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ISBN 9781841502458
Paperback 256 pages
Published May 2009
Imprint: Intellect
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From 1976 to the present day, there have been over 45 films adapted from the spine-tingling works of Stephen King. In Stephen King on the Big Screen, Mark Browning addresses the question of why some of the film adaptations of the world’s best-selling author are much more successful than others.

By focussing on the theoretical aspect of genre, Browning brings an original approach to familiar films and suggests new ways of viewing them. Although often associated with the macabre, King’s stories form the basis for dozens of narratives, which are clearly not horror from Stand By Me to Hearts in Atlantis. How are The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption successful as prison movies? How do Cujo and The Shining work as family dramas? Are Dreamcatcher and Christine merely updated 1950s B-movies? The book is the first written by a film specialist to consider every Stephen King film given a theatrical release, including work by Stanley Kubrick, David Cronenberg and George A. Romero and the first to consider in detail films like Creepshow, Sleepwalkers and 1408. The style, whilst critically rigorous, is designed to be accessible to discerning readers of King and fans of films based on his work.

Interview with Mark Browning: BBC Radio Kent.

Chapter titles
"Mind Over Matter: Telekinesis'
Mark Browning
'Tales from the Darkside: The Portmanteau film'
Mark Browning
'Sometimes Dead is Better: The Body Under the Sheet'
Mark Browning
'Boys to Men: Rites-of-Passage'
Mark Browning
'The Rise of the Machines: 1950s Science-Fiction B-Movie'
Mark Browning
'The Great Escape: Prison Drama'
Mark Browning
'Books of Blood: The Writer'
Mark Browning
'The Terror of Everyday Life and Final Girls'
Mark Browning
'I am most impressed by this book, beautifully written and researched, and thought-provoking, it has made me want to watch King’s films again, this time viewing them with eyes newly opened by Mark Browning.' – Destructive Music- Steve Earles

'The book is refreshingly accessible; no attempt has been made to fit the films into an overarching theoretical paradigm, in the belief that readers would be more interested in approaching King work as “a rite-of-passage experience” that consistently challenges our expectations.' – Lawrence Raw

'A riveting, in-depth analysis of what makes King so popular both as an author and as a provider of substance for movies ... This is essential reading for any King fan ... I can't recommend these two excellent titles highly enough. Anyone who collects King's novels will want to add these to his or her collection.' –

'Browning is very conversant with film and its associated genres [...] Browning’s purpose is praiseworthy because it does fill in an obvious gap in the research done on King and his literary texts and their filmic adaptations [...] the author is able to make connections [...] with a variety of texts and films.'Scope

'A meticulously critical work; scholarly but not pretentious, giving both praise and scorn where it’s due ... An excellent study of why adaptations work/fail, and for any King fan it’s definitive.' – Andrew McQuade, Gorezone

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