Horror Movie Facts: Stephen King Films

Stephen King is behind a great deal of horror movies that have come from his novels and short stories. ‘Dreamcatcher’ is another one of those tales that has found its way to movie theater screens. In this article, you will also learn more facts centered on Stephen King-related movies, such as Misery, Creepshow, and Christine.

Dreamcatcher (2003)

The plot of ‘Dreamcatcher’ focuses on four childhood friends (Jonesy, Pete, Beaver and Henry) who make it up to Jefferson Tract each year to enjoy their annual hunting trip. However, this year will bring many unfortunate surprises. They are stuck in the middle of a blizzard that produces a man who has been lost for days in the woods. His face is covered with weird marks and the friends soon learn that he was infected with a virus.

But, this is no ordinary virus , it is alien and the military becomes part of the picture, as they try to contain the aftermath of an alien crash landing. The friends then must survive the alien infection. The movie also offers a crazed military admiral, who believes the best way to contain the infection is to wipe out the population of Jefferson Tract. who prepares to wipe out the whole Jefferson Tract in order to contain the alien infection

Can you believe that the infamous Stephen King sold the movie rights for “Dreamcatcher” for $1?

This is the third film that William Goldman has adapted from a novel written by Stephen King. He also worked on Hearts in Atlantis (2001) and Misery (1990).

Because his mother was a huge Stephen King fan, Thomas Jane signed on to become a part of the project.

Experiences from Stephen King’s life found their way into the Dreamcatcher story. It was written while the author was recovering from an accident that nearly took his life. This is apparent in the graphic scene where one of the characters is run down by a vehicle.

Other trivia related to Stephen King movies include:

Creepshow (1982)

This movie was comprised of five short films titled: “Father’s Day,” “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill,” “Something to Tide You Over,” “The Crate,” and “They’re Creeping Up On You.” The inspiration for this film came from the E.C. comics of the 1950s, and also involved the talented mind of George A. Romero. Stephen King played Jody Verill in one of the short film, but had a difficult time getting through the role. He had an allergic reaction to the makeup that was used to show the transformation of his character, and had to have shots and medication so that he could continue on with the role.

Christine (1983)

A nerdy boy develops a strange relationship with his car, which turns out possesses the characteristics of a vengeful, jealous girlfriend. The popularity of Stephen King-inspired movies was so high that the film went into production before the book was even published. The lead role could have gone to Kevin Bacon, but he decided to choose ‘Footloose’ (1984) instead. This movie was directed by John Carpenter.

Misery (1990)

An obsessed fan of a novelist devises a way to stay close to her favorite characters by kidnapping and eventually torturing her favorite author. For her performance in ‘Misery,’ Kathy Bates won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Rob Reiner directed this movie, who also made a cameo as the helicopter pilot.