Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween At The Lounge Presents - The Films Of Stephen King

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Welcome all you hip ghouls to The Laughing Vixen Lounge. Crawl on in, clear the cobwebs, find a warm place to curl up and settle in for some Halloween fun. All month long we will be paying tribute to some of our favorite movies, music and TV shows of the season. The jukebox is loaded up with some spooky tunes and creepy movie themes.

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Past Posts -
The Big Halloween Giveaway
B Monster Movie Classics
Classic TV Shows
Top 10 Vampire Movies
The Films of Alfred Hitchcock

The Films of Stephen King

I grew up with a mom who read all the time. One of the authors I took note of was Stephen King. While I have not read too many of his books I have watched pretty much anything they made into a movie. Some are better than others but I always enjoy them. Too bad no one puts him in the movie like they used too. That was part of the fun looking for Mr. King.

Here are a few of my favorites...

Christine - 1983

Let's just start with the best. I simply adore this movie. I try to only watch it once a year around Halloween to keep it special. The music, the cars, the time periods and oh, that John Stockwell. What a cutie!

The Shinning - 1980

While the movie did differ from the book quite a bit it's still a great watch. Spooky and creepy! And yes, I take a little pride in that Timberline Lodge, here in Oregon, is used for the outside of the hotel.

The TV mini series is also great. Very faithful to the story and set at the hotel that inspired the book. It's hard to step into such iconic shoes but I think Steven Weber did an awesome job in the lead role.

Carrie - 1976

This movie is just creepy. Carrie's house with all the creepy religious statues. Oh yah, and that mother! Plus a young John Travolta, Sissy Spacek and Amy Irving. Oh, don't forget the pig's blood.

Cujo -1983

This movie is really more sad than scary. Poor puppy gets bit by bat, gets rabbis and no one bother to notice. And yet it's always fun to watch. Here you'll see the second pairing of Dee Wallace (not yet Stone) and Christopher Stone. The first was in The Howling.

Children of the Corn - 1984

Never has corn looked so creepy. Set in Nebraska. The one time I had to drive through that state I did not want to get out of the car.

Fire Starter - 1984

A young Drew Barrymore starting fires with her mind. A fun watch from the early days when Mr. Kings stories were pretty darn good.

Misery - 1990

Kathy Bates deserved an Oscar for this one. Much fun and a wee bit creepy. Will make you never want to drive in the snow again.

The Mist - 2007

I had read this short story long ago and really enjoyed the movie. If you haven't seen it give it a try. Thomas Jane looks pretty cute and the ending will knock you over and kick you a couple times.

Pet Sematary - 1989

Spooky dead kitty cat, horrible little dead boy and Mr. Munster. What's not to like. I read where Mr. King wrote this story after his young son almost got hit by a car on the road out front of their house. When the story was done he was so bothered by writing it he put it in a drawer and left it their for years.

Silver Bullet - 1985

A great little werewolf movie. As long as you can handle an hour and a half of Gary Busy!

Stand By Me - 1986

It may not be a scary movie but it is the best of the best. This movie has long been a favorite of mine. It was filmed here in Oregon. A few years back my sister and I went down south to the little town of Brownsville for it's twenty something year anniversary. I was in heaven getting to see all the sites again and watching the movie on a screen in the park.

A young River Phoenix, Kiefer Sutherland and John Cusack. Wonderful music, cars and time period. It's a true treasure. If you haven't seen it or it's been awhile treat yourself to a viewing. The language gives it it's R rating but it's such a great film.


  1. Ah yes! Mr. King must be one of the best at horror books/movies! He has a way of creeping you out even if there isn't asnything there!

  2. I am also a proud Oregonian!!! The ending of 'The Mist' literally sucked the oxygen out of me~~didn't see that coming at all!! I'm a new follower but I already LOVE your site, your insight and your music!! Now, I'm off to the video store to clear out the Stephen King section :)

  3. I have never seen The Mist or Silver Bullet.... and I thought I had seen them all. Watched Poltergeist last night and realized how outdated it is for this generation... TV channels don't go off the air anymore!

  4. Looking at all the posters just made me want to go and watch them all over again. Thanks for giving me the nudge. - Hugs and sparkles - WG

  5. Great movies, and what about "Dreamcatcher"? very scary book, and the movie was pretty close to the book. thanks for reminding us about good old Stephen King.

  6. King is the best! carrie is the best. You can always count on something really good and creepy from Mr. King.

  7. As far as I know I watched all these movies -- hah! THE MIST was VERY creepy and it had the most disturbing end... You have to watch that one!

  8. I've probably read more of King's books compared to watching the movies. But, after I read your post I did a little research of his books that were made into movies. Had no idea that Secret Window with Johnny Depp was based on one of Stephen King's books. One movie I still can't watch is "It" - the clown is so creepy & just mean

  9. Pet Cemetary totally had me creeped out. I watched it as a teen, then again as an adult and the death of the kiddo hit me in two seperate ways at the two seperate times. ALL OF kings books/movies are awesome, I grew up on them