Next to Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen King is one of the most recognizable names in the horror genre. Here are 25 of his films that prove his legacy.
“Books and movies are like apples and oranges. They both are fruit, but taste completely different.” – Stephen King
Most people who are into the horror genre love Stephen King. Each individual has their favorite book or movie of his that strikes a particular chord in their soul. The characters that populate his many works leave indelible marks on his constant readers that stick with them for life.
It is his uncanny ability to understand the human psyche that compels a person to turn the pages of his books or to sit enraptured by the flicker of the silver screen or television set. While he weaves tales of the supernatural it is often his character studies that become the most terrifying ventures.
Jack Torrance descending into madness while he succumbs to the wishes of the Overlook Hotel or Johnny Smith as he grapples with the horrifying knowledge that he can predict future events. Those are the types of stories that hook us and keep us returning to his works.
Now, it is time to turn our attention toward those adaptations for the big and small screens as we give you our list of the author’s 25 best films.
Sometimes devices can be an annoyance. For Clay Riddell (John Cusack) and Tom McCourt (Samuel L. Jackson), they are going to turn deadly when a mysterious pulse runs through all of the cell phone networks around the world.
As a result, people turn into zombies and all hell breaks loose. Clay is trying to find his son amidst all the chaos. Meanwhile he and Tom also have to stay alive to fight off the murderous hordes.
This film was directed by Tod Williams with a screenplay by Stephen King and Adam Alleca. It was released in 2016. This adaptation felt like a throwback to Firestarter and The Mist with the idea that the government could have been behind the entire event.
While it is a horror movie with all the traditional genre elements it also provides a conspiracy theorist element. One could even go as far as to say it has the end of the world, apocalyptic vibe that King’s The Stand and even The Dark Tower series represented.
It is great to see Cusack and Jackson together again after their terrific collaboration in 1408. The chemistry between the actors is palpable. They play off of one another extremely well.
Since John Cusack has gotten older, he has definitely moved beyond romantic comedies like Serendipity and High Fidelity. He has embraced his adult status and is able to convincingly portray emotionally complicated and complex characters.