When it comes to scary things, Stephen King really is the royalty of the horror genre. He bears that surname of his for a reason! As a teen I grew up reading Stephen King’s novels and oh, boy, were they scary… But apart from all the chills his books gave me they also revealed the depth of human relationships and people’s interactions as well as the complexity of human nature in general. Stephen King’s books are always filled with deep philosophy, an incredible amount of eeriness, and characters that start feeling like your best friends after the first few chapters of a book you’ve just picked up. That being said, movies based on Stephen King’s novels aren’t always that great. In fact, there are only two types of them – amazingly good ones and horrifyingly bad ones. Here I present you 6 scariest Stephen King Movies and 4 that wouldn’t scare a 5-year-old.
Yes: The Shining (1980)
The Shining is considered one of Stephen King’s biggest masterpieces and rightfully so. It’s been 40 years and still this movie will send chills down your spine every time you watch it. Brilliantly made by none other than Stanley Kubrick himself, the movie depicts the slow-burning deterioration of a marriage with psychological drama and a bit of supernatural forces. It’s a must-see!
No: The Dreamcatcher (2003)
This might not be the best of Stephen King’s works and it definitely isn’t the scariest of his movie adaptations. The plot of The Dreamcatcher revolves around an alien parasite race trying to take over the humanity and it is just as corny as it sounds. The movie, although featuring a great cast, is a total flop.
Yes: Misery (1990)
Kathy Bates did an amazing job in the movie, depicting the mentally disturbed nurse who kidnapped her favourite author and kept him hostage in order to get some fan-fiction out of him. It’s delightfully scary and disturbing in all kinds of ways! It is also the only movie based on Stephen King’s work that has even gotten an Oscar.
No: The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Being one of the greatest Stephen King’s movie adaptations ever, the film fails to deliver when it comes to fear-inducing moments. It is simply not scary! Yet it is made beautifully and the acting skills of Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman make the movie simply unforgettable.