Here are 7 of the greatest Stephen King film adaptations.
With the release of 'The Dark Tower' imminent, as well as the new trailer for the 'It' reboot making the rounds, it seems that Stephen King is back in fashion. His novels and short stories have always been a source of great interest for filmmakers and TV series creators, so it's always thrilling to see a new adaptation.
Here are just a few of our favourite Stephen King movie adaptations:
Jack Nicholson starred in 'The Shining'
1. The Shining - Probably one of the greatest Stephen King horrors to ever be put to screen, this legendary flick starring Jack Nicholson and directed by Stanley Kubrick is definitely one of the most quoted movies in history, with gems like, 'Heeeeere's Johnny!' and 'Red Rum'. The film was released in 1980 which was just three years after the book, and it follows a guy who gets paid to stay in the isolated Overlook Hotel with his family during the winter as an off-season caretaker. And the ghosts of the hotel's past soon take over Jack's sanity.
'The Mist' was directed by Frank Darabont
2. The Mist - A group of people get trapped in a local grocery store after a mist descends on the Maine town within which is hidden a deadly and unspeakable monster. But that's nothing compared to the sadistic monster concealed within their ranks. Directed by Frank Darabont, the 2007 film famously had a heartbreakingly different ending to that of the 1980 King story.
Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins starred in 'The Shawshank Redemption'
3. The Shawshank Redemption - Starring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins, this Academy Award nominated 1994 movie was based on the 1982 book 'Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption'. It's about a banker who receives two life sentences after being unwittingly framed for the murder of his wife and her lover. He spends the next 19 years digging his way out of his cell using a rock hammer, concealing his work with a poster of Rita Hayworth.
Kathy Bates won an Oscar for her role in 'Misery'
4. Misery - One of the more grisly Stephen King novels that was only mildly altered in 1990 film, Kathy Bates deservedly landed an Oscar for Best Actress for playing the ultimate crazy fangirl; i.e. a woman who kidnaps her favourite author to encourage him to write a new novel after disliking the ending of the last in the series. She winds up mutilating him in one of the most terrifying moments of modern cinema. The movie was directed by Rob Reiner, following his work on 'Stand By Me'.
Sissy Spacek played the original 'Carrie'
5. Carrie - A film so good they remade it in 2013 - though the 1976 original will forever be the most chilling. It stars Sissy Spacek in her career-defining role as a sheltered, bullied girl with an extremely religious and mentally ill mother, who has telekinetic powers which she uses to get revenge on everyone who has hurt her. The Brian De Palma film came just two years after King published the book.
'The Green Mile' starred Tom Hanks
6. The Green Mile - Another one from filmmaker Frank Darabont, this stars Tom Hanks as prison officer named Paul who supervises the other wardens on death row. He meets a convict who turns out to have psychic abilities and the power of life and death. The story is told as the flashback of an older Paul, and it is certainly one of the most critically acclaimed Stephen King movies of all time.
'Stand By Me' was based on Stephen King's 'The Body'
7. Stand By Me - Based on the 1982 novel 'The Body', this was a coming of age drama released in 1986 about a group of young boys who set out to uncover a the body of a neighbour in the wilderness of Oregon just so they can make the local news. But along the way they discover a lot more about friendship and brotherhood. The child stars of the movie; Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell and Kiefer Sutherland; are still well-known to this day.
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