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05.18.2012by: Jim Law

The Ten Spot: The 12 Best Stephen King Adaptations

There is a definite second coming in my life as far as Stephen King goes. I picked up his novel, '11/22/63', to simply pass some time at my day job and fell in love with every page. Then, seeing if it was a fluke, I tried 'Under the Dome', and was captivated all over. As a youngling I was obsessed with his books, firing though them back to back to back to back...... Then there was nothing for years. I tried 'Cell' a few years back and was so put off i figured I wasn't missing anything. I was wrong. King has established himself in my daily schedule once again. What better time to celebrate a modern day icon than now? So.... this.

12. Creepshow

Not only does he write all the stories, he also gets to act in one of them. I'm sure this led to his guest spot on 'Sons of Anarchy'. Before we go any further, please don't get your panties in a bunch about the order of this list. Some days CREEPSHOW will be in my top 5, some days it won't. I love it regardless.

11. Pet Sematary

I remember thinking this movie was goofy after seeing it for the first time. Viewing after viewing has led to an appreciation for the amount of memorable scenes and creepy shit that lingers in my nightmares (Zelda is going to kill me one day. Know this).

10. Apt Pupil

The third novella to be birthed to the screen from the pages of 'Different Seasons' might not be as popular as the first two (STAND BY ME & THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION) but still deserves a spot on the list. Nazi war criminals make horrible next door neighbors. As do assholes that cut their grass every other day. I hate both equally.

9. Carrie

I'm pretty sure I love this movie so much because it reminds me of my own prom. So much pigs blood. As freaky as everything that Carrie can do, and does, in this film nothing creeps me out more than her God fearing mother. And that damn grave scene almost ended my young life the first time I saw it.

8. Cujo

Good puppy. This is the one film on the list that I've revisited most recently, and man, does it not disappoint. With all the monsters and aliens Hollywood can think up any more I don't think any of them match the horror of Cujo. He should have got his own franchise out of this much like Freddy and Jason did. Cujo II: Curb This, Bitch

7. The Mist

The most recent film on the list, THE MIST packs a punch right until the last frame. I'm glad it took so long to bring this story to screen so they could do it right. And with the wok Darabont and Thomas Jane brought us here I was always hoping they'd reunite on 'The Walking Dead' at some point. Then Darabont took one in the back.

6. Misery

Seems a little high (even as I write this) but I'd be smart not to forget the epic performance of Kathy Bates in this film. That alone should move it up a few spots in anyone's book. This movie is why I have never owned a sledgehammer (or bed straps. Who the fuck owns bed straps?). And why I refuse to commune with my most rabid of fans. In my head.

5. The Dead Zone

I always thought this was a zombie movie when I was a kid. I imagined there was this creepy inner-city neighbourhood populated and run by the living dead. They were the world's deadliest street gang. I was an idiot. I also thought THE DEAD POOL was about an evil old man that used to invite all the little local brats over for a swim in his creepy swimming pool...... where he kept all his zombies!!!!!!!!!! My dog was my best friend.

4. The Green Mile

Weeks after seeing this film it started to burn when I went pee-pee. I found the biggest black dude I could find and asked him to hold my wang and spit bugs in my face. This didn't work out like I planned. Ironically though the burning went away during the next month I spent in intensive care. Fuck you, Percy.

3. The Shining

I'm not the biggest fan of this movie but there's no denying the brilliance of Jack Nicholson in his prime. You can't even think about this novel (which is beyond great, by the way) without picturing Jack's performance. There's something to be said about such a memorable presence. So I just said it.

2. Stand By Me

What kid didn't want to go find a dead body after seeing this? I rounded up the two kids that talked to me once in my grade school and even recruited a fat kid so we could head down the railroad tracks and claim our prize. After a block and a half we all hated each other. I didn't even get to pull a leach off my nuts. For some reason though, my brother and his friends still pulled a gun on me when I got home.

1. The Shawshank Redemption

If you would have told me when I was a kid that the greatest adaptation of a Stephen King novel would not be of a horror story I would have asked you to leave me alone. You're creepy and I don't even know you. I always remember watching this movie for the first time. Me and a bunch of friends were crammed in somebody's basement. One of the hottest girls was squeazed next to me and I remember thinking if I positioned my arm just right I could press against her boob. In fact, I was so captivated by the film she could have spent the entire second half of the film naked while shaving her mound and I wouldn't have noticed.
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1:15PM on 05/23/2012
This is the greatest movie of all times. period.
This is the greatest movie of all times. period.
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1:02PM on 05/23/2012
I love this movie so much... yet I didn't know it was an King's adaptation. Thanks for posting it.
I love this movie so much... yet I didn't know it was an King's adaptation. Thanks for posting it.
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1:14PM on 05/20/2012
Both Cujo and Pet Cemetery have aged horribly. I'd have taken those out and put in 1408. John Cusak owns in that movie. Plus it's got a mini Sam Jackson!
Both Cujo and Pet Cemetery have aged horribly. I'd have taken those out and put in 1408. John Cusak owns in that movie. Plus it's got a mini Sam Jackson!
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7:08PM on 05/19/2012
horrible rating system. The Green Mile and The Mist were both cringe worthy because of the overthetop drama, yet you put them higher than a film like Carrie which is brilliant. I think you've successfully composed a list of SK adaptations but that's about it.
horrible rating system. The Green Mile and The Mist were both cringe worthy because of the overthetop drama, yet you put them higher than a film like Carrie which is brilliant. I think you've successfully composed a list of SK adaptations but that's about it.
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2:16AM on 05/20/2012
Good one.
Good one.
5:47PM on 05/18/2012
Awesome timing. I just read "Under the Dome" (my first King book) and now reading "11/22/63". Can't wait for the adaptations.
Awesome timing. I just read "Under the Dome" (my first King book) and now reading "11/22/63". Can't wait for the adaptations.
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5:14PM on 05/18/2012
11/22/63 is the only book to make me cry Old Yeller-style at the end. And yeah, Under the Dome is amazing. How dare you let Uncle Stevie slip under your radar! He's better than ever!
11/22/63 is the only book to make me cry Old Yeller-style at the end. And yeah, Under the Dome is amazing. How dare you let Uncle Stevie slip under your radar! He's better than ever!
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4:59PM on 05/18/2012
While considered a TV mini-series "The Stand" made the transition from novel to screen quite well.
While considered a TV mini-series "The Stand" made the transition from novel to screen quite well.
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2:11PM on 05/18/2012

Good choices but...

I think Thinner should be up there. One of Joe Mantegna's best roles. I love that flick.
I think Thinner should be up there. One of Joe Mantegna's best roles. I love that flick.
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12:52PM on 05/18/2012

Top 10 not 12

Apt pupil and The Mist were both awful movies. The rest I agree with.
Apt pupil and The Mist were both awful movies. The rest I agree with.
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12:42PM on 05/18/2012

Nice list

I believe Shawshank is overrated, I've seen it on too many #1 lists now, but I wouldn't take it out of here. My personal favorite is The Dead Zone, glad to see it make top 5.
I believe Shawshank is overrated, I've seen it on too many #1 lists now, but I wouldn't take it out of here. My personal favorite is The Dead Zone, glad to see it make top 5.
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11:39AM on 05/18/2012
As a film it's fantastic but as an adaptation it's atrocious.
As a film it's fantastic but as an adaptation it's atrocious.
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11:13AM on 05/18/2012

wow

that stephen king guy is a prolific mother fucker
that stephen king guy is a prolific mother fucker
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9:05AM on 05/18/2012

What?!...

No Maximum Overdrive!?!?!?!...As cheesy as that movie is, it's pure gold!!!
No Maximum Overdrive!?!?!?!...As cheesy as that movie is, it's pure gold!!!
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8:38AM on 05/18/2012
Well you got my top 2 right, but I say you have Carrie and Misery way too low . . . And Pet Semetary ages poorly by the second.
Well you got my top 2 right, but I say you have Carrie and Misery way too low . . . And Pet Semetary ages poorly by the second.
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8:25AM on 05/18/2012
Not considered a movie, but "The Stand" was a great TV mini-series.
Not considered a movie, but "The Stand" was a great TV mini-series.
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8:12AM on 05/18/2012
LOL

That image in my head is priceless.
LOL

That image in my head is priceless.
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8:01AM on 05/18/2012
I dug the hell out of this movie. The ending is such a kick to the nuts.
I dug the hell out of this movie. The ending is such a kick to the nuts.
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7:57AM on 05/18/2012
My neighbor cuts his grass every other day. Holy fuck, sometimes I want him to die in a horrible lawnmower accident.
My neighbor cuts his grass every other day. Holy fuck, sometimes I want him to die in a horrible lawnmower accident.
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7:54AM on 05/18/2012

If I may quote:

"Fuck you Jim Law!"
"Fuck you Jim Law!"
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1:23PM on 05/18/2012
And also - Big Jim is an asshole. :)
And also - Big Jim is an asshole. :)
7:44AM on 05/18/2012
The first time I watched Carrie, that Grave Scene made me screamed out loud.
The first time I watched Carrie, that Grave Scene made me screamed out loud.
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7:43AM on 05/18/2012
Creepshow is really scary.
Creepshow is really scary.
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4:07AM on 05/18/2012
Almost spit my fucking dinner out on that green mile comment. You always bring the goods jim
Almost spit my fucking dinner out on that green mile comment. You always bring the goods jim
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2:39AM on 05/18/2012
good list, but what happened to Christine and Maximum overdrive?
good list, but what happened to Christine and Maximum overdrive?
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2:38AM on 05/18/2012
Pretty good list,but I would replace Cujo with Christine..I never liked the tacked on happy ending..it should have ended like the book did.
Pretty good list,but I would replace Cujo with Christine..I never liked the tacked on happy ending..it should have ended like the book did.
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