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A selection of personal favourites from Stephen King...

THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (1994)

Directed by Frank Darabont.
Written by Frank Darabont.
Based on the story Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King.
Starring Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows, Mark Rolston and James Whitmore.
Mild-mannered banker Andy is sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his wife and her lover, with evidence making him the prime suspect. Upon arrival at Shawshank State Penitentiary, he remains withdrawn and refuses to allow himself to become overwhelmed by his new environment. He soon makes friends with Red, a veteran of the prison who helps his inmates obtain contraband at reasonable prices, while also attracting the unwanted attention of rapist Bogs. But when the corrupt warden takes him under his wing to handle his private taxes and paperwork, Andy sees an opportunity to escape his sentence.

STAND BY ME (1986)

Directed by Rob Reiner.
Written by Raynold Gideon and Bruce A. Evans.
Based on the story The Body by Stephen King.
Starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell, Kiefer Sutherland and Casey Siemaszko.

After reading in a newspaper that his childhood friend was recently murdered, author Gordie reflects on when he was twelve-years-old. With a local boy having disappeared, Gordie and his three best friends, Chris, Teddy and Vern, make their way across the countryside to search for the body, while a group of older teens drive towards the same destination, each trying to beat the other as they race to locate the boy.

THE GREEN MILE (1999)

Directed by Frank Darabont.
Written by Frank Darabont.
Based on the story by Stephen King.Starring Tom Hanks, David Morse, Michael Clarke Duncan, Bonnie Hunt, Michael Clarke Duncan and James Cromwell.

While living in a nursing home, Paul tells one of his fellow patients about when he ran the death row of a penitentiary over sixty years earlier. Along with his staff, Paul would oversee the execution of his prisoners by electrocution, among the inmates being notorious criminal Wild Bill. One day a mysterious hulking man called John arrives, who has been accused of raping and murdering two young girls, yet Paul and his guards suspect that there is goodness inside him. But as they begin to discover the truth behind the events that brought him there, they realise that they may have to keep the truth a secret.

IT (1990)

Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace.
Written by Lawrence D. Cohen and Tommy Lee Wallace.
Based on the story by Stephen King.
Starring Tim Curry, Richard Thomas, Tim Reid, John Ritter, Dennis Christopher, Emily Perkins and Seth Green.

Remaining in his home town of Derry, middle-aged Mike discovers evidence at the scene of a child murder that leads him to suspect that an entity he fought as a child has returned from the dead. He contacts each of his old friends, who have since moved on to new lives, and requests that they keep their promise and return home to help him defeat the evil once again.

CAT'S EYE (1985)

Directed by Lewis Teague.
Written by Stephen King.
Starring Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Alan King, Kenneth McMillan, Robert Hays, Candy Clark, James Naughton, Tony Munafo, Court Miller, Russell Horton and Patricia Benson.

An anthology of three tales, each one told through the eyes of a cat. Chain-smoker Dick visits the mysterious Quitters, Inc. to to help quit his addiction, but the company threaten to torture his wife untile he gives up. Tennis plater Johnny is forced to walk along the ledge around a highrise building by a psychotic businessman, while a young girl is terrorised by a troll that lives in her home.

CHRISTINE (1983)

Directed by John Carpenter.
Written by Bill Phillips.
Based on the story by Stephen King.
Starring Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul, Robert Prosky, Harry Dean Stanton, Christine Belford and Roberts Blossom.

Shy and awkward high school student Arnie decides, against the advice of his best friend Dennis, to purchase an old and rusty Plymouth Fury, with the intention of renovating it. But soon Dennis begins to notice that Arnie's personality is changing; he is a lot more confident, has a strange relationship with his car and no longer seems intimidated by the school bullies. But when Arnie's rivals die under mysterious circumstances, Dennis suspects that the car has a strange hold over his friend.

TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE (1990)

Directed by John Harrison.
Written by Michael McDowell and George A. Romero.
Based on the stories by Stephen King and Arthur Conan Doyle.Starring Deborah Harry, Christian Slater, David Johansen, Matthew Lawrence, David Johansen, William Hickey, James Remar and Steve Buscemi.

As Betty prepares to cook young boy Timmy, he reads her three stories from a horror anthology. In the first, creepy Bellingham receives the remains of an Egyptian mummy and uses an incantation to reanimate it, a hitman is hired by an eccentric millionaire to kill his cat and fledging artist Preston is spared by a demon and then falls in love with a mysterious beautiful woman.

PET SEMATARY (1989)

Directed by Mary Lambert.
Written by Stephen King.
Starring Dale Midkiff, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby, Brad Greenquist, Michael Lombard, Miko Hughes, Blaze Berdahl, Mara Clark, Andrew Hubatsek, Liz Davies and Kara Dalke.

Moving his family to Ludlow, doctor Louis loses a patient from the result of a car crash, but is visited by the young man in his dreams and warns him about the nearby pet cemetary. But when the family's cat is run over by a truck, their neighbour leads Louis to an old Indian burial ground to lay the animal to rest. But after his son, Gage, is run over in a similar way, he takes his body to the cemerery in the hope of being able to bring him back from the dead.

THE SHINING (1980)

Directed by Stanley Kubrick.
Written by Stanley Kubrick and Diane Johnson.
Based on the story by Stephen King.Starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers and Barry Nelson.

Desperate for solitude to work on his new novel, author Jack moves his family to the isolated Overlook Hotel, where he has taken up the role of caretaker over the winter. Once the staff have left for the holidays, Jack struggles with his writing, but soon the family are town apart by the benevolent spirits that haunt the hotel.

CUJO (1983)

Directed by Lewis Teague.
Written by Don Carlos Dunaway and Lauren Currier.
Based on the story by Stephen King.
Starring Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Christopher Stone and Ed Lauter.

Struggling through her marriage after an affair threatens to tear the family apart, Donna and her young son, Tad, are stranded when their car breaks down. The St. Bernard belonging to a nearby house is bitten by a rabid bat and transforms into a blood-hungry beast, forcing Donna and her son, who are trapped inside their car, to try and escape before they are savaged to death.