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Stephen King Movies/TV

Post by jdanddiet » Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:26 am

Never read much King, but always had a soft spot for movies based on his books. No idea why as a lot of them are terrible! There was a big slew of DTV ones in the late 80's early 90's but he's been pretty consistent since the 70's.

Like:-
The Shining (not very similar to book but has loads of atmosphere)
The Night Flier (vampire in a plane story)
The Dark Half (the evil twin story)
Creepshow (4 story compendium)
Cat's Eyes (as above)
1408 (haunted hotel room with John Cusack)
The Dead Zone (Chris Walken)
The Shawshank Redemption
Stand By Me
Christine
The Graveyard Shift (rats in ma mill)
Maximum Overdrive (machines go mad yet don't kill emilio estevez :( )
It
Misery
The Mist
Dreamcatcher

Meh:-
Cujo
Carrie
The Running Man
The Lawnmower Man
Nightmares and Dreamscapes (tv)
Tommyknockers
The Green Mile
The Stand
Dolores Claiborne
Storm of the Century
Salem's Lot

Don't like:-
Pet Sematary
Sleepwalkers
Firestarter
Creepshow 2
Silver Bullet
Secret Window
Needful Things

Not seen:-
Sometimes they come back
any of the children of the corn movies
Thinner
shining tv series
the langoliers
Hearts in Atlantis
Rose Red
Apt Pupil
Trucks
Dead Zone tv series
Dolan's cadillac
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Re: Stephen King Movies/TV

Post by themightymartin » Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:58 am

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Re: Stephen King Movies/TV

Post by merman » Fri Jul 06, 2012 11:18 am

I liked It, Misery, Stand by Me and The Dead Zone. Felt the mini-series adaptation of The Stand was good, but cutting down a massive novel that was already cut down did compromise it a bit. Carrie was OK, Firestarter again hampered by the format rather than any shortcomings in the attempt.

King himself disowned Lawnmower Man and Running Man.

Needful Things has some good moments.
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Post by RetroAerosmith » Fri Jul 06, 2012 12:40 pm

Suprised you thought Salems Lot was meh, its probably one of my fave movies , the extended cut obviously. Still scarier than most of horror these days and James Mason is perfect.

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Post by jdanddiet » Fri Jul 06, 2012 12:57 pm

I think I've only ever seen the cutdown film version and it didn't make a lot of sense to me.
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Re: Stephen King Movies/TV

Post by noobish hat » Fri Jul 06, 2012 12:59 pm

The Mist is one of the worst films to have been released in recent years.
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Post by jdanddiet » Fri Jul 06, 2012 1:15 pm

noobish hat wrote:The Mist is one of the worst films to have been released in recent years.
The ending is terrible, I'll give yout hat. Sorry, that, hat.
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Post by noobish hat » Fri Jul 06, 2012 1:37 pm

:)

The ending was the best bit!

But then you liked Dreamcatcher, so I think there is an unsurpassable gulf between our tastes.
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Post by jdanddiet » Fri Jul 06, 2012 1:42 pm

I did say in my OP i knew most of them were terrible!

The Mist and Dreamcatcher are veritable classics compared to the Graveyard Shift :D
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Post by noobish hat » Fri Jul 06, 2012 1:44 pm

The tv version of The Shining was pretty bad, as I recall.
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Post by markopoloman » Fri Jul 06, 2012 2:40 pm

I've seen pretty much all of those listed - and actually enjoyed the majority of them :oops:

As for the ones you have yet to watch.......

Thinner is a must. I loved that. :D
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Post by jdanddiet » Fri Jul 06, 2012 2:56 pm

I'm gonna watch the Night Flier again tonight. A little gem that one.
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Post by Antiriad2097 » Fri Jul 06, 2012 4:36 pm

For the most part his movie adaptations are terrible, best to stick with the books as they're generally very good.

I do find it odd that the complete opposite happens with Clive Barker - books dull as ditchwater but some of the best horror films to be made.
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Re: Stephen King Movies/TV

Post by Hitman_HalStep » Fri Jul 06, 2012 4:53 pm

first time i watched dreamcatcher i thought it was crap,i read the book a few years after so went back and watched it again and it was more enjoyable.still not as good as the book but i did prefer the duddits conclusion in the film better than the book.

i have the shinning and stand on dvd (i didn't realise they were tv programmes)but haven't got round to watching them yet,damn they are long.
i didn't like the mist ending either.
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Re: Stephen King Movies/TV

Post by Megamixer » Fri Jul 06, 2012 6:01 pm

I own nearly every book he has written but have yet to watch any of the movies. When reading, you build up a mental image of characters, locations etc. and I'm not sure I want those ruined by a movie where everything looks different and could possibly be a load of guff.
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