There are a number of new Stephen King movies in the works, but one is an interesting proposition. “Mercy” is based on the short story Gramma and is produced by Blumhouse Productions, the company behind “Paranormal Activity,” “Insidious” and “Sinister.” Just looking at that track record, it makes it seem this will be a Stephen King adaptation done right.
The synopsis for “Mercy” tells the story of two young boys who move with their mom to live with their dying grandmother. When they arrive, the two young boys learn that something is very wrong with their grandmother, who might have made a deal with some very dark forces that threatens to destroy them all. Chandler Riggs (“The Walking Dead”) and Joel Courtney (“Super 8”) star in the movie, which is directed by Peter Cornwell (“The Haunting in Connecticut”).
This is one of a number of Stephen King’s short stories to make it into a feature film. Here is a look at some of the most successful short story adaptations by the master of horror.
“The Shawshank Redemption”
Not only is “The Shawshank Redemption” one of the best Stephen King adaptations of all time, but it is widely considered one of the best movies of all time. IMDb users rank it as the number one movie of all time, and it regularly shows up at the top of “best of” charts all the time. It is also unlike almost any other Stephen King movie you might ever see. Frank Darabont received the rights to make it after he made a “dollar baby” film, which is a short film based on one of King’s short stories that can only be used in festivals or on a director’s product reel. King liked Darabont’s dollar baby so much that he gave him the right to make “Shawshank Redemption” next.
“Stand by Me”
From the same book that “Shawshank Redemption” was published in, “Different Seasons” also gave the source material for the movie “Stand by Me.” The story, originally titled “The Body,” tells the story of four young boys who set out one summer to find a dead body they heard was out in the woods. It is a coming of age story, and just like “Shawshank,” the only horror is that of evil men. The movie saw four young actors take on the roles who became icons, with the late River Phoenix joining Corey Feldman, Jerry O’Connell and Wil Wheaton.
While not as iconic as the other two, “1408” proved to be a surprisingly entertaining ghost story starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson. Cusack starred as an author of books that deal with investigating haunted houses. While he doesn’t believe in the supernatural, he is actively looking for something following the death of his young daughter. It is this story of a father who lost his daughter that elevates the movie above many of the other supernatural ghost stories.
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