10 Most Underrated Stephen King Adaptations

StephenKing is the undeniable king of horror fiction. Out of misery to The glow to ItKing has written countless beloved classics, many of which have been brought to life on the big and small screens.

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We all know Stanley KubricksThe glowand Brian De Palmascarriebut for every blockbuster Stephen King adaptation, there are ten others that don’t get the same amount of love, even if they deserve it.


“Lisey’s Story” (2021-2021)

Stephen King’s work tends to be quite popular and widely recognized. Everyone has a favorite, and few are universally hated. Now a filmmaker Pablo Larrains The filmography is full of titles that have divided audiences, most recently the Princess Diana Theatre, spencer. His adaptation of Lisey’s story on Apple TV+, written by King himself, is no different.

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Lisey’s story follows Julianne Moore as Lisey Landon, widow of famous author Scott Landon (Clive Davis), as she embarks on a journey to find out the truth about her late husband while being stalked by a mad fan (Dane DeHaan). King’s adaptation of his own work proves that no one could understand the story better, the performances are spectacular and the cinematography breathtaking. That being said, the show can be a lot to some people. It’s a wild, alternating show that you don’t see coming and is more than worth the drive.

‘Salem’s Lot’ (2004-2004)

Salem’s Lot is one of King’s most popular works. Described as his personal favorite of his books, it was transformed by the horror legend into a hit TV movie in 1979 Tobe Hopper, and it’s coming to the big screen sometime next year. With all the love and attention the story is getting, people seem to be forgetting about the 2004 TV movie.

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This adaptation of ‘Salem’s lot star Rob Lowe as Ben Mears, an author who returns to the small town of Jerusalem’s Lot, Maine to write his next novel, but discovers vampires within the community. Lowe is joined by a spectacular cast including Donald Sutherland, Andre Braugher, Samantha Mathis, Rutger Hauerand James Cromwellbringing everything you know and love about Stephen King stories to life.

‘Gerald’s Game’ (2017)

Few filmmakers understand Stephen King better than Mike Flanagan. His 2021 Netflix miniseries midnight fair is the best King story he never wrote. So it’s not surprising that Flanagan’s first adaptation of King, Gerald’s gameis one of the best.

Gerald’s game has a killer setup. Jessie (Carla Gugino) and Gerard (Bruce Greenwood), take a trip to their secluded cabin in the woods to spice up their relationship. When Gerald has a heart attack and dies on the floor, Jessie is handcuffed to the bed with no way of escaping. What follows is an exploration of how Jessie’s past trauma affected her relationship with Gerald. It’s scary, tense, and features one of the best horror film performances in recent memory in Carla Gugino. King’s stories find a way to turn horror concepts into something personal and this is one of the best examples.

‘Doctor Sleep’ (2019)

After the incredible success of Andy Mussettis It In 2017, big-budget horror epics seemed like something audiences would be clamoring for. King fan Mike Flanagan directed a blockbuster version doctor sleepKing’s sequel to The glow. Unfortunately, it wasn’t anywhere near the box office hit, but it’s worth more than one visit.

The film takes the story from King’s novel and brilliantly fuses it with the world of Kubrick’s original film. The movie stars Ewan McGregor as the adult Danny Torrance from the original film, now determined to use the Shining to protect a young girl from a cult of cannibalistic child killers led by Rose The Hat, brilliantly played by Rebecca Ferguson. It has everything you could want in a Stephen King story, with a scope and scope you can only dream of.

‘Dream Catcher’ (2003)

dream catcher is a strange story in the Stephen King bibliography. It was the book King wrote while recovering from a car accident, so it’s full of elements that you can tell were written about painkillers. The film is equally bizarre, but as a whole, it’s one of the funniest and most entertaining horror films of the 2000s.

The story revolves around four friends who are vacationing in a cabin when they discover that some kind of parasitic alien has invaded. There are also superpowers and government conspiracies, it has everything. The cast is spectacular 2000s, led by Jason Lee, Damian Lewis, Thomas Jane, Timothy Olyphant, Donnie Wahlberg, Tom Sizemore and Morgan Freeman, and it was co-written and directed by the greats Lawrence Kasdan. It is a special film that has been written off for too long.

Dolores Claiborne (1995)

If you think of Stephen King and Kathy Bateschances are good that you will think about it misery, and Bates rightly won the Oscar for her iconic performance as Annie Wilkes. But you shouldn’t overlook her other King adaptation, Dolores Claiborne.

The film follows Bates as Dolores Claiborne, an elderly woman accused of murdering her housekeeper and Jennifer Jason Leigh as her daughter Selena, a reporter who has come home to clear her mother’s name. The two give excellent performances and are joined by the likes Christopher Plummer, David Strathairn, Eric Bogosian and John C Reilly. It’s not a horror film, but it’s still the kind of small-town story King is known for.

Carrie (2002)

carrie, Stephen King’s first published novel, is also one of his most popular. As far as adaptations go, the 1976 Brian De Palma film is a horror classic, and the 2013 remake has its fans but isn’t nearly as popular. However, most people don’t seem to even know about the 2002 TV movie, which is better than it really should be.

Written by Bryan Fullerbest known for the beloved Hannibal TV series, this TV adaptation of carrie can’t get as extreme as the R-rated feature films, but doesn’t have to either, instead focusing on the pressure of high school and youth. Angela Bettis and Patricia Clarkson give good performances as the mother/daughter duo at the center of the story and the horror is actually pretty well done. It’s not the best thing ever made, but it doesn’t deserve to be forgotten.

‘Silver Bullet’ (1985)

The werewolf is one of the most popular monsters in all of cinema. Out of The wolf man to An American werewolf in London to Ginger Snapsthere is a werewolf movie for all and silver bulletbased on the King novella cycle of the werewolfis one of the most underrated.

The movie stars Corey Haim When a disabled little boy begins to suspect that a series of murders in his small town may actually have been committed by a werewolf. Stephen King loves a good quirky small town and silver bullet is no exception, with people like Gary Busy and Everett McGill like some townsfolk. As in all great werewolf movies, the special effects are phenomenal, striking a good balance between campy and scary.

‘Maximum Overdrive’ (1986)

Stephen King is best known as an author, but he’s always dabbled in the larger entertainment industry. He’s always loved having his work adapted for the big and small screen, but who better to adapt King’s work than King himself? That’s what he thought when Stephen King wrote and directed his short story truck into the cult classic, Maximum overdrivehis only directorial work to date.

Maximum overdrive is really wild and tells the story of a group of people who are trapped in a gas station because sentient trucks want to kill them. It features an equally wild cast including Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingleand Yeardley Smithin a rare live-action appearance best known for voicing Lisa The simpsons. Unlike anything else he’s ever done, it’s a must-read for any King fan.

“The Shining” (1997-1997)

Stephen King is known to hate Stanley Kubricks The glow, arguably the most popular King adaptation. He has his issues with the film and isn’t afraid to share them. This prompted him to write a television film adaptation, directed by an underrated horror master Me Garris.

Stephen Weber Stars like John Torrance, along with Rebecca de Mornay and Courtland Mead as his family, Winifred and Daniel, who stay in a remote Colorado hotel during the winter. When John goes insane, the hotel becomes a house of horrors. It’s the story we all know, but told in a way that fully understands what the original novel is driving at. Is it better than Kubrick’s film? Take a look and decide for yourself.

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