Top 10 Stephen King movie adaptations

It may seem odd to have one of my categories of film top tens to be based on the work of one author, but in the case of Stephen King it’s easy to make an exception. He is a very prolific author and writes about subjects that interest me in an enjoyable way, this is not just horror by the way, that old adage to his work is fiercely tiresome.  Most of his work has had some kind of adaptation for TV or film. Some have been duffers for sure, but there are some excellence as well. Here is my choice for the crème da la crème of his filmic adaptations.

 

10) Secret Window (2004)

 secret_window

Year of story – (based on the novella Secret Window, Secret Garden from 1990)

What stands out for me – The setting, the twist, the writing cabin along with Jonny Depps dressing gown.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – John Turturro

Great quote – Mort: I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t on the verge of doing snoopy dances.

 

9) Carrie (1976)

Carrie poster

Year of story – (based on the novel from 1974)

What stands out for me – The tragically misunderstood central character, the quirkyness.  And I have to say the movie posters tagline (see above) is frankly unfair.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – John Travolta

Great quote – Carrie: Look what Tommy gave me, Mama. Aren’t they beautiful?

Margaret White: I can see your dirty pillows. Everyone will.

 

8) 1408 (2007)

1408

Year of story – (based on the short story from 1999)

What stands out for me – The Tour de force performance by John Cusack, the intrigue, the mystery.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – Samuel L. Jackson

Great quote –  Gerald Olin: You do drink don’t you?

Mike Enslin: Of course. I just said I was a writer.

 

7) The Dead Zone (1983)

The_Dead_Zone

Year of story – (based on the novel from 1979)

What stands out for me – The acting, the story, the premise, the cinematography.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – Martin Sheen

Great quote – Johnny Smith: The ICE… is gonna BREAK!

 

6) The Green Mile (1999)

green mile

Year of story – (based on the novel from 1996)

What stands out for me – The Characters, The story, Mr Jingles

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – Sam Rockwell

Great quote –  Paul Edgecomb: Your name is John Coffey?

John Coffey: Yes sir boss. Like the drink, only not spelled the same

Paul Edgecomb: Oh, you can spell can you?

John Coffey: Just my name boss. J-O…

 

5) Misery (1990)

misery

Year of story – (based on the novel from 1987)

What stands out for me – The central performances, the darkness of the story, the scary premise

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – Richard Farnsworth

Great quote – Annie Wilkes: [Right after smashing Paul’s ankles with a sledgehammer] God I love you.

 

4) Stand by Me (1986)

Stand by me

Year of story – (based on the novella The Body from 1982)

What stands out for me – The nostalgic feel, the coming of age story, well observed characters

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – Jerry O’Connell

Great quote –  Teddy: This is my age! I’m in the prime of my youth, and I’ll only be young once!

Chris: Yeah, but you’re gonna be stupid for the rest of your life.

 

3) The Shining (1980)

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Year of story – (based on the novel from 1977)

What stands out for me – The Story, the direction, the horror and creepiness of it all.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – Scatman Crothers

Great quote – Jack Torrance: Wendy? Darling? Light, of my life. I’m not gonna hurt ya. You didn’t let me finish my sentence. I said, I’m not gonna hurt ya. I’m just going to bash your brains in.

 

2) The Mist  (2007

The_Mist

Year of story – (based on the novella from 1980)

What stands out for me – The direction, The clever way the story shows a real threat on the outside, but there is such a danger that lies within the phycology of the trapped people. Also not how many people from this went on to be in the walking dead. Good old Frank Darabont.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – Toby Jones

Great quote – Dan Miller: Don’t go out there! There’s something in the mist!

 

1) The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

The_Shawshank_Redemption

Year of story – (based on the novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption from 1982)

What stands out for me – The cast, the story, the twist, the soothing narration of Morgan Freeman, just about everything.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – Clancy Brown

Great quote – Red: Get busy living, or get busy dying.

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