KING MOVIE LIST

Stephen King has been terrifying readers for 43 years, crafting best-selling novels and short stories that have become iconic works of horror. With these written works have come a plethora of film and TV adaptations – some very good, some (many, actually) not so good. King adaptations are experiencing a sudden boom – The Dark Tower recently hit theaters and a new, highly anticipated adaptation of It will arrive in theaters this week. On the horizon, a Netflix adaptation of Gerald’s Game will arrive near the end of the month and a TV series, Castle Rock, is currently in pre-production.

In honor of the many new King adaptations, I decided to do something really scary. I’ve gone back and ranked every single Stephen King film. Here are the rules I stuck to: films and miniseries only, and no sequels unless the sequel in question was a direct adaptation of something King wrote (i.e. Creepshow 2). So, sorry Children of the Corn sequel fans, only the initial Corn adaptations will be here. Without further ado, let’s rank the film adaptations of Stephen King.

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Stephen King's It Trailer

This weekend brings the latest adaptation of Stephen King‘s classic horror novel It to theaters. Or at least it brings the first half of what will be a two-part theatrical adaptation, when all is said and done.

Director Andy Muschietti is tackling Pennywise the Dancing Clown and his terrorizing of the misfits known as The Losers’ Club this time, and based on the early buzz on social media recently, it sounded like the movie was going to be a beloved horror hit. Now that the full reviews are starting to arrive, things are looking a little more mixed, but there’s still plenty of acclaim here and word that fans don’t necessarily need to worry about being disappointed as long as they don’t expect perfection.

Read some of the It reviews from around the web below. Read More »

Gerald's Game trailer

It seems like we’re in the middle of a full-fledged Stephen King renaissance right now. Everywhere you look, there’s another adaptation of the author’s work – The Dark Tower and It on the big screen, The Mist and Mr. Mercedes on the small screen – and now Netflix is getting into the mix, too. The streaming service has unleashed the first trailer for Mike Flanagan‘s (Hush, Oculus, Ouija: Origin of Evil) movie adaptation of King’s 1992 novel Gerald’s Game, and this thing looks intense.
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Stephen King's It Clown-Only Screening

Being scared is a highly subjective experience. Some people have a genuine fear of clowns. For those people, the coulrophobics of the world, watching the new film adaptation of Stephen King’s It in a theater full of clowns would probably be terrifying. The rest of us will just have to be content to get in the mood for It some other way. A great way to do that is by revisiting scary scenes from other Stephen King adaptations.

With that in mind, let’s dive into a few memorable moments from other Stephen King adaptations and talk about how those moments play into certain indelible fears. Some of these fears might register on a basic human level; King would not be as successful as he is if he were not capable of tapping into the kind of horror that does that. Other fears might seem more perspectival in nature; but here again, King would not be as successful as he is if he were not capable of shifting the axis of a reader’s perspective from time to time.

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It producer interview

Last week, I attended the press junket for Warner Bros. new film adaptation of Stephen King’s It, the horror story about an ancient entity that terrorizes and feeds on the children of Derry, Maine and often takes the form of a menacing clown named Pennywise. Along with a handful of other writers, I spoke with producers Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and David Katzenberg (The Goldbergs) about the challenges of bringing such a classic book to the big screen, Bill Skarsgard‘s intense performance, a possible sequel, and more.
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It poster 4

Pennywise the clown is an iconic image of horror. Starting next week, if director Andy Muschietti‘s adaptation of Stephen King‘s It is as scary as the early buzz indicates, the shape-shifting clown will continue to live on in nightmares (and hopefully in a sequel). The movie is on track to be a big hit at the box office, so the character could become more popular than ever. Before Pennywise terrorizes the children of Derry, Maine, you can find the clown all over the place in Gallery1988 this weekend in Los Angeles, where a can’t-miss It themed exhibit is taking place.

Below, check out some terrific It posters from Gallery1988, Mondo, and more.

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Stephen King's It Featurette

In a little over a week, viewers will get to scare themselves into a frenzy when the eagerly anticipated adaptation of Stephen King‘s classic horror novel It comes to theaters. The movie is on the path to have a big box office debut, and even the clown-only screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse are selling out so fast that they’ve had to add even more of the specialty events to meet demand.

While we wait for It to arrive, some new footage has shown up in a featurette that takes a closer look at The Losers Club, the cyclical reign of terror that comes from Pennywise, and some promising remarks from the master himself, Stephen King. Read More »

terry o'quinn cast in castle rock

Terry O’Quinn has to go back…to work with Lost co-creator J.J. Abrams. The Lost alum has been cast in a key role in Castle Rock, Abrams’ Hulu psychological-horror series revolving around the Stephen King universe.

While O’Quinn has been getting steady work on television, starring in series like The Blacklist and Hawaii Five-0, he did his career-best work in Lost — and it would be wonderful to see him live up to the potential that Abrams, Damon Lindelof, and Carlton Cuse helped him fulfill during the course of that sci-fi series.

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Stephen King's It Early Buzz

Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema’s new adaptation of Stephen King’s It won’t hit theaters until September 8th. But in an effort to kick off positive word of mouth, some critics have already seen the film from director Andy Muschietti, and the first reactions have started to hit the web.

There aren’t any full reviews available yet, but the embargo on social media reactions has been lifted, and the early buzz is through the roof. This adaptation captures the spirit of Stephen King’s original book, assembles an incredible group of kids to play the Losers Club, and brings a terrifying new Pennywise to the screen. Check out the first Stephen King’s It early buzz below. Read More »

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Stephen King's It Clown-Only Screening

The Alamo Drafthouse is the king of theater chains when it comes to hosting screenings that fans go crazy for. They have awesome movie parties, get special guests for Q&As, and have awesome collectibles and memorabilia to commemorate them. But one of their upcoming events for a certain horror movie releasing in September has the potential to give you nightmares.

A new adaptation of Stephen King’s It is coming to theaters next month from director Andy Muschietti. From what we’ve seen from the trailers, this could be the adaptation fans have been waiting to see since they read the book so many years ago. However, for some lucky, or maybe unlucky viewers, the experience will be made all the more unnerving by watching It in a theater full of clowns.

If that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, maybe you’d rather hear some tracks from the It soundtrack? You can find details on the It clown-only screening and the two samples of the score below.

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