Top 5 Scariest Stephen King Movies

Scariest Stephen King Movie?


With the release of The Dark Tower and IT this year, we’d like to run through the Top 5 Scariest Stephen King Movies:


 5. Carrie (1976)

This is not your typical horror movie.  The tone steadily rises throughout the movie, ending with a crescendo of murderous, disturbing imagery.  The plot follows Carrie, a quiet and meek high school student dealing with a religious zealot mother and cruel class-mates.  You know… normal high school stuff.  Even for those who haven’t seen it, the prom scene is bloody notorious (no pun intended).


Scariest Stephen King Movie


4. IT (1990)

Let’s be honest — even normal clown are frightening.  It’s the thickest book in Stephen King’s repertoire and IT follows a shape shifting creature that attacks children.  Tim Curry is horrifyingly (funny) for his portrayal as IT/ Pennywise in the 1990 film adaptation.  Plus, Stephen King has given his stamp of approval for the newest IT remake. Based on the awesomeness of the newest adaptation, this list may change.


Scariest Stephen King Movie


3. Misery (1990)

Misery is not a movie for be taken lightly. Despite her light-hearted roles in films like Titanic, Kathy Bates is incredibly mad in her role as Annie Wilkes. The plot follows Paul Sheldon, an acclaimed author who gets into a car accident. Upon awakening, he realizes that he’s been rescued by Annie Wilkes, his biggest fan. The story is suspenseful and a great psychological thriller, considering that you never know what will turn energetic and optimistic Annie into sledgehammer wielding maniac.


Scariest Stephen King Movie



2. Pet Sematary (1989)

Pet Sematary is unique because we’re not dealing with a scary person/ monster anymore. We’re dealing with supernatural forces like ghosts or demons. The plot follows a family that moves into a new house, located meters away from a busy highway. When their beloved cat dies, they bury it in the local Pet Sematary… the next day, however, the cat returns… a little different. While not as gruesome as Misery, it’s disturbing and eerily suspenseful.



Scariest Stephen King Movie



1. The Shining (1980)

Here we go, number 1 = the top Scariest Stephen King Movie. I don’t know about you, but there’s always something really scary about supernatural forces. The Shining is considered the scariest Stephen King movie. While it roughly follows the events of the novel, it’s a good Kubrick film. The plot follows a family as they move into the Overlook Hotel. The longer they stay there, the faster Jack Torrance succumbs to cabin fever or the influence of the hotel.



Scariest Stephen King Movie

Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance


As we’ve seen, the Shining is the Scariest Stephen King Movie. But what do you think?  Which movie do you think should be the Scariest Stephen King Movie?

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