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Discussion in 'General Discussion & Questions' started by jfra3101, Mar 23, 2014.
Children of the Corn
Carrie, Kubrick's The Shining, The Langoliers (could use a decent remake though), The Mist, The Stand and Christine.
It's hard to get them down to one or just a couple. I like so many of them.
Carrie (1976 version), Salem's Lot (1979 version), The Shining (1980 version), Creepshow, The Dead Zone, Cujo, Stand by Me, Pet Sematary, Misery, Shawshank Redemption, Dolores Claiborne, The Green Mile, 1408.
I really hope the new It will be good. I always wanted to see that as a theatrical movie. There's something about a lot of the tv-movies, where I feel the format of tv doesn't fully work for the material. Tv has a certain more superficial feel to it than movies, somehow the tv-films and series are more 'flat'. There are positive exceptions, like Salem's Lot (1979), the only one I fully love. But even with the best of them like It or The Stand I feel somehow they could have been more.
I suppose it's also to do with the rhythm and editing of tv-movies: they have a certain predictable rhythm to them which is not the case with theatrical movies. And I think they have to hold back more on the shocks and gory effects. Also I think the acting in tv isn't always that great (although it has to be said a lot has changed in tv nowadays for the better).
That said, I DO enjoy most of them, but I think even the best are not quite as good as the best theatrical ones. I thought 11/22/63 was a very positive exception too.
Best: Green Mile, Shawshank
Worst: The Good Wife(?), Lawnmower Man.
The Green Mile
For best, in no particular order: Carrie (Brian DePalma), The Dead Zone, The Shining, Shawshank Redemption, 'Salem's Lot - 1979 (if that counts being a mini-series), The Green Mile, Misery, Stand By Me.
I've said before that Apt Pupil is a great adaptation, it's just such a disturbing story that I tend to overlook it.
1. Shawshank Redemption
3. Green Mile
5. Maximum Overdrive (Trucks)
....I agree with #'s 1, 3 & 4-would add Stand By Me.....
One of the weirdest things for me is how the best King movies either diverge greatly from his vision (The Shining) or are not actually horror-based (Stand By Me, The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption). I will give significant honorable mention to The Mist movie because damn, that ending was brutal as Hell. I admit to not being a huge fan of The Green Mile because the only time I've enjoyed the "magic Negro" was in Candyman. Because his magic was teleporting behind stupid people and gutting them with a bigass hook.
For the record, which I'm not a fan of Maximum Overdrive/Trucks, I hold to the belief that the Cars/Planes movies are distant sequels to it. I kept hoping we'd get a Cars/Boats(Submarines) movie where the characters would have to race to Bone Mountain, ie the mountain made from the bones of humanity after the vehicle rebelled and murdered us all.
The two best (for me) listed below, the rest in no particular order.
1. Stand By Me
2. Shawshank Redemption
3. The Mist
6. The Green Mile
8. Carrie (1976)
9. The Stand
10. Storm of the Century
The Dark Half
Nightmares and Dreamscapes
I like Maximum Overdrive and Trucks too. I have no idea why, I just like them. Do you know why you like them?
That would definitely make my top 10 but just outside the top 5 range...along with Christine and Needful Things...
Saw it when I was a kid, just loved the AC/DC soundtrack and thought the plot was cool. I'd already read Night Shift, which is where I read "Trucks" and saw that the movie was based on the story. At that time in my life, anything that remotely had to do with Stephen King got my immediate and full attention. I was also a fan of Emilio Estevez so all in all, I very much liked the movie when I first saw it and still do.
...hell, the SK cameo was worth the price of admission!.....