A best selling horror writer named Richard Kinnel buys a painting at a yard sale. The woman selling it tells him about how the artist was a “mad genius” who killed himself at 23, leaving a note saying that he couldn’t stand what was happening to him.
As he drives home, Kinnel starts to notice that the painting is changing. At first it’s minor tweaks, but soon the whole image becomes different and it becomes clear that the painting is “following” him.
This episode’s bland. The character isn’t really fleshed out, the plot is mediocre and everything just feels flat. The villain doesn’t have anything that makes him stand out. The whole thing just felt very by the numbers.
Kinnel himself is pretty two dimensional. I know that a lot of King’s protagonists are writers, but at least they seem to stand out from each other. It wasn’t the case with this character.
It was fairly amusing to see all of Kinnel’s fans constantly ask him where he got his ideas. Name dropping Derry as Kinnel’s destination was also a nice touch. There was another bit near the end of the episode where Kinnel trips on some Stephen King books and falls. Touches like that were nice, but not enough to pull this episode up significantly.
With the constant mention of Kinnel’s medical exam, I guess they were going for some sort of symbolism about mortality or something, but like everything else, it fell flat.
I was pretty bored throughout this episode to be honest. The only really creepy moment came when Kinnel looked in the back of his car to find the painting had returned after he threw it in the river.
I’d say that this is the weakest entry so far. While Crouch End really fell apart and sunk to lower lows in the second half than this episode ever does throughout, it at least had a strong start going for it. This episode did nothing for me.
In summation, my review of this episode in a nutshell is an overwhelming meh.