With over 90 books to his name and over 30 adaptations, Stephen King is a beloved writer for both readers and Hollywood filmmakers looking for adaptation material. Sometimes Hollywood might go wrong when turning a book into a movie, but there are also enough Stephen King movies that have turned out to be phenomenal. Here's a list the seven best Stephen King adaptations that you can see before IT releases this Friday.
7. 1408 (2007)
John Cusack plays a skeptical author who stays in a haunted room, where guests staying longer than an hour wind up dead. Swedish director Mikael Håfström shot four endings to this Stephen King adaptation and none of them matched the original. But no matter what ending you watch, 1408 remains creepy due to its psychological horror elements.
6. The Mist (2007)
After a thunderstorm, people who go to the supermarket to gather supplies become trapped there as a mysterious mist engulfs them. They have nowhere to go and they have to work together if they want to survive. Frank Darabont changed the ending from the original for a much darker take but it only adds to the horror in the film.
5. The Dead Zone (1983)
Directed by David Cronenberg and starring Christopher Walken in the lead, this one is about a young schoolteacher who can see a person's future by touching them. This leads to him making some tough decisions about killing one man for the sake of many.
4. Misery (1990)
The book was one of Stephen King's more personal ones about a crazed fan symbolizing his struggle with drugs. The film still holds up as one of the best Stephen King adaptations. The film also launched Kathy Bates into stardom in her portrayal as Annie Wilkes who holds her favorite author captive.
3. Carrie (1976)
This was King's first novel and a massive success for a good reason. It has had many adaptations over the years, but the original by Brian De Palma remains the best. The film got everything right – from the realistic anxieties of being a teenager in high school to all the horrors that Carrie goes on to unleash.
2. The Shining (1980)
Stanley Kubrick took King's novel and made it his own in this adaptation. What's certain is that it remains one of the most iconic horror movies, with the images of creepy twin girls, blood gushing out from the elevator and Jack Nicholson saying "Here's Johnny!" from a crack in the door.
1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Based on the novella, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, this film might not have gained huge success when it was first released but this Frank Darabont adaptation is now known as one of the best movies of all time.
Which of these movies do you think are the best Stephen King adaptations? Let us know in comments below and don't forget to read our review of IT before you see it in theaters this weekend.