Another Stephen King Dollar Baby short film — so-called because low-budget filmmakers could make one of his scripts for a $1 — The Lawnmower Man: A Suburban Nightmare was written by future screenwriter and New Line Cinema production executive Michael De Luca, who also wrote Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, In the Mouth of Madness and Judge Dredd.
The film was made while Gonis was a junior at New York University and only cost $5,000. It played the first Dollar Baby festival and a screening of King films at the Stanley Hotel that inspired The Shining.
If you’re wondering, “Why is this nothing like the Hollywood version?” Well, that version was so different from King’s — and played Japan under the name Virtual Wars — that King sued and got his name removed.
You can watch this on YouTube.