A few weeks ago, we saw the first image of Pennywise the clown from the production-plagued remake of Stephen King’s novel, It. The picture looked pretty good and went a long way toward calming fanboys questioning the casting of Bill Skarsgard as the iconic horror figure. A few days ago, we saw the second image of Pennywise, and it may have undone the good will generated by the first one.
The second picture is a full body shot of Pennywise/Skarsgard in a frilly, Elizabethan costume. It’s the same evil face from the first picture, but the outfit dramatically diminishes the horrific qualities of the character, turning a diabolical smile into a goofy one. The roller coaster we’ve ridden with It… it’s going to be good, it’s going to be bad, it’s going to be good, it’s going to be bad… reminds us that we’ve experienced a spotty record with King adaptations.
Over 63 theatrical films have been made from Stephen King novels, short stories and ideas. Thirteen sounds like an appropriate number for a list of the best and worst, with a few middling in between. Take a look at our ranking below and let us know if you agree. What do you think are the best and worst Stephen King movies?
13.) Maximum Overdrive (1986)
Based on the short story, “Trucks” (1973). Memorable quote: Man at Cashpoint (Stephen King), “Honey, come on over here, sugarbuns. This machine just called me an asshole.”
12.) The Mangler (1995)
Based on the short story from 1972. Memorable quote: Officer John Hunton (Ted Levine), “It folded her like a sheet, Mark!”