I’ve been kicking around the idea of doing an all encompassing Stephen King post for some time. Why not now since the day of his birth is upon us. In a moment I will jump right into a countdown list and impart my thoughts, emotions and ramblings there. Just a quick preface/disclaimer. Stephen King’s writings and the films based on them have shaped and permeated my life. Many of my most vivid childhood memories are somehow linked to his works (thanks Mom). It is for those reasons that this list and my words are totally biased.
10. Maximum Overdrive
I am aware this choice for number 10 may ruffle some feathers, but I love it. Maximum Overdrive is unabashedly 80s and gives off a slight John Carpenter vibe. Sure it’s cheesy and many view it as King’s directorial fail. But it’s fun!
9. Pet Sematary
I could do a top 10 list just for this film. The emotion captured in Pet Sematary is heartbreaking. If the movie had only been about the tragic and violent loss of a child I would have been sold. Introduce the ultra creepy, supernatural element and it’s true love.
8. Silver Bullet
Here are 3 of my own personal truths regarding Silver Bullet. 1) It was the first werewolf movie I ever saw and therefore set the framework for my werewolf belief system. 2) I saw it when I was way too young. 3) I was immediately in love with and horrified by Reverend Lowe aka the werewolf. Gary Busey? Corey Haim in a wheelchair? John Locke, I mean Terry O’Quinn?! Illegal fireworks?! It’s a sin I don’t own this film. Quick aside, I haven’t seen this film in years and I am aware there are themes of faith, family and a boys trek into manhood that I am missing. The fireworks just really made an impression on me.
I hate applying labels to things (not in the literal sense). If you think a certain way about something I’m not going to come running out of the bushes, push you down, and tell you you’re wrong. I have deep seated feelings about Carrie and I want to call it a feminist horror film. Bold words and a strong assertion, but that is my personal label. I am deeply moved every time I view this film. Sissy Spacek’s performance is jaw droppingly good. The film is effective for me because I almost immediately align myself with the Carrie character. That’s easy to do partly because what is presented is such an accurate depiction of High School. Also because her mother is a raving loon.
6. The Running Man
I’m not sure my fingertips have the nimbleness and grace it would take to scribe my love for this film. My head spins at the thought of forming cohesive sentences regarding Richard Dawson, Yaphet Kotto and Buzzsaw and Fireball and Subzero! It’s all too much amazing awesomeness! If you have somehow never seen this movie all I have to say to you is “It’s time to start running!”
There you have the first installment of my Stephen King lovefest. I’ve decided to split them for the sake of easy digestion. Don’t see your favorite yet? Don’t fret, numbers 1 through 5 are still to come.