6 of the Best Stephen King Adaptations Mirroring The Original Source

Are you a Stephen King fan searching for his best movie adaptions? You’ve got company. Someone on a popular online forum pondered, “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?”

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. It faithfully adapted the story ‘Trucks’ and padded it just enough to make it feature-length.”

Maximum Overdrive (1986)

“It’s Salem’s Lot (1979) for me,” one confessed. “Just rewatching this at this moment, and it’s still surprisingly spooky and atmospheric. Tobe Hooper’s films hold up! The dude knew how to make them.”

Salem’s Lot (1979)

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. Another made a Friends reference and joked, “Did it go in the fridge?”

Pet Sematary (1989)

Doctor Sleep in my book. Mike Flanagan somehow made a film that’s a sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s version and is still faithful to the novel. Everyone’s performances were great, but Rebecca Ferguson stole the show as Rose the Hat.”

Doctor Sleep (2019)

The Mist, hands down. Even though they changed the ending, Stephen King loved it,” stated one. “I’m pretty sure King was jealous of the new conclusion and heartily approved,” another shared.

The Mist (2007)

“Not really. But in terms of visually capturing Stephen King’s prose, 1408 is probably the best,” replied one. Another admitted, “God, the ending with the tape recorder playing back. It gives me goosebumps every time I watch it.”

1408 (2007)

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