12 Best Stephen King Adaptations Close to The Source Material

Are you a Stephen King fan searching for his best movie adaptions? You’ve got company. Someone recently asked, "Is there a consensus on the best Stephen King adaptation?"

"I know there have been some stinkers. But in terms of the actual best and sticking to the source material, which are they?" Here are the top-voted movies.

Someone said, “The one where vending machines come to life and attack people, Maximum Overdrive.” I’m going to catch slack for this, but Maximum Overdrive.

Maximum Overdrive

“It’s Salem’s Lot (1979) for me,” one confessed. "Just rewatching this at this moment, and it’s still surprisingly spooky and atmospheric."

Salem’s Lot

Pet Sematary

Someone volunteered, “I like Pet Sematary. I remember reading an interview with King. Where he said it’s his only book that scared him so much he had it locked away,” one shared.

Doctor Sleep

“All the little references to The Dark Tower throughout also put a smile on my face and gave me hope we’d get a faithful adaptation of that series someday,” one user confessed.

The Mist

The Mist, hands down. Even though they changed the ending, Stephen King loved it,” stated one.


“Not really. But in terms of visually capturing Stephen King’s prose, 1408 is probably the best,” replied one.

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