10 Best Movie Adaptations Of Stephen King Short Stories, According To IMDb

Famously, Stephen King has had mixed feelings about the screen adaptations of his works. In addition to its multitude of novels adapted for the screen, including the latest version of Salem Bundle set to debut this year, there’s also a plethora of his more obscure news like rest stop and The walk soon to be adapted for film and television.

Between classics like the original horror show and more underrated stories like 1408, The Stephen King short stories are all particularly chilling. But some performed better than others, according to IMDb.


ten Graveyard Change (1990) – 4.9

Cover Blu Ray Graveyard Shift Scream Factory

Based on the short story from King’s debut collection night patrol, this film centers on a rural textile factory that develops a problem with a killer rat. Even though newcomer John Hall pushes through the bureaucracy insisting there’s no problem, there are still creatures under the mill he couldn’t have imagined in his worst nightmares. .

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This film’s absolute MVP, however, is Brad Dourif as Tucker Cleveland. Already famous as the voice of Chucky the Killer Doll in the 1988s Child’s play, Dourif devours the landscape as a Vietnam War veteran turned exterminator who takes far too much pleasure in butchering vermin alongside his trusty dog.

9 The Lawnmower Man (1992) – 5.4

VR Lawn Mower Man

In the original story of night watch, the Lawnmower Man is a creature that walks around in human disguise offering his landscaping services, on the condition that his clients never watch him at his work. When a client peeks through the curtain and sees their true form, the consequences are disastrous.

This film throws it all in the trash, much to the anger of many King fans and King himself, who sued to have his name removed from the film. His “lawnmower” is a gardener operated by scientists and used in intelligence-enhancing experiments. But its average rating indicates that most viewers consider it a decent film in its own right.

8 Maximum Overdrive (1986) – 5.4

One of the films written and directed by Stephen King himself, Maximum overdrive is a ridiculous slice of cheese from the 80s based on the night patrol new “Trucks”, in which a passing comet gives life to all vehicles on Earth. While many casual moviegoers can write it off, many more can have fun with it as King fans.

Viewers may recognize several big stars fending off the Malevolent Machines, such as Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle and Yeardley Smith within a year of her career-defining role as Lisa Simpson on The simpsons. The film is also unique in that its entire soundtrack is performed by rock band AC/DC, King’s personal favorites.

seven Children of the Corn (1984) – 5.6

A still from the 1984 Stephen King film Children of the Corn.

A staple of the “scary child” horror subgenre, this adaptation of a night patrol The story features some of the most terrifying children in horror film. The children of Gatlin, Nebraska have banded together to murder every adult in town. When they reach adulthood themselves, they sacrifice themselves to their dark god, He Who Walks Behind the Rows. When married couple Burt and Vicky get lost and end up in Gatlin, the kids turn to them.

Although the movie is often seen as cheesy and not as scary as the original short story, it does enhance the characters of Burt and Vicky, played by Peter Horton and Linda Hamilton. The couple are friendly enough in the film, but in the short story, they’re such disagreeable people that it’s hard to feel sorry for them.

6 Sometimes They Come Back (1991) – 5.7

Robert Rusler in Sometimes They Come Back

Originally intended for the anthology film cat eye but extended into a full-fledged movie by producer Dino de Laurentiis, this made-for-TV movie aired on CBS. As a child, Jim Norman watched a gang of teenage bullies kill his brother and then get killed by a train. When adult Jim becomes a teacher in his hometown, he is horrified to find the same bullies returned from the dead as his students.

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Extending the story into a feature film was the right decision. This properly explores Jim’s trauma following the death of his brother and the threat of the sadistic trio of undead. While it’s not by far King’s biggest or most famous adaptation, it’s still a solid movie.

5 The Night Aviator (1997) – 6.0

A vampire slayer stalks a private plane in the rain in The Night Flier

According to the short story of the same name in Nightmares and dreamscapes, The plane at night centers on journalist Richard Dees, who grows increasingly bored with the most disgusting stories his tabloid magazine covers. However, hunting a serial killer known only as the Night Flier brings a new thrill to his life.

The film is a skillfully crafted exploration of the tabloid industry and the lengths unethical journalists will go to for morbid stories, similar to King’s recent collection of novels. If it bleeds. Dees’ climactic confrontation with the Night Flier is extended from the news for the benefit of the film, with bonus points for the Flier’s gruesome design and makeup (which is unfortunately spoiled on the poster).

4 Tales from the Dark Side: The Movie (1990) – 6.2

Tales from the Darkside The Movie adapts Stephen Kings The Cat from Hell.  Screening by Evan J. Pretzer.

the original Tales from the dark side The TV show already featured some of Stephen King’s best TV adaptations. So naturally, the segment of the anthology film that adapts another of King’s stories is often seen as the film’s high point. hell cat, based on the short story of the same name which will appear later in Just after sunset, is deliciously weird.

Seasoned hitman Halston is offered a small fortune by pharmaceutical bigwig Drogan to kill a cat. Drogan claims that the cat killed his entire family in revenge for the dead cats in his animal testing labs, and calls the shot before the cat can finish him off as well. Halston is skeptical, but soon finds himself in the fight of his life with the feline.

3 Cat’s Eye (1985) – 6.3

Drew Barrymore holding a cat in Cats Eye.

One of the most underrated horror anthologies is cat eye, which features two original stories by King and adapts two novellas by Night round. These stories are loosely connected by the travels of a tabby cat, who tries to reach a psychic girl named Amanda (played by a young Drew Barrymore) who has sent her visions begging for help.

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Both adaptations are “Quitters, Inc.” and “The Ledge”, two suspenseful thrillers. The first sees a chronic smoker discovering too late that the company he consulted to help him quit smoking employs brutal prevention methods. The second sees a man who has been caught up in his affair with the wife of a mob boss is forced by the boss to sneak all the way around a penthouse hundreds of floors above the rue de la city ​​if they want to have a chance to live.

2 1408 (2007) – 6.8

1408 John Cusack

Adapted from the short story of the same name in Everything is possible, 1408 revolves around a room in the prestigious Dolphin Hotel that is so horribly haunted that no one has been able to spend the night there. Horror writer Mike Enslin, jaded by the lack of legitimate material for haunting books, decides to take on the play himself.

It’s an outstanding example of psychological horror and a standout role for John Cusack. Everything about Room 1408 is unsettling, and the implications that it is not only sentient but sadistic in its torment of anyone who sets foot there is horrific. While the original short story ends on a hard note, the film has three endings (theatrical, alternate, and director’s cut) of variable tone to choose from.

1 Spooky Show (1982) – 6.8

Stephen King as Jordy Verrill in the 1982 film Creepshow.

One of cinema’s most famous horror anthologies is the original horror show, written by Stephen King and directed by George Romero. Featuring five segments in the style of ’50s horror comics, the film boasts an all-star cast and crew as well as iconic scares and creative imagery. King himself plays the title role in “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill” segment, based on his short story “Weeds”.

The wraparound story features Stephen King’s son, Joe Hill, as a child beaten by his father for possession of horror comics, who returns a comic book voodoo doll to get revenge on dad. Hill grew up to be an excellent short story writer in her own right. The film adaptation of Hill’s short story The black phone is set to hit theaters on June 24, 2022.

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