Your Favorite Stephen King Adaptations

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  1. John Gargo

    John Gargo Guest

    For some reason, a lot of Stephen King adaptations have been pretty awful, even the ones based on pretty good books. I'm not sure why this is... perhaps because a lot of them suffer from a lack of talent behind the wheel. Here are my five favorite Stephen King adaptations...

    Carrie (Directed by Brian De Palma)
    Salem's Lot (Directed by Tobe Hooper)
    The Shining (Directed by Stanley Kubrick)
    The Dead Zone (Directed by David Cronenberg)
    Creepshow (Directed by George Romero)

    So yeah, all five of those films have considerable talent at the helm, so perhaps that's why they're so successful. The other adaptations of his work range from very good (Christine, again helmed by John Carpenter) to pretty laughable (Dreamcatcher). What are your five favorite Stephen King film adaptions and why do you think so many of them are awful?
     
  2. hell ya!

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    Misery
    The Shawshank Redemption
    Creepshow
    Stand By Me
    The Dark Half

    Not sure why so many are bad but like you said i guess it just has to be the lack of talent on hand.
     
  3. b0nkers

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    there is quite alot of adaptions that i enjoy but SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION tops them all, its one of my favorite films too.
     
  4. wizzer

    wizzer get outta here ewe

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    shawshank redmeption is definately my favorite
    green mile makes me cry :cry:
    and i like maximum overdrive, firestarter, delores claiborne and lawnmower man better than all the ones i haven't mentioned.
     
  5. wgdavis

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    I think none of the movies do the books justice, but there are some movies that stand well on their own:

    Green Mile
    The Shining
    Carrie

    Now, if Eyes of the Dragon would just get made into a movie...
     
  6. The Chaostar

    The Chaostar Johnny Hallyday forever

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    .Stand By Me

    .The Shining

    .Carrie

    .Christine (isn't it great that in Carpenter's movie, it isn't the spirit of the previous owner that haunts Christine? Instead, she is just BORN BAD!)

    .Misery

    .The Shawshank Redemption


    The worst

    .Needless Things

    .Maximum Overdrive
     
  7. markja

    markja Guest

    The Shawshank Redemption
    Act Pupil
    The Stand
    The Shining
    Carrie
    Stand by Me
     
  8. My favourite is The Stand....mainly because of how much of the book that they could get on TV screens..

    Anyone remember the event that happened during the original schedule?

    It went:

    Sunday: The Stand part 1
    Monday: The Stand part 2
    Tuesday: John Wayne Gacy is executed
    Wednesday: The Stand part 3
    Thursday: The Stand part 4
     
  9. Mark Relford

    Mark Relford Chairman of the Bored

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    Carrie
    Stand By Me
    The Shining (Kubrick)
    The Shawshank Redemption
    The Dead Zone

    It's hard to successfully adapt King's work to the screen, cause he's such a descriptive author. I feel like I'm there when I read his work. Not even the best adaptation can do that for me.

    Adaptations that I would love to see:

    The Mist
    Rage
    The Long Walk
     
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  10. Dude, when I read Long Walk I thought you could do it as a cheap $20,000-$40,000 independant film because it's in the future but nothing in the story screams future.
     
  11. Andrew

    Andrew Guest

    THE SHINING and CHRISTINE are the only two I really love, but there have been others that were decent. Some were pretty lame in my opinion though, like SALEM'S LOT (such a disgrace to the book) and CARRIE (never read it).
     
  12. Luna

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    All favorites of mine, in some sort of rough order:

    The Shining
    Carrie
    Creepshow
    Misery
    Pet Sematary (and the great Ramones song!)
    Cujo
    Salem's Lot
    Firestarter
    Christine
    Cat's Eye
    The Dead Zone
    Children of the Corn (yes, I am a total sucker for an evil kid movie)

    I would love to see The Long Walk, Rage and Eyes of the Dragon adapted as well. I loved those stories.

    I haven't heard much about it, but I'm kind of excited about The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. I read about it only briefly on George Romero's page.

    Also of interest, from the IMDB:

    "Desperation" (2003) (mini) TV Series (in production) (also novel)
    ... aka "Stephen King's Desperation" (2003) (mini) (USA: complete title)
    Bag of Bones (2004) (announced) (novel)
    Talisman, The (2005) (pre-production) (novel)
    Riding the Bullet (2004) (post-production) (novella)

    I would have included IT in my list, except for that horrid ending.
     
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  13. puddytay

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    Pet Sematary, Cujo
     
  14. napalm68

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    Dead Zone
    Christine
    It
    Creepshow
     
  15. Cujo108

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    Cujo
    The Stand
    The Night Flier
    Silver Bullet
    The Shawshank Redemption
    The Dead Zone

    Those are my absolute favorites, all outstanding films to put it lightly. I really enjoy a lot of the King adaptations btw. I think Maximum Overdrive, The Mangler, and Graveyard Shift, while not outstanding films like the ones listed above, are a lot of fun for example.

    The worst:

    Dreamcatcher- one of the biggest disappointments ever.
    The Dark Half
    Sometimes They Come Back
    Needful Things
    The Langoliers

    Excellent stories that I'd kill to see adaptations of:

    The Mist
    The Sun Dog
    Gerald's Game
    The Road Virus Heads North
    The Long Walk
    The Regulators
     
  16. Nemesis

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    The Langoliers
    The Stand
    The Shining
    IT

    Adaptations I haven't seen in a long time but i recall really enjoying:

    Misery
    Pet Semetary
    Salem's Lot
     
  17. RyanPC

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    Carrie (1976)
    The Shining (1980)
    Misery
    The Langoliers
    Pet Sematary
    The Shawshank Redemption
    The Green Mile
    Firestarter
    Cujo
     
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  18. Ash28M

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    I find usually the more he is involved in the film be it as a producer or an actor the worse it usually is.

    My Favorites

    Carrie (1976)
    Shining (1980)
    The Dead Zone (1983)
    The Stand (1994)
    Cujo (1983)
    Creepshow(1982)
    Cat's Eye (1985)
    Misery (1990)
    Christine (1983)
    Pet Sematary (1989)

    Non Horror

    Shawshank Redemption (1994)
    Green Mile (1999)
    Stand by Me (1986)
     
  19. slinker

    slinker Un-Holy Force.

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    The Shawshank Redemption
    Carrie
    The Shining

    The Worst
    Rose Red
     
  20. Alien Redrum

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    My Favorites...

    The Stand
    IT (lose the spider)
    The Shining (1997)
    Carrie (Both, but the TV version has got to lose that ending)
    Green Mile
    Shawshank
    Stand by Me

    Honorable mention goes to Silver Bullet.


    The Worst

    The Langoliers
    The Tommyknockers
    Sleepwalkers
    The Lawnmower Man
     

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