View Full Version : Is this your favorite Stephen King movie?
September 20th, 2010, 08:17 PM
Is this your favorite Stephen King movie, if not which one have you seen that topped it. For me this is not only my favorite SK movie but my favorite movie of all time. I havn't read the book yet, I'm waiting for a cheap h/c copy of Different Seasons to show up on ebay. But I actually heard the movie is better than the story (thats a first) But I just absolutly love this movie! I had been hearing about it for awhile in other movies and my Bio teacher told me its a great movie and I should check it out so I finally watched it On Demand one day, bought the DVD the next. I just watched it the other night and now I'm kinda in the mood to watch it again xD
September 21st, 2010, 11:17 AM
It's one of the better adaptations IMO, but not better than the story...
September 21st, 2010, 05:20 PM
Yes! lolol...And GG is right...the story is still better than the movie...It is one of my top 5 all time favorite movies and I watch it whenever or where ever it comes on...Get busy livin' or get busy dyin' BRILLIANT!!!!! :)
September 21st, 2010, 06:27 PM
It is not my favorite but it was very good. My favorite was Misery
September 21st, 2010, 07:58 PM
I'm going to buy Different Seasons when I can find a cheap copy on ebay :D
September 22nd, 2010, 09:19 PM
It is certainly right there with the Shining and Stand by me. Anyone of the three work for me. Delores Claiborne and Misery and pretty damn good as well but just a notch below IMHO.
November 16th, 2010, 05:04 PM
Not only is this my favorite SK movie adaptation, it's my favorite movie of all time (and the highest rated movie on IMDB). I'm thrilled that the same director is directing The Walking Dead (a great new TV series).
December 3rd, 2010, 08:47 AM
It's a very good movie. Very inspiring.
January 14th, 2011, 06:06 AM
not only my fave SK movie but in my own "top 5 movies of all time".
can not count how many times I have watched it.
January 23rd, 2011, 11:52 PM
Different Seasons is one of my fav. books, I enjoy all of the novellas and short stories by S.K. the best . The stories are better than the movies no matter which one your talking about . Shawshank is def. my fav. King movie, next would be " The Green Mile ".
January 24th, 2011, 08:29 PM
I think my favorite is Misery, but this is a good adaptation.
April 1st, 2011, 11:19 AM
I thought the movie was quite good but maybe not the best I´ve seen. Interesting how it ended as #1 on iMDb - what makes everyone like it so much? But again, it was good.
April 1st, 2011, 12:13 PM
This was a great movie. But not one of my favorit. I think my favorit is Dolores Claiborne.
April 5th, 2011, 07:13 AM
Loved this film, I split my favourite films into categories and this is by far my favourite Drama film of all time. The novella however, IMO, just edged it, but only just.
king family fan
April 5th, 2011, 09:10 AM
I loved shawshank but feel Green Mile is my favorite. Really John Coffey. his character is just excellent.
April 5th, 2011, 09:41 AM
Shawshank's my favourite but only by the skin of it's teeth over both Green Mile and Stand by Me.
Closely followed by Dolores Claiborne, Misery and The Mist.
Long days and pleasant nights
May 1st, 2011, 04:07 PM
Yes. I read the book first, though.
May 18th, 2011, 04:02 AM
I would rather have Frank Darabont tell me about King's favorite films, to be honest.,
If this guy wants me to take his film picks seriously, he had better do something about Tobe Hooper directing From a Buick Eight.
June 7th, 2011, 06:38 PM
It's not just my favorite Stephen King movie, it is my favorite movie period. I watched it again for the umpteenth time last night and it gets better every time I see it. I have still never read the story. I guess I'm sorta afraid to - afraid it won't be as good as the movie.
May 14th, 2012, 08:21 PM
This is also my favorite Stephen King movie and movie all-time.
May 15th, 2012, 10:27 AM
I'd have to say it is a tie for me, between Shawshank and The Stand (I know I'm in the minority on this one. I just love this miniseries for some reason, warts and all). The Green Mile and Stand By Me are close behind, and Dolores Claiborne deserves an honorable mention.
October 25th, 2012, 10:34 AM
I'm with you on this. Shawshank it's not only my favorite SK movie it's my favorite movie of all time. I don't get tired of watching it. I own it and every time it's on tv I still watch it. My next favorite SK movie is The Green Mile.
October 25th, 2012, 06:25 PM
No, that honor would probably go to The Shining. But Shawshank is very good.
October 26th, 2012, 01:36 PM
I think that movie is very well adapted from the book ( one of my fave movies of all times btw ), but the best for me will always be THE GREEN MILE :)
January 28th, 2013, 09:40 AM
It is very inspiring as it made me think about life in general. Live your life as much as possible. If you don't, you're just stepping aside and watching life go by like a train with a line of box cars. Each box containing a segment of your life.
February 20th, 2013, 09:27 PM
Yes. Definitely. Also one of my favorite movies in general. Also enjoyed Dolores Claiborne, Apt Pupil, Misery, and Stand By Me.
Imho, his best works-with the exception of the Dark Tower series-have nothing to do with the supernatural.
Also have to admit that the Family Guy parodies on Shawshank, Stand By me and Misery were extremely entertaining and funny. Especially when Shamus [who plays the guard]says, "Now I'm going to go pop out a pinecone..etc," instead of pinch a loaf.
carrie's younger brother
February 21st, 2013, 10:02 AM
It always seems that people like the less scary SK movie adaptations and that makes sense, since there is more for a director and actor to work with in stories like Shawshank and Stand by Me. I've always stood by my philosophy that a movie adaptation of a horror novel is very difficult because no amount of special effects or CGI can conjure up the monsters we create in our heads while reading a SK book.
That said...I have to say Carrie is my favorite movie adaptation, which kind of goes against my philosophy. The reasons I think it is the best are numerous, but first and foremost is the fact that Carrie is my favorite SK book ('cause it was my first and it is about being bullied, which I was for all of high school). Also, I saw the movie in the theater when it first came out and it really was well done and over the top for its time. And I cannot say enough about the performances of both Sissy Spacek as Carrie and Piper Laurie as her mother, Margaret White. They both in their own way turn in two very different but heartbreaking performances. Yes, there were parts that are much different than the book and Sissy Spacek looks nothing like how Carrie is described in the book, still the movie rings true to the feel of the book and that is what matters most to me.
February 21st, 2013, 11:06 AM
You know what would have been awesome in the Carrie movie? If the music playing in the background at the prom during all the mayhem was "Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster the People. xD
February 21st, 2013, 11:37 AM
It always seems that people like the less scary SK movie adaptations and that makes sense, since there is more for a director and actor to work with in stories like Shawshank and Stand by Me. I've always stood by my philosophy that a movie adaptation of a horror novel is very difficult because no amount of special effects or CGI can conjure up the monsters we create in our heads while reading a SK book...I agree that it must be a unique artistic challenge faithfully visualizing horrors born in someone else's imagination. Good filmmakers find ways, though. The example which immediately comes to mind is The Mist. I love all the monsters in that movie, and feel they are exceptionally faithful to sK's conceptions and intent.
February 21st, 2013, 11:58 AM
Stand By Me, closely followed by Shawshank. I might be in minority here but I enjoyed It too. Also the Green Mile...
March 11th, 2013, 10:56 PM
Shawshank was excellent film, I think the actors knew they had a duty to do justice to the story in the best of their abilities as devoted enthusiasts to the characters and plot. For me The Green Mile was more commercialized and perhaps the larger effort was in filming and production rather than true devotees to the tribute.
Personally, I find Stand By Me was the best but I equally enjoy The Shawshank Redemption and Apt Pupil.
March 12th, 2013, 03:05 PM
Out of the ones I've seen (and I haven't seen them all), Shawshank is the runaway best.
March 12th, 2013, 04:13 PM
Toss up between this and Stand By Me... Stand By Me has the edge for me... just.
March 19th, 2013, 09:08 AM
It's an amazing movie, and Tom Hanks is a superb actor. But personally, I will always prefer the book. :)
April 18th, 2013, 02:26 AM
has to be one of my all time faverit movies (in my top 5) i love it, watch it everytime it comes on tv (also own it)
May 8th, 2013, 09:31 PM
Right now it is my favorite Stephen King movie. If I see it I watch it. It doesn't matter at which point I chance upon it. I watch it. I also happen to love Morgan Freeman's voice. There is great value in a man "a man who knows how to get things" and has a voice like that. I'd have to have him get me things just so I could listen to him talk. If I couldn't watch his magic, I'd at least have the pleasure of knowing it was working.
Andy? Andy is strength.
Andy and Red are the very definition of friendship.
This will be my favorite movie for quite a long time.
August 15th, 2013, 03:12 PM
All time favorite movie. And I feel the movie trumps the source material.
August 16th, 2013, 12:11 PM
Wow, what a tough question to answer! For me, my absolute favorite is a toss-up between The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. I never pass up an opportunity to watch either of these! Next in line would have to be Misery and Stand By Me.
August 16th, 2013, 12:21 PM
Not that anyone needs a personal update from me, so here...
(in no particular order)
2. Needful Things
3. The Green Mile
4. The Shawshank Redemption
5. The Mist
7. Dolores Claiborne
8. Hearts in Atlantis
9. The Langoliers
10. Secret Window
11. Stand By Me
August 19th, 2013, 05:03 AM
Its my all time favorite movie
August 30th, 2013, 05:03 PM
Shawshank was probably my favourite, with IT (Yes I loved the miniseries !) a close second.
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