There are worlds other than these.
Long before “cinematic universes” were the hottest thing in Hollywood, Stephen King had his own going on throughout his many novels and short stories. Big and small references throughout King’s works unite many of them inside something of a shared storytelling universe, and The Dark Tower saga is at the center of it all.
So I suppose it makes perfect sense that director Nikolaj Arcel worked so many Stephen King Easter eggs into his feature film adaptation of The Dark Tower (read our review), now out in theaters. The film is absolutely loaded with references to other King stories, most of which were unfortunately spoiled by the marketing campaign.
One of the very first shots of the film shows us two twin girls who look a lot like the Grady Twins from The Shining ; they even repeat the iconic line, “Come play with us,” just in case you didn’t get the reference. From there we’re treated to Easter eggs for tales such as Christine, Salem’s Lot, Misery and 1408… to name just a handful.
My personal favorite Easter egg is the appearance of killer dog Cujo, who’s being walked down the street by a mother and son who look a lot like Donna and Tad Trenton!
Check out every Stephen King reference in The Dark Tower below.