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A real horror show: why Stephen King’s novels don’t work on screen

In many ways, King's works are better known on screen. But do his novels really work as films?

By Tim Martin   October 2017

Heeeeere's Johnny! Films like the Shining are iconic—but do King's novels really work on screen.

In 1986 Stephen King, whose novels had already been adapted for the screen by directors such as Brian De Palma, Stanley Kubrick, David Cronenberg, John Carpenter and Rob Reiner, decided to make a film of his own. To signal the advent of Maximum Overdrive, a ludicrously camp horror film in which a passing comet sends the world’s machines on a human-killing spree (crushing people with steamrollers, zapping them with arcade cabinets, hacking at them…

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