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The Best Story-To-Screen Adaptation Of A Stephen King Tale, Bar-None, In My Estimation (viewable free, right now, via youtube). Give me more!

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Initial post: Aug 22, 2012, 3:12:28 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 22, 2012, 3:29:44 AM PDT
Jeff Sekerak says:
'Suffer The Little Children,' for 'my money,' is among King's top few most terrifying tales. In which Miss Sidley does one heck of a job at her 'game,' for many years. That is, until demonic 'Robert,' begins grinning slyly, making her look bad in front of the other students, acting as if all is 'normal' ... oh yes; and changing before her eyes into something...

...different. To state it mildly.

The rest is NOT silence. Not 'pretty.' And not good - for Miss Sidley, that is. This story has a subtext as well: no matter how well one does at one's 'game' - the 'wheels' can come off, in an instant. Case in point, here. Notice also, the 'near metaphorical' use of imagery regarding Sidley's back. Once able to turn it with confidence on students. In the end? Slip, slip... crash.

What you are about to watch is RIGHT UP THERE WITH AMONG THE MOST EXCELLENT OF KING STORY-TO-SCREEN ADAPTATIONS, in my opinion. I cannot think of many that equal this. If you follow along with each scene, each word, I think you'll agree.

And yes, the 'BATHROOM SCENE' HERE, is done beautifully, flawlessly, brilliantly.

Here is part 1 of 3, on youtube. All 3 parts shall take you 30 minutes to view.

Enjoy. And prepare for terror :-).


Ah yes: And give me a few that equal this, if you 'got em.' I love The Shining (Kubrick). I also felt the 'protagonist' in Christine did an excellent job. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 22, 2012, 12:15:36 PM PDT
KinksRock says:
So you don't think MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE is the best?

Posted on Aug 22, 2012, 2:53:45 PM PDT
LOL Kinks!

My favorites adaptations are The Green Mile and Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption.

Followed closely by Stand by Me (The Body).

Posted on Aug 22, 2012, 5:43:41 PM PDT
Oddly enough, was just talking about this with my better half this afternoon. And here it is on a discussion.

We both think "Salem's Lot" is very good, probably the best Stephen King book-to-movie. Now, the book is super, but the movie captures its flavor very nicely. Maybe one reason is because it is three hours long-- so it has more time to explore characters and mood.

We also like "Dolores Claiborne", "Misery", and "The Stand". So they would be runners up.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 22, 2012, 6:38:24 PM PDT
D. Sippel says:
"Salem's Lot" seems to get overlooked (except for this forum). After Kubrick's "The Shining" and "The Shawshank Redemption", "Salem's Lot" might come next for me. With Tobe Hooper directing, solid acting from David Soul and James Mason, plus the ubercreepy Reggie Nalder out Nosferatu-ing all the other Nosferatu-come-lately, I should check out "Salem's Lot" again. I rave about it now, but I haven't seen it for 30+ plus years so should probably see how well it has aged.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 22, 2012, 10:07:56 PM PDT
Jeff Sekerak says:
I've actually never sat through, MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE. Perhaps it's the reviews that have kept me away all these years. Which, I've heard, are 'scarier' than the film, itself, lol.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 22, 2012, 10:09:57 PM PDT
Jeff Sekerak says:
Yep, good stuff, Baron. I do enjoy Kubrick's Shining as well. Salem's Lot - VERY well done. And 'Dolores,' which I recently watched via youtube again, for free - is excellent, I'd say. :-) Particularly the performance of the 'sick husband.' Disturbing, to be sure.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2012, 5:32:02 AM PDT
KinksRock says:
MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE would have to go down as one of the worst films ever made. Cliched. Slow. Absurd. Not redeemed by its excellent AC/DC soundtrack (best thing about the movie). And, ironically, my understanding is that Stephen King directed because he thought that other directors had done an unsatisfactory job transferring his stories to film.

For my money, the best Stephen King adaptation is THE DEAD ZONE. My opinions are usually correct, so I'm going with mine on this one.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2012, 5:48:38 AM PDT
Rick G says:
Maximum Overdrive is one of those "horror" films you watch for the laughs because it is so bad. It's one of those ones where you cheer for the bad guys because the heroes as just so dumb.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2012, 5:55:07 AM PDT
KinksRock says:
I could agree with you except for how slow-moving and boring it is. I can't imagine sitting through it again.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2012, 5:57:44 AM PDT
'The Dead Zone' is a very good adaptation. As is 'Misery'.

I would say that 'It' is worse than 'Maximum Overdrive'. Maybe I'm TOO biased towards 'Maximum...' and it's Acca Dacca soundtrack to have a balanced opinion on this, but I thought 'It' tarnished the memory of the book; a mental scrub was needed, and a re-read just to get things back in order.

I love 'Christine', but I never did end up reading the book.
'Cat's Eye' is an underrated adaptation. Especially the 'Quitter's Inc.' segment (from King's very cool Night Shift collection). James Woods is great here.
'Stand By Me' is pretty gnarly too (from the very cool Different Seasons collection).
Perhaps the most underrated of his adaptations is Romero's take on 'The Dark Half'. Faithful to the book, and chock full of eeriness.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2012, 6:51:58 AM PDT
KinksRock says:
While the TV version of IT may have been inadequate, it does not match MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE in being just plain awful. You can enjoy AC/DC all you want without seeing that horrible film, so that does not save it for me.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2012, 7:20:57 AM PDT
Rick G says:
I'd disagree partially at least. I thought the first half of IT was quite well done for a TV adaptation. It wasn't until the adults took over that it lost it's appeal for me.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2012, 7:44:50 AM PDT
You must read Christine. The movie is nothing to it. Just read it and try to walk in the middle of a lonely night at night.

Posted on Aug 23, 2012, 9:31:54 AM PDT
Misery was a great adaptation as was The Dead Zone.
OMG I felt so poorly for Johhny. Along with Pet Semetary, The Dead Zone, IMO, were some of the darkest books King ever wrote.

I liked the TV show that was on for a while, though I felt it was sort of cheesy to have a show based on a book where that character was already dead. But I did like the show for what it was.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2012, 10:03:39 AM PDT
Rick G says:
The difference in the movie versions of The Dead Zone and Pet Semetary were night and day, though. The Dead Zone was well done (probably thanks in no small part to Christopher Walken). Pet Semetary played out more like a farce about stupid people getting exactly what they deserved.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2012, 10:14:22 AM PDT
I agree, Rick G. The movie of PS didn't really work for me at all.

Rather than being horrified by his son's return in the movie, I was laughing uncontrollably because it just looked...silly. Like Chucky or something, you know?

Posted on Aug 23, 2012, 10:39:55 AM PDT
Juzbyosef says:
CUJO was pretty well-done. The ending to the movie was different from the ending to the book. But I liked both endings.

***** SPOILER ALERT *****

The boy dies at the end of the book. At the end of the film, there's a still-shot of the mother running toward the father with the limp body of the boy in her arms. She's almost reached the father, and she seems on the verge of simply dropping the kid in hopes the father will catch him. That always gets me choked-up. So poignant.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2012, 10:52:19 AM PDT
SPOILERS FOR CUJO******************** and Green Mile

spoiler space

I hated the movie ending, Juz. HATED it. The boy had to die. The way the book was written, it was the only way it could end, IMO.
Just like John Coffey HAD to die at the end of the GM.

Posted on Aug 23, 2012, 11:46:26 AM PDT
Rick G says:
MOON...that spells Tom Cullen.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2012, 11:55:00 AM PDT
I loved Tom. : )

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2012, 12:31:53 PM PDT

The movie "Pet Sematary" is flawed but it has a little bit of good stuff. I liked the scenario featuring Zelda the sickly sister. So creepy and memorable.

The toddler Gage coming back from the dead was lame, agreed. He was dressed like Eddie Munster (No Fred Gwynne jokes, lol), he spoke like a sugary sitcom tot ("No fair"), and wasn't nearly scary enough in appearance.

But when he nails Gywnne in the heel with the scalpel, that makes me wince.

It's not one of my favorite film adaptations of King's fiction. And yet I own it. I must like it. I think I like the ideas in the story so much because they're so primal and twisted, about forbidden fruit and dabbling in things unknown, not unlike Shelley's "Frankenstein" ... man plays God, and lives to regret it.
Also, it's so much about grieving for loved ones (children, pet, spouse, etc), and everyone can relate to that.

Too bad that the movie is just decent. Could have been really chilling if done properly.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2012, 12:56:03 PM PDT
Well said, Baron!
I was able to check out some of those parodies you linked to last week. You're hilarious! : )

Posted on Aug 23, 2012, 1:47:37 PM PDT
Juzbyosef says:
Charlene, the ending to the movie kinda left it unsaid (whether the boy lived or died). In the book, they tried to revive him, but couldn't. Maybe that was the next scene in the movie, but they editted it. Maybe I'm fooling myself :-/

Posted on Aug 23, 2012, 1:48:59 PM PDT
Juz. Yeah, it was a painful scene, really-either way. I hear you.
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