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Peter Martin
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In the 'What disk did you have in last?' thread, Shaun
floated the idea that the IT movies together were one
of the best film versions of a King property. I would
tend to disagree, which sparked the idea of seeing
what the wider view was. So...

... What are your top Stephen King screen adaptations?
I'm going to give my top 10. Feel free to list up to
10 of your faves. You can include TV movies, mini-
series, or films.

In order of my preference:

1. The Dead Zone
2. The Shawshank Redemption
3. Stand By Me
4. Salem's Lot
5. Misery
6. Carrie
7. The Shining
8. The Mist (2007 Darabont version)
9. The Green Mile
10. The Stand (1994 miniseries)
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The Shawshank Redemption
The Green Mile
The Dead Zone
Castle Rock Season 1 (haven't watched Season 2 yet)
Hearts in Atlantis

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  1. Stand By Me
  2. The Shawshank Redemption
  3. It
  4. Misery
  5. The Stand
Not a fan of much else, although I haven't seen IT Part 2 or DOCTOR SLEEP yet.  I know the TV miniseries THE STAND gets knocked for not being exceedingly close to the source material, but I've got a soft spot for it.  As for the rest, I can take it or leave it.  Aside from the singular standout performance of Jack Nicolson, I continue to be surprised by how highly THE SHINING is regarded by most.  No surprise to long time board members, but Kubrick's direction is not my favorite by a long shot and the distant, cold direction for this film in particular works at odds with its subject matter.  
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Peter Martin
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Interesting comments, Matt. For me, the Shining is a
real grower. The accusation of being distant and cold
is not without precedent, though I would contend their
is quite a lot going on in the Shining that is deeply
visceral -- distant in terms of the director
connecting with his characters, but I think there is
much that involves the viewer on an emotional basis.
The music is expertly chosen to get under your skin
and the characters of Dick Halloran and Danny
Torrance, I find, are easy to empathise with. A valid
criticism stands with regard to Jack himself, I think
-- Stephen King has opined that we know he is pretty
much a rotten apple from the get-go, which betrays the
way the character is written in the novel. I have some
sympathy with that view -- the novel portrays an
everyman who is corrupted and seduced by the hotel.
The film portrays a bit of a shit who readily turns on
his wife and we expect no less.

I do think the film is far richer than most genre
films. You can turn up new elements years later on
repeated viewing. Crucially for a horror film, it is
also eerie as hell.
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1. The Shawshank Redemption
2. The Stand
3. Misery
4. Creepshow
5. The Green Mile
6. Maximum Overdrive (based on Trucks)
7. Silver Bullet (movie version of Cycle Of The Werewolf)
8. It (the tv version, NOT the recent 2-part theatrical movies)
9. Stand By Me
10.The Running Man 

Most of the tv adaptations, aside from the two on my list (and `Salem's Lot 1979, which almost made the list), I really did not care for. 
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Just for apples to apples in my own head I'll stick with cinematic movies.

These are movies I keep coming back to year after year, usually at the same time of year. Pure popcorn fun!

1.CHRISTINE
2.THE DEAD ZONE
3. SILVER BULLET
4. CARRIE
5. THINNER
6. CUJO

It's funny, I know some of his others are "better" but I annually return to these out of pure enjoyment.
Then there's a movie like APT PUPIL which I've only seen once many years ago and has undeniably left it's mark on me, but I have little desire to revisit it.
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Mario Ribeiro
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THE SHINING and CARRIE and a couple of others weren't bad, but they're so down below that they need no mention. But I haven't seen too many.
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(Challenge accepted, Peter!)

Top 5 for me would probably be:

1.  THE SHINING (all-time favorite, saw it on cable when I was only 9, and have been kind of obsessed with it ever since)

2.  SALEM'S LOT (my favorite adaptation for TV--one of the few attempts where the tone is just-right!)

3.  CARRIE (the one that started it all--a great adaptation, and a great film)

4.  IT (2017)
5.  IT: CHAPTER TWO (not counting them as a tie, since they weren't filmed concurrently, but taken together, I truly feel like they both seem to gleefully encapsulate almost everything I've loved--and sometimes loathed--about 40+ years of Stephen King novels and adaptations)


Followed by:

CHRISTINE (perennially underrated, and one of my favorite John Carpenter films)

CREEPSHOW (must have watched it every single time it was on HBO in the early '80s)

THE DEAD ZONE (next to the TV "Salem's Lot," gets my vote for its pitch-perfect tone)

MISERY (saw it on opening weekend, and the packed audience went insane during the hobbling scene!)

STAND BY ME (makes me tear-up every time)



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Every year I do a countdown in October on Facebook/Instagram with a different horror-theme.  I did Favorite Stephen King movies two years ago.  

This list is probably still pretty close.

1. Carrie

2. It 2017

3. Salem’s Lot

4. The Dead Zone

5. Stand By Me

6. Misery

7. The Mist

8. Shawshank Redemption

9.  The Shining

10. Pet Sematary




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Brian Miller
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While I love the show, CASTLE ROCK is not an adaptation.

Neither is CREEPSHOW. And I frikkin’ love it.

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Shawshank Redemption
Stand By Me
11/22/63
It
It 2
Pet Sematary (original)
The Green Mile
Misery
The Running Man
Apt Pupil
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Shaun Barry
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(While not an adaptation, CREEPSHOW at least has a screenplay from King.  As well as his surprisingly competent comedic performance as Jordy Verrill!)



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