I love scary movies. I love scary books. I love Stephen King like he is a member of my family who tells us bedtime stories that stop us from sleeping ever again. Reading his books I feel like he's talking to me. Every question I have - every thought I have while reading is supposed to be there -- everything unsaid in his books - it's like he's telling me what to question and then answering the questions. It is amazing.
The other day I found Room 237 on Netflix. A documentary about the making and the conspiracy theories of The Shining film. Stephen King movies generally suck. They are made for TV movie style crap full of really embarrassing acting and terrible special effects. There are two exceptions. Shawshank (because it is possibly the greatest movie of all time) and The Shining (because it isn't a Stephen King movie - it's a Stanley Kubrick art piece). Room 237 scared me so much I watched the entire thing with all the lights on and frozen in fear on the couch. Stanley Kubrick messes with your head over and over and over. It just has little to do with the actual Stephen King book. No maze, no axe, no blood elevators. And it's worth mentioning that what REALLY happens with the elevators in the novel is way way scarier.
Basically Kubrick was like f you King I'm going to make whatever damn movie I want to make.
I just finished Doctor Sleep this morning. It's the sequel to The Shining - read it - love it.
In the afterward Stephen King says this:
Did I approach the book with trepidation? You better believe it. The Shining is one of those novels people always mention (along with 'Salem's Lot, Pet Sematary, and It) when they talk about which of my books really scared the bejeezus out of them. Plus, of course there was Stanley Kubrick's movie, which many seem to remember - for reasons I have never quite understood - as one of the scariest films they have ever seen. (if you have seen the movie but not read the novel, you should note that Doctor Sleep follows the latter, which is, in my opinion, the True History of the Torrance Family.)
Dear god I love that man.