Phil’s Top 5… Stephen King Adaptations

Phil’s Top 5… Stephen King Adaptations

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out:


Close but no cigar: The Running Man, The Stand, IT, Christine, Apt Pupil


5 – Carrie

DePalma’s Carrie was a strong early King adaptation, based on an equally strong book.  A great cast and THAT ending cemented it as a horror classic.


4 – Misery

Oscar wining for Kathy Bates, Misery showed that King’s lower key novels tended to be the ones that worked best on screen.  Couple those factors with THAT performance and you had a winner


3 – The Shining

One of the scariest horror films ever made, Nicolson and Kubrick made a film that King hated so much he (badly) remade it.  It may not be King’s idea of a good adaptation but it stands as one of the best. Still scary!


2 – Stand By Me

A short story adaptation of a novella called The Body, Stand By Me ended up being one of the best coming of age movies in the decade that defined coming of age movies.  It also launched numerous careers and holds up well today.


1 – The Shawshank Redemption

The best film of the 90’s?  Pretty much. Epic.



About Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden has been the Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK for the past four years. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN, as well as co-produced films such as UNARMED BUT DANGEROUS and groundbreaking single take horror CUT.