Kingdom of Fear: Stephen King on Screen

Kingdom of Fear: Stephen King on Screen

Kingdom of Fear: Stephen King on Screen

Kingdom of Fear: Stephen King on Screen

Kingdom of Fear: Stephen King on Screen

Kingdom of Fear: Stephen King on Screen

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This bloody good retrospective surveys the wide range of the Master of Horror's cinematic spawn, from skin-crawling shockers (Carrie, Cujo, The Shining) to moving dramas (Stand by Me, The Shawshank Redemption) to gleefully trashy guilty pleasures (the ever-awesome Maximum Overdrive).

Films in Kingdom of Fear: Stephen King on Screen

    • Firestarter
    • Mark L. Lester
    • A post-E.T. Drew Barrymore stars in this King tale about a young girl with telekinetic powers being hunted by a ruthless government agency.

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    • Cujo
    • Lewis Teague
    • An unfaithful wife and her young son are besieged within a broken-down Pinto by a rabid St. Bernard, in this nail-biting adaptation of the Stephen King thriller.

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    • Christine
    • John Carpenter
    • Herbie Goes Homicidal in John Carpenter's adaptation of Stephen King's sentient-auto thriller.

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    • The Shawshank Redemption
    • Frank Darabont
    • This moving, decades-spanning prison drama is rivalled only by Stand by Me as the most beloved film in Stephen King's cinematic canon.

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    • Stand by Me
    • Rob Reiner
    • Rob Reiner's adaptation of Stephen King's novella The Body — about four young friends (River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Wil Wheaton and Jerry O'Connell) who set out into the woods over Labor Day weekend to find the dead body of a missing classmate — is one of the greatest coming-of-age films ever made.

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    • Maximum Overdrive
    • Stephen King
    • Stephen King had his only directorial credit with this gleefully dumb, AC/DC-scored trash classic about a motley crew of motorists (including Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, and The Simpsons' Yeardley Smith) fleeing a convoy of malevolent, sentient tractor-trailers.

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    • Misery
    • Rob Reiner
    • Kathy Bates won a Best Actress Oscar as a crazed nurse who holds her incapacitated literary idol (James Caan) hostage in a remote Colorado cottage, in Rob Reiner's nerve-shredding adaptation of the Stephen King novel.

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    • Carrie
    • Brian De Palma
    • Sissy Spacek became a star as a mousy high-school outcast whose telekinetic powers are unleashed after a vicious practical joke, in Brian De Palma's stunningly stylish version of Stephen King's first published novel.

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    • The Shining
    • Stanley Kubrick
    • Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of one of Stephen King's most critically praised novels — about an alcoholic writer (Jack Nicholson) whose resentment, self-loathing and repressed rage find a murderous home in the haunted Overlook Hotel — is one of the most discussed, analyzed and cherished horror films ever made.

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    • Creepshow
    • George A. Romero
    • Two giants of the horror genre — George A. Romero and Stephen King — teamed up for this five-part cinematic tribute to the notorious EC horror comics of the 1950s.

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    • The Mist
    • Frank Darabont
    • A small town is beset by an all-enveloping fog and a host of otherdimensional monsters, in Shawshank Redemption writer-director Frank Darabont's almost unbearably intense screen version of Stephen King's 1980 novella.

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    • Apt Pupil
    • Bryan Singer
    • A high-school honour student (Brad Renfro) discovers that his elderly neighbour (Ian McKellen) is actually a Nazi war criminal in hiding, in this darkly fascinating screen version of Stephen King's novella by director Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects).

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Even after his first published novel, Carrie, became a runaway paperback bestseller in 1975, few could have imagined that Stephen King would become one of the most prolific, successful and influential of living American writers — including King himself, who even started a parallel literary career under a pseudonym (Richard Bachman) in order to soothe his nagging fear that his spectacular success was some kind of fluke. Four decades later, with over 200 novels, novellas and short stories to his name, 350 million copies of his books in print and a whopping 170 films and television series crediting him as a writer in some capacity, King has become a power not only on the printed page, but across nearly all spheres of modern media.

This bloody good retrospective surveys the wide range of the Master of Horror's cinematic spawn, from skin-crawling shockers (Carrie, Cujo, The Shining) to moving dramas (Stand by Me, The Shawshank Redemption) to gleefully trashy guilty pleasures (the ever-awesome Maximum Overdrive).

— Todd Brown