Stephen King doesn’t just write novels, you know. He also writes screenplays, like this one that was directed by horror legend George A. Romero. He even acts in one of the five chapters of the EC Comics-inspired Creepshow called “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill” (adapted from a King short story, so it still counts as an adaptation!). His unhinged performance as a man who gets invaded by plant-like aliens is a highlight, as is Leslie Nielsen as a murderous psychopath.
What is it about master horror directors and Stephen King? In this case, the master at the helm is David Cronenberg, who handles the story of Christopher Walken as a man with psychic abilities just as well as anyone would expect. The movie is a delightful blend of heavy drama, gruesome horror (still flinching because of that scissors scene), and sweaty paranoia. And Martin Sheen plays a psycho Republican, so this is a good movie all-around.
Next on the list of horror maestros to adapt Stephen King novels is John Carpenter, whose film about a killer car with a mind of its own is a pretty underrated Stephen King adaptation. The real star of the show is the 1958 Plymouth Fury, possessed by some kind of evil spirit that makes it hurt and kill people. It might not have the critical reputation of Carrie or The Shining, but Carpenter’s killer car movie is … I was going to say it’s “a fun ride,” but that’s lame, right?