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Stephen King Favorites
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Here is a list of my Favorite Movies and TV Shows based on works by the legendary Horror Master himself.


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Movie: Carrie ( 1976 )
Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom.
Movie: Salem's Lot ( 1979 )
A novelist and a young horror fan attempt to save a small New England town which has been invaded by vampires.
Movie: A Return to Salem's Lot ( 1987 )
A man and his son vacation to the quiet vampire populated town of Salem's Lot.
Movie: The Shining ( 1980 )
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.
Movie: Cujo ( 1983 )
Cujo, a friendly St. Bernard, contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town.
Movie: The Dead Zone ( 1983 )
A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic ability.
Movie: Children of the Corn ( 1984 )
A young couple is trapped in a remote town where a dangerous religious cult of children believe everyone over the age of 18 must be killed.
Movie: Christine ( 1983 )
A nerdish boy buys a strange car with an evil mind of its own and his nature starts to change to reflect it.
Movie: Firestarter ( 1984 )
A couple who participated in a potent medical experiment gain telekinetic ability and then have a child who is pyrokinetic.
Movie: Silver Bullet ( 1985 )
A werewolf terrorizes a small city where lives the paralytic Marty Coslaw, his uncle, and his sister, the story's narrator.
Movie: Stand by Me ( 1986 )
After the death of one of his friends, a writer recounts a boyhood journey with his friends to find the body of a missing boy.
Movie: The Running Man ( 1987 )
A wrongly convicted man must try to survive a public execution gauntlet staged as a game show.
Movie: Pet Sematary ( 1989 )
After tragedy strikes, a grieving father discovers an ancient burial ground behind his home with the power to raise the dead.
Movie: Graveyard Shift ( 1990 )
In a very old textile mill with a serious rat infestation, the workers discover a horrifying secret deep in the basement.
Movie: Misery ( 1990 )
After a famous author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, he comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse.
Movie: Sometimes They Come Back ( 1991 )
A man and his family return to his hometown, where he is then harassed by teenagers that died when he was a kid.
Movie: Sleepwalkers ( 1992 )
A mother-and-son team of strange supernatural creatures move to a small town to seek out a young virgin to feed on.
Movie: The Dark Half ( 1993 )
A writer's fictional alter ego wants to take over his life...at any price.
Movie: Needful Things ( 1993 )
A mysterious new shop opens in a small town which always seems to stock the deepest desires of each shopper, with a price far heavier than expected.
Movie: The Shawshank Redemption ( 1994 )
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
Movie: Dolores Claiborne ( 1995 )
A big-city reporter travels to the small town where her mother has been arrested for the murder of an elderly woman that she works for as a maid.
Movie: The Mangler ( 1995 )
A laundry-folding machine has been possessed by a demon, causing it to develop homicidal tendencies.
Movie: Thinner ( 1996 )
An obese attorney is cursed by a gypsy to rapidly and uncontrollably lose weight.
Movie: The Night Flier ( 1997 )
A reporter is on the trail of a vampiric murderer who travels by plane.
Movie: Apt Pupil ( 1998 )
A boy blackmails his neighbor after suspecting him to be a Nazi war criminal.
Movie: The Green Mile ( 1999 )
The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.
Movie: Hearts in Atlantis ( 2001 )
Widowed Liz Garfield (Hope Davis) and her son Bobby (Anton Yelchin) change when mysterious stranger Ted Brautigan (Sir Anthony Hopkins) enters their lives.
Movie: Dreamcatcher ( 2003 )
Friends on a camping trip discover that the town they're vacationing in is being plagued in an unusual fashion by parasitic aliens from outer space.
Movie: Secret Window ( 2004 )
A successful writer in the midst of a painful divorce is stalked at his remote lake house by a would-be scribe who accuses him of plagiarism.
Movie: Riding the Bullet ( 2005 )
When a man finds out his mother is dying and tries to hitchike his way to the hospital, he is picked up by a stranger with a deadly secret.
Movie: Desperation ( 2006 )
When a sheriff arrests a writer, a family, a couple, and a hitchiker and throws them in a jail cell in the deserted town of Desperation, they must fight for their lives.
Movie: 1408 ( 2007 )
A man who specialises in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Soon after settling in, he confronts genuine terror.
Movie: A Good Marriage ( 2014 )
After 25 years of a good marriage, what will Darcy do once she discovers her husband's sinister secret?
Movie: Big Driver ( 2014 )
A famous mystery writer sets out for revenge after a brutal attack.
Movie: Cell ( 2016 )
When a mysterious cell phone signal causes apocalyptic chaos, an artist is determined to reunite with his young son in New England.
Movie: The Dark Tower ( 2017 )
The last Gunslinger: Roland Deschain, has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O'Dim, also known as the Man in Black, and determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower that holds the universe together. With the fate of the world at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle, as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.
Movie: It ( 2017 )
In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied kids band together to destroy a shape-shifting monster, which disguises itself as a clown and preys on the children of Derry, their small Maine town.
Movie: 1922 ( 2017 )
A simple yet proud farmer in the year 1922 conspires to murder his wife for financial gain, convincing his teenage son to assist. But their actions have unintended consequences.
Movie: Gerald's Game ( 2017 )
While trying to spice up their marriage in their remote lake house, Jessie must fight to survive when her husband dies unexpectedly, leaving her handcuffed to their bed frame.
Movie: It Chapter Two ( 2019 )
Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.
Movie: Doctor Sleep ( 2019 )
Years following the events of "The Shining," a now-adult Dan Torrence meets a young girl with similar powers as his and tries to protect her from a cult known as The True Knot who prey on children with powers to remain immortal.
Movie: In the Tall Grass ( 2019 )
After hearing a young boy's cry for help, a sister and brother venture into a vast field of tall grass in Kansas but soon discover there may be no way out...and that something evil lurks within.
TV Show: Stephen King's It ( 1990 )
A creature from beyond the stars can take on the shape of your worst fear... or a clown, because everyone loves clowns. Every 27 years the creature--It--emerges from hibernation to feed on children. But seven children stopped It during its last cycle. Now It is back, and the children who had the power of faith and imagination are 27 years older... and may be easy prey.
TV Show: Stephen King's Golden Years ( 1991 )
When an explosion at a top-secret government lab injures an elderly janitor (Keith Szarabajka, Angel), no one could have expected the terrifying results. Exposure to mysterious chemicals causes him to undergo a bizarre transformation. He is slowly... incredibly... growing younger every day. Now, a ruthless CIA assassin will stop at nothing to take him prisoner and turn him into a government guinea pig. With his future on the line, the janitor goes on the run with his wife (Frances Sternhagen, Sex and the City) and a feisty female agent (Felicity Huffman, Desperate Housewives). All the while, he continues to transform... into a being with powers that are as deadly as they are unimaginable.
TV Show: The Tommyknockers ( 1993 )
The small town of Haven becomes a hot-bed of inventions all run by a strange green power device. The whole town is digging something up in the woods, and only an alcoholic poet can discover the secret of The Tommyknockers.
TV Show: The Stand ( 1994 )
When a government-run lab accidentally lets loose a deadly virus, the population of the world is decimated. Survivors begin having dreams about two figures: a mystical old woman, or a foreboding, scary man. As the story tracks various people, we begin to realize that the two figures exemplify basic forces of good and evil, and the stage is set for a final confrontation between the representatives of each.
TV Show: The Langoliers ( 1995 )
On a red eye flight to Boston from LA 10 people wake up to a shock. All the other passengers and crew have vanished but all sorts of personal possessions remain. When they try to contact the ground they make no connections. They land the plane only to discover that things haven't changed. But its like the world is dead.
TV Show: The Shining ( 1997 )
The Shining is a television adaptation of a Stephen King novel that follows a recovering alcoholic professor. He ends up taking a job as a winter caretaker for a remote Colorado hotel which he seeks as an opportunity to finish a piece of work. With his wife and son with him, the caretaker settles in, only to see visions of the hotel's long deceased employees and guests. With evil intentions, they manipulate him into his dark side which takes a toll on him and his family.
TV Show: Storm of the Century ( 1999 )
A small village off the mainland is about to receive a huge winter storm. It won't be just another storm for them. A strange visitor named Andre Linoge comes to the small village and gives the residents havoc. He knows everything about them, and when he tells the truth about one of them, that person denies it. The town constable, Mike Anderson, tries to keep everyone in check with the huge storm and Linoge. Linoge keeps telling the people, "Give me what I want and I will go away"
TV Show: Rose Red ( 2002 )
Dr. Joyce Reardon assembles a team of paranormal talents to investigate an allegedly haunted mansion known as Rose Red in this mini-series written by Stephen King. Can the team survive the horror that they uncover within the walls of this secretive structure? And how far will Reardon go to get the answers she seeks? Welcome to a place that evil calls home...
Movie: The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer ( 2003 )
The wife of an oil tycoon becomes engrossed in the sinister evil residing within her Seattle mansion home.
TV Show: Kingdom Hospital ( 2004 )
Kingdom Hospital is the haunting new 15-hour drama series developed directly for television by the award-winning, best-selling master of horror. Using Lars Von Trier's Danish miniseries "Riget" (a.k.a. "The Kingdom") as a point of inspiration, King tells the terrifying story of The Kingdom, a hospital with a bizarre population that includes a nearly blind security guard, a nurse who regularly faints at the sight of blood and a paraplegic artist whose recovery is a step beyond miraculous. When patients and staff hear the tortured voice of a little girl crying through the halls, they are dismissive of any suggestion of mysticism of unseen powers ... but at their own peril.
TV Show: Salem's Lot ( 2004 )
Salem's Lot is a TV mini-series based on the book of the same name by Stephen King.
TV Show: Haven ( 2010 )
When FBI Special Agent Audrey Parker is dispatched to the small town of Haven, Maine, on a routine case, she soon finds herself increasingly involved in the return of "The Troubles", a plague of supernatural afflictions that have occurred in the town at least twice before. With an openness to the possibility of the paranormal, she also finds a more personal link in Haven that may lead her to the mother she has never known.She and her partner, police detective Nathan Wuornos, find themselves frequently facing problems caused by both the effects of the Troubles, as well as the activities of town folk who take more drastic measures against those who are Troubled.
TV Show: Bag of Bones ( 2011 )
Bag of Bones is a ghost story of grief and lost love's enduring bonds, about an innocent child caught in a terrible crossfire and a new love haunted by past secrets.
TV Show: Under the Dome ( 2013 )
Under the Dome is the story of a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. The town's inhabitants must deal with surviving the post-apocalyptic conditions while searching for answers about the dome, where it came from and if and when it will go away.
TV Show: 11.22.63 ( 2016 )
Imagine having the power to change history. Would you journey down the "rabbit hole"? This event series follows Jake Epping, an ordinary high school teacher, presented with the unthinkable mission of traveling back in time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Jake travels to the past in order to solve the most enduring mystery of the 20th century: who killed JFK, and could it have been stopped? But as Jake will learn, the past does not want to be changed. And trying to divert the course of history may prove fatal.
TV Show: Mr. Mercedes ( 2017 )
A demented serial killer taunts a retired police detective with a series of lurid letters and emails, forcing the ex-cop to undertake a private, and potentially felonious, crusade to bring the killer to justice before he can strike again. Based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King.
TV Show: The Mist ( 2017 )
Based on a story by Stephen King, The Mist centers around a small town family that is torn apart by a brutal crime. As they deal with the fallout an eerie mist rolls in, suddenly cutting them off from the rest of the world, and in some cases, each other. Family, friends and adversaries become strange bedfellows, battling the mysterious mist and its threats, fighting to maintain morality and sanity as the rules of society break down.
TV Show: Castle Rock ( 2018 )
A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King's best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. The fictional Maine town of Castle Rock has figured prominently in King's literary career: Cujo, The Dark Half, IT and Needful Things, as well as novella The Body and numerous short stories such as Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption are either set there or contain references to Castle Rock. Castle Rock is an original suspense/thriller — a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.