Today we decided to remember the most successful screenings of Stephen King’s novels from “a good representative of his genre” to “exciting”, “frightening” and “the best movie on the planet. Let’s go.
The rating is made by estimations from platform IMDb, and as on quantity of voters.
It (2017) from the novel “It” (1986)
The first screen version of “It” was shot in 1990. The mini-series consisted of only two episodes and even won a couple of awards, including “Emmy”. According to some viewers, as well as the IMDb rating of 6.9, the time test is very tight, and in some scenes it does not pass at all. In any case, one of the most famous, and the longest novel by Stephen King, needed a new reading. And in 2017 (27 years later) a full-length film was released, which brought on “The King of Horrors” was a wave of popularity.
The new screen version of “It” can be described as a classic horror film of the 80-90s, only with a better picture and without the blatant lapses inherent in the paintings of the time. To put it simply, the film was a success. Interesting story, bright picture and the main characters who want to empathize not because they are children. A lot of cool screenplayers, and with them the feeling that you’re 10 again, and you sit in front of the TV screen with your eyes half closed, shaking from every rustle. In short, it’s exciting.
As a result, the image of the famous clown “It” – the ancient evil that originally planned by King dwells under the bridge, has long been the embodiment of absolute children’s fear, and the new film reinforces this position even more.
11.22.63 (2016) for the novel “11/22/63” (2011)
Mini-serial “11.22.63” consists of one season, which has 8 episodes. It should be noted that this is a complete work and the continuation is not expected.
The plot of the series is based on the idea of time travel, with possible correction of the events that have already occurred. The main plot – the prevention of the murder of John F. Kennedy, which occurred on November 22, 1963.
With just a few minor differences from the original source, from the very first episodes the action plunges you into a situation where you can easily go back in time and change the course of events known to you. Not being horrible, the series keeps in suspense, keeping the main plot of the denouement to the victorious end.
Among the advantages is also worth noting the excellent acting game and the inexpressible atmosphere of America 60s. Of the disadvantages – a slight delay in the middle.
As a result, – if you love the theme of time travel, but do not like when the story begins to contradict itself, this series is unambiguous for you.
The Shining (1980) from the novel “The Shining” (1977)
Opens the top three leaders of one of the best representatives of the horror genre in the movie – “The Shining”.
The plot of the film tells about the young writer Jack Torrance, who gets a robot supervisor in the old and damaging hotel Overlook. He and his family are moving there for winter time.
The film “Shining” came out three years after the publication of the novel. He, like a large half of the cult paintings, received mainly negative reviews, as well as failed in the rental. But, no matter how much you turn, the last word always remains with the time. And almost 30 years after the release of this film is considered not only good, but also a great representative of the genre. Which, strange as it may seem, was not to the taste of Stephen King himself. The latter explained his position by the fact that Stanley Kubrick did not have an accurate idea of both the horror genre and his book as a whole, depicting the evil main character, although the evil in fact – the hotel itself.
The Green Mile (1999) from the novel “The Green Mile” (1996)
The second place in the list of the best screenings of “The King of Horrors” is taken by the mystical drama “The Green Mile”. The plot of which tells the story of the fate of prisoners of block “E”, people sentenced to death. The title, which is interesting, is a reference to the linoleum of green shade, which lies in this block. The story is written on behalf of the main character, – the warden Paul Edgecombe.
This film can be attributed to the second group of cult paintings, which gain their fame immediately after the release of the big screens. And in the end, they don’t lose it, carrying it through the years and remaining the best of the best when it comes to drama.
The film is ranked second in the top 250 best movies by KinoPoisk and 34th by IMDb.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994) based on the novel “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” from the author’s collection “Different Seasons” (1982)
At the top of the list of the best of the best is “Shawshank Redemption”, the plot of which will tell about the unfair imprisonment of Andy Dufresne in Shawshank prison, where he will have to spend the rest of his days.
If you like to notice a clear (or hidden) play on words, then you know that the protagonist of the film is prisoner Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding, – Andy’s best friend. And the word “Red” in the title “Shawshank Redemption” tells us that the film is about the redemption of Red himself, on whose behalf the main story is being told. He, unlike his friend, committed a crime and suffered a fair punishment for it when he got out of jail on parole.
And if the aforementioned “The Green Mile” reached universal love and confession almost immediately, the best film in the history of cinema (according to IMDb and KinoPoisk) “Shawshank Redemption” – a film about injustice, which suffered injustice. In the year of his release, he almost failed in the box office, and instead of Oscar took the “Bronze Frog” (Brązowa Żaba) at the festival in Poland.
Success and cult came later. Now this film is considered to be the best representative of cinema in general and confidently holds its position at the top of the world’s tops. Justice has prevailed.