83% of People Can't Name These Stephen King Adaptations from a Screenshot! Can You?

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J. Scott Wilson

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Stephen King is one of the most prolific writers of our time with many of his books and short stories adapted for film. Do you have the guts to try and name each of these Stephen King adaptations from their screenshot? Step inside this quiz and see how well you do.

Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

A lot of the world didn't know who Stephen King was when this movie hit theaters. That quickly changed, as Sissy Spacek's portrayal of the telekinetic teen with the religious-nut mother packed houses and made millions.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

Max von Sydow was the perfect choice to play Leland Gaunt, the sepulchral owner of the title's antique shop, which sold cursed objects that fulfilled people's darkest wishes. Ed Harris played legendary King lawman Sheriff Pangborn, turning in his usual creditable, squinting performance.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

For me, this is one of the truest film adaptations of any King book. Hiring Herman Munster himself, Fred Gwynne, to play the sepulchral neighbor Jud anchored the cast, and the little kid who played Gage couldn't have been more creepy.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

Most of you have never set foot in a commercial washing plant, but you don't need the experience to get the chill from this story. The demonically possessed machine is all grinding gears and whirling belts ... perfect stuff of nightmares.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

You might be surprised, given its ubiquitous presence on cable TV and so many critics' top 100 lists, but this movie did poorly in its theatrical release. These days, when I find someone who hasn't seen it, I feel like I've found a unicorn.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

King didn't particularly care for Stanley Kubrick's take on one of his earliest books. Kubrick changed a lot, and left out a lot, and while the finished product isn't quite King's work you can't argue with Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

This was a largely unnecessary sequel to Sometimes They Come Back, about a high school teacher bedeviled by demons in teen-hood form. It did feature Hilary Swank in an early role, as well as TV dad Michael Gross.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

This movie brings old favorites and new together, as Anthony Hopkins plays a mysterious old man and Star Trek's Anton Yelchin plays his young friend. It's bittersweet to see Yelchin at this young age, knowing that he died in a freak accident on the cusp of huge things.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

This movie got to a topic no doubt near and dear to King's heart. A writer (played by Johnny Depp) is accused of plagiarism and then stalked by a nut looking for a bizarre form of justice.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

This tale of a cat supposedly doing in an old man was one of the stories in the "Tales From The Darkside" movie. The movie featured Debbie Harry as a witch trying to eat a little boy, who then tells the tales that make up the movie.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

The story was one of the goriest bits of writing King ever did, and the movie didn't let up for a minute. Morgan Freeman appears for no apparent reason. Maybe being in another King movie was on his bucket list?

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

Kathy Bates and James Caan were on screen for about 90 percent of the movie, and they made the most of it. Bates took home a best actress Oscar for her portrayal of nutso obsessed fan Annie Wilkes.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

Kathy Bates returns to King territory as the title character in this one. She didn't take home another Oscar, but her character was every bit as creepy as Annie Wilkes.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

King forever changed long drives in the country with this creepy-but-funny tale. "He Who Walks Behind The Rows" has to be the silliest boogeyman name ever.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

Hitchhiking, as we all know, is a dangerous thing to do. This film makes it even worse, when a man trying to get home to his sick mother is picked up by a mysterious stranger who's got a deadly offer to make.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

This anthology movie is a masterpiece of high camp, with Lindsey Nielsen and Adrienne Barbeau in full-on overacting glory. One story, "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill," even features King playing a hick farmer who finds a meteorite and turns into a plant. Yes, seriously.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

You'll think twice about staying in old hotels after this one, which shares a bit of DNA with King's other haunted hotel story, The Shining. John Cusack's determined to debunk the bloody mysteries surrounding the title room, and Samuel L. Jackson goes creepy as the hotel manager who tries to warn him off ... but not very hard.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

King released this novel in serial form, and it was great, but in my opinion the movie was better. With Tom Hanks as a prison guard and the gone-too-soon Michael Clarke Duncan as mystical convict John Coffey, it's a film that will stick with you long after it ends. Duncan got a best supporting actor Oscar nom.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

This story is a mini-masterpiece of revenge fantasy, with a killer gypsy curse afflicting a fat man who drives over an old woman. You'll never look at weight loss the same way again.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

This Indian film was adapted from King's short story in the Night Shift anthology titled "Quitters, Inc." Imagine if the Mafia ran a stop-smoking clinic. You pick up a cigarette, and a family member takes a turn in a torture chamber ... while you have to watch.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

The original novel was packed full of things that had nothing to do with the giant, rabid, possibly demon-possessed Saint Bernard. The movie cut to the chase a little more quickly, with gut-churning effectiveness.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

Imagine a vampire who's adopted plane travel to go from kill to kill, always by night of course. He even has his very own Renfield, in the finest Stoker tradition.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

Is it a dimensional portal? A government experiment gone wrong? Hell opening up? The creatures in the title miasma are tentacled horrors, and Marcia Gay Harden turned in an amazing performance as Mrs. Carmody.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

This nifty bit of revenge horror features Christian Slater as a mild-mannered guy who's wife is murdered by a mob boss. The punishment he devises for the mobster takes years to execute, but it's worth it.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

Remember when Drew Barrymore was a cute little girl, still years away from dancing topless on David Letterman's desk? Here, she plays Charlie, the titular flamethrower who's stalked by a creepy assassin played by George C. Scott.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

King dives deep into marital disharmony in this one, more of his turn from monster-in-the-closet horror to the evil in human souls. A wife finds out her husband is a serial killer, and it just gets more twisted from there.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

Remember high school history, when you learned about the Nazis who had escaped the Nuremberg Trials and disappeared? Now imagine you're a teen who finds one of the escapees in your town ... and you're a psychopath.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

Johnny Smith is one of my very favorite King heroes. He's an ordinary guy with a little "shine," a little psychic talent, that is magnified after a brain injury. His talent leads him to save lives, mend relationships, catch a killer ... and derail a presidential campaign.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

King didn't actually write this one, but since it uses his characters his name is attached. John Rainbird is reincarnated, this time played by always-creepy Malcolm McDowell. McDowell pretty much works for any creepy role.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

Touching on technological terror, King cooked up this proto-zombie thriller. A mysterious signal turns those using cellphones into flesh-rending maniacs, and John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson lead a band of survivors.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

This second of the anthologies features what's, to me, the best segment of all. In "The Raft" a group of teenagers go for a fun swim at a lake ... until the lake starts eating them in very messy ways.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

This was one of the few King movies that he wrote without writing a novel first. It's a nifty tale of a mother-and-son vampire pair who come to a small town in search of a virgin girl. King cast himself as a goofy cemetery caretaker. You'll see him in a lot of his movies, much like Stan Lee or Alfred Hitchcock.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

Did this man and his son not see the original movie? Read the original book? Why on earth would you pick Jerusalem's Lot as a vacation spot?

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

Cursed objects are a favorite topic in King's early fiction, and never more effectively than here. The Plymouth Fury lives up to its name, finding all manner of creative ways to kill humans despite not having hands.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

This straight-to-DVD turkey brought back the laundry machine from the original, but left out pretty much everything else worthwhile. It's worth a watch for a beer night, but only if there's plenty of beer.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

You might not be aware that Children of the Corn has spawned a whole host of sequels. This first one left behind the humor of the original in favor of more blood, more creepy kids and an amped-up supernatural component.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

This werewolf story has a nifty twist: The silver bullet of the title is a wheelchair/motorcycle operated by a paraplegic boy who first fends off the werewolf with fireworks, then learns his identity. Gary Busey and Lost's Terry O'Quinn add some manic acting firepower.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

Renowned character actress Shirley Knight plays the title character, a senile grandmother with immense supernatural powers who nearly enslaves her daughter and grandson. Walking Dead fans will be happy to see Chandler Riggs (Carl) playing a big role.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

This vampire story is one of the best of the 20th century, to me. It uses all the bits of vampire mythos (having a master vampire, sleeping in their own soil, having familiars) but sets it in a modern New England town. David Soul is great as the tortured hero of the tale.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

Ask most King fans, and they'll name this as one of their all-time favorites. A supervirus does in most of the world's population, and this allows ancient powers of good and evil (God and Satan, although not quite named as such) to battle it out. Worth a read AND a watch.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

An anthology film bound together by the presence of a cat in each of the three tales, this is well worth a watch. Drew Barrymore stars in the last segment as a girl menaced by a troll and protected by the cat.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

Coulrophobics beware: Tim Curry is pretty much the creepiest clown ever. While the book had a lot of metaphysical, otherworldly overtones, the miniseries sticks more to the straight horror aspect, with Curry's Pennywise luring children to terrible deaths in the sewers.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

One senses that King's own fear of some of his characters is at work in this story. A writer creates a character who then decides to take over his life. King's created some doozies.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

In sequel-mad Hollywood, a movie like Pet Sematary is bound to spawn a followup. This one has Terminator 2 boy-hero Edward Furlong and ER's Anthony Edwards aboard as new victims of the sacred burial ground.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

Emilio Estevez (remember him?) leads a group of truck stop diner customers who are cornered and enslaved by the machines they used to drive. The written story had a bit of comic flair, but the movie goes full-on gonzo gore.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

Two of the "corn kids" get adopted to Chicago, and one of them brings his agricultural mojo with him. What happens when He Who Walks Behind The Rows comes to Chi-Town? Well, it's ... messy.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

This is another instance where the movie outdoes the story, in my book. With Schwarzenegger starring, and Richard Dawson in a gonzo performance as a demented game show host, it's a thrill ride of a flick.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

This made-for-TV sequel brings along Sue Snell, from the original story, now as a high school guidance counselor. The new Carrie is again a high school student, again with all manner of scores to settle.

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Which Stephen King adaptation is shown in this screenshot?

This film, based on a Stephen King short story, missed just a bit on the depiction of the giant rats described on the page. It would be neat to see it redone now, with CGI rodents.

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