Posted by Redbullet685 (6054 posts) 1 year, 3 months ago

Poll: What is the best movie (or mini-series) based on a Stephen King novel/short story? (115 votes)

Carrie (1976 film version) 1%
The Shining (1980 film version) 25%
Creepshow 0%
Creepshow 2 1%
Cujo 0%
The Dead Zone 3%
Christine 0%
Children of the Corn 0%
Firestarter 0%
Cat's Eye 0%
Silver Bullet 1%
Maximum Overdrive 1%
Stand By Me 6%
The Running Man 0%
Pet Sematary 2%
Graveyard Shift 0%
Misery 5%
The Shawshank Redemption 37%
Thinner 0%
The Green Mile 3%
Dreamcatcher 2%
1408 0%
The Mist 3%
Salem's Lot (mini-series) 0%
It (mini-series) 1%
The Tommyknockers (mini-series) 0%
The Stand (mini-series) 3%
The Langoliers (mini-series) 2%
The Shining (1997 mini-series version) 0%
Carrie (2002 mini-series version) 0%
Other (Yes, there's more) 4%

(Sorry about the gigantic poll, but yes, there are that many movies based on works of Stephen King)

So the thought about my favorite film adaptation of Stephen King stories popped into my head while watching Under The Dome tonight. There's a lot of great movies based on his stories. Some are even widely considered to be some of the best movies ever made (The Shawshank Redemption, The Shining) and Hollywood just continues to make adaptations of his work (Carrie remake comes out next month). You have most likely seen at least one of these movies. Hell, you've probably seen at least 3 if you consider yourself someone that likes cinema.

So I take the question to you, Giant Bomb community: What is your favorite Stephen King adapted movie?

Mine, by the way, is Stand By Me.

#1 Posted by gaminghooligan (1465 posts) -

Even though Kubrick put his own spin on the story, I still hold The Shining up as one of my favorite films of all time. The use of camerawork in that movie to convey the eerie atmosphere surrounding and closing in on the Torrances continues to leave me feeling unsettled in a way that most modern horror movies strive to do. Second place for me goes to Shawshank Redemption, which to this day I watch annually if not more.

#2 Edited by OllyOxenFree (4976 posts) -

I totally forgot that Stand By Me was from a Stephen King joint. And I really cannot choose one. The Shining, Stand By Me, The Mist, 1976 Carrie, Misery -- they are all my personal favorites.

I've sadly never seen Shawshank Redemption or Green Mile. :(

#3 Posted by me3639 (1791 posts) -

I think i have seen every title posted and could easily remember waayyy too much about a lot of them. Actually had a friend who named their kid Gage from Pet Semetary after seeing the movie. If i had to choose, i would vote for Shawshank, easily one of the best movies of all time followed closely by The Shining. There are some bad films on the list but none can top Maximum overdrive with Emillo Estevez(where is he?) its so bad.

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#4 Posted by notdavid (840 posts) -

I picked Misery, but that was before I remembered that Stand By Me was based off of a Stephen King story. God, I love that movie.

#5 Edited by Beforet (2927 posts) -

Dreamcatcher was not a good movie at all, but it sure was a great movie.

#6 Edited by bybeach (4899 posts) -

The Shining was his classic. I liked Christine. The bad guy was a dead ringer for Jim Morrison I thought.

But our low budget bottom of the deck pop-corn favorite was Maximum Overdrive.

Yeah the one w/pennywise was pretty intense, but the book was better.

#7 Posted by Nux (2383 posts) -

This isn't a movie or mini series but Haven is pretty good. As for the poll I would say Stand by me.

#8 Posted by Deranged (1837 posts) -

You know, I really, really dig The Mist.

#9 Edited by Fredchuckdave (5723 posts) -

Shawshank is like the first or second best movie of all time; The Green Mile is kind of the same exact movie with the same director and a different cast with a plot macguffin though it's still pretty good, The Shining is good. Steven King isn't a very good author though; he has some good premises and he's written so damn much he has to blunder into good stories at some point; but take a good premise and give it to a good director and bam you've got a good movie.

#10 Edited by McGhee (6094 posts) -

@deranged said:

You know, I really, really dig The Mist.

Man, best ending ever.

#11 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5138 posts) -

Stand by Me is one of my absolute favorite movies, so that tops the list for me.

#12 Edited by bybeach (4899 posts) -

@fredchuckdave: My opinion is he burned out some time ago. My own perspective over time, he truly was a bouncing off the wall brilliant author. And that for for years. But he just seems tired now. Been that way for a while. Perhaps it is my exposure to him or the written word. When I was young I half lived at the library, and Stephen King written format was popular anyways.. I'll try buying another kindle, mine died.

#13 Edited by wrecks (2287 posts) -

Impossible to pick best. Favorites: Christine, The Shining, The Dark Half, The Mist

#14 Posted by Ryanmgraef (237 posts) -
#15 Posted by oraknabo (1504 posts) -

Dead Zone isn't getting enough love. It's probably my second favorite here.

#16 Posted by McGhee (6094 posts) -

@bybeach said:

@fredchuckdave: My opinion is he burned out some time ago. My own perspective over time, he truly was a bouncing off the wall brilliant author. And that for for years. But he just seems tired now. Been that way for a while. Perhaps it is my exposure to him or the written word. When I was young I half lived at the library, and Stephen King written format was popular anyways.. I'll try buying another kindle, mine died.

Both "Under the Dome" and "11/22/63" are really excellent (despite being a little bloated but it's King, you know?).

#17 Posted by Viking_Funeral (1817 posts) -

Shawshank Redemption.

Though it's easy to forget how prolific that guy was.

#18 Posted by eskimo (477 posts) -

Easy answer for me - The Shining

Shawshank Redemption and Stand by Me are pretty sweet too, but Shining gets points for being an actual horror movie.

#19 Posted by Svenzon (722 posts) -

The Shining is the greatest horror movie ever made, so that's my pick.

#20 Posted by thebunnyhunter (1450 posts) -

I havent seen alot of those movies so i didnt vote. Never really "Watched" Shawshank Redemption, Green Mile, Dreamcatcher, The Shining but ill correct that as soon as possible.

But as to the ones i have seen I really enjoy Cats Eye, Maximum Overdrive (yes i do love this movie), Pet Cemetary, Misery and the Creepshows. Also i just got done watching The Mist for the first time (this thread made me do it) and it was pretty awesome. One of the better movies i've watched in recent memory.

#21 Posted by Deranged (1837 posts) -

@mcghee said:

@deranged said:

You know, I really, really dig The Mist.

Man, best ending ever.

Seriously eh? Absolutely brutal yet something you just don't see anymore.

#22 Posted by ZolRoyce (733 posts) -

@beforet said:

Dreamcatcher was not a good movie at all, but it sure was a great movie.

The greatest!

There are actually parts of Dreamcatcher I did actually enjoy, the interaction between the four guys was pretty good.
But then, you know, I DUDITS, Watch out for mister gay.

Anyways, The Shining wins for me for sure, I feel as though the best Stephen King adaptations are the ones that Stephen King actually had little to do with besides writing what it was based on.

Also, on a Stephen King note, the new Carrie looks pretty good.

#23 Posted by TheHT (11521 posts) -

Cujo obviously.

#24 Posted by JouselDelka (966 posts) -

Holy shit, I never realized King wrote so many novels..

#25 Posted by HerpDerp (133 posts) -

@oraknabo: I absolutely agree with you, that twist at the end screams so much Stephen King, I love it.

#26 Posted by TheSouthernDandy (3906 posts) -

Shawshank with Stand By Me a close second.

#27 Posted by CaLe (4019 posts) -

I had no idea he did Shawshank. Shame on me.

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#28 Edited by MariachiMacabre (7099 posts) -

Shawshank Redemption is one of my favorite films of all time. Gotta go with that.

#29 Posted by JadeGL (912 posts) -

You forgot Dolores Claiborne which was a very good movie. I actually liked the movie better than the book, but that's a discussion for another time I suppose.

Best BEST would probably be Shawshank, but I like Dolores Claiborne almost as much for different reasons.

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#30 Posted by SpaceJamLunchbox (127 posts) -

I had to choose Other as The Lawnmower Man was absent from the poll.

#31 Posted by jimmy_p (278 posts) -

Shawshank is the best story translated into a movie, but The Shining is a better technical achievement and FILM.

#32 Posted by SeanCoughing (269 posts) -

Dream catcher... Nah but seriously The Shining. I also liked Secret Window.

#33 Posted by Gamer_152 (14091 posts) -

Wow, King has written a bunch of stuff, huh? Out of the film and TV adaptations I have to say The Shining is my favourite though, it's really well done.

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