[31 Days of Halloween] Day 5: Best Stephen King Adaptation



I have to go Christine. It’s so diabolical and matched with that score, plus John Carpenter, you’re left with something unsettling. Not to mention to this day, when I see red cars of that sort out and about, Christine immediately comes to mind. It has turned into an icon. - Rachael Hauschild


Gonna come out of left field here and say 1408. The way that movie messes with your head with false finishes and making you think you are safe for extended periods of time. It’s brutal when you finally get to the ending. “It’s an evil fucking room”. - Mike Vlastnik


For some reason, I always find myself being drawn back to Pet Sematary. When I was younger, I loved the grossness and macabre sense of humor. Yet as I got older, and revisited the book and film again, I realized just how terrifying and disturbing this story truly is. With the script and Mary Lambert’s excellent direction, this movie about death comes to amazing life. It is powerfully raw when you think about the emotion behind the character’s actions, and the humorous elements of the film at times bring you brief respite, and at other times only work to disturb you even more. - Michele Eggen


Non-Horror: Stand By Me. It's such a classic example of how to make a coming of age film that has the power to resonate with ANYONE. That film feels like my friends and I growing up. It's funny, heartbreaking and most of all, full of heart. Horror: Christine. Stephen King + John Carpenter?! A match made in horror heaven. I love this movie with a passion and there are very few films that I can quote front to back...this is one of them.


It’s a newer one but it’s also the adaptation of my favorite novel. 2017’s It is such a god damn blast of a movie. It kicks off sprinting out of the gate and almost never lets up. What I love about this movie isn’t just that Pennywise is terrifying (and he is) or that it manages to punch you repeatedly with jump scares, but it’s that feeling it illicit’s from hanging with The Losers. That’s my favorite thing about the book and although it’s not an 100% faithful adaptation, the feelings it brings about definitely make me remember why I love the book so god damn much. - Ryan Larson


Pet Sematary, hands down. It's a near blow-by-blow adaptation with none of the good stuff cut out (except for a bit about the Wendigo but I totally understand why) and the performances, particularly of Fred Gwynne, are perfect. King wrote this as a young father himself, and now that I have a toddler who tends to think it's funny to run away from me in public, the infamous scene of Gage with his kite brings me to tears. The anguish, the real humanity, and the gut-wrenching trauma of this movie is so relatable that the supernatural elements almost fall by the wayside; there are amazing FX and terrifying sequences of course, especially Pascow and Zelda, but this is a movie about grief and loss and what it does to a family and community, which makes it all the more horrifying. - Amanda Rebholz


Some of my favorite horror films are Stephen King adaptations, but I hesitate to call the one I chose my favorite for the sheer fact that I don’t know that I could ever sit through it again. I chose it however, because it FUCKING WENT THERE. I read Gerald’s Game right after it was announced that Mike Flanagan would be directing the intense story, and about a year before the bold adaptation made its Netflix debut. As I read the book, I remember thinking, “how in the hell is he going to pull this off?”. The book delivered some of the most cringe inducing moments I have ever read and Mike Flanagan didn’t miss a beat when it came to materializing it all on film. - Megan Casady