The works of Stephen King, the literary master of horror, have been made into some pretty great films. Of course, there are some adaptations that were better left unmade, but the adaptations that worked, worked really well. The page-to-screen successes were helmed by directors up to the material, like Kubrick, Carpenter and Cronenberg, featuring formidable actors like Jack Nicholson, Sissy Spacek, Christopher Walken and Kathy Bates, and adapted from brilliant original works. The gems aren’t gems simply because they’re faithful to the works they’re adapted from because that alone doesn’t a gem make. Rather, they’re films that succeed on the basis of their own merits.
The total number of adapted works is pretty astounding at well over fifty adaptations if you include TV movies and sequels. With such a vast number of film adaptations spanning Stephen King’s long career, it’s no surprise that there’s a lot of drivel in the bunch. Sometimes the source material isn’t that good to begin with. Love him or loathe him, it cannot be denied that he’s a master storyteller who’s dreamt up concepts touched by greatness, and that his fertile imagination has given Hollywood some fun, fascinating and superb films.
Without further ado, here are my favourite Stephen King film adaptations.
9. Pet Sematary
8. The Running Man
7. Dead Zone
4. The Green Mile
3. The Shining
2. Stand By Me
1. Shawshank Redemption
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