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Creepshows: The Illustrated Stephen King Movie Guide
Stephen Jones
Titan paperback £16.99

review by Christopher Geary

The majority of Stephen King's works have been adapted, with variable success, for the big and small screens so it's about time that someone tackled this subject anew in book form. This comprehensive yet concise survey of cinema and TV versions charts the hits and misses of movies and serials derived from 25 years of novels and short stories, from Carrie to Rose Red.
   Whether you are a fan of King's fiction or not, there's no denying the fact that in terms of source material alone, he has become a major force in genre media. Ranging from vampire chillers (Salem's Lot) to psychological terror (The Dead Zone, Needful Things), SF-horror (Firestarter, The Tommyknockers, The Stand, The Langoliers), ghost stories (The Shining, Sometimes They Come Back), youth tragedy (Stand By Me, Apt Pupil), prison drama (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile), writer's angst (Misery, The Dark Half), and anthology movies (Creepshow, Cat's Eye, Quicksilver Highway) King is undoubtedly "cinema's most adapted author" and his international celebrity has impacted on British and American popular culture in fields as varied as the stage, radio, computer games, and online publishing.
   Stephen Jones' invaluable overview crams a great deal of information and references into less than 200 pages. There are film credits and cast listings, plot synopses, book covers, publicity shots, posters, concept artwork and some rare production stills (in a mix of over 300 b/w and colour pictures), fascinating trivia, capsule comments from newspaper and magazine reviews, critical quotes by King about the films and TV shows, and coverage of both forthcoming and unmade projects. Also included are biographical sketches of the many actors and filmmakers who have worked on more than one King-related production in an intriguing 'recurring talent' section. An interview with King rounds off this book's assessment of what directors like Brian De Palma, Lewis Teague, Larry Cohen, Stanley Kubrick, Rob Reiner, Mick Garris, David Cronenberg, John Carpenter, George Romero, Frank Darabont and Tom Holland have made of his novels, screenplays and other fiction.
   An essential purchase for every King fan (whichever version of The Shining you prefer!), this superbly designed package boasts plenty of insider commentary and content enough to please the most demanding horror buff.

Creepshows by Stephen Jones
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Stephen Jones' 10 Favourite Stephen King Films:
1.   Carrie (1976)
2.   Salem's Lot (1979)
3.   Misery (1990)
4.   The Dead Zone (1983)
5.   Stand By Me (1986)
6.   The Green Mile (1999)
7.   The Shining (1980)
8.   The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
9.   Apt Pupil (1997)
10. Pet Sematary (1989)

Related pages:
tZ - interview with author, Stephen Jones
 
                                     
Stephen Jones' 10 Worst Stephen King Films:
1.   Creepshow 2 (1987)
2.   Lawnmower Man 2 (1995)
3.   The Langoliers (1995)
4.   A Return to Salem's Lot (1987)
5.   The Mangler (1994)
6.   Quicksilver Highway (1997)
7.   Maximum Overdrive (1986)
8.   Sometimes They Come Back for More (1998)
9.   The Tommyknockers (1993)
10. Sleepwalkers (1992)

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