Avocado Weekly Movie Thread (4/2)

This week, no one wants to be buried in the Pet Sematary. The latest Stephen King adaptation makes it to the big screen this weekend. It’s not fair to judge it harshly against the original just yet, though. Sometimes retreads are better!

(shoot me)

It’s easy to make fun of the bad stuff that are often adapted from King’s works. Does anyone remember that The Dark Tower actually hit theaters, and that Idris Elba was Roland? There’s the sublime madness of Dreamcatcher, which put those bizarre Maine-isms on overload. There’s a terrible film starring John Cusack and Sam Jackson — their second Stephen King collab after 1408! — called Cell about evil mind-control cellphones that made a whopping $1 million in the box office. There’s Lawnmower Man… which, to be fair, is not really a Stephen King adaptation and doesn’t even show up as a movie on Stephen King’s own site. And then there are those awful TV adaptations, like The Stand and that one movie that Werdup posts a gif from at the end of every open thread.

Stephen King is not a fan.

And yet, there’s a lot of good stuff in there as well, from The Shawshank Redemption, Misery, Stand By Me, and The Green Mile to The Shining, Carrie, and The Mist. For a guy whose books can oftentimes read as pulpy, he’s attracted quality directors like Stanley Kubrick, Brian De Palma, Lawrence Kasdan, Rob Reiner, David Cronenberg, and Frank Darabont.

Pictured above: a movie based on a Stephen King work.

Shoot, we probably could make cases for It, Children of the Corn, and Maximum Overdrive while we’re at it. That last one by the way? Where blenders kill people and trucks in Green Goblin masks bedevil humanity? It was directed by Stephen King himself.

King works are experiencing a burst of popularity currently in theaters, streaming, and King-imitators like Stranger Things.

Today’s two part prompt, the first of April (the spooookiest month): What is the best Stephen King adaptation you’ve seen? What is the worst?

As always, let’s talk movies! And if you want to talk about The Rage: Carrie 2 or how the protagonist of Gerald’s Game should definitely have considered using Siri, who am I to judge?

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