, who will bet on anything, wins a wager that the cat will cross the busy road outside his casino, he takes the tomcat home. Cressner has Norris kidnapped; as revenge, Cressner blackmails Norris into a dangerous ordeal: he must circumnavigate the narrow exterior ledge of Cressner's penthouse apartment in a skyscraper. If he can make it all the way around, Cressner will grant his wife a divorce. If Norris refuses, Cressner will call the police and have him arrested for possession of drugs, which have been planted in Norris' Mustang by a henchman named Albert. Norris agrees. Cressner harasses Norris by startling him with a horn and turning on a fire hose at the halfway point to keep Norris from lingering.
A pigeon lands beside Norris and pecks to the point of causing it to bleed. Despite these distractions and a moment alone hanging from a dislodged neon sign, Norris makes it back to the apartment. Cressner says he will honor his bet: his henchman has removed the drugs, presents Norris with a bag of cash--however, he kicks over the bag to reveal his wife's severed head. Norris drops his gun. Norris uses the gun to shoot Albert points it at Cressner. Norris forces Cressner to undergo the same ordeal on the ledge; the tomcat watches as Cressner falls to his death. The tomcat hops a freight train and travels to Wilmington, North Carolina, where it is adopted by a little girl, who names him General; the cat runs afoul of the girl's mother, who believes he will harm Polly. Despite Amanda's protests, her mother puts General out at night; as a consequence, he is unable to protect Amanda from a small, malevolent troll that he witnessed taking up residence in the house in which he followed it there. When Amanda sleeps, the troll emerges via a retractable hole in one of the walls in Amanda's room.
The troll slays the parakeet with a tiny dagger and tries to steal Amanda's breath. General battles the troll. Af
Kenneth McMillan (actor)
Kenneth McMillan was an American actor. McMillan was cast as gruff and unfriendly characters due to his rough image. However, he was sometimes cast in some lighter roles. McMillan was born in the son of Margaret and Harry McMillan, a truck driver, he attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Art and Performing Arts. Prior to becoming an actor, McMillan was employed at Gimbels Department Store first as a salesman as a section manager, a floor superintendent managing three floors. At age 30, McMillan decided to pursue an acting career, took acting lessons from Uta Hagen and Irene Dailey, he was married to Kathryn McDonald with whom he had actress Alison McMillan. McMillan made his film debut at age 41 with a small role in Sidney Lumet's police drama Serpico; the actor played a borough commander in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, but was cast as characters such as a cowardly small town sheriff in Tobe Hooper's 1979 TV mini-series Salem's Lot, a similar law enforcement officer in the 1987 Burt Reynolds film Malone, William Hurt's bitter paraplegic father in Eyewitness, a wily safe cracker in The Pope of Greenwich Village, a racist fire chief in Ragtime, memorably told off by the New York police commissioner, James Cagney.
He portrayed the grotesquely obese and gleefully psychotic Baron Vladimir Harkonnen in Dune, the pathetic drunken pop of Aidan Quinn in Reckless and a sleazy high roller gambler in "The Ledge," an episode of the horror anthology film Cat's Eye. Yet he did sometimes end up on the right side of the law, playing Robert Duvall's detective partner in True Confessions and a judge who must rule whether Richard Dreyfuss has the right to die in Whose Life Is It Anyway?. McMillan was adept at comedy, giving performances as a baseball club manager in Blue Skies Again, Meg Ryan's corrupt security guard captain dad in Armed and Dangerous and a dotty senile veterinarian in Three Fugitives. McMillan had a recurring role as Valerie Harper's irate boss Jack Doyle on the TV sitcom Rhoda. Among the TV shows McMillan did guest spots on are Dark Shadows, Ryan's Hope, as a 53rd precinct lieutenant on Kojak, Starsky & Hutch, The Rockford Files, Lou Grant, Magnum, P. I. and Murder, She Wrote. Outside of his film and TV credits, McMillan frequently performed on stage at the New York Shakespeare Festival.
He acted in the original Broadway productions of American Buffalo. He won an Obie for his performance in the Off-Broadway play Weekends Like Other People. McMillan died of liver disease at age 56. Kenneth McMillan on IMDb Kenneth McMillan at the Internet Off-Broadway Database Kenneth McMillan Biography at Hollywood.com at Archive.today