If there is one writer who's indelibly linked to horror, it'd have to be Stephen King. And when you're as skilled- and prolific a writer as Stephen King, there will inevitably be adaptations of your writing.
So, today, I present you my "Top Five Stephen King Adaptations"!
1. "The Dead Zone" (1983)- Directed by David Cronenberg, and starring Christopher Walken, this is one of my favorites. It is a well crafted, and spooky retelling of the story of a man who becomes psychic after an accident, and whose life get entangled with that of a politician who's fated to destroy the world.
2. "Misery" (1990)- One of the most faithful adaptations of a story about a writer who meets his "number one fan" after she rescues him from a car accident. Starring Kathy Bates, and James Caan, director Rob Reiner gives us a slow burning, tale of horror that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The sledgehammer scene especially is shudder inducing.
3. "The Mist" (2007)- This story of a small town invaded by a strange mist hiding untold horrors is chilling and a fearful examination of what happens when people are isolated amidst a crisis with no leadership. The ending especially is gut wrenching and horrific.
4. "Carrie" (2013)- The second adaptation of the story about a young girl with telekinetic abilities, having to deal with a fanatical mother, and high school bullies... until she's finally had enough. A great modern take on the book with stunning visual effects, and marvelous acting.
5. "It" (2017)- The first part of the most recent adaptation for the story of childhood friends coming together to defeat an ancient evil stalking the children of their small hometown. A well paced, visually stunning, and definitely scary movie that brings more of the original source material to the screen.
So, there you have it- my "Top Five Stephen King Adaptations"... and yes... you're absolutely right... Stanley Kubrick's version of "The Shining" IS NOT on it...