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

'The Night Flier' (1997)
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30. 'The Night Flier' (1997)

Picture Twin Peaks' forensic expert Albert Rosenfield, only somehow crankier and more foul-mouthed and working for a Weekly World News-style tabloid. Now imagine he's covering a story about a mysterious commuter place that keeps showing up at the witching hour, with a sole occupant that leaves corpses in its wake. Trust us when we say that this attempt to bring one of King's cryptic short stories to the screen sounds a lot better here than what you would have seen in a theater. Not even the pleasure of witnessing the mighty Miguel Ferrer scream obscenities at everyone as he follows the trail of a caped bloodsucker (whose cowl is, per a rustic New England local, "black as a woodchuck's asshole" – and that's the best line in the whole film) and get served a literal Bloody Mary at bar can make up for the sheer straight-to-video–ness of every single aspect here. The only tragedy is that we'll never get a prequel that explains how the creature of the title got his pilot's license, how many hours in the air he had to log in, etc. DF