View Full Version : Best Stephen King Adaptation

08-06-2002, 08:22 AM
There have been some classics and a whole lot of stinkers...but which film is the BEST Stephen King adaptation? Given the sheer number of films he has been given credit for, I have excluded TV movies from the listings (Salem's Lot was released as a feature film at one point). Vote away!

08-06-2002, 04:32 PM
I love Carrie and The Dead Zone but my vote went to the one King didn't like at all: Kubrick's version of The Shining. :D

08-06-2002, 05:45 PM
well i voted for Christine, cuz its my favorite King adaption as well as being a really good movie.

The Shining and Firestarter made it a tough decision, cuz theyre also awesome flicks

08-06-2002, 07:11 PM
I voted for THE DEAD ZONE but think CUJO and CARRIE are just as good...and DOLORES CLAIBORNE deserves kudos too, even if not a "horror" movie...

08-06-2002, 07:52 PM
Had to vote Carrie, though Norma will probably rig this election too.

I think it's the best adaptation, since it's faithful to the book but changes what's necessary for a movie.

Kubrick's The Shining IS a great movie, but a lousy adaptation since it completely undermines the story in the novel. Conversely, the TV miniseries is TOO faithful to the book, and lacks the quick pacing a movie needs.

And while not horror, The Shawshank Redemption is both a great film and adaptation, it also illustrates why King's novels don't translate well to film: It's a short novel just over 100 pages or so, and yet it took a 2 hour 45 minute film to tell that story. So what do you do with King's typical 500+ page novels??

08-07-2002, 07:16 AM
I'm trying to vote for CHRSTINE....but I keep getting this message saying "The action you have attempted could not be performed as your session appears to be invalid". Whatever :rolleyes:.

While THE SHINING is an amazing film, I can't help but enjoy CHRISTINE more. Actually, fuck it, they're tied. THE SHINING feels so epic and it's all so creepy, while CHRISTINE is the epitome of 80's fun. I can't choose :confused: .

08-07-2002, 07:40 AM
CUJO all the way! It is an absolute classic that is full of realistic sheer terror, and Cujo is one of my favorite cinematic (and novel) villains ever!


08-07-2002, 07:52 AM
This was a damn tough choice for me.
The Dead Zone, Carrie and The Shining all rank right up there in my favorite horror films of all time, and Christine is done by John Carpenter, so it is damn tough to pick a film out of these four.

Carrie though, is my date for the Best King Adaptation. With a much more balanced pace than both TDZ and The Shining, and some amazingly expressionistic photography, I just can't pick another film over it.

Mark Relford
08-08-2002, 04:15 AM
It was a hard choice, but I went with The Shining. Um, let's see- Excellent performances, cinematography by the legend, John Alcott, haunting music, (especially, the main theme by Wendy Carlos & Rachel Elkind. It's a damn shame that a proper soundtrack hasn't been released!) and truly memorable scenes. (The creepy twins, blood flowing from the elevator, quick flashes of the murdered Grady family, the woman in the tub, etc.)
Sure, it's not a faithful adaptation, but I'll take Kubrick's hedge maze over those lame hedge animals anytime.:D

08-12-2002, 04:18 PM
Wasn't Storm of the Century an adaptation? It was one of the better movies with King's name on it.

08-12-2002, 05:38 PM
"Storm of the Century" was more of a TV movie, just like "Rose Red" and the newer version of "The Shining". Since polls are limited to 20 votes, I never had room for it. It is definitely a good mini-series though.

The Chaostar
08-15-2002, 01:00 PM
"Come play with us Danny..."

09-03-2002, 08:53 PM
I had to go with Silver Bullet. There's just something I really enjoy about this flick. Close second was Shining, followed by Carrie.

Pope V
09-23-2002, 06:56 PM
The Shining - with Carrie as runner up

09-24-2002, 04:43 AM
This was a tough one! I picked Creepshow, but felt bad leaving out especially Carrie, The Shining, Christine, and Cujo. Good pool!

01-15-2006, 10:39 PM
For me it came down to The Shining and Misery.Both are excellent but i think Misery is the better adaptation while not being the better film..if that makes any sense. :eek2:

01-15-2006, 10:42 PM
The Shining, with Carrie a close second.

01-15-2006, 11:53 PM
The Dead Zone, followed closely by Carrie.

01-15-2006, 11:56 PM
Carrie gets my vote as it is the only film, in my opinion, that bested King's writing.

I think The Shining is much too loosely adapted to be considered one of the "best adaptations", but the film on its own works very well.

Christine and Misery are also great films, but the books are much better (especially Misery, which I recently re-read and wooooow it's fantastic!) but I've yet to watch The Dead Zone because I want to read the book first ...

Storm of the Century, however, gets my vote as the definitive King-film, as it perfectly captures the King-feel and tone. And it's long ;)

01-16-2006, 01:05 AM
Stephen King flicks have always been enjoyable to me, starting from early childhood. My favorite horror ones are The Stand and IT, but since you can't choose them here, I gotta go with Misery because it is actually the best movie of the bunch.

I've always had a softspot for Sleepwalkers, though. And, Graveyard Shift has become almost a tradition on October 31 because I used to watch TV edits of it every year on WGN. Sometimes They Come Back is also very good, the sequel decent as well. Silver Bullet is probably my favorite werewolf movie. Creepshow 2 is a favorite of mine, I enjoy it even more than the first.

But the best adaption of all is The Shawshank Redemption. Best movie of all-time, so it kinda has to be.

01-16-2006, 01:09 AM
salems lot

01-16-2006, 01:53 AM
What about the Green Mile, that has to be up there,

01-16-2006, 01:55 AM
The Shinning. ( A Special Edition would be great on DVD)

01-16-2006, 05:28 AM
The Shining, and then Carrie. I also love Cat's Eye.

Erick H.
01-16-2006, 06:49 AM
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.

01-16-2006, 09:05 AM
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.

01-25-2006, 02:47 AM

01-25-2006, 02:59 AM
the shining

01-25-2006, 03:42 AM
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.

03-03-2006, 02:47 PM
Why no mention of Pet Sematary not the best but worth considering

03-03-2006, 03:14 PM
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?

03-03-2006, 03:25 PM
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.

Myron Breck
03-03-2006, 07:45 PM
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.

03-03-2006, 08:00 PM
My vote goes to Salem's Lot I also really like Needful Things, Cats Eye, Christine, Creepshow and both versions of the Shining.

03-04-2006, 05:55 AM
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.

03-04-2006, 01:26 PM
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?

03-04-2006, 01:43 PM
carrie all the way. The only King movie that was better than the book IMHO

03-04-2006, 02:10 PM
Christine with The Shining a close second.

03-04-2006, 02:19 PM
I'm still wondering why Pet Cemetary didn't make the list

03-04-2006, 02:51 PM
I'm still wondering why Pet Cemetary didn't make the list
The Stand should be there too.

03-04-2006, 03:16 PM
Carrie...even over the Dead Zone and Christine. Strangely enough.

03-04-2006, 04:16 PM
I went with Carrie as the best adaptaion, though My Favourites are The Shinning, Christine, Carrie and the Shawshank Redemption.

also since this is for the best adaptation Sleepwalkers (what a horrible film!!!) was writen for the screen therefor was not an adaptation, as with creepshow (which was Great!).

Myron Breck
03-05-2006, 08:39 PM
Should I wait or should I just watch the film and read the book later?

I would recommend reading the book first--that's what I did. I enjoyed both, although the few things that they had to leave out of the film were missed.

03-05-2006, 10:01 PM
I'm still wondering why Pet Cemetary didn't make the list

only because you brought it up again...it's "Pet Sematary." :)

03-07-2006, 10:17 AM
Jesus, talk about hard choices! :eek: Being a John Carpenter fan I went with "Christine".

Honestly, if you asked me this same question again, I'd probably come up with a different answer.

05-16-2006, 03:30 PM

05-16-2006, 04:54 PM
I voted for Misery altho I truely believe the best adaption is the TV mini-series of The Shining.

05-16-2006, 06:31 PM

05-16-2006, 09:46 PM
Having recently watched the excellent Pet Sematary, I think it's safe to say that it is one of the best King-adaptations. Since he wrote the script himself, most of the important stuff from the book is there (and some not-so-important stuff) and the film has some ultra-creepy moments as well as some ultra-gross ones too.

05-16-2006, 09:53 PM
I truely believe the best adaption is the TV mini-series of The Shining.
You're kidding right?;)

06-26-2007, 05:06 PM
The Shining.

07-14-2007, 02:19 AM
Dead Zone.

07-14-2007, 04:01 PM
Who the hell puts the Nightflier in a list of SK adaptations and not The Stand, Pet Semetary, and IT?

07-14-2007, 04:46 PM
This thread reminded me of a sweet freelance gig i had in '97/98... the production company I worked for was hired by King to make a special about his books that were turned into movies. My job? King gave me a box full of his movies on vhs and paid me by the hour to watch them and pick out the best parts. That was sweet :D

07-14-2007, 05:11 PM
This thread reminded me of a sweet freelance gig i had in '97/98... the production company I worked for was hired by King to make a special about his books that were turned into movies. My job? King gave me a box full of his movies on vhs and paid me by the hour to watch them and pick out the best parts. That was sweet :D

That sounds like an awesome job! Did you actually talk to the man? :o

07-15-2007, 02:29 AM
That sounds like an awesome job! Did you actually talk to the man? :o

Yeah, but not much... I was trying really hard not to seem like a fanboy. He seems really nice though.
Also got to run the fog machine for some of his Storm of the Century promos. He'd step out of the fog, give his best crazy look to the camera and say, "A storm is brewing... and it's all my fault". :lol:

He lives 2 blocks from me so I do see him around town once in a while too.

07-15-2007, 03:30 AM
Very cool!

07-15-2007, 02:27 PM
Yes, extreeeemely cool! :D

02-09-2008, 08:12 AM
The Dead Zone

06-14-2008, 08:07 PM
Carrie - no contest

06-15-2008, 06:24 AM
Even though I love Christine, The Dead Zone, Firestarter and Graveyard Shift, I just had to vote for Silver Bullet. It may not be the best movie ever made but it's one of my personal favourites.

01-25-2009, 11:51 PM
"All work no play makes Jack a dull boy"

that is all i have to say....:p

01-26-2009, 04:42 AM
The Dead Zone. Then The Shining. Tough one, I love a lot of these films.