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Discussion in 'Reader Polls' started by rhett, Aug 6, 2002.
What about the Green Mile, that has to be up there,
The Shinning. ( A Special Edition would be great on DVD)
The Shining, and then Carrie. I also love Cat's Eye.
While not the closest to the novel,Kubrick's THE SHINING is my favorite as a film.CARRIE,THE DEAD ZONE,CREEPSHOW and MISERY are all hot contenders though.
Stephen King disowned The Shining after Kubrick made it his own. There was a bitter feud about it. My personal favorite is Salem's Lot.
The Dead Zone, because it comes the closest to bringing the written word onto the screen.
And on the flipside, the worst adaptation, IMO, is Needful Things. I hated that movie on so many levels.
Why no mention of Pet Sematary not the best but worth considering
I think the best film was The Shining but the best adaptation was Carrie, followed by Pet Cemetery. (vote went to Carrie)
BTW, where the hell is Pet Cemetery?
Stand By Me
The Shawshank Redemption
The Green Mile
All his best book-to-film adaptations, although I'd agree that The Body is the only one out of the above three that has horror elements (even if The Green Mile has some surprisingly supernatural elements).
My vote went to Misery, although I believe The Shining is the best film out of the choices. But even King has said that The Shining isn't a great adaptation of his work--although he digs the film.
I still have yet to read "The Dark Half" or "Needful Things" or "Misery" yet, so I am not sure how well the films are adapted.
I went with CHRISTINE. From what I recall, it followed pretty closely to the book and had that great "John Carpenter feeling" his films had back in the 80s.
CUJO would have taken the prize if it weren't for the altered ending, which surprised and moved me after catching the cinematic last frame while flipping channels. I was totally unprepared. I loved it.
My vote goes to Salem's Lot I also really like Needful Things, Cats Eye, Christine, Creepshow and both versions of the Shining.
Dead Zone. Cronenberg + King + Walken = Gold.
Creepshow's actually my favorite movie of the choices but it's not really an adaptation of a previous King work.
Talking about The Dead Zone. I've had the DVD for several months now, still wrapped in plastic, and I've kind of been saving it for until after I read the book. However, the book appears to be the only King novel completely unavailable in Iceland, so I ordered it from Amazon. But I'm dying to see the film now ... I can't really wait!
Should I wait or should I just watch the film and read the book later?
carrie all the way. The only King movie that was better than the book IMHO
Christine with The Shining a close second.
I'm still wondering why Pet Cemetary didn't make the list
The Stand should be there too.