Is there another writer more prolific than Stephen King, or one whose novels are more frightening? I especially love most of the movies and screenplays he’s written, or the films that have been adapted from his books. But which are my favorites, the ones I think are the scariest? I can’t include “The Stand” or “Kingdom Hospital,” not because they weren’t amazing, but because they were mini-series, not movies. With that little caveat, here’s my list of the 7 scariest Stephen King movies… prepare yourself!
1. Salem’s Lot (1979)
Long before the Underworld and Twilight series, there was this dark, terrifying movie based on the novel by Stephen King. It’s scary, suspenseful, sad, and did I mention scary? These vampires sure don’t wear sexy black leather corsets or sparkle…
2. The Shining (1970)
The book was scarier than the movie, and has a much different ending, but Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall make this movie frighteningly real. Is the hotel haunted or possessed, and what’s up with those dead-pan twins and that bloody tidal wave in the hallway? Eek!
3. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Ok, I know. This movie’s not really scary, but it’s horrifying and so realistic. An innocent man is convicted of his wife’s murder, and spends years in a state prison where he makes friends and enemies among the inmates and staff… and then he plans his escape to Mexico… this movie is so heart-wrenching… one of my all-time favorites, regardless of the genre!