Stephen King is one of the most adapted authors of modern times, and it's hard to complain when this produces classic movies like The Shawshank Redemption, The Mist, Misery or The Shining.
His epic tomes can be really tricky to wrestle down to feature length size, however, which also leads to total garbage like Graveyard Shift, Sleepwalkers, The Mangler, Children Of The Corn Part 57 and Maximum Overdrive. Quite remarkably - unthinkably even - King himself was responsible for that last one himself.
Falling in-between those two extremes are a lot of decent movies, which for one reason or another don’t get much recognition, even from hardcore Stephen King fans. Maybe the films in question were badly received upon release, or the filmmakers did a sloppy job cutting the book down to film size, but hindsight reveals them to be genuinely worthy of bearing The King’s name.
Here are just a few of his most underrated film adaptations, and the reasons why they deserve a second look.