Monday, September 19, 2011

Netflix short on King


Yes, I own a lot of movies based on the works of Stephen King. Unfortunately, many of them are on VHS or in a storage unit in the middle of the Nevada desert or both. So I currently rely on Netflix Instant Watch for much of my entertainment.

When it comes to King, pickings are slim.

Without placing any value judgements on the films themselves, here is a list of what is currently available to stream.

MISERY
The 1990 Rob Reiner film stars James Caan and Kathy Bates in her Academy Award-winning performance as Annie Wilkes.

DOLORES CLAIBORNE
Another Kathy Bates film, this time as a housekeeper accused of killing her boss. Not surprisingly, the companion book "Gerald's Game" has not yet been adapted to film.

HEARTS IN ATLANTIS
A true King fan knows this should have been called "Low Men in Yellow Coats" as this Anthony Hopkins vehicle was only one section of the book sharing the film's title.

THE LANGOLIERS
Tom Holland ("Fright Night," "Child's Play") wrote and directed this two-part TV movie. He hasn't done much since.

SOMETIMES THEY COME BACK
An early 1990s cable movie starring Tim Matheson, based on one of King's early short stories. Spawned two horrible sequels in title only.

GOLDEN YEARS
One of the many mini-series from King. Could have been a series but cut short because no one was watching. Frances Sternhagen is pretty damn good.

CREEPSHOW
King and George Romero teamed up for this homage to EC Comics.

THE STAND
The highlight of TV in 1994. The highlight of Mick Garris's career.

DREAMCATHER
Four friends deal with aliens and the military in the Maine woods.

Absent from this list are the couple of "Children of the Corn" sequels Netflix has, along with other bad sequels. Because those movies suck and if we band together to stop watching them, people will stop making them.

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