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  • LennyZero 22 Feb 2007 13:53:59 27 posts
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    I've seen Misery, Green Mile, Shinning, Stand by Me and Shawshank.
    But I can see from this http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000175/ that theres loads of his books as films.

    Any of them any good?
  • MetalDog 22 Feb 2007 14:01:17 23,697 posts
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    Not many of them are. You've seen the best of them already from the looks of it. Apt Pupil, Christine, Cujo and Carrie are okay.

    The TV miniseries are usually entertaining, but that's not to say they're good, if you see what I mean?

    Avoid Needful Things, The Mangler and Pet Semetary like the plague, though, they're /awful/ compared to the books.

    Oh and if you can get your hands on Kingdom Hospital, that's a lot of fun. It's a remake of Riget.

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  • PearOfAnguish 22 Feb 2007 14:03:10 7,213 posts
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    The Dead Zone - excellent. The TV show, that is, not seen the movie yet.
    Dreamcatcher - awful
    The Langoliers - creepy, but really cheap effects. The Langoliers themselves are hilarious, like gigantic flying meatballs.
    The Stand - mostly good, but suffers from the same problems as the book
    Pet Semetary 1 & 2 - both are decent horror movies
    The Running Man - it's ARNIE and is therefore great
    Carrie - a horror classic

  • harrisimo 22 Feb 2007 14:04:22 383 posts
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    LennyZero wrote:
    I've seen Misery, Green Mile, Shinning, Stand by Me ....
    Heh heh. You are Groundskeeper Willie.

    Salem's Lot mini series is quite good. But I was young at the time, so it may not be quite so scary as I remember.
  • smoothpete 22 Feb 2007 14:04:52 31,501 posts
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    "It" isn't too bad, apart from the ending... great quotable film though.
    Cat's Eyes is pretty good
  • kalel 22 Feb 2007 14:05:48 87,093 posts
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    I'd day Carrie is the only genuine classic you've missed out on.

    Others are watchable and enjoyable though, I've always enjoyed IT even though it's a bit silly.
  • MetalDog 22 Feb 2007 14:05:58 23,697 posts
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    Oh, The Dead Zone, how could I forget that! That's probably the best film of his work out there with Misery as a close second.

    Oh yes and avoid Maximum Overdrive, even King says it's shit and he made it =)

    *throw in Creepshow for a watch if we're counting anthology flicks. Creepshow 2 - not so good.


    Edited by MetalDog at 14:07:33 22-02-2007

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  • Universal_Hamster 22 Feb 2007 14:09:44 4,948 posts
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    I watched salems lot for the first time not long ago.
    Its bad.
    VERY bad.

    Except for Mr Barlow, who was rather freaky-looking.
  • Universal_Hamster 22 Feb 2007 14:14:08 4,948 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    I'd day Carrie is the only genuine classic you've missed out on.

    Others are watchable and enjoyable though, I've always enjoyed IT even though it's a bit silly.
    I can guess the answer to this before I ask it, yet it must be asked... Is the child-gangbang in the film?
  • MetalDog 22 Feb 2007 14:17:17 23,697 posts
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    Universal Hamster wrote:
    I watched salems lot for the first time not long ago.
    Its bad.
    VERY bad.

    Except for Mr Barlow, who was rather freaky-looking.

    Oh come on, it's nowhere near as bad as IT. The acting in IT... *shudder*

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  • Universal_Hamster 22 Feb 2007 14:17:32 4,948 posts
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    CrispyXUK wrote:
    Universal Hamster wrote:
    I watched salems lot for the first time not long ago.
    Its bad.
    VERY bad.

    Except for Mr Barlow, who was rather freaky-looking.
    Which one?
    That would be the one with David Soul and his mighty hair.
  • Universal_Hamster 22 Feb 2007 14:18:52 4,948 posts
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    MetalDog wrote:
    Universal Hamster wrote:
    I watched salems lot for the first time not long ago.
    Its bad.
    VERY bad.

    Oh come on, it's nowhere near as bad as IT. The acting in IT... *shudder*
    I havent seen IT, (Just read the book) but Salems Lot has not got acting to boast about.
  • Kay 22 Feb 2007 14:25:10 17,830 posts
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    The Shining was a crap film, in my opinion.

    K
  • MetalDog 22 Feb 2007 14:30:37 23,697 posts
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    Universal Hamster wrote:
    I havent seen IT, (Just read the book) but Salems Lot has not got acting to boast about.

    James Mason was a lot of fun though =)

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  • nickthegun 22 Feb 2007 14:32:01 59,516 posts
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    Salems lot the movie is good.
    Salems lot the mini series.......not so much.....

    The Shining the movie is good.
    The Shining the mini series......not so much......

    The last one is strangely lame as King apparently hated kubricks take on it and exec produced the series himself so it would be almost a literal translation of the book. Which may be why it sucks.

    I love the first episode of IT. The second is a bit lame, but overall its a decent series.

    I have recently got over myself and started reading King books again for the first time since I was young. Some of them are really good. I recently read the Talisman, which I hear they are making into a movie (when it escapes development hell).

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  • Introspectre 22 Feb 2007 14:33:16 3,274 posts
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    The Dead Zone is really good. DC's best film, but that's because he didn't write it. Also my favourite Christopher Walken performance. (y)
  • Fat-Boy 22 Feb 2007 14:35:47 4,300 posts
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    Which was the one about some people on a plane who ended up flying through some sort of time warp type thing-a-ma-jig? It had the hologram type chap from Quantum Leap in it.

    From what I remember (which you may have guessed isn't a lot!) that was pretty good.
  • smoothpete 22 Feb 2007 14:37:33 31,501 posts
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    I blame IT for a generation of coulrophobes

    beep beep ritchie
  • nickthegun 22 Feb 2007 14:38:03 59,516 posts
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    Oh, the Dark Half is OK too. Takes a while to get going and is a bit too much of a blatant metaphor for Kings alcoholism, but its ok nonetheless.

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  • nickthegun 22 Feb 2007 14:38:49 59,516 posts
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    smoothpete wrote:
    I blame IT for a generation of coulrophobes

    beep beep ritchie

    I only had to say 'We all Float down here' to my brother and he would start freaking out.

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  • caligari 22 Feb 2007 14:39:16 17,024 posts
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    Heh heh. I'm helping out at a local charity store, and I've devoted a whole display to 'awesome' Stephen King films.

    Misery, Creepshow, Carrie, It, The Stand (well...it's okay), The Shining (Kubrick's version), Pet Cem (even Pet Cem 2 is rather amusing), Firestarter, Stand By Me, The Running Man, The Dead Zone - all decent films based on Steve's work (I can call him Steve...he lets me).

    EDIT: Oh jah, I'd forgotten about the excellent Cat's Eye. Great if you're scared of midgets...like me. Tommyknockers is crap, but it has a decent scene when a load of dolls come to life. I actually enjoyed Needful Things too (and Silver Bullet...although that was only good if you watched it as a kid).

    EDIT EDIT: DARN! Christine and Cujo! How could I forget those two? Cujo = lifetime phobia of dawgs. Thinner = lifetime fear of gypsies. :s

    Edited by caligari at 14:46:10 22-02-2007
  • smoothpete 22 Feb 2007 14:39:27 31,501 posts
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    Fat Boy wrote:
    Which was the one about some people on a plane who ended up flying through some sort of time warp type thing-a-ma-jig? It had the hologram type chap from Quantum Leap in it.

    From what I remember (which you may have guessed isn't a lot!) that was pretty good.
    The Langoliers, which I actually really enjoyed
  • Introspectre 22 Feb 2007 14:39:30 3,274 posts
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    Fat Boy wrote:
    Which was the one about some people on a plane who ended up flying through some sort of time warp type thing-a-ma-jig? It had the hologram type chap from Quantum Leap in it.

    From what I remember (which you may have guessed isn't a lot!) that was pretty good.

    This.

    Ed.

    Gah! Too late.

    I did linky to it tho....

    /mumbles

    Edited by Introspectre at 14:40:19 22-02-2007
  • Fat-Boy 22 Feb 2007 14:42:37 4,300 posts
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    Introspectre & Smoothpete: That's the one, thanks. I clearly either didn't watch it all, or my brain is dead, because I don't remember one single thing about "meatballs with buzzsaw teeth"!
  • smoothpete 22 Feb 2007 14:43:16 31,501 posts
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    My stepsister used to babysit his kids when he lived on Guernsey, he was quite odd in real life, so she says
  • Universal_Hamster 22 Feb 2007 14:51:46 4,948 posts
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    MetalDog wrote:
    Universal Hamster wrote:
    I havent seen IT, (Just read the book) but Salems Lot has not got acting to boast about.

    James Mason was a lot of fun though =)
    That is true. For all our British villain stereotypes, We don't get that sort of all out, "I'm English, evil and I love it!" quality any more.
  • istandfreed 22 Feb 2007 15:21:46 2,388 posts
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    1408 is due out soon too John Cusack stars in it along with good'ol Samuel L Jackson. Getting pretty good reviews too, best King adaption in a while.
  • pistol 22 Feb 2007 15:39:33 13,019 posts
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    PearOfAnguish wrote:
    The Dead Zone - excellent. The TV show, that is, not seen the movie yet.
    Dreamcatcher - awful
    The Langoliers - creepy, but really cheap effects. The Langoliers themselves are hilarious, like gigantic flying meatballs.
    The Stand - mostly good, but suffers from the same problems as the book
    Pet Semetary 1 & 2 - both are decent horror movies
    The Running Man - it's ARNIE and is therefore great
    Carrie - a horror classic


    I much prefer the Dead Zone movie to the TV series. Probably due to the fact I'm a big Christopher Walken fan. Although saying that, Martin Sheen plays a good part too.
  • pistol 22 Feb 2007 15:41:13 13,019 posts
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    Universal Hamster wrote:
    I watched salems lot for the first time not long ago.
    Its bad.
    VERY bad.

    Except for Mr Barlow, who was rather freaky-looking.

    I quite like the bit when the boy is hovvering outside the bedroom window, trying to get in. I remember watching that as a teenager and it really freaking me out.
  • Beats 22 Feb 2007 15:51:01 303 posts
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    I recommend Pet Semetary - one of my favourite SK films and most definitely my favourite of his books.

    Of the main films, Dreamcatcher, Carrie, Christine, Silver Bullet, Running Man, Shining, Delores Claiborne, Hearts in Atlantis, Misery and The Dark Half are all very good.

    Of the mini-series he did, The Stand, IT, Shining, Salems Lot (both versions) and The Langoliers were all pretty good.
    The Tommyknockers though was terrible.

    Did anyone ever see The Golden Years or Kingdom Hospital? Both were pretty cool, if I remember correctly.

    The funniest one, which is absolutley unmissable is this.
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