6 Stephen King Movies On Netflix You Can Watch Right Now

Stephen King fans know how versatile the author is. He’s a horror maestro, sure, but he’s also got plenty of dramatic range. King’s stories run the spectrum from gore fests to haunted houses to surreal fantasy to uplifting drama. We haven’t seen a Stephen King comedy yet, but give him more time. 

Netflix is an easy place to see King’s range as a storyteller. These six movies are solid indicators and available now:

‘1922’ (2017)

“In 1922, I murdered my wife. My son aided me.” Based on a short story in King’s 2010 collection Full Dark, No Stars, 1922 is a messy murder story that only gets messier. Thomas Jane stars as a Nebraska farmer who narrates the tale with a sticky midwestern accent and matter-of-fact delivery that’s mesmerizing. After the murder, he and his teenage son start experiencing terrible things. Rats. And then, the unthinkable as Mother returns from the grave.

‘The Green Mile’ (1999)

Based on the 1996 bestseller, The Green Mile was King’s attempt to recreate the magic of The Shawshank Redemption in long form. And critics mostly agreed. It was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar in 2000 and Michael Clarke Duncan also scored a nod for Best Supporting Actor. He plays a death row inmate with unreal powers who touches the lives of everyone around him at the prison. It’s an example of King’s talent for dramatic fantasy, and a more mainstream alternative to his usual bloody fare.

‘Children of the Corn’ (1984)

This ’80s cult classic is a must-see for horror fans. Featuring one of the all-time weirdest child casts, the film is based on an early King short story. Also set in Nebraska (King’s universe includes a number of recurring settings, mostly in Maine), a group of creepy kids fall under the spell of a cult led by the moon-faced evil one, Isaac, and his murderous ginger henchman, Malachai. They kill off every adult in their town and take over. Years later, the movie picks up with Linda Hamilton (fresh off Terminator success) driving through town with her husband. It’s not long before the Children are after them.

‘The Shining’ (1980)

King was never partial to The Shining (he’s reportedly come around in recent years), but Stanley Kubrick’s film scared the hell out of me as a kid thanks to the imagery: axe-wielding madmen and freaky naked ladies. But it’s the film’s opening that really sticks in my mind. Shot from a helicopter, the camera follows the Torrance family as they head to their new home in their VW Bug. Right away the movie seems alive, like the camera is possessed itself. (Side note: Kubrick changed the color of the Bug in King’s novel — from red to yellow — and then also crashed a red one as a statement to King that The Shining now belonged to the director, according to some conspiracy theorists.)

‘Gerald’s Game’ (2017)

King’s 1992 suspense novel is a claustrophobic nightmare of small scope. Set inside a bedroom where a husband and wife’s night of bondage sex goes wrong, Gerald’s Game focuses on Jessie (Carla Gugino) as she lies handcuffed and stranded after her husband suffers a sudden heart attack. What ensues is a psychological thriller as a stray dog arrives and starts eating the corpse, and Jessie hallucinates a deformed ghost, or does she? What makes the Netflix Original so talked about, however, is how Jessie escapes the handcuffs.

‘Dreamcatcher’ (2003)

Written by King while he was fully medicated after a terrible auto wreck, Dreamcatcher is a an uneven, weird movie about a group of hunter buddies, an alien invasion, and a bunch of dumb cops. I don’t recommend it, but if you love King, it’s worth a look. Damian Lewis and Morgan Freeman, who’s underrated as a bad movie actor, lead the way in this one.

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