On May 23, 1980, “The Shining,” directed by Stanley Kubrick and adapted from the Stephen King horror novel, was released in US theaters. Starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall, “The Shining,” told the story of a man’s slow descent into madness as he spends a winter with his family working as the lone caretaker of an isolated mountain resort. The film has stood the test of time as an iconic horror movie in its own right, as well as one of Stephen King’s most noteworthy film adaptations.
But as an author, King has had an incredibly prolific career, resulting in a high number of novels that have been given the cinematic treatment. His horror works, like “The Shining,” “Pet Sematary,” among others are some of the most recognizable, but that’s not all. He’s also had fantasy novels adapted and even short dramatic stories, which count among their number “The Shawshank Redemption,” “The Green Mile,” and “Stand By Me,” and are frequently considered some of the most well-received by critics.
What makes King so remarkable and why so many of his adaptations are adored by fans and critics alike is because he has such a diverse collection of work. Even within his works of horror, there are various scares that will work with so many different tastes, so it’s rare to find a Stephen King novel that hasn’t earned wide acclaim.
Do you want the physical manifestation of the ugliness that lurks beneath the pleasant veneer of a small town? “IT” has you covered. A good old-fashioned vampire adventure? There’s always “Salem’s Lot.” The dangers of obsession? You’ve got “Christine.” A meta-look at rabid fans who feel entitled to a certain storyline simply because they’re fans? “Misery” all day long. Whatever is your particular taste, there’s a Stephen King for everyone.