Stephen King is a celebrated literary master whose works have already been adapted into a number of films. Through the years, his novels and short stories have inspired many cinematic adaptations, including mystery films that are now considered classics of the genre. Although not all of his fine works were successfully translated into opuses, a good number of them still ended up award-winning movies.
"Carrie" features the story of an abused girl who is brought up almost in isolation by her psychotic mother. Her life takes a different turn as her strange mental powers get unleashed after getting bullied and embarrassed during her prom night. Carrie wreaks havoc as a rage-filled monster through her telekinetic ability, which comes out when she gets mad. Sissy Spacek stars in the title role, while Piper Laurie plays her religious fanatic mother.
This Brian De Palma film won the Grand Prize and a Special Mention for Acting for Spacek at the Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival. Spacek also won Best Actress at the National Society of Film Critics Awards, along with receiving another acting nomination at the Academy Awards. Laurie received a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the Oscars and the Golden Globes. The movie was also nominated for Best Horror Film at the Saturn Awards and Best Motion Picture at the Edgar Allan Poe Awards.
"Misery" combines drama, thriller, and horror elements to depict the creepy aftermath of a romance novelist's car accident in a freak blizzard. The writer (James Caan) gets rescued by a former nurse, who brings him to her remote house in the mountains. The nurse, played by Kathy Bates, turns out to be his number one fan -- and a seriously demented woman.
As she starts to know her literary idol more, the nurse demands the author bring back to life her favorite character, whom he just killed in his latest novel. As she reveals more of her unstable and obsessive behavior, the critically injured writer must find a way to escape his fate as a drugged and crippled prisoner inside her home.
This Rob Reiner film won Bates Best Actress honors at the Oscars, Golden Globes, and Chicago Film Critics Association Awards. It also received nominations for Best Horror Film, Best Writing, Best Actress for Bates, and Best Actor for Caan at the Saturn Awards. King was so impressed with Bates's performance that he later wrote other roles for her, including the novel and film "Dolores Claiborne."
"The Green Mile" (1999)
"The Green Mile" is a touching mystery drama that features a story told in a flashback and narrated by an old man who used to work as the head guard of Cold Mountain Penitentiary's death row. The story is mainly set during the Great Depression, when the then young prison guard, played by Tom Hanks, develops an unusual friendship with an inmate sentenced to death. The convict, played by Michael Clarke Duncan, seems innocent. He also has mysterious and miraculous powers.
This character-driven fantasy tale received four Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture. It won the Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film and Best Supporting Actor for Duncan at the Saturn Awards. Duncan also won Best Supporting Actor at the Black Reel Awards, along with other acting nominations at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild. Frank Darabont received a nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures at the Directors Guild of America as well.
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- Sissy Spacek
- Kathy Bates