by Patrick Bromley
I'm sure there some for whom either (or both) of these opinions will discredit me. I am ok with this. I understand Stephen King's place in pop culture. He writes a lot of books, sometimes two a year. He uses corny turns of phrases and often relies on the same tropes. His endings are often disproportionately disappointing in comparison to what has come before. In spite of this, there is no other author whose work I enjoy reading more and to whose next book I look more forward. Yes, he's written some clunkers. But I'm happy to grant the guy who wrote Dreamcatcher some leeway because he's the same guy who wrote The Stand. M-O-O-N spells I love that book.
Stephen King movies are often a different story. The common wisdom seems to be that all of the movies made from his books are terrible, but this is lazy and ignorant thinking that comes as a result of people just repeating said common wisdom without thinking much about it. It's true that I like more Stephen King movies than most people might, but that doesn't change the fact that there are a least a half dozen adaptations (probably more) of his work that are legitimately terrific. Many of those will be represented in this lineup. Some of them aren't because I had to make room for The Mangler. I gotta do me.
And yes, I probably should have saved this list for #ScaryMovieMonth, but I've been tearing through Stephen King books lately (or, as my 6-year old calls him, "Step-hen King") and wanted to write this up. What can I say? I was in a mood.
10 a.m Carrie (1976, dir. Brian De Palma)
Noon Silver Bullet (1985, dir. Daniel Attias)
1:45 p.m. Stand By Me (1986, dir. Rob Reiner)
3:15 p.m. The Dark Half (1993, dir. George A. Romero)
5:30 p.m. The Mist (B&W version) (2007, dir. Frank Darabont)
7:45 p.m. Creepshow (1982, dir. George A. Romero)
10 p.m. Sleepwalkers (1993, dir. Mick Garris)
11:30 p.m. Pet Sematary (1989, dir. Mary Lambert)
1:30 a.m. The Mangler (1995, dir. Tobe Hooper)
3:15 a.m. It (1990, dir. Tommy Lee Wallace)
6:30 a.m. The Running Man (1987, dir. Paul Michael Glaser)
8:30 a.m. The Dead Zone (1983, dir. David Cronenberg)
10:30 a.m. The Shining (1980, dir. Stanley Kubrick)