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Poll Results: What is your favorite Stephen King movie?

 
  • 5% (5)
    Carrie (d. Brian De Palma)
  • 22% (22)
    The Shining (d. Stanley Kubrick)
  • 8% (8)
    Creepshow (d. George A. Romero)
  • 9% (9)
    The Dead Zone (d. David Cronenberg)
  • 1% (1)
    Christine (d. John Carpenter)
  • 11% (11)
    Stand By Me (d. Rob Reiner)
  • 1% (1)
    The Running Man (d. Paul Michael Glaser)
  • 41% (41)
    The Shawshank Redemption (d. Frank Darabont)
  • 1% (1)
    Apt Pupil (d. Bryan Singer)
  • 0% (0)
    1408 (d. Mikael Håfström)
99 Total Votes  
post #101 of 110
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Originally Posted by Patrick Ripoll View Post
I can't believe there are people who prefer The Shawshank Redemption to Carrie. I thought for sure it'd be a Carrie/Shining battle.
Carrie and Shining might be ballsier adaptations and I love them both, but Shawshank is one of the few movies that makes me happy - I mean truly happy - every single time I watch it. It's not only a great King adaptation, but one of my top movies of all time.
post #102 of 110
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Originally Posted by Mattioli View Post
Not to derail this thread, but I've been thinking about It quite a bit lately (actually, I'm re-reading it for the zillionth time due to my last post resurrecting my interest). Sometime last year (I think), Alex had mentioned that a remake was in the works for, possibly, Sci Fi Channel (ugh). Has anybody heard anything regarding this? It's just so damn ripe for a remake that more closely parallels the book. I'd love to see this done properly... which means keeping King away from the script and Garris away from the camera.
I agree. Sadly, King has become convinced that he can only guarantee the quality of the TV translations of his work by being in charge personally. Thus far, it hasn't worked out very well for us. But he seems happy.
post #103 of 110
I had to go with The Shawshank Redemption. Not only is it the best movie of the lot, but it's the one I've revisited the most.

My second favorite would be Kubrick's version of The Shining followed closely by Carrie.

Making a top ten list of King adaptations would be tough. Many of them are almost equal. Others I really like (in no particular order): Stand By Me, The Green Mile, Creepshow and The Dead Zone.

The solid ones: the original Salem's Lot, Misery, Christine, Silver Bullet (Busey + werewolf = cool), Pet Sematary, Apt Pupil, It (dumb at parts, but I'm nostalgic for this one) and Storm of the Century.

The mediocre ones: Cujo, Cat's Eye, Maximum Overdrive (okay, it's bad - fun schlock, though), The Running Man, Rose Red, The Dark Half, Riding the Bullet and The Shining mini-series.

The bad ones: Thinner, Children of the Corn (sorry, don't like it), Graveyard Shift, Sometimes They Come Back, Sleepwalkers, The Lawnmower Man and The Mangler (it gets point for having Robert Englund in it, though).

I haven't seen the rest, and that ashamedly includes The Mist.

Did anyone here see Hearts in Atlantis? I really want to see that one.
post #104 of 110
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Did anyone here see Hearts in Atlantis? I really want to see that one.
It's an extremely mediocre attempt to recapture that Stand By Me vibe. Not to mention that the story they adapted for the film is not actually called Hearts in Atlantis.
post #105 of 110
Is The Shining mini-series that bad? Got dvd ready to watch. Was going to ask in "I'm about to watch.." thread for opinions. Know it's not going to be Kubrick/Nicholson but still... First three in mediocre list I must admit to liking. Dalk Half pretty good as well. Also Salem's Lot remake with Rob Lowe. Any good?
post #106 of 110
Are you Tarzan?
post #107 of 110
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Originally Posted by RatFink View Post
Is The Shining mini-series that bad? Got dvd ready to watch. Was going to ask in "I'm about to watch.." thread for opinions. Know it's not going to be Kubrick/Nicholson but still... First three in mediocre list I must admit to liking. Dalk Half pretty good as well. Also Salem's Lot remake with Rob Lowe. Any good?
Well, if you dug the Salem's Lot redux, your standards are low enough that you'll find the Shining mini to be utterly brilliant. That being said, I found ABC's attempt to be a lot of fun. In some ways, it suffers from being too adhering to the novel (King adapted his own novel for the teleplay). But it's also somewhat satisfying to see the actual story-- rather than Kubrick's (brilliant) divorced vision-- play out on the screen. In addition, you have a protagonist you can actually root for in Rebecca DeMornay (by the end-- okay, 15 minutes in-- of Kubrick's film, I was rooting for Jack to finish Duvall off). The kid sucks, though. There's something dreadfully wrong with his cheeks... to the point of distraction.

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Originally Posted by BobClark
Are you Tarzan?
I was under the impression that Tarzan was strictly a V.C. Andrews kind of guy.
post #108 of 110
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Originally Posted by Patrick Ripoll View Post
I can't believe there are people who prefer The Shawshank Redemption to Carrie. I thought for sure it'd be a Carrie/Shining battle.
Everyone here is really gay at heart. And let's face it. Carrie was a skank. She got hers.
post #109 of 110
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Originally Posted by GET AIDS NOW! View Post
Try reading Apt Pupil when you're at an impressionable 13 beginning to go through a very rough adolescence. Puberty amplifed the horror in Apt Pupil.

I'm kinda iffy with the film adaptation. Ian McKellan was stellar, but I thought Brad Renfro was miscast. Renfro delivered the evil in Todd, but he didn't have that Gee-Golly Norman Rockwell quality that belied Todd's sinister side. I also couldn't suspend my disbelief that he could be the validictorian of his high school. Renfro's Todd seemed to be the guy who was always beating up the validictorian.

I was obsessed when it was getting made because it had such a rough development for many years stemming back to the 80s. At one point, Apt Pupil was going to be made with Rick Schroder and Richard Burton. That would have been something to behold. Schoroder definitely had that Americana vibe, and it would have been shocking to see him so evil during his teen idol days.
Actually, it wasn't going to be Burton, but Nicol Williamson.

Otherwise, i agree with absolutely everything you said here.
post #110 of 110
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Originally Posted by BobClark View Post
Are you Tarzan?
Possibly Tonto. Or Frankenstein.
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