10 Horrifyingly Underrated Stephen King Adaptations

Unloved and in need of a reappraisal.

American Broadcasting Company

Check Reddit or an entertainment site for a top ten list of the best Stephen King adaptations ever and the chances are 2017's I.T. has floated to the top. Soon to be usurped by what is shaping up to be a chilling looking sequel. Before that, the usual suspects were The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. All good movies, for sure, but where's all the pulpy goodness?

Stephen King is an author renowned for grimy, scary and gory horror novels. So the best takes on his works should follow the same aesthetic, right? This is where this list comes in.

We're here to celebrate the B-movie brilliance of King's lesser-loved adaptations, ones that got a critical mauling at the time and, in the case of many entries on this upcoming list, some that the author has washed his hands of completely.

These are the movies that take you back to the dimly-lit video sections at the back of your local Spar store, where box art with a ghoul on the cover was enough to make you part with a quid. They may not all be pretty, and some may boast unbelievable special effects (not in the good sense), but by golly these are the King movies that will take you in a ghost train-like journey that's well worth the price of admission.

In this post: 
First Posted On: 

Shaun is a former contributor for a number of Future Publishing titles and more recently worked as a staffer at Imagine Publishing. He can now be found banking in the daytime and writing a variety of articles for What Culture, namely around his favourite topics of film, retro gaming, music, TV and, when he's feeling clever, literature.