Whenever we see (or create) lists of the Top 10 Adaptations of Stephen King stories, anything that was developed as a mini-series or TV show is inevitably excluded. It’s almost a knee-jerk response, like, “How can anything made-for-TV possibly achieve the levels of terror reached in an R-Rated movie?” The television landscape has changed, however. Not only are puritanical FCC regulations loosening in the 21st Century, cable and premium networks can bring just as much blood, sex, and terror as theatrical releases.
Our friends at JoBlo.com just put together a list of the best King adaptations, and this time, they aren’t automatically excluding made-for-TV offerings. So, is there a miniseries (or more than one) that matches the intensity of King’s more prominent theatrical releases? Have a watch and let us know if you agree in the Comments section!
If you can’t stream, or if you want more information on any of the adaptations discussed, the films and trailers are listed below the video. Enjoy!
Cujo (1983, Directed by Lewis Teague)
IT (1990, Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace)
The Dead Zone (1983, Directed by David Cronenberg)
Misery (1990, Directed by Rob Reiner)
Carrie (1976, Directed by Brian De Palma)
The Mist (2007, Directed by Frank Darabont)
Stand by Me (1986, Directed by Rob Reiner)
Pet Sematary (1989, Directed by Mary Lambert)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994, Directed by Frank Darabont)
The Shining (1980, Directed by Stanley Kubrick)
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