My three favorite movies adapted from Stephen King novels

My name is John Eilermann, and I’ve been studying and working here in St. Louis, MO. I have a passion for literature. For this article, I want to talk about my favorite film adaptations of Stephen King novels.

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We all know just how prolific Mr. King is, however, not all movie adaptations of his books are good. Some are downright garbage, even with brilliant source material. On that note, here are three of our favorite adaptations.

The Shawshank Redemption

“The Shawshank Redemption” is a masterpiece of storytelling, which translated perfectly onto the big screen. At the story’s core is a heavy heart that has been beaten for decades, making the payoff all too worth it. The film has received critical praise and has been called one of the best movies of all time.


Another work in the John Eilermann Must-Read list is “Misery,” a terrifying novel about fanaticism. I’ve tried to convince friends here in St. Louis to read it, and many complain about not being able to sleep at night. The film is just as good with unforgettable and award-winning performances from James Caan and Kathy Bates.

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Silver Bullet

Adapted from King’s “Cycle of the Werewolf,” “Silver Bullet” is in my opinion, a more frightening take on the story. While the special effects leave much to be desired, there is an ominous tone throughout the film that fills viewers with terror. And that plot twist? That was a doozy.

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Saving Private Ryan, possibly the definitive movie on World War II

My name is John F Eilermann Jr. and I have a soft spot for anything historical about World War II. I have a whole library of books and DVDs on the subject matter. They are all entertaining as well as informative.

But I have to say, as far as feature films go, the John F Eilermann Jr. choice for the definitive take on WWII would be Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan.

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While I’ve enjoyed a number of great productions of the Second World War, none of them come close to Spielberg’s war piece.

For starters, the first 15 minutes of the movie are probably the most gripping of any film ever made. And the scope in which it was filmed makes it all the more a technical marvel. Ever the master director, Spielberg recreates events as realistic as can be. Even novice viewers can appreciate the atmosphere he fosters throughout the film as Tom Hanks and company make their way through a devastated and perilous countryside to save one man.

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There is so much to admire in Saving Private Ryan, from its unique cinematography (Spielberg applies camera effects to dull colors) to its powerful performances (who knew Vin Diesel could act) to, yes, its faithfulness to history (although the main plot was fictional, everything little detail was spot on).

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