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Directors who tackled Stephen King - Hits & Misses

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The Guy!



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

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Director:
Brian De Palma

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Sissy Spacek & Piper Laurie were nominated for Best Actress & Best Supporting Actress, respectively, but failed to win!
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People who added this item 5682 Average listal rating (3915 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.4
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.

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Director:
Stanley Kubrick

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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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People who added this item 638 Average listal rating (432 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.9
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!

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George A. Romero
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People who added this item 675 Average listal rating (489 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.2
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!

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Director:
David Cronenberg
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People who added this item 2376 Average listal rating (1586 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.1
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!

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Director:
Rob Reiner

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It was nominated for an Academy Award for Screenplay but did not win.
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Misery (1990)
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Apt Pupil (1998)
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1408 (2007)
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The Mist (2007)
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Misses!

People who added this item 473 Average listal rating (332 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6
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.

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Lewis Teague
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People who added this item 843 Average listal rating (596 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.6
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!

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John Carpenter
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People who added this item 747 Average listal rating (494 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 5.6
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.

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Director:
Fritz Kiersch
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Firestarter (1984)
I won't waste time on this but Drew Barrymore was just OK!

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Mark L. Lester
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Cat's Eye (1985)
No, not this one either!

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Lewis Teague

Now where have i heard this name before?
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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!

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Director:
Stephen King

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Stephen King was nominated for Worst Director but lost to Prince (You know, The Artist Fomerly Known As Prince, Prince?)
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Silver Bullet (1985)
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Pet Sematary (1989)
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Sleepwalkers (1992)
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The Dark Half (1993)
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The Mangler (1995)
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Thinner (1996)
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Dreamcatcher (2003)
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Secret Window (2004)
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Posted: 5 years, 2 months 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: 5 years, 2 months 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: 5 years, 1 month ago at Jul 16 1:35
hmm i should really read his novels! :)

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