Top 30 Stephen King Movies, Ranked

From haunted hotels to prison-yard blues, 'Carrie' to 'Christine' – the major adaptations of the iconic author's work, from worst to best

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'Dreamcatcher' (2003)
, Damian Lewis, Thomas Jane, Timothy Olyphant, Jason Lee, Everett Collection28/30

28. 'Dreamcatcher' (2003)

You can't fault the ambition of director Lawrence Kasdan's audacious mixture of alien-invasion thriller, creepy-crawly horror movie, blockbuster action film and sensitive character drama. You can, however, fault everything else about this badly misguided mess, in which a group of lifelong buds go on a hunting trip and stumble upon interstellar slugs. King himself isn't fond of the book – as he told Rolling Stone, "I was pretty stoned when I wrote it" due to his post-accident Oxycontin intake – and likewise, the film feels like a hallucination of incoherent ideas. There is camp pleasure in watching Morgan Freeman sport wise-old-owl bushy eyebrows while playing a Kurtz-like lunatic specializing in extra-terrestrial eradication. But it's never a good sign when, in a cast that includes Damian Lewis and Timothy Olyphant, the best performance comes from a CGI alien – because it doesn't have to speak any of the dopey dialogue. TG

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