This 45 minute special on Stephen King, one of the most famous horror novelist whose countless stories have been adapted to film, is sparse on its overall impact on the films on the writer himself while it focuses on the films which have had the most provide impact on the way in which he sees horror. Stephen King’s World of Horror doesn’t exactly delve into the many films that have been made from the author’s many stories but instead focuses mostly on two of the most famous short films made from his works which is “Boogie Man” and “The Woman in the Room.” Neither film is of any great importance other than the later having been written and directed by future King film specialist Frank Darabont (who adapted King’s The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and The Mist).
The film contains several people of note in the horror genre such as Tom Savini, John Carpenter, and Clive Barker, among many others but other than some cursory remarks about King’s work these interviews really just focus on the horror genre in general and not King’s influence on the genre. A good portion of the second act of the film has to do with this approach before returning focus to King himself.
The film suffers from the fact that it never talks about the films most famous from his work such as Carrie, Cujo, Firestarter, Creepshow (despite the fact that Savini does mention King’s starring role in the film) or even his own directorial efforts on Maximum Overdrive. The film is at its strongest when King is speaking but loses its punch when others take the focus away from King and his films (and this is supposed to be a film about the world of Stephen King). This being said, the film actually has very little to offer in the way of introducing the films of King to any audience much less King’s other work. The film is simply a way in which audiences get to hear a few stories from King’s own mouth. The film has very little to offer audiences who aren’t already King fans.