• Paul Mayers

TOP 10 Stephen King Films


With 'The Shining' sequel 'Doctor Sleep' hitting cinemas, I thought we could take a look at the highest rated feature films from the Horror master Stephen King. All ratings come from the general public as voted on the Letterboxd website. Let's get into it!



NUMBER 10 | The Dead Zone

1983 - Directed by David Cronenberg - 3.5/5

IN HIS MIND, HE HAS THE POWER TO SEE THE FUTURE. IN HIS HANDS, HE HAS THE POWER TO CHANGE IT.


Johnny Smith is a schoolteacher with his whole life ahead of him but, after leaving his fiancee’s home one night, is involved in a car crash which leaves him in a coma for 5 years. When he wakes, he discovers he has an ability to see into the past, present and future life of anyone with whom he comes into physical contact.



NUMBER 9 | Dolores Claiborne

1995 - Directed by Taylor Hackford - 3.5/5

SOMETIMES, AN ACCIDENT CAN BE AN UNHAPPY WOMAN’S BEST FRIEND.


Dolores Claiborne was accused of killing her abusive husband twenty years ago, but the court’s findings were inconclusive and she was allowed to walk free. Now she has been accused of killing her employer, Vera Donovan, and this time there is a witness who can place her at the scene of the crime. Things look bad for Dolores when her daughter Selena, a successful Manhattan magazine writer, returns to cover the story.



NUMBER 8 | Creepshow

1982 - Directed by George A. Romero - 3.6/5

THE MOST FUN YOU’LL EVER HAVE… BEING SCARED!


Inspired by the E.C. comics of the 1950s, George A. Romero and Stephen King bring five tales of terror to the screen.



NUMBER 7 | It

2017 - Directed by Andy Muschietti - 3.6/5

YOUR FEARS ARE UNLEASHED


In a small town in Maine, seven children known as The Losers Club come face to face with life problems, bullies and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise.



NUMBER 6 | Carrie

1976 - Directed by Brian De Palma - 3.8/5

IF YOU’VE GOT A TASTE FOR TERROR… TAKE CARRIE TO THE PROM.


Carrie White, a shy and troubled teenage girl who is tormented by her high school peers and her fanatically religious mother, begins to use her powers of telekinesis to exact revenge upon them.



NUMBER 5 | Misery

1990 - Directed by Rob Reiner - 3.9/5

PAUL SHELDON USED TO WRITE FOR A LIVING. NOW, HE’S WRITING TO STAY ALIVE.


Novelist Paul Sheldon crashes his car on a snowy Colorado road. He is found by Annie Wilkes, the “number one fan” of Paul’s heroine Misery Chastaine. Annie is also somewhat unstable, and Paul finds himself crippled, drugged and at her mercy.



NUMBER 4 | The Green Mile

1999 - Directed by Frank Darabont - 4.1/5

MIRACLES DO HAPPEN.


A supernatural tale set on death row in a Southern prison, where gentle giant John Coffey possesses the mysterious power to heal people’s ailments. When the cell block’s head guard, Paul Edgecomb, recognizes Coffey’s miraculous gift, he tries desperately to help stave off the condemned man’s execution.



NUMBER 3 | Stand by Me

1986 - Directed by Rob Reiner - 4.1/5

FOR SOME, IT’S THE LAST REAL TASTE OF INNOCENCE, AND THE FIRST REAL TASTE OF LIFE.


After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.



NUMBER 2 | The Shining

1980 - Directed by Stanley Kubrick - 4.3/5

A MASTERPIECE OF MODERN HORROR.


Jack Torrance accepts a caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel, where he, along with his wife Wendy and their son Danny, must live isolated from the rest of the world for the winter. But they aren’t prepared for the madness that lurks within.



NUMBER 1 | The Shawshank Redemption

1994 - Directed by Frank Darabont - 4.4/5

FEAR CAN HOLD YOU PRISONER. HOPE CAN SET YOU FREE.


Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, Dufresne comes to be admired by the other inmates – including an older prisoner named Red – for his integrity and unquenchable sense of hope.




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