Opinion Battles Round 12 Favourite Stephen King Adaption

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Best Stephen King Adaptation

With Rob and myself doing the October Kingathon what better choice for the subject of this rounds Opinion Battles, we have such a range of genre to pick from even if I can have a good guess what everyone will be picking.

If you want to take part in the next round we will be picking Best Franchise with 4 or more films, email moviereviews101@yahoo.co.uk by 18th October 2015

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Stephen King’s IT (1990)it

I have chosen this one because I like the idea of a horror film, I know there are others that could easily be picking like The Shinning, Carrie and I didn’t want t go drama however brilliant Shawshank, Stand By Me and The Stand are. I have pick this one because this is the one film that created a character in Pennywise that will forever haunt children, and could easily be the most recognisable character King has ever created.

Kim – Tranquil Dream

Maximum Overdriveogo

I’m not much of a Stephen King connoisseur and while I can understand the appeal of some of his adaptations that I have seen, I do have to consider than as original pieces.  I’ve only seen a few but the one that I watch over and over again the most has to be Maximum Overdrive.  Its super dated and its so much fun to watch.  Campy and a little way out there.  The cast and the cheesy dialogue and even a balance of a variety of characters all stuck together in a truck stop while machines are possessed is just all sort of crazy entertainment.  Its definitely not top notch cinema but its an enjoyable guilty pleasure and for me, that works for me as an adaptation.  


The Shawshank Redemption

At first I thought I was going to have to sit this round out *gasp* because I thought I hadn’t seen any of Stephen King’s adaptations.  However, looking through the long list on Wikipedia, I found one: The Shawshank Redemption.  I always forget that this film is based off a Stephen King writing.  Do I really need to explain why The Shawshank Redemption is such a great film?  Anything I could possibly say has already been said in previous rounds.  The acting from Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman is top-notch, the story leaves you rooting for Andy Dufresne and has a feel good ending.  It’s funny to see how the 1994 Oscars really went and not how we all think they should have went, considering this is one of the most beloved films of all time.  If there is only one Stephen King adaptation I have seen, I’m glad it is this one.

Movie Rob

The Shawshank Redemptionlogo

Best King adaptation is actually not as simple as one would think.  I have always loved the way that the stories of Stand By Me (The Body) and The Green Mile were adapted to the screen, but I still have to say that the best must be The Shawshank Redemption (1994) (Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption) which is still considered a masterpiece and is hailed as one of the best movies to ever not win Best Picture at the Oscars.  The book is only 110 pages, but Director Frank Darabont was able to create an amazing 2.5 hour movie that is so captivating and interesting to watch.

That Other Critic

The Shawshank Redemption


Okay, confession: I haven’t seen The Shining. So, ignoring that, I have to go with Shawshank. Okay? Okay.

The Shawshank Redemption is a harrowing and inspiring tale, a well-acted, well-written, brilliantly acted film that brilliantly expands on a wonderful short story (which I highly recommend, along with the other stories in the collection “Different Seasons”) by Stephen King.

Shawshank is one of those films that’s hard to find large faults in it, and is so enjoyable that even someone like me, who prefers a fun romp to a compelling drama, finds it to be one of my favorites. Shawshank is amazing, and I love it.

Khalid – The Blazing Reel

The Shining (1980)logo

When you talk about Stephen King adaptations it’s never easy to pick just one. You could easily go with two of Frank Darabont’s three adaptations, The Shawshank Redemption or The Green Mile, maybe not The Mist. Then there are The Dead Zone and Misery too. But for me, the words ‘Stephen King’ always remind me of horror which eventually remind me of The Shining. 

The Shining is what you get when a maestro like Stanley Kubrick gets his hands on King’s source-material and while the film isn’t completely faithful the book, and features an insufferable performance from Shelly Duvall, it still stands out as one of the most chilling and suspenseful horror movies to ever hit the screens. Jack Nicholson gives, what is easily the most batshit-crazy and utterly menacing performance of a career that has seen more than a few batshit-crazy performances, and the film itself is just masterfully constructed from the first frame to the last. Truly the best Stephen King Adaptation


The Mist (2007)


This was so tough! Up until the moment of sending this to Darren I was still torn between this and two other potential choices but I’ve always loved The Mist and it’s the type of film I’d always be in the mood to watch so I went with it. The atmosphere is great, the creatures are scary (even if the CGI is dodgy in places) but it’s the way the people stuck in the store turn on each other that makes it even more gripping – the ‘mob mentality’. I love watching it unfold and there’s still plenty of gross bits, awful spiders (eek!) good dialogue and some very good acting. Not to mention a pretty crazy ending that is unforgettable.

Flicks Chicks

Stand By Mestand

The only Stephen King adaptation I have ever really liked is Stand by me (1986).  I absolutely love this film and could watch it over and over again, the performances of the lead four actors are so perfect location.   It starts as four friends looking to get recognised for finding the body of the schoolboy supposedly in the woods but ends up being an emotional journey for them as they open up and uncover secrets about each other.   It also spends a lot if time being hilariously funny which breaks up the emotion and stops it being too soppy and just a perfect Sunday movie.

S.G. Liput


I was really tempted to pick The Shawshank Redemption since I’d already picked it for best adaptation overall, but that turned out to be the reason I leaned toward a different one for this round. Instead, I’ve opted for Rob Reiner’s adaptation of Misery, the hostage thriller that put the fan in fanatic. While King is well-known for his supernatural horrors, his real-world dramas are more appealing to me. Stand by Me and Shawshank are straight dramas, but in Misery, he was able to set his talent for unnerving tension in a frightening but believable situation. What makes Kathy Bates so scary as psychopathic fangirl Annie Wilkes is that there are people like her out there, and very little suspension of disbelief is required to accept her shocking behavior. WhileShawshank and The Green Mile deserved more recognition, Misery remains the only King adaptation to win an Oscar, thanks to Bates’s outstanding performance.

24 comments on “Opinion Battles Round 12 Favourite Stephen King Adaption

  1. Nice choices!!! I’m SO surprised The Shining, Carrie and Misery are not up there. That’s just crazy. I’m glad I went with The Mist, I toyed between that, Misery and 1408. Toughest OW ever!!!!

    • Emma, I love you……..why?…………Because you didn’t go for the typical run-of-the-mill Stephen King adaptations! you know the usual fabulous films like Shawshank, Misery and The Shining! Instead, you went for the wonderful “The Mist”, which I adore……..the ending is just masterful tragedy and different from the novella! Frank Darabont struck again with this one! I also loved another Darabont classic, “The Green Mile!”
      Love your work, kid!

      • Aww thanks!!! Well your comment got a big grin from me 😀 sorry I didn’t reply sooner I’ve been a bit poorly last week, playing catch up now!

        I love a lot of King adaptation films but I reeeeally loved The Mist when I saw it. I love the arguments in the store and the different characters. I guess now I can see some flaws (bad CGI!) but it’s still a memorable movie 🙂

        I’m a fan of Darabont too!! I know it’s a popular show but I never really enjoyed The Walking Dead after use first season that he directed. It lost that ‘atmosphere’. The Green Mile is great too, agreed 🙂

        Thanks again for your super comment!!!

    • When you are feeling poorly……….the best thing you can do is get into Apple Cider Vinegar…….trust me here!
      What about Marcia Gay Harden in “The Mist”…….what a performance! She really is an unheralded performer……….always eye-catching and always looks different. She’s a marvel!
      It reminded me of Hitchcock’s “The Birds”……..at the gas station!

      • Thanks! Apple Cider Vinegar hey? That’s the secret 🙂

        Yes, what a performance!!! She was terrifying! That’s what I loved so much about The Mist, the monsters were scary too of course (the spiders!) but it was the ‘mob’ inside the store that provided much of the terror and that was really clever.

        She is very eye catching and great comparison!!!!! 🙂

  2. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Once again, it’s time for Opinion Battles over at Movie Reviews 101. This time we all had to choose our favorite Stephen King Adaptation. Head on over and vote for your favorite!

  3. Reblogged this on Tranquil Dreams and commented:
    Its Round 12 of the Opinion Battles! With Movie Rob and Movie Reviews 101 holding the Stephen King Blogathon this time, we’re choosing our favorite Stephen King adaptations. You’d think that I’d choose Carrie but Maximum Overdrive was my choice.
    Head over to see everyone’s choice and drop a vote to support which you agree with! 🙂

  4. Reblogged this on Rhyme and Reason and commented:
    Amid Darren and Rob’s October Kingathon, the latest Opinion Battle covers everyone’s favorite Stephen King adaptations. Since I’d already picked Shawshank in the past, I went with Rob Reiner’s Misery, the only King movie to win an Oscar. Vote for your favorite too!

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