Horror Central's very own L.A. Gore talks Dark Horse (2014) with cult actor Tobin Bell and writer Charles Agron!
First... Let me state that only film/TV adaptations of King’s horror stories are considered for this list (this is Horror Central after all). Obviously if all of his work was under consideration then The Shawshank Redemption, Stand By Me, The Running Man, Hearts in Atlantis among many others, would almost undoubtedly be on the list. As a MASSIVE Stephen King fan, it was tough enough just pruning his horror work alone down to ten, never mind everything else.
Second... Let me repeat, I am a massive fan and avid reader of all of Stephen King’s writing. So, if your favorite isn’t here, or is lower on the list than you feel it should be, don’t worry. I still love it but felt that by disciplining myself to a list of only ten would force me to think more deeply, do more research and study the evidence harder. Without further ado...My personal top ten Stephen King adaptations for cinema and television.
Primarily this is my favorite because of the stunning performance by Sissy Spacek as the gawky, awkward Carrie White. Stephen King himself, in his non-fictional On Writing (the absolute Bible for any budding writer, of any genre) states that he never liked Carrie White as a character, something I find astounding to this day. In my view it is impossible not to like her and feel for her; downtrodden and picked on at school and with no respite at home either. I can let you in on a secret here, I haven’t seen the 2013 version of Carrie yet! You see, I’m a bit of a stick in the mud for re-makes and Spacek’s acting in this film was of such a high quality, that I feel anything, and anyone, will detract from it (there are just some films that can never be remade). I will see it eventually but, for now, Carrie will always mean Sissy Spacek’s phenomenal performance to me.