Monthly Archives: September 2015

The Shining (1980)

Adapted From: The Shining by Stephen KingStarring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman CrothersWritten By: Stanley Kubrick and Diane JohnsonDirected By: Stanley KubrickOf all the films adapted from Stephen King’s work, The Shining is probably the most famous and infamous, often hailed as the best work of director Stanley Kubrick. To explore all the differences between film and novel would take a longer essay than I have in me at the moment, but the treatment of Jack is something I want to focus on in particular here in Kubrick’s work. If one takes into account the usual quality markers for an…

The Shining (1980)

The Dead Zone (1983)

Adapted From: The Dead Zone by Stephen KingStarring: Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerrit, Herbert Lom, Martin SheenWritten By: Jeffrey BoamDirected By: David CronenbergThe ideas of choice and control are something that often run across King’s work and they have been seen particularly over the course of this week in the other adaptations I’ve looked at. In The Dead Zone, choice plays a key role, both the ability to make decisions and the horror that results from having those decisions taken away from you.This is the case for the novel’s protagonist, Johnny Smith, a man who is in a car…

The Dead Zone (1983)

A Good Marriage (2014)

Adapted From: ‘A Good Marriage’ from Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen KingStarring: Joan Allen, Anthony LaPaglia, Kristen Connolly, Stephen LangWritten By: Stephen KingDirected By: Peter AskinThroughout this week, I have selected adaptations of Stephen King’s work that have generally been critically acclaimed and much loved by audiences. For A Good Marriage, that’s not really the case. It was released to almost no fanfare last year and sunk pretty fast. Yet, I also had a certain amount of curiosity in how King and Askin adapted King’s short story of the same name because it was the only story in Full Dark,…

A Good Marriage (2014)

Stand By Me (1986)

Adapted From: ‘The Body’ from Different Seasons by Stephen KingStarring: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O’Connell, Kiefer Sutherland, John CusackWritten By: Raynold Gaydon & Bruce A. EvansDirected By: Rob ReinerLike his relationship with Frank Darabont, the collaborations between director Rob Reiner and Stephen King have yielded astonishing results in both Misery and the subject of today’s post Stand By Me, the film which kicked off their work together.  ‘The Body’ appears in the collection Different Seasons which also provided the sources for The Shawshank Redemption and Apt Pupil. ‘The Body’ follows four boys, Gordie, Chris, Teddy and Vern, on an…

Stand By Me (1986)

The Mist (2007)

Please be aware that I spoil both the film and the book quite spectacularly – don’t read on if you haven’t seen/read them. The film in particular is something I wouldn’t want to ruin for anyone.Adapted From: ‘The Mist’ in Skeleton Crew by Stephen KingStarring: Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Andre Braugher, Toby Jones, William Sadler, Jeffrey DeMunnWritten and Directed By: Frank Darabont <div class=”image-block-wrapper has-aspect-ratio” data-description=”Thomas Jane and Nathan Gamble as David and Billy Drayton”> Thomas Jane and Nathan Gamble as David and Billy Drayton The writer-director combination of Stephen King and Frank Darabont is one of the…

The Mist (2007)