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Old 05-06-2002, 15:45   #1
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Best Stephen King movies?

I've seen the majority, but not some.

Anyway my favourites are The Shining (long version) and Misery (When will this get a decent DVD release?)
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Old 05-06-2002, 15:48   #2
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I've always had a soft spot for Silver Bullet.


Great film !
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I personally don't think King has transferred to the big screen particularly well (The Shining was more Kubrick than King anyway).

But I do think The Dead Zone is a corker; true to the novel and a terrific film to boot.

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Old 05-06-2002, 15:55   #4
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I have a soft spot for Christine, though Misery sticks very close to the book. Personally I think The Shining deviates too much from the book, though is very good cinema. Apt Pupil ended completely different..and I'm ashamed to say I've never read Carrie. Thinner was pretty dire but The Shawshank Redemption was excellent. Never read The Green Mile either.
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nc Mysery Special Edition is in the works at the moment.

This would certainly be on my list, as well as the UK Edit of The Shining, as i t was SK's perferred cut.. Although saying that I haven't seen the extended US cut.
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Is The Stand considered a film? Or at TV series?
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Old 05-06-2002, 16:08   #8
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Good:

The Shawshank Redemption
The Green Mile
Stand By Me
The Dead Zone
Christine
The Dark Half
Cat's Eye
Misery
Hearts in Atlantis

Bad:
Apt Pupil
pretty much all of the TV adaptations
Thinner
Graveyard Shift
Sleepwalkers (although, while drunk at a midnight showing at Thurrock, this was one of the funniest films I'd ever seen)
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The ones I liked...

The Dead Zone
The Shawshank Redemption
Christine
The Shining
Cats Eyes

Christine is the one that's completely underrated. I'd like to see a decent DVD of that, especially as Keith Gordon is keen to get involved in DVDs from his 'acting' career (Dressed to Kill, Jaws 2).

I liked Misery when I first saw it. But after watching it on video recently, I thought it wasn't overly special.

I've probably forgotten a few more. EDIT - Cats Eyes added after spotting it in aprout's post.

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Carrie is a fantastic film though I confess to not having read the book.
The Shining - Great book, totally diff. from film which was very atmospheric though a tad overlong.
The Dead Zone is a fantastic film, as are Misery, The Green Mile and Shawshank Redemption.
The Stand and It are surprisingly faithful Telemovie adaptations and very reasonable to boot.
Christine, Salem's Lot and The Dark Half were missed opportunities from (once)-good directors.
Tommyknockers is a total waste of space.
Dolores Claiborne is a very under-rated and totally gripping drama.
Sleepwalkers is just silly, but vaguely entertaining.
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I thought he was brilliant in Monkeybone

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Is The Stand considered a film? Or at TV series?
They shouldn't have bothered making it into a film - they totally killed it as far as I'm concerned same with It - they were both too big a book to ever have a film do them justice - and as far as miscasting....Molly Ringwald??? errrrr....no!

But films that were good were:

The Shining
Shawshank Redemption
The Green Mile
Misery
Stand by Me
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Depends what you want...

Good films that are reasonably faithful to Kings books?

Carrie
Dead Zone
Stand By Me
The Green Mile
Shawshank
The Stand - Surprisingly good given its length
Misery
Pet Semetary
Salem's Lot

Good films with substantially altered bits/characters etc

The Shining
Dolores Claibourne - underrated but wqhoever decided to make the main character white ought to be shot.
Christine - oddly enough is altered similarly to the Shining with most of the haunting/ghost stuff removed...

Good films with nothing at all to with the book apart from the title.

Running Man (Sorry but I like it )
Lawnmower Man - ok it was actually complete rubbish but it needs to be here because it is so different to the book it isn't even funny anymore...

And of course... the not so good ones...

The Shining Mini-series (nice try but dull as ditchwater)
Thinner - faithful but ludicrous as a result.
Langoliers - Not too bad but I can't bear to include it in the good list
Needful things - again faithful but rubbish as a result
The Tommyknockers Mini-series - ditto but not quite as bad as it is made out to be
The Dark Half - What was Romero thinking?
Sometimes they Come Back - Why did they even bother....
Graveyard shift - awful
Maximum Overdrive - hahahahahha --- hahahahahah sorry I can't stop
Silver bullet - Average stuff
Children of the Corn - never was keen on it and the sequels were worse.
Firestarter - never convinced me
Cujo - Couldn't stand the book or film.

and the ones I haven't seen

Apt Pupil
Night Flier
The Boogeyman
Mangler
The Woman in the Room
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Old 05-06-2002, 16:29   #14
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Non-Horror

The Shawshank Redemption
Stand By Me



Horror

Carrie
The Shining
The Dead Zone
Christine
Salem's Lot
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Cujo is pretty tense and scary.

Well, I think so.
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Bad:
Apt Pupil
pretty much all of the TV adaptations
Thinner
Graveyard Shift
Sleepwalkers (although, while drunk at a midnight showing at Thurrock, this was one of the funniest films I'd ever seen)
Can I add the Stephen King directed Maximum Overdrive to this list, based on his own short story. I cannot begin to describe its awfulness.

And mention of TV's The Stand reminds me of just how bad David Soul was in Salem's Lot.

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I agree with most of the other posters that The Shawshank Redemption was an excellent movie and a pretty faithfull adaptation, however apart from changing the title (which perhaps was a little confusing to American audiences and also gave a bit away) didn't they also change the ending slightly? Finishing the story off properly and giving it a real feel good factor to boot?

Never finished the Green Mile books (gave up after about 3 installments) however the film is excellent with Tom Hanks and the big black guy (sorry can't remember his name) also excellent. And from what I can remember from the first few books pretty faithful as well.
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never really thought about this, but reading the thread, i'm reminded of how Stephen King is in someway responsible for some of my favourite movies (either sentimental drama, or horror).

My favourite = Stand By Me.

Others i love:
The Shining
Carrie
Christrine
Misery
The Shawshank Redemption
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I agree with most of the other posters that The Shawshank Redemption was an excellent movie and a pretty faithfull adaptation, however apart from changing the title (which perhaps was a little confusing to American audiences and also gave a bit away) didn't they also change the ending slightly? Finishing the story off properly and giving it a real feel good factor to boot?

Well the ending is marginally different... big spoiler block coming ...

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I liked:

The Shawshank Redemption
The Green Mile
Salem's Lot
Stand By Me
The Dead Zone
Christine
Misery
The Shining
Carrie

... and I even liked the Running Man


The Shining is the best IMO
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