3-Hour TV Movie. 2006

Directed by
Mick Garris

Steven Weber (Steve)
Kelly Overton (Cynthia)
Ron Perlman (Collie Entragian)
Tom Skerritt (John Edward Marinville)
Sylva Kelegian (Ellie Carver)
Shane Haboucha (David Carver)
Matt Frewer (Ralph Carver)
Annabeth Gish (Mary Jackson)
Henry Thomas (Peter Jackson)
Charles Durning (Tom Billingsley)

Writing credits:
Mick Garris
Stephen King (also novel)

Genre: Horror

Filming Location:
Bisbee, Arizona, USA

Television Network:

Air date: 23 May, 2006

Plot Summary

In the middle of the Nevada desert stands the once proud mining town of Desperation - a harmless, non-descript little community that one may briefly notice on a drive through the vast, empty desert on the way to some distant vacation destination. But something evil has taken over Desperation - its name is Tak, and its mission is to eliminate anyone who gets close to stumbling upon its secret.

While posing as Desperation cop Collie Entragian (Perlman), Tak is able to catch his prey while surveying the nearly empty highway. Caught in his deceptive web are famous author Johnny Marinville (Skerritt), whose misdeeds from the past may come back to haunt him; Ralph (Frewer) & Ellie Carver (Sylva Kelegian) and their son, David (Shane Haboucha) - whose faith may hold the key to bringing down Tak; and Mary Jackson (Ms. Gish) who, with her husband, Peter (Thomas), will discover a courage they never knew they had while battling the beast. Meanwhile, Johnny's aide, Steve Ames (Weber), and his traveling companion, Cynthia (Kelly Overton), find out for themselves the horror that has taken place in Desperation when they go in search of the famous author; and the town's veterinarian, Tom Billingsley (Durning), knows firsthand the secrets of Desperation.

Everyone will soon discover that the unearthing of a long abandoned mine in Desperation awakened Tak, and his control over the desert's animals and insects make him even more invincible to the unlikely band of people who have found themselves forced to become reluctant heroes, as they battle to bring down the beast... and save themselves in the process.

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Links - August 31, 2006 - May 19, 2006 ("Ron Perlman terrorizes in King's 'DESPERATION.'") - November 29, 2004 (Movie shoot transforms parts of Congress Street)

Link to photos and info on the town of Bisbee where parts of "Desperation" were filmed.

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