1922 is based on the novella of the same name that appears in the King collection Full Dark, No Stars (2010). The film version was made by Australian director Zak Hilditch who had previously made the highly impressive End of the World film These Final Hours (2013). The film was released directly to Netflix.
1922 is not quite the horror film you expect it to be. If anything, it approaches more the territory of Kings Dolores Claiborne (1995), which did not have enough material to meet the criteria for inclusion here, and its focus around the state of mind of someone who plots an act of murder. 1922 pushes this far more into the territory of dark psychology. That said, it is still far more of a state of mind film rather than it offers anything in the way of jumpshocks that you would expect of a horror film. We do get the appearance of some possibly imagined rats and the bloody figure of Molly Parkers corpse, In these moments, it starts to approach something of Repulsion (1965) territory.
There is often a sense of Baptist morality/thinking in Kings works and 1922 represents this at its strongest it is entirely a work about crossing the line into sin and the poisonous fruits that come from one terrible deed. If you had to offer a capsule summation of 1922, you could call it Terrence Malicks Days of Heaven (1978) crossbred with something of Grant Woods American Gothic (1930). Zak Hilditch does a fine job of portraying the bare open cornfields and period setting. Thomas Jane in his third performance in a Stephen King work following Dreamcatcher (2003) and The Mist (2007) spends his whole time brooding, even if his Midwest accent and slow hayseed drawl starts to tire after a time. The screen adaptation is extremely faithful to the original King novella perhaps the most faithful that one has seen to date of any King adaptation.
Other Stephen King genre adaptations include:- Carrie (1976), Salems Lot (1979), The Shining (1980), Christine (1983), Cujo (1983), The Dead Zone (1983), Children of the Corn (1984), Firestarter (1984), Cats Eye (1985), Silver Bullet (1985), The Running Man (1987), Pet Semetary (1989), Graveyard Shift (1990), It (tv mini-series, 1990), Misery (1990), a segment of Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990), Sometimes They Come Back (1991), The Lawnmower Man (1992), The Dark Half (1993), Needful Things (1993), The Tommyknockers (tv mini-series, 1993), The Stand (tv mini-series, 1994), The Langoliers (tv mini-series, 1995), The Mangler (1995), Thinner (1996), The Night Flier (1997), Quicksilver Highway (1997), The Shining (tv mini-series, 1997), Trucks (1997), Apt Pupil (1998), The Green Mile (1999), The Dead Zone (tv series, 2001-2), Hearts in Atlantis (2001), Carrie (tv mini-series, 2002), Dreamcatcher (2003), Riding the Bullet (2004), Salems Lot (tv mini-series, 2004), Secret Window (2004), Desperation (tv mini-series, 2006), Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King (tv mini-series, 2006), 1408 (2007), The Mist (2007), Children of the Corn (2009), Everythings Eventual (2009), the tv series Haven (2010-5), Bag of Bones (tv mini-series, 2011), Carrie (2013), Under the Dome (tv series, 2013-5), Big Driver (2014), A Good Marriage (2014), Mercy (2014), Cell (2016), 11.22.63 (tv mini-series, 2016), The Dark Tower (2017), Geralds Game (2017), It (2017), The Mist (tv series, 2017) and Mr. Mercedes (tv series, 2017 ). Stephen King had also written a number of original screen works with Creepshow (1982), Golden Years (tv mini-series, 1991), Sleepwalkers (1992), Storm of the Century (tv mini-series, 1999), Rose Red (tv mini-series, 2002) and the tv series Kingdom Hospital (2004), as well as adapted his own works with the screenplays for Cats Eye, Silver Bullet, Pet Semetary, The Stand, The Shining, Desperation, Children of the Corn 2009, A Good Marriage and Cell. King also directed one film with Maximum Overdrive (1986).