In announcing a screening of The Dead Zone, Ken Hanke of Mountain Express asserts this:
Let’s be honest about it. There are only three film adaptations of Stephen King’s horror stories that seriously qualify as really good movies: Brian DePalma’s Carrie (1976), Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (1980) and this film, David Cronenberg’s The Dead Zone (1983). (There are quite a few other film adaptations that are entertaining enough, but…) And, yes, Cronenberg’s film is the least of the three. (mountainx.com)Wait a minute. . . there's only three really good horror movies from King's work? I assume we are not counting Shawshank and the like as "horror." Still, doesn't The Green Mile count as a horror flick? Well, if the Dead Zone counts as a horror film, Green Mile certainly does!
Here are some of my favorite King horror films -- and there are more than three! In fact, here's ten:
- The Shining
- The Mist
- Creepshow (1-2)
- Salem's Lot (1979)
- The Dark Half
That's 11 if you count Creepshow 1 and 2. I liked 2 better than the first. I also thought the 1979 Salem's Lot was flat out creepy! And IT, though it is not consistent, has some scary moments. The Dark Half is scary, especially in the beginning.
1408 I have my own issues with. They are genre issues mostly. It seems that once in the room anything can happen -- thus the story has no framing or rules of its own. If oceans need to fall out of pictures, so be it. Never mind oceans don't fall from pictures -- all reality is suspended without explanation. That means the viewer is held hostage to anything the writer can think of. Still, it's a scary flick!
My list didn't even include a few like Dreamcatcher and Maximum Overdrive. I liked Maximum Overdrive a lot! But, I'm not sure it would be listed as a "really good" horror movie.
Here is the screening information for those of you in the Ashville NC area:
The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen The Dead Zone Thursday, Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. in the Cinema Lounge of The Carolina Asheville and will be hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther.So tell me: What are you favorite Stephen King horror movies?