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Midweek Movie Mouth-Off: What’s your favourite Stephen King movie adaptation?

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Stephen King is a prolific author, and he’s had more than his fair share of books adapted for movies and TV – the latest adaptation on the cards being The Stand, which might even be adapted for both. To list but a fraction, there’s Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, Carrie, The Shining, Dreamcatcher, Stand By Me, Cujo and even the slightly more obscure ones like Apt Pupil or Dolores Claiborne.

Now, I’m not asking which one you think stuck closest to the source material, or even which ones made the right book-to-movie changes. That might be what made it the “best” adaptation, but that might not be which one you liked the most. I loved the adaptation of The Stand, even if it was so 80’s it was painful and the special effects were kinda cheesy, it still made a damn good miniseries, which is why I’m so keen that they have another go at it.

Even if you haven’t read the books, you’ve probably seen at least one of his works on screen (here’s a full list if you need help). Which one is your favourite?

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Last Updated: June 10, 2015


  1. Blood Emperor Trevor

    June 10, 2015 at 10:37

    Looking at that list makes me realise just how many of his books I’ve read. I’ve only watched Shawshank Redemption, Running Man & the Carrie remake though.


  2. Kervyn Cloete

    June 10, 2015 at 11:06

    Anybody else remember the Langoliers mini-series? That shit was crazy tense! Utterly ridiculous now, but back then it had you biting your nails like crazy


    • Ilden Webber

      June 10, 2015 at 12:30

      I was just going to post about that, it was hectic back in the day!


  3. Sgt. M

    June 10, 2015 at 11:19

    I’ve seen all these;

    Carrie (based on the novel from 1974)

    Christine (based on the novel from 1983)

    Children of the Corn (based on the short story from 1977)

    Pet Sematary (based on the novel from 1983)

    The Shawshank Redemption (based on the novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption from

    The Green Mile (based on the novel from 1996)

    Hearts in Atlantis (based on the novella Low Men In Yellow Coats from 1999)

    Dreamcatcher (based on the novel from 2001)

    1408 (based on the short story from 1999)

    The Mist (based on the novella from 1980)

    Carrie (third adaptation of the novel from 1974)

    but my favourite has to be The Green Mile.


  4. Stosta

    June 10, 2015 at 11:37

    The 1997 adaption of The Shining is what got me into Stephen King, and is still my favourite to this day, pure awesomeness!


  5. Rock789

    June 10, 2015 at 11:39

    For me it’s probably a toss-up between The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption – loved both the books and the movies.


  6. James Francis

    June 10, 2015 at 11:42

    I’ll go left of field and say Maximum Overdrive. Yes, it’s actually quite bad, but was King’s directorial debut. Pity he did all that cocaine while filming…

    Cat’s Eye was also a fun anthology based on his concepts.


  7. Ilden Webber

    June 10, 2015 at 12:31

    I’d have to say probably The Mist. The ending of the movie, man, talk about depressing!


    • Andre116

      June 10, 2015 at 13:19

      The short story’s ending was worse. It just ended…no climax…nothing.


    • Kervyn Cloete

      June 10, 2015 at 13:23

      I loved The Mist. DAT ENDING!


  8. Andre116

    June 10, 2015 at 13:20

    The lawnmower man. Hahahaha. Just kidding. I’d have to say it would be between Shawshank and the Mist. I could easily see the Mist becoming a tv series.


  9. hairyknees

    June 10, 2015 at 13:35

    Shawshank Redemption and the Green Mile movies are amazing!


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