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Stephen King Goes to the Movies

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Stephen King revisits five of his favorite short stories that have been turned into films: The Shawshank Redemption (based on the novella "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption") was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and best actor for Morgan Freeman. 1408 starred John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson and was a huge box office success in 2007. The ...more
Paperback, 626 pages
Published January 20th 2009 by Pocket Books
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Trudi
I was really excited when I first heard that Stephen King was compiling a book about his favorite short stories that have been turned into films. I hoped and prayed for something that was a cross between On Writing and the ever so classic and insightful Danse Macabre -- but alas, what King fans get is a reprinting of five previously published stories.

Once I got over my initial (crushing) disappointment, I realized that the old stories are at least introduced by King, and these short intros are
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Hanna
1408 What's the purpose of this story? No, really, what is the purpose? What am I supposed to feel? And it was incredibly short. I wanted more and more, this story can be a book of its own. Even if it's a short one, but at least more. I can't say I could commiserate with the protagonist. For all I know, I was delighted to his what-felt-like 5 minutes of torture. He brought that shit to himself. And ow burning? Nice. 2 stars.

The Mangler:
Chris
Nov 23, 2015 Chris rated it really liked it
I was looking forward to this, but a little disappointed to see that the new sections are very brief. I was interested in reading the commentaries that King had on his movie adaptations. This has those, but only five and they are a page 1/2 or so each. It is still a good read, and the short stories are ones that I hadn't visited in a long time. It was like visiting old friends...I will give this book four stars, grudgingly. In truth, the stories themselves deserve five stars. But what felt like ...more
Bryce Wilson
Jan 27, 2009 Bryce Wilson rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
Well that was a disappointment.

As someone who deeply loves Danse Macarabe and has always wished that King would get around to writing a sequel, I assumed that this proclaimed examination of the way some of his novellas and short stories have been adapted into film would be the closest I'd get to receiving that dream.

So imagine my dismay at the book store when I found out that this was NOT an examination of his stories and films that it was solicited as, but a cheap repackaging of a couple rando
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Jamieson
May 19, 2009 Jamieson rated it really liked it
I am a huge fan of Stephen King.

I have an entire bookshelf dedicated to his books and I have been one of his Constant Readers for quite some time. I still remember the first Stephen King book I read: Skeleton Crew. I remember the monkey on the front cover of the book filled me with delicious fright. I opened the cover and have never been the same since.

After reading his other non-fiction offerings (Danse Macabre and On Writing: A Memoir on the Craft) I was super excited to hear about Stephen Kin
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Rishi Prakash
Apr 14, 2013 Rishi Prakash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was my first Stephen King so thanks to my friend who recommended it :)
Just the name of "Shawsank Redemption" was enough to drew me towards it as I have seen the brilliant movie so obviously the book has to be equally good if not better. That story is absolutely great and you will agree that the movie has done complete justice with the story.
There are 4 more stories here which have also been made into movies sometime or the other. 3 of these stories has a horror angle to it which definitely m
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Kelly Hager
Nov 16, 2015 Kelly Hager rated it liked it
I bought this thinking it would be a book of essays about Stephen King's movies and maybe what he thought about them or how they were received. Nope. It's some of his short stories that have become movies.

It's worth reading, but you should probably just buy the collections they're in. I found it to be a pretty big waste of money.
Tracey
Jan 16, 2011 Tracey rated it liked it
Interesting premise for a collection (if a bit of a cheat - at least I got it on clearance!) - several Stephen King short stories upon which movies have been based. The collection was about half a re-read for me - tho I'd not seen any of the related films.

"Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" is probably my favorite, as it seems so atypical of King's work. "Low Men in Yellow Coats" was also quite good - these are the two I had not read before. "1408" is fantastically unsettling, while "
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Sarah Dorra
I only watched two film adaptations of the five included novellas/short stories -- 1408 and RITA HAYWORTH AND SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION. As for 1408, I liked the film adaptation (with either ending) much better.

Same with the latter. Until a little before the ending, I had formed an opinion that the film is far more better than the short story. However, Stephen King's narration and the possibilities he provides (through the words of Red) of how Andy did what he did is one thing the film doesn't have.
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Ann
Dec 21, 2014 Ann rated it really liked it
This is a collection of King stories that have been made into movies. It is (as usual) King as the master but I wouldn't have chosen a few of the stories. It includes 1408(story was excellent but the movie wasn't very good), Hearts in Atlantis (same story), The Mangler (both were really poorly done), The Shawshank Redemption (both the story and the movie were top notch), and Children of the Corn (both were poor). I would have included others in the place of the poor ones but that's just my opini ...more
Muath Aziz
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Gary Smith
Jan 14, 2016 Gary Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having seen the films, I decided it was time to read the books that inspired them. I have never been a Stephen King fan, I appreciate the work he has done, but never followed him. Theses short stories, that later became films, I think are amongst his best work, more especially, Rita Heyworth and the Shawshank redemption. How they got 134 pages, so true to its print , makes me realise how good they both are. It is worth the read for that story alone. So get to the library or buy a copy, sit back ...more
Chris
Feb 02, 2016 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blurb on the back cover: "You've seen the films, now read the original stories-and get a unique insight into Stephen King's take on the productions."
Don't buy this book expecting loads of insightful commentary. You get a page and a half before each story.
Now that that's out of the way...
1408 *****
Very spooky. Very well written, especially when the hotel manager is describing the room. I was reading it at night and I stopped there and decided to read the rest of it during the day.
The Mangler **
I
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laskavka
Jun 26, 2014 laskavka rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: muj-king
Tak tahle kniha mi leží v knihovně už od jejího vydání v roce 2010.. Pořád jsem se nemohla dokopat k jejímu přečtení, protože hned jak jsem ji otevřela, tak jsem zjistila, že většinu z obsažených povídek jsem již četla někde jinde. Jediné, co je tu navíc jsou poznámky od Kinga k filmovým zpracováním jednotlivých příběhů. Nic víc, nic míň... Po těch pár letech jsem si ale řekla, že už jsem ty povídky četla dávno a už si je ani pořádně nepamatuji, tak to zase zkusím přečíst. A povedlo se!
Co se týč
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Adam K.
May 27, 2014 Adam K. rated it really liked it
I accidentally requested this through interlibrary loan, not knowing it was merely a collection of Stephen King works previously published and which I'd already read. But since they went to the trouble to get it to me, I thought I'd thumb through anyway. I'm glad I did. King offers some insights on the film adaptations of the works in this volume--which adaptations he liked and which ones he thought were laughable. These are, then, some of King's favorite works that were turned into movies but n ...more
ஐ Briansgirl (Book Sale Queen)ஐ
There are 5 short stories or novellas in the book, that were later turned into movies. They include: 1408, The Mangler, Hearts in Atlantix ("Low Men in Yellow Coats"), The Shawshank Redemption ("Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption"), and Children of the Corn.

I've only seen two of the five movies. As The Shawshank Redemption is one of my favorite reasons, that's the short story I read. In fact, it was the only reason I bought the book, as I am not a fan of horror movies or books, so therefore
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Sam Quixote
Jul 31, 2011 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just so we're clear - this is an anthology book. There's no new fiction from the King here, what you see are 5 "short" stories culled from other volumes that have been made into popular films and been gathered into this one book. What are the stories? "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption", "1408", "Low Men in Yellow Coats", "The Mangler", and "Children of the Corn".

Purists might argue that these are the wrong choices. After all, nearly all of King's books have been turned into great film
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Sam Quixote
Sep 19, 2011 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it
Just so we're clear - this is an anthology book. There's no new fiction from the King here, what you see are 5 "short" stories culled from other volumes that have been made into popular films and been gathered into this one book. What are the stories? "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption", "1408", "Low Men in Yellow Coats", "The Mangler", and "Children of the Corn".

Purists might argue that these are the wrong choices. After all, nearly all of King's books have been turned into great film
...more
Evert
Jul 12, 2014 Evert rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
five great stories all in one book. Initially I bought it because it had the Shawshank Redemption and Room 1408 in it. The latter of which I had read a short passage from in Stephen King's 'On Writing', which I already liked a lot.

Firstly, I have you know that I had seen the film adaptions from 1408 and the Shawshank before I started reading them. Both were great films and although I must say I really enjoyed reading the stories the films of these were better in my opinion.

I was caught off-guard
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Anna
Dec 03, 2009 Anna rated it really liked it
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Erik
Nov 08, 2009 Erik rated it really liked it
The cover catches you first, with its worn-looking pulp-fiction, mid-century comic-book style-like design; and as it advertises five of King’s shorter works – all of which have been translated onto the big screen to varying degrees of box office success (or not). One of my most favorite of all King short stories is reprinted here: “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption” – which was also made into one of the finest King movie adaptations ever by Frank Darabont. I also found a new appreciatio ...more
Corey Deiterman
Jul 17, 2012 Corey Deiterman rated it it was ok
A pretty good compilation of some of King's more notable short works. The definition of "short" is stretched here, in my opinion, with the inclusion of the novellas "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" and "Low Men in Yellow Coats." That being said though, those stories make the compilation worth it by far for the casual fan who hasn't picked up the collections these stories are from. There are some other, truly short stories included here as well, and those would be the primary reason for m ...more
Scott Woods
Dec 17, 2011 Scott Woods rated it did not like it
I'm struggling to understand why this book exists.

For starters, it contains five short stories or novellas that are readily available anywhere and that a King fan of any stripe will have already read.

What is equally confounding is why these five stories. They are, for the most part, great stories, but they haven't even come close to representing the best adaptations of his work. His (too) brief introductions to each story mostly consist of, "This movie missed the mark", so is this collection to
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Kin
Oct 22, 2013 Kin rated it really liked it
Shelves: very-nicest
Stephen King, I salute you. You gave me chills that no other horror/suspense writer made me feel. I just wanted to leave and forget the book, put it down and never look at it again. I don't know where I got the courage to finish the book which is really nice. It's a mystery I finished reading those 626 pages of the book. Maybe, you're just so great. Okay.
I'm going to give a review in each stories.
1408
Classic King. It was a nice starter. A warm-up. Not that creepy for me because I'm not easily af
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Matthew Ledrew
I dimly recall a cartoon from when I was a child. It was a spinoff of Alvin and the Chipmunks titled "Chipmunks go to the Movies!" Every time I pick up this book, I derive a great deal of pleasure from singing the theme song, appropriately changed to "Stephen King goes to the Movies!"

Again, joking aside, this is an odd choice to review. It's a compilation book, taking short stories from multiple anthologies and combining them into on book with one thread connecting them: they were all adapted in
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Nikolaus Geromont
When I gave this book a total of 5 stars, I only had the short stories of Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption (Different Seasons) and Low men in Yellow coats (Heart in Atlantis) in mind. 1408 and Children of the Corn were mediocre, and The Mangler was complete rubbish. It is quite ironic that I should choose the only two non-horror stories as my personal favorites, maybe because they are the maturest of King stories I have read.

Rita Hayworth is a beautiful story of hope and freedom, whil
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Gabrielle
Jun 19, 2014 Gabrielle rated it it was amazing
I loved every story in this book, particularly 1408. Hearts in Atlantis I found too heartrending to read more than once (I reread pretty much every book I like), but that doesn't mean it's bad, just...dang. Children of the Corn was short but sweet, and I found it much better at being a story about 'horrifying/dark Christianity' than The Stand was.
Leana
Jul 14, 2012 Leana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Celkem pět Kingových příběhů, které byly zfilmovány. Jeho knihy se čtou více než dobře a tohle bylo mrazivé. 1408 byl opravdu ďábelský, možná to mohlo být delší. Šroťák to byl příběh, který byl ohromující jen ta představa na konci mě opravdu děsila. Ničemové ve žlutých pláštích o tom opravdu nevím, co si mám myslet. Bylo to trochu zvláštní, ne přímo děsivé od začátku do konce, ale spíš tam byla ta hrozba skrytá za žlutým pláštěm. Rita Hayworthová a vykoupení z věznice Shawshank byl příběh, který ...more
Gidget Strickland
If you love Stephen King, have read his books.. well hate to disappoint you.
Stephen King Goes to the Movies is basically his critically acclaimed novels now big
box office productions, in the condensed movie form. The story is the same, but
its now condensed, smaller, like a sample size. Might as well just watch the movie,
and if you have the books already, then this is just pointless. Moments of my downtime
I can't get back.
Ilona Liu
Feb 03, 2016 Ilona Liu rated it really liked it
I cried so hard while reading the end of Low Men in Yellow Coats. I honest didn't see that coming when I started to read it. The story is so sad and true that you have to feel sorry for Bobby. This is no doubt a great story, but King really should warn us that it's gonna make you cry.
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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