Favorites/Least Favorites of S. King Adaptations

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  1. Mark Relford

    Mark Relford Chairman of the Bored

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    Favorites:

    (5) Apt Pupil
    (4) Stand By Me
    (3) Dead Zone
    (2) The Shining
    (1) Carrie


    Least Favorites:

    (5) The Tommyknockers
    (4) The Shining (mini-series)
    (3) The Langoliers
    (2) Trucks
    (1) Graveyard Shift


    Guilty Pleasures:

    Silver Bullet
    Cujo


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  2. AceRimRat

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    My favorites would be Shawshank (non-horror, I know...) and my guilty pleasure - Maximum Overdrive - hurry up, Anchor Bay! [​IMG]

    I think most of the rest suck, to be honest, but I haven't seen them all yet - though I have the Shining disc. Waiting for snowfall.
     
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    STAND BY ME? It isnt horror but the pie scene was pretty gross.

    I also liked CHRISTINE, and LWNMOWER MAN (even though it has NOTHING to do with his story)

    Guilty pleasure would be GRAVEYARD SHIFT!

    worst would be CUJO, SHINING, NEEDFUL THINGS.
     
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    I thought The Stand was worth watching. Especially since they had to condense a 1,000+ page novel.
     
  5. Vdlman

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    My favorites would include Carrie, The Shining, The Dead Zone, Pet Sematary, Stand By Me, and The Shawshank Redemption.

    Least favorites would be Sleepwalkers, The Shining (mini-series), and Thinner.

    Guilty pleasures include Silver Bullet, Maximum Overdrive, and Needful Things.
     
  6. rhett

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    Favorites:
    1. The Shining
    2. Christine
    3. Needful Things
    4. Misery
    5. Cat's Eye

    Least Favorites:
    1. Firestarter
    2. Lawnmower Man
    3. Sleepwalkers
    4. The Mangler
    5. Cujo

    Guilty Pleasure:
    Pet Semetary
    The Running Man

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  7. joltaddict

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    Why, why, why did they decide to change the ending to Cujo?!?!?! Cujo and Gerald's Game are my favorite King books by far and I have read them all. Besides butchering the ending (and kinda ruining the whole point) the DVD is full-frame, pan, featureless blah. A great book, you would think that if they liked the story enough to make it into a movie they wouldn't F with it.

    I love Kubrick's The Shining but I am a big Kubrick fan, it probally has more to do with that than King. The Dead Zone would be the next best IMO.

    Creepshow, Pet Semetary, Carrie, and Misery would get an honorable mention.

    I was disappointed by The Stand.

    Hated Needful Things.

    Guilty pleasures? Firestarter and Cat's Eye (hmmm... is Cat's Eye on DVD?). No I don't have a thing for a pre-pubescent Drew Barrymore, it's a coincidence.



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  8. DopeChamberX

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    Wow, I'm surprised no one mentioned It. thats by far my favorite. The very first part scares the crap out of me. I think Thinner and Storm of the Century (even though that's not a true king adaption, so it doesn't really count) were some of the worst I've seen. I also really like Silver Bullet, Carrie, and Cat's Eye, but It is still the best. Wish Warner would release this on DVD, my tape looks like hell (I have the whole 4 hours on one tape, uggh)

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  9. mutleyhyde

    mutleyhyde Fuck it.

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    Hey what's wrong with pre-pubescent Barrymore? E.T. gets me hot bay-bee! Man - that's just wrong, ain't it?

    Favorites
    1.The Dead Zone
    2.The Dead Zone
    3.The Dead Zone (Okay, so I like The Dead Zone)
    4.The Shining (Kubrick masterpiece!)
    5.Misery (That's just an evil fucking movie, and both leads are great!)

    Favorite King double-takes (the ones you just don't expect from the guy)
    1.Shawshank Redemption
    2.Stand By Me
    3.The Green Mile

    Least Favorites
    1.Tommyknockers
    2.It
    3.Sleepwalkers
    (you could say I don't like much stuff made for t.v.)

    Gulty pleasure - The Running Man - Great King book. Great Schwarzenegger movie. There are key differences in the scenery and endings, but I think both work quite well on their own merits.

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  10. jimmyx

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    As no-one has mentioned Salems lot yet I will put it in my top five along with.

    2.Misery
    3.The Shining
    4.Carrie
    5.The Dead Zone

    Guilty pleasure would have to be Creepshow.

    Worst
    1.Second half of The Stand
    2.The Nightflier
    3.Langoliers
     
  11. Rock

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    Best:

    SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (should've won the Oscar, FAR better than that ridiculous FORREST GUMP)
    DOLORES CLAIBORNE (Kathy Bates = awesome)
    THE DEAD ZONE (Cronenberg!)
    CUJO (a riveting improvement on the book, if you ask me)
    'SALEM'S LOT (one of Hooper's last good movies)
    STAND BY ME
    CARRIE
    THE GREEN MILE
    MISERY

    Worst:

    CHILDREN OF THE CORN
    MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE
    PET SEMATARY (except for the late, great Fred Gwynne)
    THE MANGLER (except for Ted Levine)
    THE SHINING (except for Scatman Crothers, Danny Lloyd, and the Overlook Hotel)
    SLEEPWALKERS (except for Madchen Amick)

    Just OK:

    SILVER BULLET
    FIRESTARTER
    NEEDFUL THINGS
    GRAVEYARD SHIFT
    APT PUPIL
    CHRISTINE
    TOMMYKNOCKERS
    IT

    Wish someone would make right:

    GERALD'S GAME (could be an effective psychological chiller in the right hands)
     
  12. joltaddict

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    Wow I thought these were both VERY effective horror flicks.

    I am in absolute 100% agreement with your comment on Geralds Game though. You think we could maybe CGI a prepubesent Drew Barrymore to chain to the bed?



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  13. mutleyhyde

    mutleyhyde Fuck it.

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    Heh-heh... now you're thinkin'!

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  14. Mark Relford

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    Interesting lists, guys! [​IMG] I'm surprised that The Dark Half didn't get mentioned yet.
    I consider myself a Romero/King fan, but this movie was a disappointment. It was well made, but I just couldn't get into it. Maybe I should give it another chance.
    Have you guys seen any of the Tales From the Darkside episodes or The Night Shift Collection? (Based on King's short stories.)



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  15. mutleyhyde

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    I haven't, but I must say that Night Shift is one of my favorite King books. I think I got a thing for short fiction, probably instilled by Papa Serling.

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  16. Jasondog

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    Gerald's Game is a GREAT book but i cant see it being made into a movie without it being X-rated. I mean the whole book is a naked chick strapped to a bed...maybe Kubrick coulda pulled it off [​IMG]

    My fav King movies (in no particular order):

    1. The Shining (Kubrick)
    2. The Dead Zone
    3. Maximum Overdrive (yes, im serious)
    4. Silver Bullet
    5. Christine
    6. Sleepwalkers
    7. The Dark Half
    8. Cat's Eye
    9. Needful Things

    I leave out the non-horror movies cause we all know that The Shawshank Redemption kicked ass.

    I really dig Maximum Overdrive. Its got great camp appeal.

    I really wasnt overly impressed with the Stand, it was good, but not great.
     
  17. DVD Connoisseur

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    My favourite King adaptation is a tie between The Dead Zone (which was fabulously loyal to its source material) and Shawshank. The worst adaptation is also a tie - the made-for-TV "IT" was a travesty and gave King's best novel (IMHO) a bad name. The TV mini-series "The Stand" was equally appalling.
     
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    What ruined Pet Semetary was the ending...I haven't read the book, but the ending to me just seemed lame. Meh, Miko Hughes is cool.

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  20. David666

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    I am not a King fan, first off. I used to be quite into his work, but after years of disappointing books, and his asinine comments regarding his fans during interviews have made me really dislike the man. Ungratful prick is a good term for him. Without his fans, he would not be living high-on-the-hog in his multi-million dollar home with his bank account stuffed to the brink. He NEEDS to be a little more respectfull of his fans. When he was hit by that car a few years ago, I was certain it was a disgruntled fan upset with his comments that had done it. I laughed my ass off when I heard that he'd been hit. He needed to be knocked down a peg or two or six. Anyway, I do like some of his films.

    I love...

    1. Firestarter: I loved this movie, my fave King based work. King reportedly hated it, but loved Barrymore's performance. Well, I hated the book, it was one of Kings just-so-so works. And the book's conclusion was rushed and badly written.

    2. The SHining (Kubrick): King reportedly didn't like this adaptation either. Weird, because after seeing the mini-series in which he praised to no end, I was convinced that King was a moron. He altered his book more then Kubrick ever thought of doing. Kubrick's film is a masterpiece.

    3. Needful Things: Hated the book, loved the movie.

    4. Pet Sematary: Again hated the book, but loved the movie. If you have a problem with anything on film, just remember that King wrote the screenplay and had it as part of his contract that they had to film the movie exactly as he'd written it.

    5. Carrie: goes without saying.

    6. Misery: So much better then the novel!

    I Hated...

    1. The Shining Mini-Series: I think this is pretty universal, this thing just sucked!

    2. Storm of the Century: Not quite an adaptation, but this film was exactly like King's novels... great opening, cool middle and lame as a dead duck ending.

    3. The Green Mile: This crude, plagerized clone of Powder was greatly over-rated. No one other then a couple guys on here have argued my observation on this. Once I've made the comparissions, everyone else has agreed. As the only negative comments I've received were from members here, I am clearly not full of shit!

    4. Stand By Me: Boring, but then so was the story.

    5. The Tommyknockers: Yeah, the book sucked too.

    6. The Langoliers: As dull as dirt, and just like the novela.

    Guilty Pleasures...

    Children of the Corn
    Graveyard Shift (better then the short story)
    Sleepwalkers

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