Stephen King IS the “King” of horror. There is no denying that this prolific author has written some of the scariest stories and most memorable characters of the genre. But it’s important to note that he has also produced great stories that are not grounded in the supernatural. These are especially welcome when one gets tired of having to go to bed with the lights on.
Another note of distinction about Mr. King is the amount of his works that have been adapted for the big or the small screen. And in my book, some of them are true classics. So here are some of my favorites, for your consideration.
5. The mist (2007) A nail-biting, jump-out-of-your-skin monster movie with the most heart-wrenching ending ever.
4. The shining I have read that Mr. King is not a fan of Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation, but there is no denying that this legendary director, as well as the stellar cast involved in this production, have created one hell of a horror movie. The feeling of dread that grips this family as they come to realize that “Johnny” is no longer quite himself is unnerving, to say the least. And Jack Nicholson’s slow descent into madness is a marvel to behold. A must see.
3. The dead zone One of my all time favorite movies, and for good reasons. This tragic story of a man whose life is completely shattered by an unfortunate accident is superbly crafted by it’s director, David Cronenberg. And Christopher Walken gives a heartbreaking performance as a “gifted” man who must decide to embrace or reject his destiny.
2. Misery I’m sure that Mr. King has his share of #1 fans, so I wonder how much of this movie is based on personal experience. In today’s mediacentric world, some celebrities have attained, in the (warped) mind of some people, the status of gods. This is the story of how a disciple meets her “god” and then gets very, very angry with him. It’s not pretty. In fact, it’s downright painful. I won’t spoil it, but OUCH!
1. The Shawshank redemption A perfect movie. I could never get sick of watching this film. It’s all about the journey that our leading character, Andy Dufresne, beautifully played by Tim Robbins, must take when he is convicted of having killed his wife and her lover. The enemies he makes, the friends he encounters, and the plan he concotes to try and escape this predicament. It’s one of my “Desert island picks” and it’s definitely a movie everyone should see.
Honorable mentions : Carrie, Salem’s lot, Stand by me, The Green Mile