Stephen King is one of the most iconic and visionary horror writers of all time.
With his mind boggling creativity, some things have translated to the screen excellently. Others… not so much. So an opportunity to check out the Stephen King Collection Limited Edition boxset was too great to pass up.
This collection comes equipped with 5 movies spanning 1993 to 2007, and Bag of Bones which is a mini series from 2011. That’s a big ol box, and the quality inside is, well, mixed.
The first thing I wanted to find out was if The Mist still held up. 17 years since it released, and The Mist is still excellent. The acting and special effects are decent, but it’s the twists and turns that make The Mist excellent, with a BRUTAL ending.
So naturally I thought I would go check out Secret Window which was an okay movie when I last saw it. Turns out it is still just okay. Here is a case of decent acting, albeit hammy, and a reasonably predictable ending. There are som fun red herrings along the way.
And in these ways, I love movies from Stephen King’s work.
When one of them is great, there isn’t much that can top it. When they are average, the ideas and journey are still interesting. This collection has in it the excellent 1408 and The Mist, the okay-to-watch Secret Window and Bag of Bones, and then we get to the interesting Needful Things and Riding the Bullet.
Needful Things and Riding the Bullet are some of the best examples of how great an average movie based on Stephen King’s work can be.
Both of them are perfectly average movies on the whole, but they are interesting. The creativity of the source material oozes through making these great watches. Not great movies, but great watches.
Stephen King Collection – Limited Edition doesn’t contain the best movies based on his work, but it does provide a really nice summary of movies based on his work. From the excellent, to the not so great but interesting, it’s a damn fine collection. The hard box is incredibly designed to look like it is worn at the edges and it keep tricking my eyes. This really is a great addition to your shelf.