Movies Based On The Works Of Stephen King (My Fav 1-5)

IT Chapter One & IT Chapter Two (2017 & 2019)

It¬†(titled onscreen as¬†It Chapter One) & it’s sequel It Chapter Two, is a 2017 American coming-of-age¬†supernatural horror film¬†directed by¬†Andy Muschietti. Based on my favourite novel of all time, the 1986 novel of the same name¬†by¬†Stephen King, primarily covering the first half of the book. The film featuring the cast of¬†Jaeden Lieberher¬†as¬†Bill Denbrough, with¬†Bill Skarsg√•rd¬†starring as Pennywise the Dancing Clown, with¬†Jeremy Ray Taylor,¬†Sophia Lillis,¬†Finn Wolfhard,¬†Wyatt Oleff,¬†Chosen Jacobs,¬†Jack Dylan Grazer,¬†Nicholas Hamilton, and¬†Jackson Robert Scott¬†are all featured in supporting roles. Set in¬†Derry, Maine, the film tells the story of The Losers’ Club, a group of seven outcast children who are terrorized by the¬†eponymous being which emerges from the sewer, only to face their own personal demons in the process.¬†

It Chapter Two is a 2019 American supernatural horror film directed by Andy Muschietti, returning from the first film, with a screenplay by Gary Dauberman. The second and final installment of the It film series, it is the second of a two-part adaptation of the 1986 novel of the same name by Stephen King, primarily covering the second half of the book. It stars Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean, and Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise. Set in 2016, 27 years after the events of the first film, the second film centers on the Losers Club and their relationships as they reunite to destroy It once and for all.

Carrie (1976)

King‚Äôs fourth novel, his first to be published, also became the first movie made from one of his writings. Carrie¬†is a 1976 American¬†supernatural horror¬†film directed by¬†Brian De Palma¬†from a screenplay written by¬†Lawrence D. Cohen, adapted from¬†Stephen King’s¬†1974 epistolary novel of the same name. The film stars¬†Sissy Spacek¬†as¬†Carrie White, a shy 16-year-old who is consistently mocked and bullied at school. The film also features¬†Piper Laurie,¬†Amy Irving,¬†Nancy Allen,¬†William Katt,¬†P. J. Soles,¬†Betty Buckley, and¬†John Travolta¬†in supporting roles. It is the first film in the¬†Carrie¬†franchise.

And what a way to start! Director Brian De Palma turns the milestone into a towering masterpiece of horror cinema, with Sissy Spacek as the tormented teen whose repressed, telekinetic rage finally comes to a boil at her prom. It’s a coming-of-age tale with a monstrous twist; Carrie is a shy, sheltered girl with high school pressures, anxieties and awkwardness to which many young viewers can certainly relate. She’s a weirdo, an oddball, an outsider.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

The Shawshank Redemption¬†is a 1994 American¬†drama film¬†written and directed by¬†Frank Darabont, based on the 1982¬†Stephen King¬†novella¬†Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. It tells the story of banker Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), who is¬†sentenced to life¬†in Shawshank State Penitentiary for the murders of his wife and her lover, despite his claims of innocence. Over the following two decades, he befriends a fellow prisoner, contraband smuggler Ellis “Red” Redding (Morgan Freeman), and becomes instrumental in a money-laundering operation led by the¬†prison warden¬†Samuel Norton (Bob Gunton).¬†William Sadler,¬†Clancy Brown,¬†Gil Bellows, and¬†James Whitmore¬†appear in supporting roles.

Critics liked it, and word of mouth was great. But so few people paid for a ticket during its brief theatrical run; the movie didn’t earn back its production costs even after its seven Oscar nominations. Now it’s become one of the most beloved films on anyone’s list thanks to cable TV and probably one of King’s most popular adaptations ever. Its story of an innocent convict Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) and his sagacious penitentiary friend Red (Morgan Freeman) holds up for endlessly repeated viewings. And when Red finally rejoins Andy in freedom on the beach in Mexico, good luck holding down that big ol’ lump in your throat. Life is too short, and too precious, to spend it rotting away in a prison of any kind.

Pet Sematary (1989)

Pet Sematary¬†(sometimes referred to as¬†Stephen King’s Pet Sematary) is a 1989 American¬†supernatural horror film¬†and the first¬†adaptation¬†of¬†Stephen King’s¬†1983 novel of the same name. Directed by¬†Mary Lambert¬†and written by King, it stars¬†Dale Midkiff,¬†Denise Crosby,¬†Blaze Berdahl,¬†Fred Gwynne, and¬†Miko Hughes¬†as¬†Gage Creed. The title is a¬†sensational spelling¬†of “pet cemetery”.¬† This supernatural horror-thriller about a family that discovers something very troubling behind their new home. There was nothing but freak-out scares in this goose-bump gauntlet about the buried dead coming back to life. And King makes a cameo, as a minister presiding over a child‚Äôs funeral. The film was released on April 21, 1989, and grossed $89.5 million at the box office on a budget of $11.5 million. A sequel,¬†Pet Sematary Two, was released in 1992 and a¬†second film adaptation¬†was released in 2019.

The Mist

The Mist¬†(also known as¬†Stephen King’s The Mist) is a 2007 American¬†science-fiction¬†horror film¬†based on the 1980 novella “The Mist” by¬†Stephen King. The film was written and directed by¬†Frank Darabont. Darabont had been interested in adapting “The Mist” for the big screen since the 1980s. The film features an¬†ensemble cast, including¬†Thomas Jane,¬†Marcia Gay Harden,¬†Nathan Gamble,¬†Andre Braugher,¬†Toby Jones,¬†Frances Sternhagen,¬†Buck Taylor,¬†William Sadler,¬†Sam Witwer,¬†Alexa Davalos,¬†Chris Owen,¬†Andy Stahl,¬†Jeffrey DeMunn,¬†Laurie Holden,¬†Melissa McBride, and¬†Juan Gabriel Pareja. he plot revolves around members of the small town of¬†Bridgton, Maine, who after a severe¬†thunderstorm¬†causes the power to go out the night before, meet in a¬†supermarket¬†to pick up supplies. While they struggle to survive, an unnatural¬†mist¬†envelops the town and conceals vicious,¬†Lovecraftian¬†monsters as extreme tensions rise among the survivors.

Piranha 3D (2010)

Piranha 3D is a 2010 American 3D horror comedy film that serves as a loose remake of the comedy horror film Piranha (1978) and an entry in the Piranha film series. During spring break on Lake Victoria, a popular waterside resort, an underground tremor releases hundreds of prehistoric, carnivorous piranhas into the lake. Local cop Julie Forester (Elisabeth Shue) must join forces with a band of unlikely strangers‚ÄĒthough they are badly outnumbered‚ÄĒto destroy the ravenous creatures before everyone becomes fish food.

Directed by Alexandre Aja, the film stars Elisabeth Shue, Adam Scott, Jerry O’Connell, Ving Rhames,  Jessica Szohr, Steven R. McQueen, Christopher Lloyd and Richard Dreyfuss. A sequel, Piranha 3DD, was released in 2012. Piranha 3D received generally positive reviews, with film critics praising it as a fun and entertaining B-movie.

The Turning (2020)

The Turning is a 2020 American supernatural horror film directed by Floria Sigismondi and written by Carey W. Hayes and Chad Hayes. It is a modern adaptation of the 1898 ghost story The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. The film stars Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, Brooklynn Prince, and Joely Richardson, and follows a young governess in 1994 who is hired to watch over two children after their parents are killed. The film first entered development in March 2016 and was described as a passion project for Steven Spielberg, who wanted to be involved in a horror film again.

The adaptation went through two phases of production: first as Haunted with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo  attached as director, then as The Turning with Sigismondi. Filming took place at Killruddery House, County Wicklow, Ireland from February through April 2018. The Turning had its world premiere at Los Angeles Film Festival on January 23, 2020, and was theatrically released in the United States on January 24, 2020, by Universal Pictures.

Spiral : From The Book Of Saw (2021)

Spiral (also known as Spiral: From the Book of Saw) is a 2021 American horror film directed by Darren Lynn Bousman and written by Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger. It is the ninth installment of the Saw film series. The film stars Chris Rock, Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols, and Samuel L. Jackson, and follows police efforts to stop a Jigsaw copycat killer. The original creators of the series, James Wan and Leigh Whannell, as well as Rock and series veteran Kevin Greutert, serve as executive producers.

Originally scheduled to be released in May 2020, Spiral was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and was theatrically released in the United States on May 14, 2021, by Lionsgate. The film received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the franchise’s new direction but were divided on whether it had fully succeeded in reinventing it.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It¬†(also known as¬†The Conjuring 3) is a 2021 American¬†supernatural horror film¬†directed by¬†Michael Chaves, with a screenplay by¬†David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick¬†from a story by Johnson-McGoldrick and¬†James Wan. The film serves as a sequel to¬†The Conjuring¬†(2013) and¬†The Conjuring 2¬†(2016), and as the eighth installment in¬†the Conjuring Universe.¬†Patrick Wilson¬† and Vera Farmiga¬†reprise their roles as¬†paranormal investigators¬†and authors¬†Ed and Lorraine Warren, with¬†Ruairi O’Connor, Sarah Catherine Hook, and Julian Hilliard also starring. Wan and¬†Peter Safran¬†return to produce the film, which is based on the¬†trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson, a murder trial that took place in 1981¬†Connecticut, in addition to¬†The Devil in Connecticut, a book about the trial written by Gerald Brittle.

Originally slated for a September 2020 release, the film was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It was released by Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema in the United States on June 4, 2021, where it also had a simultaneous month-long release on the HBO Max streaming service. The film grossed $202 million against a budget of $39 million and received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the performances of Wilson and Farmiga, but criticized the screenplay and noted it to be weaker than the previous installments.

Color Out Of Space

Color Out of Space is a 2019 American science fiction Lovecraftian horror film directed and co-written by Richard Stanley, based on the short story “The Colour Out of Space” by H. P. Lovecraft. It stars Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Elliot Knight, Madeleine Arthur, Q’orianka Kilcher and Tommy Chong. This is Stanley’s only feature film since his firing from The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996). According to Stanley, it is the first film in a trilogy of Lovecraft adaptations, which he hopes to continue with an adaptation of “The Dunwich Horror”.

Army of the Dead (2021)

Army of the Dead¬†is a 2021 American¬†zombie¬†heist film¬†directed by¬†Zack Snyder¬†from a screenplay he co-wrote with¬†Shay Hatten¬†and¬†Joby Harold, based on a story he also created. The film features an¬†ensemble cast¬†consisting of¬†Dave Bautista,¬†Ella Purnell,¬†Omari Hardwick,¬†Ana de la Reguera,¬†Theo Rossi,¬†Matthias Schweigh√∂fer,¬†Nora Arnezeder,¬†Hiroyuki Sanada,¬†Tig Notaro,¬†Ra√ļl Castillo,¬†Huma Qureshi, and¬†Garret Dillahunt. It follows a group of mercenaries who plan a¬†Las Vegas casino heist amid a zombie apocalypse.

The film underwent reshoots in September 2020 after several sexual misconduct allegations were made against cast member¬†Chris D’Elia; he was replaced by Notaro using¬†green screens¬†and¬†CGI. Army of the Dead¬†was released in select theaters in the United States on May 14, 2021, and was digitally released on Netflix on May 21. Critics praised the film for its humor and found it would appeal to fans of “both Snyder and ensemble action flicks”, but criticized its runtime. It grossed $1 million at the box office and became one of the most-watched original Netflix films with an estimated 75 million viewers. The film also spawned a¬†franchise¬†consisting of the spin-off prequel¬†Army of Thieves; an upcoming anime-style series subtitled¬†Lost Vegas; and a direct sequel titled¬†Planet of the Dead¬†which is in development.