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on 5 May 2011 03:20

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Directors who tackled Stephen King - Hits & Misses

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The Guy!

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1. Stephen King's World of Horror (1986)


This is Stephen King, for those who didn't know. Hmm, he's not your regular Tom Cruise is he? Anyways, he is one of the most important & influential horror writers around. I have read like 8-9 of his novels and planning to read more. Most of his works have also been illustrated to the Silver Screen. Well, some became hits, while most were misses! Let's see the directors who succeeded and the ones who... failed!
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The Hits!

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2. Carrie (1976)
Carrie is Stephen King's first novel-to-film movie made and surely one of the very best!

Standing ovation goes to:

Director:
Brian De Palma

Other notes:
Sissy Spacek & Piper Laurie were nominated for Best Actress & Best Supporting Actress, respectively, but failed to win!

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3. The Shining (1980)
Master of controversy Stanley Kubrick tackled it and produced the second novel-to-film movie... However, unlike the above it received mixed reviews but over the years it has gained a cult status! My opinion: One of the greatest films of all time but surely could've done a wee-bit better.

Standing ovation goes to:

Director:
Stanley Kubrick

Other notes:
Despite all the success, it was nominated for 2 Razzie awards. Worst Director & Worst Supporting Actress (For Shelley Duvall) but failed to win either!

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4. Creepshow (1982)
Arguably one of the best horror films i've seen! It actually made my skin crawl with that cockroach scene. It's a primary example of cult classics!

Standing ovation goes to:

Director:
George A. Romero

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5. The Dead Zone (1983)
Cronenberg is a genius and this film proves my point. Master of body-horror, Cronenberg took upon him to make a movie out of SK's novels and viola! One of the best silver screen adaptations ever made. With Martin Sheen & Christopher Walken in the main leads, what's to miss? I'm a fan!

Standing ovation goes to:

Director:
David Cronenberg
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6. Stand by Me (1986)
Rob 'when harry met sally' Reiner directed this film and i think it's his most best effort! I liked it and is also of the best films of that year!

Standing ovation goes to:

Director:
Rob Reiner

Other notes:
It was nominated for an Academy Award for Screenplay but did not win.
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7. Misery (1990)
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8. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
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9. Apt Pupil (1998)

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10. The Green Mile (1999)
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11. 1408 (2007)

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12. The Mist (2007)


Misses!

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13. Cujo (1983)
Cujo is the 4th novel-to-film movie (If not counting the sequels to the above)! It also is the first miss. Frankly speaking, i did not like it that much. It was a little disappointing though.

BOO goes to:

Director:
Lewis Teague

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14. Christine (1983)
Despite receiving quite positive reviews and being one of the scariest films i've seen, it was a turn-off! John Carpenter obviously could not splatter the mood of the novel into the film and it became somewhat of a mess!

BOO goes to:

Director:
John Carpenter

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15. Children of the Corn (1984)
This film has more sequels than followers of Lady Gaga! Anyways, i only saw this film because of Linda Hamilton. Well, all i can say is that it's not her most finest moment... A hopeless mess this film is.

BOO goes to:

Director:
Fritz Kiersch

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16. Firestarter (1984)
I won't waste time on this but Drew Barrymore was just OK!

BOO goes to:

Director:
Mark L. Lester

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17. Cat's Eye (1985)
No, not this one either!

BOO goes to:

Director:
Lewis Teague

Now where have i heard this name before?

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18. Maximum Overdrive (1986)
I haven't seen this film yet but it's univerally panned, so i thought i might as well as add it! It was directed none other by Stephen King himself. Just stick to pen & paper please King... Just pen & paper!

BOO goes to:

Director:
Stephen King

Other notes:
Stephen King was nominated for Worst Director but lost to Prince (You know, The Artist Fomerly Known As Prince, Prince?)

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19. The Running Man (1987)

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20. Silver Bullet (1985)

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21. Pet Sematary (1989)

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22. Graveyard Shift (1990)

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23. Sleepwalkers (1992)

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24. The Lawnmower Man (1992)

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25. The Dark Half (1993)

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26. Needful Things (1993)

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27. The Mangler (1995)

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28. Thinner (1996)

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29. The Night Flier (1997)

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30. Hearts in Atlantis (2001)

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31. Dreamcatcher (2003)

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32. Secret Window (2004)

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33. Riding The Bullet (2004)

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34. Dolan's Cadillac (2009)


 

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Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Jun 28 21:41
I love to read Stephen King's novels!
Great list, I'm going to keep it in mind when I chose horror movies to watch
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Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Jun 28 21:42
I just don't agree with Pet Sematary and Christine. These two (movies and novels) are on my favorite's list.
And 1408 is on my worsts list
Posted: 4 years ago at Jul 16 1:35
hmm i should really read his novels! :)

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