The 10 Best Stephen King Movies


An adorable nuclear family moves into a new house; everything falls apart. King himself wrote the screenplay for this adaptation of his bleak burial-ground domestic drama, and Mary Lambert’s unfussy direction lets the story build gradually, like a tall tale whispered over a campfire. Dale Midkiff and Denise Crosby are an admirably regular everycouple, building a home and then demolished by grief. As their neighbor Jud Crandall, the great Fred Gwynne is every wily-old-fellow from a Stephen King story wrapped in one: Cheerful, conversational, tapped into the weird supernatural myth lingering in the forest, doomed. There’s something brute-force disturbing about Pet Sematary – dead kids, dead pets – and it all builds to one of King’s darkest endings. Released in 1989, so it was one of the great sleepover films of the ‘90s. —Darren Franich

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