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Surely America’s greatest storyteller, no single author has been adapted more regularly than Stephen King. With 65 existing movies and 30 television shows, and many more to come, the concept of the King adaptation lies at the core of what we understand as Hollywood entertainment, the essence of horror, and the landscape of American life. Illustrated with a fabulous array o Surely America’s greatest storyteller, no single author has been adapted more regularly than Stephen King. With 65 existing movies and 30 television shows, and many more to come, the concept of the King adaptation lies at the core of what we understand as Hollywood entertainment, the essence of horror, and the landscape of American life. Illustrated with a fabulous array of familiar and unusual iconography, this is the most comprehensive account of the films and television series adapted from the work of Stephen King ever put together. Every Children of the Corn movie has been accounted for; every remake and reboot wrestled into submission; all the dark recesses of King’s imagination brought out into the light. Including fresh critical analysis, interviews, behind-the-scenes revelations and biographical detail, this is both a King completist’s dream and a must for all movie fans. Here is the chance to delve deep into such terrifying and beloved movies and TV shows as Carrie, Salem’s Lot, The Shining, Cujo, Stand By Me, Misery, The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and such modern marvels as Castle Rock, Mr. Mercedes, Pet Sematary, It: Chapters One and Two, and Doctor Sleep.


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Surely America’s greatest storyteller, no single author has been adapted more regularly than Stephen King. With 65 existing movies and 30 television shows, and many more to come, the concept of the King adaptation lies at the core of what we understand as Hollywood entertainment, the essence of horror, and the landscape of American life. Illustrated with a fabulous array o Surely America’s greatest storyteller, no single author has been adapted more regularly than Stephen King. With 65 existing movies and 30 television shows, and many more to come, the concept of the King adaptation lies at the core of what we understand as Hollywood entertainment, the essence of horror, and the landscape of American life. Illustrated with a fabulous array of familiar and unusual iconography, this is the most comprehensive account of the films and television series adapted from the work of Stephen King ever put together. Every Children of the Corn movie has been accounted for; every remake and reboot wrestled into submission; all the dark recesses of King’s imagination brought out into the light. Including fresh critical analysis, interviews, behind-the-scenes revelations and biographical detail, this is both a King completist’s dream and a must for all movie fans. Here is the chance to delve deep into such terrifying and beloved movies and TV shows as Carrie, Salem’s Lot, The Shining, Cujo, Stand By Me, Misery, The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and such modern marvels as Castle Rock, Mr. Mercedes, Pet Sematary, It: Chapters One and Two, and Doctor Sleep.

30 review for Stephen King at the Movies: A Complete History of the Film and Television Adaptations from the Master of Horror

  1. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    "A Good Horror Story, King maintained, is entirely dependent on good characters. 'You don't get scared of monsters' he stated giving one of his favorite maxims 'you get scared for people'" Here's some trivia: What movie adaptation of his work, had Steven King approach the director with tears in his eyes and say, "This is the best thing that has ever been done with my writing." The Answer was Stand by Me. I learned a lot of interesting trivial while reading this book. I found this book to be a fun "A Good Horror Story, King maintained, is entirely dependent on good characters. 'You don't get scared of monsters' he stated giving one of his favorite maxims 'you get scared for people'" Here's some trivia: What movie adaptation of his work, had Steven King approach the director with tears in his eyes and say, "This is the best thing that has ever been done with my writing." The Answer was Stand by Me. I learned a lot of interesting trivial while reading this book. I found this book to be a fun and informative book about the movies and television shows made based on the short stories and novels of Stephen King. The book details who made the movies, how much he sold the rights for ($1.00 for Misery because he wanted Rob Reiner to directed as Reiner’s adaptation of Stand by Me brought Stephen King to tears). This book also tells Stephen King's reaction to some of the movies/television shows (it's common knowledge he did not care for The Shining at all). The book also tells who directed the movies, who stared in them and how many of them. Also casting choices - Kathy Bates read one sentence for Misery and was hired on the spot and went on to win an Academy Award for the movie; Bruce Willis Suggested Michael Clark Duncan for his role in The Green Mile after working with him on Armageddon. Another gem of this book is parts that detail where King got the inspiration for many of his books. i.e. the death of his daughter's cat and the family burying it in the backyard was the inspiration for Pet Sematary. You'll have to read the book to learn of the others. There are a lot of good movies based on his books - Stand by Me, Misery, The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and It to name a few. And also, quite a few doozies. But he remains the Author with the most adaptations of his work. This is a great book for King's "Constant Readers" and film buffs alike. It was a fun fast informative read. Thank you to the Publisher and Edelweiss who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tucker (TuckerTheReader)

    Many thanks to Palazzo Editions for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review This was so much fun to read. It's definitely a staple for any horror movie fan or Stephen King fan! I'm not joking when I genuinely considered bringing this book with me to the movie theater when I watched It: Chapter Two This book was full of so much fun trivia and pictures! It was all so fascinating!! My only complaint is that (and this definitely isn't the author's or even the publisher's fault) this book wa Many thanks to Palazzo Editions for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review This was so much fun to read. It's definitely a staple for any horror movie fan or Stephen King fan! I'm not joking when I genuinely considered bringing this book with me to the movie theater when I watched It: Chapter Two This book was full of so much fun trivia and pictures! It was all so fascinating!! My only complaint is that (and this definitely isn't the author's or even the publisher's fault) this book was basically outdated before it came out because Stephen King gets so many new movies.... Oh well. -------------- 🎈🎈🎈 | Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Robert Collins

    Salem's Lot way back in 1979 with odd cast of David Soul James Mason ? This why this great book, I had forgotten this. This not just 'Here's Johnny' or woof woof from Cujo.Here have old photos of King. But for me it is the Movies that I not seen such as Silver Bullet (1985),Golden Years(1991), The Langoliers (1995), Apt Pupil (1998), Storm of the Century (1999), A Good Marriage(2014) , 11.22.64 (2016) to name but few. Ian Natilan has included his TV works his none horror. Lot people forget he did R Salem's Lot way back in 1979 with odd cast of David Soul James Mason ? This why this great book, I had forgotten this. This not just 'Here's Johnny' or woof woof from Cujo.Here have old photos of King. But for me it is the Movies that I not seen such as Silver Bullet (1985),Golden Years(1991), The Langoliers (1995), Apt Pupil (1998), Storm of the Century (1999), A Good Marriage(2014) , 11.22.64 (2016) to name but few. Ian Natilan has included his TV works his none horror. Lot people forget he did Running Man. Over all this good interesting book on one few post war American writers .

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Charting the filmic output of Stephen King and covering some sixty-five movies and thirty television shows, this is apparently “the most comprehensive account of the films and television series adapted from [his] work…ever put together.” I grew up reading King, his novels and short stories led me into a lifelong love of the horror genre and I’ve enjoyed several of his films too, so this seemed an ideal read for me, especially since I liked Nathan’s work in Empire magazine. However, having now re Charting the filmic output of Stephen King and covering some sixty-five movies and thirty television shows, this is apparently “the most comprehensive account of the films and television series adapted from [his] work…ever put together.” I grew up reading King, his novels and short stories led me into a lifelong love of the horror genre and I’ve enjoyed several of his films too, so this seemed an ideal read for me, especially since I liked Nathan’s work in Empire magazine. However, having now read it, I’m not entirely sure what it’s purpose is. The blurb promises “fresh critical analysis, interviews, behind-the-scenes revelations and biographical detail”, but I didn’t see much of that at all. Each item has a pitch-line, basic credits and plenty of beautifully reproduced pictures, but the content varies alarmingly (as does the length). If Nathan likes the film (and he includes a handy list telling you his favourites), the film takes up more space (8 pages for “The Shining”, “Shawshank” and “Stand By Me”, for example), whereas the ones he doesn’t have time for (including “Dolan’s Cadillac”, which he clearly loathes), cover one or two. There’s no consistency in what is covered (there’s no fresh critical analysis), the interviews all come from other books/magazines and there’s not a lot of behind-the-scenes revelations that won’t already be known to fans. There’s also a weird editorial glitch, where he mentions characters or actors surnames who haven’t been listed in the limited credits, making the reader feel like they’ve missed something. Hard to recommend, it looks lovely but, as King himself said about “The Shining”, it’s “like a big, beautiful Cadillac with no engine inside it”.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Diane Hernandez

    Running from Carrie through upcoming film Doctor Sleep, Stephen King at the Movies shows both the good and the bad of movie and tv miniseries adaptations of King’s work. But there are secrets scattered throughout the text. The Shining as a fugue or an autobiography? The original Pennywise in It was terrifying but was it as iconic as the one used? Was Misery really based on King’s idolization of Bruce Springsteen? I’ve always wanted to move to Maine. To visit Murder She Wrote’s Cabot Cove in Autumn Running from Carrie through upcoming film Doctor Sleep, Stephen King at the Movies shows both the good and the bad of movie and tv miniseries adaptations of King’s work. But there are secrets scattered throughout the text. The Shining as a fugue or an autobiography? The original Pennywise in It was terrifying but was it as iconic as the one used? Was Misery really based on King’s idolization of Bruce Springsteen? I’ve always wanted to move to Maine. To visit Murder She Wrote’s Cabot Cove in Autumn or King’s Castle Rock in Winter. However, after reading that The Shining’s winter madness was inspired by King’s view of Maine’s excessive snow outside the fledgling author’s trailer, I’m rethinking my plan. Stephen King at the Movies is a good overview of movies, mini-series, and even single episodes of series featuring King’s writing. It is full of pictures of the actors, scenes, and original movie posters. Perfect for any Stephen King or horror fan. 3 stars. Thanks to Palazzo Edition and Edelweiss+ for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Clare

    4.5 out of 5 stars. An insightful and intriguing look into all the adaptations of the works of Stephen King. Though it can get a little sassy at points, the book really goes into detail of all the works made from Carrie to Doctor Sleep, even including a sidenote of upcoming (or potentially upcoming) adaptations. There were films in here I've never heard of before so it's given me a nice little list of weirdness to go check out!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mark Young

    A fun, frivolous easy read to dip in and out of. Gives a good idea of which film and TV adaptations are worth watching and which are not.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Erika

    Presents some interesting information and trivia, but there were a lot of errors (basic information like well-known character names were the most glaring) that made this book seem just kind of hastily thrown together.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Delphi Library

    Ian Nathan’s Stephen King at the Movies is a perfect match for any fan of King’s novels, short stories, or the films and television series inspired by them. Claiming to be “a complete history of the film and television adaptations from the master of horror,” this compendium covers everything from 1976’s Carrie – which you’ll learn has already been remade twice – to 2019’s Doctor Sleep, chronologically giving every movie, mini-series, and TV show its own chapter complete with original poster art, Ian Nathan’s Stephen King at the Movies is a perfect match for any fan of King’s novels, short stories, or the films and television series inspired by them. Claiming to be “a complete history of the film and television adaptations from the master of horror,” this compendium covers everything from 1976’s Carrie – which you’ll learn has already been remade twice – to 2019’s Doctor Sleep, chronologically giving every movie, mini-series, and TV show its own chapter complete with original poster art, filmmaking credits, photos from the set, and a review that includes making-of factoids as well as King’s own involvement (cameos!) and thoughts on each project. This book also includes a few added sections I enjoyed as well. For instance, the introduction did a nice job of showcasing King’s career as a writer while at the same time explaining why his writing is so readymade for the silver screen. And, the author includes his own personal ranking of every movie and show in a section called The Final Reckoning. I won’t spoil which project got the top slot, but I have to agree with nearly all of the Children of the Corn sequels being near the bottom of the list. The only dilemma with this book is that it became outdated the instant it was published. With shows like The Outsider currently airing, and over fifteen King-related projects slated for production, it seems the public demand for all things Stephen King is at an all-time high. But, what’s here in this compilation is outstanding – a film-geek and King-Completist’s dream. We can only hope for updated editions sometime down the road.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    I received this book as an ARC from Palazzo Editions in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in my review are completely my own. Stephen King is one of the most well-known american writers of our generation and the fact that a lot of his works have been turned into American Blockbusters is amazing feat in itself. The work and dedication that went into putting together these movies and the involvement that had to take place it purely amazing. It was such a refresher to kn I received this book as an ARC from Palazzo Editions in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in my review are completely my own. Stephen King is one of the most well-known american writers of our generation and the fact that a lot of his works have been turned into American Blockbusters is amazing feat in itself. The work and dedication that went into putting together these movies and the involvement that had to take place it purely amazing. It was such a refresher to know the role Stephen King played in the making of each of these movies and how involved he got in making sure his stories were brought to life on the screen. Can't wait to see what other books get turned into blockbusters. We will consider adding this title to our entertainment section of our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Wagner

    This very thorough compilation of every Stephen King adaptation up to 2019 is a delight--I got an ARC, but the binding is lovely and the design divine. It's also packed with neat details about the making of the various productions. It could be more thorough, but it's not billing itself as an in-depth look at anything, so I wasn't disappointed. Ian Nathan has crafted a great survey of what proves to be a very large landscape. Much of the commentary on these movies is entertaining, too. There are a This very thorough compilation of every Stephen King adaptation up to 2019 is a delight--I got an ARC, but the binding is lovely and the design divine. It's also packed with neat details about the making of the various productions. It could be more thorough, but it's not billing itself as an in-depth look at anything, so I wasn't disappointed. Ian Nathan has crafted a great survey of what proves to be a very large landscape. Much of the commentary on these movies is entertaining, too. There are a lot of stinkers in these projects, and Nathan has a snarky comment for every bad choice. I'm not quite sure why he hates Darabont's adaptation of THE MIST so much, though--it's one of my all-time faves. :)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Billie-jo

    Stephen King at the movies is a complete history of the films and television adaptions of the master of horrors novels and short stories from Carrie to Dr sleep. It tells you where the films were made, how they were made and how much it cost to make them. Also who was considered for the roles and who actually got them. The only small thing I noticed that was wrong was that for the Stand by me part the author kept calling a character Terry when the characters name is Teddy. But over all the book Stephen King at the movies is a complete history of the films and television adaptions of the master of horrors novels and short stories from Carrie to Dr sleep. It tells you where the films were made, how they were made and how much it cost to make them. Also who was considered for the roles and who actually got them. The only small thing I noticed that was wrong was that for the Stand by me part the author kept calling a character Terry when the characters name is Teddy. But over all the book is a interesting read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Saurabh

    The author says that "setting out, my intention was to be as encyclopedic as possible..." and "this is also, I suppose, a biography by stealth." It's hard to imagine if this would qualify as either. The picture to text ratio makes it more of a book that you'd read at a coffee table while you're waiting for your dentist. Having said that, I really liked reading about a couple of film adaptations I like - Stand by Me and The Shining (although Mr King would disagree).

  14. 5 out of 5

    Povilas Jarmala

    Gražiai išleista knyga, bet yra ir klaidelių, ir trūksta kai kur informatyvumo. Labiau patiko S.Joneso "Creepshows".

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chris King

    Exactly what it says on the tin.

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    Monty

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    Michael

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    Jamie Henderson

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    Lauren

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    Matthew

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    Yousuke Spyropoulos

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kon Frankowski

  26. 4 out of 5

    David Carter

  27. 5 out of 5

    Glenn Barrett

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    Mark Anthony

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gareth Humphreys

  30. 5 out of 5

    Greg

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