I usually love Stephen King novels, but have liked very few of the film adaptations that inevitably arise from them. Stand By Me, The Green Mile, The Shining, Misery, and Carrie immediately come to mind as the better ones. No, I’m not forgetting Shawshank Redemption; I didn’t like the movie, though the novella was fantastic.
The rest have been cringeworthy at best, and downright awful at worst. In fact, I’m having trouble deciding which is the absolute worst Stephen King movie I’ve seen. Is it Graveyard Shift? Children of the Corn? Dreamcatcher? Trucks? Really, there are a lot of candidates.
In the end, however, I think this dubious distinction should go to Maximum Overdrive, that horrendous 1986 fiasco starring Emilio Estevez. In case you haven’t seen it (and for your sake, I hope you haven’t), it’s about trucks and other machines that come alive and start killing people.
The plot was utterly ridiculous and boring. I tell ya, whoever thought audiences would enjoy watching a bunch of 18-wheelers decked out with Green Goblin truck accessories going on murderous rampages was way off base.
Not surprisingly, this was King’s first — and last — directorial effort.
I suppose we can take that away as the silver lining here!
Anyway, what’s your least favorite Stephen King movie adaptation?