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Stephen King: The Man, The Myth, The Miniseries

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1. The Stand (1994)
The Stand had a large cast and pretty expansive story. Many actors like Miguel Ferrer, Ed Harris, Matt Frewer, Ruby Dee, Gary Sinise, Rob Lowe, Jamey Sheridan, and Molly Ringwald starred. There are some pretty memorable performances as well, from Ruby Dee playing Mother Abigail, to Jamey Sheridan as Randall Flagg. My favorite performance is Laura San Giacomo as the tortured and unstable Nadine Cross.



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2. Storm of the Century (1999)
One thing that this miniseries does well is maintain focus. It sets a certain tone in the beginning, and doesn't stray from it until the very end. This is my favorite among the Stephen King miniseries that I have watched.

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3. Rose Red (2002)
Rose Red is a story about the legacy of a haunted house. It kind has a feel that you might expect from a late 50's slow paced horror film. However, to me it felt that the movie ran a bit too slow at times. Granted, I only watched it once, but it wasn't my favorite among the ones that I have seen.

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4. The Langoliers (1995)
I watched The Langoliers on television when it came out the first time. I've watched it twice since then. It has its flaws. Spotty acting at times, and computer effects that didn't age well. However, this movie really does get saved by the manic performance of Bronson Pinchot, and a well played performance from Dean Stockwell. I wouldn't call this movie scary, but it is interesting.
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5. The Tommyknockers (1993)
The Tommyknockers is about... aliens? Actually, I'm not really sure, because I haven't seen it. But, it does have Jimmy Smits, Marg Helgenberger and Traci Lords, so that should at least peak your interest, yeah? It does mine.


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6. The Shining (1997)
Yes, The Shining was made into a miniseries, and no it's not really like the 1980 film. I actually liked seeing Steven Weber from Wings flip the fuck out and lose his marbles.



Oh, and this:


Happy nightmares kid!
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7. Sometimes They Come Back (1991)
Sometimes They Come Back is a sort of supernatural revenge story. Well, it's more than that. But, I don't think I can describe it without parroting the synopsis in IMDB. I only watched it once, and it seemed pretty good. There were at least two spin off "Sometimes They Come Back" movies. So indeed, Sometimes they do not stop coming back.

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8. Salem's Lot (1979)
I watched this movie as kid. And it terrified the hell out of me! You got James Mason putting kids into bags, creepy children knocking on second story windows (from the outside) and a freaky nosferatu all in the same flick. Maybe as an adult, these things aren't as impressive. But, when I get around to it, I'll watch the movie again.

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9. Bag of Bones (2011)
I watched Bag of Bones when it was new on television. It had good commercials, Pierce Brosnan, and Melissa George. Sounded like a home run. There were some really good elements in the first part, and a few towards the end. But honestly, I couldn't help but feel a little disappointed. I can't really explain what I didn't like about it.


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10. It (1990)
I forgot about It. It seems to be one of Stephen King's most beloved adaptations, and I feel kind of bummed because I haven't watched it yet. The movie is about more than just a clown, but the image of the freaky clown seems iconic to the movie.



 

This is a list of some of the miniseries made from Stephen King stories. His books seem to lend themselves well to being made into miniseries. Or at least I hope so, because they keep getting made. Some were really good, others not so much. Opinions on them depend on who's giving the opinion. I haven't watched them all, although in time I hope to.

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Comments

Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Nov 6 4:12
Hold up- The Shining was a miniseries? Dayum, I must see that!
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Nov 6 4:58
Yep, it was done years after the Kubrick version. Don't get too excited though, if you loved the Kubrick version of The Shining, you probably won't like the miniseries.
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Nov 6 6:43
I love The Langoliers
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Nov 6 10:10
Oh yes, The Shining miniseries - so bad it hurts.
Great list! :)
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Nov 8 20:29
Goodun! I was always leery of Stephen King, particularly his wide-eyed duh! I'm on camera, isn't it great! cameo in The Stand but I liked it even so.

Now I've got so many more minises to down^H^H^H^H buy!
Dagnabbit!
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Nov 11 14:19
Stephen King will be one of those authors who write so well, they don't always translate well to TV or movies. And yes, I was really looking forward to Bag of Bones, but it was a tremendous disappointment to me.
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Nov 14 13:15
It's a bit funny but my two favorite King novels are also my two favorite movies. Salem's Lot (the original) and The Stand mini series. I still haven't gotten around to reading It but I did see the movie and enjoyed it immensely! Storm of the Century was well done, too.
It's too bad that the early movies weren't all that great (Christine, Cujo and Firestarter) but i suppose time, place and budget had much to do with it.
Posted: 1 year, 7 months ago at Jan 30 2:02
Its been a long time since I saw 'It'. I think it was the original run on Network TV.

As you mentioned, the clown was not really central to the plot, but Tim Curry's performance, along with the fact that this is the first image that appears to the antagonists, it has become the iconic image and the selling point of the movie. After being teased in with Pennywise, I was actually disappointed with the actual (SPOILER ALERT!!!) spider-like monster.
Posted: 1 year, 7 months ago at Jan 30 4:24
Thanks for reminding me of the tub lady. Finished the whole The Shining but that one scene gave me nightmares for weeks.
Posted: 1 year, 3 months ago at May 26 10:52
I adore Stephen King he is one of my fav authors, I remember watching most of these miniseries. I like the stand a lot, and continue to watch it whenever I can. IT that scared the crap out of me, I have not seen it for a while but it was good just gave me nightmares and a fear of clowns LOL.
Posted: 1 year, 3 months ago at May 26 23:15
Stephen King is the Steven Spielberg of horror. Always a fan of his.
Posted: 1 year ago at Sep 12 13:12
I always thought the mini-series of The Shining was leaps and bounds better than the Jack Nicholson movie!

The first half of It is great, the second half...

Also, this year Under The Dome became a mini-series and I've heard it has been picked as a full out series now!

BTW, I loved all of these books!

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