The problem with most movies based on Stephen King novels is that it is so easy to focus on the monsters, ghosts, or whatever and forget about the characters. And don’t get me wrong – King can and usually does write some fairly broad stereotypes in his books. But he always tries to place these supernatural events smack-dab in the middle of recognizable America. And that means characters that are believable.
Translating these characters to the big screen isn’t easy. According to Wikipedia, 45 movies have been made from his material. Most of them are crazy bad. Even when King himself was given the reins to adapt his own material, he biffed and delivered “Maximum Overdrive” (from Night Shift’s “Trucks”).