Film Club Rule #666: Around Halloween, it’s good to be the king.
It’s fall. Halloween is right around the corner. What better time to look at films based on the work of America’s Best Selling horror author Stephen King? Mr. King’s reign of terror started after his first book was published and subsequently turned into a hit film in 1976. Brian De Palma’s film starring Sissy Spacek was an instant classic, and it was followed up by the book and historically great film, Stanley Kubrick’s version of The Shining. Kubrick’s film has become one of the most studied films of all time spawning the fascinating documentary Room 237. King’s work, however, is far from exclusively horror. His sci-fi novel The Running Man, published under the author’s pseudonym Richard Bachman, was turned into a film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1987. We also discuss the television series It and Under the Dome in addition to a few other films based on the author’s work as we discuss Stephen King’s place in the literary and pop culture world.