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Top 5 Favorite Stephen King Films

Posted on April 7, 2013 at 1:20 pm by Jess Hicks

With the new Carrie remake rapidly approaching I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the better Stephen King film adaptations. Now before you read this, understand that I am not claiming these are the best adaptations ever, nor have I read all of the books surrounding them. Do they follow exactly with the books? No. Does that make them bad movies? No. With that said, let’s jump in!

5. Rose Red

MELANIE LYNSKEY, MATT ROSS, MATT KEESLAR, NANCY TRAVIS, KIMBERLY J. BROWN, JULIAN SANDS, EMILY DESCHANEL, JUDITH IVEY, KEVIN TIGHEOk technically this is a miniseries (and not actually based on a book) but I am putting it on my list anyway. Rose Red tells the story of a group of paranormal investigators, each with a special psychic power, that are invited to spend a weekend Rose Red.

I know what you are thinking, this sounds exactly like The Haunting, and for intensive purposes it is. The reason I enjoyed this so much was because it showed more than The Haunting. Though I do love the “less is more” approach when it comes to haunted place stories I still do like a little show and tell.

Granted, I haven’t seen this since its original air date (2002) so it may lose some of its appeal now that I am older. Check it out if you haven’t seen it, believe me you can do much worse than this when it comes to King miniseries’ *cough* The Langoliers*cough*.

4. Misery

Bates-MiseryReally when you look at it on paper, Misery was never destined to fail. With an all star cast and an award winning director (Rob Reiner) it was a home run from the start. What no one expected was the portrayal of ultimate fangirl, Annie Wilkes, played by Kathy Bates.

Every choice she made to use with this character was absolutely stunning and really helped bring the audience in. The scariest and best thing, about her performance is that you grew to feel bad for her at some points. She was just a lonely woman who fell in love with a fictional world, really when you think about it that describes A LOT of fandoms.

And let’s not forget the infamous hobbling scene in which poor James Caan get’s his ankles incredibly distorted. This movie is a great way to spend a cold day and will really make you reconsider those diehard fans you have come to be so familiar with.

3. Carrie

Spacek-CarrieWe have come to the whole reason I even started this list, Carrie. The remake is coming out soon and whether or not you think it looks good it still spawned from one of the most sympathetic “villains” in history.

I first saw this movie when I was about 11 and it really scared me, I can’t tell you what exactly about it scared me at the time but I can tell you what scare me about it now; the fact that the girls who were so awful to Carrie in the film still and will always exist. I have a soft spot in my heart for all the kids who got picked on and this is the ultimate revenge film for them. No, I’m not saying go develop telekinetic powers and burn your prom down. I’m just saying that Sissy Spacek really made you feel for Carrie and it broke your heart every time someone put her down.

In my eye Spacek is the definitive Carrie and Chloe Moretz has some interesting shoes to fill in the upcoming remake. Also, how do you even begin to compete with Brian De Palma’s directing?

Carrie is available on Netflix Instant Watch.

2. Pet Sematary

Zelda-PetSemataryFinally! We have come to the book that I have actually completely read. I really loved this book; it is actually one of my favorite. That being said, the movie is also one of my favorites. Now, it’s been years since I read the book so the details of it are kind of fuzzy but the film has a special place logged in my brain.

The whole idea behind the Pet Sematary is very sad but also very innocent. We all have lost a pet and it can be one of the most heartbreaking moments in your life so it does some nice to have a place to visit them. The movie really puts the visuals to use and tugs at your heartstrings.

However, emotional connection is not the only reason I enjoy this movie so much. The reason I still really enjoy this film is that when I first it there was one scene that absolutely terrified me and still gets under my skin to this day. The scene in questions is a flashback of one of our main characters, when she was young she had a sister with spinal meningitis (which sounds and looks awful). In the flashback we see a young girl walking up to a room where a horrible voice is echoing from. Behind that door was a contorted, foul, and terrifying woman who still haunts my nightmares.

Pet Sematary is available on Netflix Instant Watch.

1. The Shining

tanley Kubrick's adaptation of The ShiningA while back I wrote a review on this very film for the Week End Horror so I’ll keep this brief. The Shining remains one of my all time favorite films and there is nothing that can change that. It’s common knowledge that King absolutely despises this film because it totally goes its own way from the book. Usually that is a death sentence for adaptations but for this specific film it worked gloriously.

If you haven’t seen this film you need to stop reading now and go watch it immediately. It’s creepy, beautiful, and sometimes quite hilarious. Plus, next to Sissy Spacek, you don’t get much scarier than Shelley Duvall.

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