The undisputed master of horror, the award-winning novelist who has enjoyed unprecedented success when transitioning his work into cinema, has named 22 films which he considered his favourites.
Ever since Brian De Palma adapted King’s novel Carrie into a film back in 1976, the novelist has seen none fewer than 50 feature films birthed off the back of his writing with more scheduled to arrive in the next 12 months.
Alongside Brian De Palma King has worked with some of the best in the business with the likes of Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, George A. Romero and, more recently, Mike Flanagan who has picked up the mantle. As King looks ahead to the impending release of Doctor Sleep, the eagerly anticipated sequel to his 1977 novel The Shining which will is being adapted by Flanagan himself, we decided to look back at some films that have had a lasting impact on the man behind the ideas.
The below list was comprised by the good people of Open Culture who managed to scrape together suggestions in which King picked out for Bloody Disgusting, the British Film Institute, and Fandor. With a mix of some classic cinema and some new releases, King previously stated: “I am especially partial—this will not surprise you—to suspense films.”
Despite detailing at length his admiration for Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez’s 1999 film The Blair Witch Project in the past, King admitted: “My favourite film of all time—this may surprise you—is Sorcerer, William Friedkin’s remake of the great Henri-Georges Clouzot’s The Wages of Fear.
“Some may argue that the Clouzot film is better; I beg to disagree.”
See the full list, below.
Stephen King’s 22 favourite films of all time:
- The Autopsy of Jane Doe – André Øvredal, 2016.
- The Blair Witch Project – Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez, 1999.
- The Changeling – Peter Medak, 1980.
- Crimson Peak – Guillermo del Toro, 2015.
- Dawn of the Dead – Zack Snyder, 2004.
- Deep Blue Sea – Renny Harlin, 1999.
- The Descent – Neil Marshall, 2005.
- Duel – Steven Spielberg, 1971.
- Les Diaboliques – Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1955.
- Final Destination – James Wong, 2000.
- Event Horizon – Paul W.S. Anderson, 1997.
- The Hitcher – Robert Harmon, 1986 and Dave Meyers, 2007.
- The Last House on the Left – Dennis Iliadis, 2009.
- The Mist – Frank Darabont, 2007.
- Night of the Demon – Jacques Tourneur, 1957.
- The Ruins – Carter Smith, 2008.
- Sorcerer – William Friedkin, 1977.
- Stepfather – Joseph Ruben, 1986.
- Stir of Echoes – David Koepp 1999.
- The Strangers – Bryan Bertino, 2008.
- Village of the Damned – Wolf Rilla, 1960.
- The Witch – Robert Eggers, 2015.
(Via: Open Culture)