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'The Dark Tower' is the SparkNotes version of Stephen King's library

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Sci-fi and western and horror and action, oh my!

This seemingly horrific conglomeration of genres is only the tip of the iceberg with the intricate story of "The Dark Tower," the newest film adaptation of a work by Stephen King.

"The Dark Tower" series is widely considered to be King’s magnum opus, with the author himself joining that crowd.

It’s a touchstone for the rest of King’s massive library, which boasts over 90 novels, non-fiction books, and short stories.

"The Dark Tower" follows the mysterious gunslinger Roland and his battle against the Man in Black to save the Dark Tower.

The nine book series has woven together references and allusions to many of King’s other works, acting as the trunk in the tree that is the King-universe.

From what we’ve seen of "The Dark Tower" in the few trailers that have been released, director Nikolaj Arcel is well aware of this.

The official trailer is full of Easter eggs, not only referencing King’s books but also the many films they’ve inspired.

Jake Chambers, one of the main characters of the story, plays with a 1958 Plymouth Fury in one trailer. That's the same car as the murderous "Christine" was.

Christine Black Tower
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The signature smiley face of the titular character of "Mr. Mercedes" also shows up - this time as the calling card of the Man in Black.

Mr. Merecedes

Idris Elba's Gunslinger pushes past a familiar poster of Rita Hayworth in another spot. This is the same poster used to hide the hole in the wall in "Shawshank Redemption."

Rita Hayworth

Check out the framed photo of the Overlook hotel from "The Shining" on the desk of the psychiatrist interviewing Chambers.

overlook hotel

Chambers, who is plagued by visions of the universe in which the Man in Black and the Gunslinger reside, wanders past an amusement park ruin in a third clip. Notice the dilapidated name “Pennywise" - the favored clown form of the creature from "It".

penny wise

"Misery" also gets some pretty hefty screentime as the book "Misery’s Child," which sends a fan into a psychotic breakdown in the novel about a tortured author, is picked up by the Man in Black.

Misery book
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How about this pretty obvious reference to the killer dog in "Cujo?" The Man in Black and the Gunslinger are headed into our world to continue their battle royale.

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"The Dark Tower" will premiere in theaters on Friday, August 4th.

THE DARK TOWER - Official Trailer (HD)

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