For some reason this one seems to fly under the radar when discussing ”best Stephen King movies”. I don't see why though. Ian McKellen is great, as is the Ethan Hawke look-alike Brad Renfro* (who plays Todd). Last but not least, it is directed by Bryan Singer, who - according to Wikipedia - ”petitioned the author for an opportunity to film the novella”. In 1995 Singer directed one of the most compelling movies ever made (yes, I do believe so) The Ususal Suspects. He could probably have done whatever he wanted after that, apparently he wanted to do Apt Pupil, and it shows. If you haven't yet seen it, please do. It is not a ”horror movie”, it is a movie about the potential for evil in each and every one of us, and the ending is terrific. *When I wrote this I wondered what the hell happened to that kid (Renfro). Apparently he died at 25 from an overdose. When will we as a species get that Heroin = Death?