Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Discussion of the Week - It's Good To Be King

This week's discussion topic is unique in that I don't actually have an opinion on it! That's a new one, eh? So I turn the tables entirely over to you guys....

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What is your favorite Stephen King mini-series?


Now the reason I don't have an opinion on this question is because, believe it or not, i've only seen one Stephen King mini-series in full ; IT. Well I think I saw Salem's Lot when I was much younger but it was so long ago that I really can't even recall and for all intents and purposes i'd say i've never really seen it. So why am I asking a question which I cannot answer? Am I just being lazy this week? No, no. There is a method to my madness. The reason I ask is because I own nearly all of King's mini-series' and I want you guys to tell me your favorite so that I can determine which one to sit back and finally devote my time to. And I promise you that I will actually sit down and watch, in full, the mini-series that you guys like the most. In other words, how I spend several hours of my time in the very near feature is totally in YOUR hands!

Leave a comment and let me know your favorite Stephen King mini-series of all time!

25 comments:

Matt-suzaka said...

That is a tough one, but I would say either Salem's Lot (original), It, and The Shining (based on the novel) are some of my favorites. But when it comes down to it, I would pick...umm...uhhh...Salem's Lot! It's tough not picking It with it being a childhood fav and all, but Salem’s Lot is much better.

Can't wait to see what you get stuck watching!

BJ-C said...

I know I'm gonna get shit for it...but I really liked Rose Red. Sue me. I would say "IT" or something but you know what, I didn't like the ending, and the lack of novel stuff.

Jeff Allard said...

For me, it's Storm of the Century (1999). This tale of an island community forced to make impossible choices by a demonic figure in their midst is bleak, haunting, and with an ending so cruel you won't believe it made it to television.

Johnny said...

Matt - You actually liked the Shining mini-series, eh? I know most people hate that one and although i've seen some parts and didn't really like what I saw, i've been meaning to watch the whole thing for a while now.

BJ-C - I didn't really like IT all that much. I only saw it once years ago and I remember liking the stuff with the characters as kids and hating the stuff with them as adults.

Jeff - I like the sound of that! Storm of the Century is another one i've seen parts of but never got around to finishing. I did like the parts I saw so I look forward to watching the whole shebang.

kaiyn said...

You know, I like quite a few of them, but the ones that stand out for me are Rose Red (BJ-C, you are not alone in this!), The Shining, and The Stand. Out of those three, definitely Rose Red.
It is still a good one, but only because I like Tim Curry as Pennywise. :)

JamesDonovan said...

If i had to choose one, i would probably choose The Stand. As i thought that it had a good sound track, and everytime i hear "dont fear the reaper", all i can think of is the scene where they use it. The only issue i have with the Stand is that it suffers where most Stephen King adaptations suffer, the first half is good, and it gets you hooked, but the endings are usually poor. I felt that way for IT, Tommyknockers, and the Langoliers.

Rob said...

I'm gonna have to agree with Storm of the Century. Awesome!

Brian said...

I'm not big on King but I remember getting inadvertently sucked-into "Salem's Lot" in the 80s and finding myself freaked. The vampire was - for once - really scary, and the memory of that dead kid floating outside the bedroom window still sends a shiver.

kindertrauma said...

I know it's unpopular but I LOVE the 2004 version of Salem's Lot, I've watched it several times. How can ya say no to Rutger Hauer!?!-Unk

The Warfreak said...

Definitely Storm of the Century.

"Give me what I want, and I'll go away."

Jason said...

The first half of IT is scary as shit, the second half is lame.

The first half of Storm of the Centry is so drawn out, it should have been condensed. When they finally reveal what is going on it gets good.

I really liked the Shining. I am a big fan of the book. The TV version does not have the granduer and style of Kuberick's adaptation but it gets back to Kings original intent.

Bjornabo said...

Even though IMDB does not list it ass an mini-series, my pick has to be The Langoliers.

Tha acting ain`t top notch, the special effects are not that great. But the story itself is great. And you get to se Bronson Pinchot as the most unsympathetic character ever created.

Great stuff.

Johnny said...

Looks like we've got a tie so far between Rose Red and Storm of the Century!

Quanthor said...

I actually just watched 'Salem's Lot' for the first time a couple of weeks ago and it had some very cool scenes but since it was filmed for TV it cuts away at perfect times for bloody mayhem. I will say with it's limitations Hooper did an excellent job with it though. I tend not to scrutinize TV mini-series the same as film because of that reason. I don't expect much so anything I receive is awesome.

Out of what I've seen I'd probably say 'The Stand'. I really liked the concept and it was well excuted. Long as fuck though.

I also agree with BJ-C, I really like 'IT' but the ending was sooooo lame.

Johnny said...

Quant - It's the length factor that has kept me from watching any of these, even though i've owned most of 'em for a while now. I don't really like to watch movies over 2 hours but I figure if I break these up over a couple nights it'll be alright.

Zach said...

I liked Rose Red quite a bit, and Storm was good as well. Desperation was pretty good (mostly because I love Ron Perlman). The Stand and Langoliers have special places for me because I used to watch them with my family when I was younger. It is pretty good, however I really disliked The Shining.

However, I do dare say my favorite (though it's not really a miniseries) is Kingdom Hospital. Yes, I know it's a remake, but it's a pretty darn good remake.

Guido said...

I would have to go with The Stand as my favorite mini. It followed the book as well as it could for a TV-Mini and in an 8 hour time frame. The changes made to it from the book actually made sense. It's got some really great acting talent in it.

I'd say second would be the mini-series version of The Shining. MUCH closer to the novel than Kubricks version (I KNOW I'm gonna catch shit for that, but it's the truth)

Last but not least, IT. I'll agree though, 1st half was excellent, 2nd half not so much.

Cins said...

Rose Red tends to get a bad rap. While its not my favorite, it really was pretty interesting and I enjoyed it! Really fun haunted house story.

Not a big fan of the Shining but that's because I'm a big fan of the Kubric movie. It's not horrible but not really my cup of tea.

The first half of IT was SPECTACULAR! Then it ended the whole thing with a retarded stop motion spider in the second half and I got pissed. I kind of wish IT could be remade. Its a kick ass book.

I guess my favorite is The Stand. Great cast, really suspenseful, and pretty well written for a Made for TV mini-series at the time. That and I adore Gary Senise. I'm also a fan of armageddon/appocolyptic stories so this was up my alley.

I am ashamed...for I have not seen Salem's Lot...either of them. You may now flog me with a wet noodle.

Carl (ILHM) said...

Eeep.. I dont even know, Im so used to all of them just being on DVD I am never sure if they were originally made for TV or not.. I know IT was though, and I have always been deathly terrified of the film, so I would have to go with IT for the win. The Stand I found to be incredibly taxing with absolutely no payoff.

the jaded viewer said...

Gotta go with The Stand. Everybody said what I was gonna say about it.

kaiyn said...

Guido, I completely agree about the mini series version of The Shining. That was exactly why I liked it. I love the movie, but I was glad to see the mini series stick closer to the book.

Cins - I think I heard rumor of a big screen adaptation of It, but I could be wrong.

Cins said...

Kaiyn>>Really? That would be pretty awesome! Hopefully if they do, they'll stick with Tim Curry as Pennywise.

Jordy Verrill + Eva Krupp said...

I have to admit I love Rose Red as well...Langoliers running a close second!

The Nobody said...

When it comes right down to it, the only mini-series that works the best is Storm of the Century. The reasons are a little more in depth than just "I liked this one best." For one, King wrote the teleplay so this movie is not a chopped up version of one of his novels. Second, it is visually appealing for a mini-series. Third, this one faces more on character than plot - which King does best. SOTC is all about the town (Dolores Claiborne's Island, since it is Little Tall Island) and the frightening reason why the stranger has come to their town. This movie also has a great historical backdrop inserted into it. Colm Feore - who plays Lenoge is awesome in his role.

Guess said...

Like you I only saw "It" so I can't really comment but still It was the best I've seen so far.