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rhett
09-14-2009, 05:30 AM
Everybody knows the big King books that have been famously adapted for the big screen like CARRIE, THE SHINING, THE DEAD ZONE, CHRISTINE, etc., but what about all his short stories that were expanded to feature length for the silver screen? There's quite the arsenal there, pick wisely!

NOTE: Only film adaptations are included, no TV. Also, non-horror like THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION and STAND BY ME are not included.

Erick H.
09-14-2009, 06:08 AM
Went with THE MIST which I found to be quite effective, I am fond of APT PUPIL as well (I know many don't care for either,though).

_pi_
09-14-2009, 06:26 AM
The Crate, for me. Somehow manages to capture that short-story-King tone perfectly. And it's really creepy, too.

Close second: The Mist, and no. 3 would be The Raft.

2D4EVER
09-14-2009, 06:41 AM
I'd say The Mist is probably the best movie there. I am a little biased though since I really liked that story and I even had the audio cd with all the sound effects that was pretty cool. But the one I've watched the most on that list is The Lawnmower Man.

Chunkblower
09-14-2009, 07:01 AM
Are we talking the adaptation that best represents the source material? King's short fiction is of highly varying quality (from mediocre to execrable), so often the best way to make a good movie is to stray as far away from the source as possible. Or, at the very least, to recognize the inherent ridiculousness of the premise of most of King's short fiction and just have fun with it.

I've had major wood for Creepshow 2 lately. It's hilariously awful and inept and also ceaselessly entertaining for those very reasons. I'll choose The Raft because it typifies the quality of King's short fiction to a T, and is the only option from Creepshow 2.

Fistfuck
09-14-2009, 12:19 PM
Lawnmower Man is not a Stephen King story. Please remove it from the list or I will go on a hunger strike.

rhett
09-14-2009, 04:40 PM
Meteor Shit!

rhett
09-14-2009, 04:50 PM
Are we talking the adaptation that best represents the source material? King's short fiction is of highly varying quality (from mediocre to execrable), so often the best way to make a good movie is to stray as far away from the source as possible. Or, at the very least, to recognize the inherent ridiculousness of the premise of most of King's short fiction and just have fun with it.

I've had major wood for Creepshow 2 lately. It's hilariously awful and inept and also ceaselessly entertaining for those very reasons. I'll choose The Raft because it typifies the quality of King's short fiction to a T, and is the only option from Creepshow 2.

I only included "The Raft" from CREEPSHOW 2 because the other two were written specifically for the movie and have not been published to my knowledge. By best I just mean of the highest merit, or most enjoyable, whatever works.

indiephantom
09-14-2009, 04:58 PM
Maximum Overdrive

Who Made Who, baby!

runner-up: "The Raft" from Creepshow 2

maybrick
09-14-2009, 04:58 PM
It's not on the list, but I'd go with STAND BY ME. Since you're excluding non-horror, I don't know. 1408 was a lot better than I thought it would be.

j tea
09-14-2009, 05:23 PM
i was going to say stand by me!

Chunkblower
09-14-2009, 06:58 PM
I only included "The Raft" from CREEPSHOW 2 because the other two were written specifically for the movie and have not been published to my knowledge. By best I just mean of the highest merit, or most enjoyable, whatever works.

Tsk, the King of puns gives no love to my "wood" for Creepshow 2?

KamuiX
09-14-2009, 09:34 PM
The Mist gets the nod, although The Raft comes up a close second. It's the one reason to watch Creepshow 2.

spawningblue
09-14-2009, 10:18 PM
The Mist gets the nod, although The Raft comes up a close second. It's the one reason to watch Creepshow 2.

Same, and for the bronze it would be The Crate.

Harry Warden
09-14-2009, 10:53 PM
The Crate from Creepshow. Definitely NOT The Mist.

Cujo108
09-14-2009, 11:07 PM
As much as I love The Mist, it has to be The Night Flier for me. Miguel Ferrer as the ultimate anti-hero in a wholly original take on the tried and true vampire formula? Yeah, I love this film. One of my top three King adaptations. Seriously.

Katatonia
09-15-2009, 12:22 AM
The Crate!

fattyjoe37
09-15-2009, 02:11 AM
The Mist Black & White version for me, although I also really like The Raft and Secret Window. I don't count the stories from Creepshow just because the book was based off the movie, not the other way around.

Mutilated Prey
09-15-2009, 02:11 AM
I'm going with The Crate. Defininitely had an effect on me when I first saw it at an early age.

Yeah, um the Lawnmower Man movie is a little different (worse that is) than the short story

vampyr789
09-15-2009, 02:28 AM
ive always had a soft spot for Children of the Corn

Vlachio
09-15-2009, 02:36 AM
errrrr trying again.................. "The Crate" from Creepshow

Workshed
09-15-2009, 04:06 AM
I swear I posted in this thread already. I mentioned how The Lawnmower Man bears no resemblance to King's short story with the same name.

anyway, The Crate

HellRazor
09-15-2009, 05:37 AM
THE MIST - but too bad you didn't include any of the television adaptions, some of which were pretty good - especially THE STAND.

satans-sadists
09-15-2009, 06:04 AM
"The Crate" from Creepshow.

msw7
09-15-2009, 06:10 AM
As I mentioned in the DVDs for sale thread, I went with the Mist :)

othervoice1
09-17-2009, 02:11 AM
I was between Children of the Corn and The Mist. I went with Children of the Corn cuz I liked it as a kid way back when and still do today even thought it is a bit flawed.

AndresG
09-17-2009, 02:50 AM
I've always worshipped CREEPSHOW so my vote naturally goes out to "The Crate".

DVD-fanatic-9
10-16-2009, 08:44 PM
Anything from Creepshow - obviously.