Stephen King’s horror house

09 April 2021
Four Stephen King films you must see.
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A chill down your spine and a goosebump on a summer’s day, Stephen King's films are not for the faint-hearted. Have you had a look at these scream-worthy four?

The Shining

What separates Stephen King from other horror writers and filmmakers is his incredible ability to tap into the human psyche.

King has had many of his books adapted into a film and The Shining sits right at the top as the scariest of them all.

Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) a writer, moves into the Overlook Hotel with his family after accepting a job as a winter caretaker. The hotel closes for the snowy season, and Jack plans to use this time to focus on writing, however, the paranormal residents of the hotel have other plans.

Nicholson’s character spirals into madness, giving us unforgettably disturbing moments that make it possibly the greatest horror movie ever made.


During the week, we asked you which of King's movie adaptations you found the scariest, and there were mixed feelings about the clown. One blogger dubbed the film a coming of age film for the 'losers'.

The film follows the stories of seven children who are terrorized by an evil entity that manipulates the fears of its victims to disguise itself.  'It’ primarily appears in the form of Pennywise, the dancing clown to attract its preferred victims, which are usually young children.

One of the most chilling things about this film is Seeing Bill Skarsgård in full Pennywise makeup. Chillingly memorable.

Gerald’s game

Based on King's 1992 novel of the same title, this 2017 movie is a psychological horror-thriller, that is scary enough to make lovers cancel ‘baecation' plans in a heartbeat.

Gerald and Jessie are a married couple who decide to go to the remote woods for some time away to rekindle their strained marriage. Sexy roleplay turns into a horrendous ordeal for Jessie as Gerald drops dead from a heart attack while she is handcuffed to the bed.

Jessie must fight to survive a flesh-eating dog and break free from Gerald's spirit that begins to psychologically taunt her.

Doctor sleep

Released in 2019, this is based on King’s sequel to our cream of the crop, The shining.

Danny Torrance, Jack’s son, is still tormented by his experience at the Overlook Hotel.

The ghosts of the Overlook Hotel who have been feeding on his 'shining' (psychic abilities) are starving since the hotel has closed and are pursuing him. He also must survive the True Knot, a cult of psychics led by Rose the Hat, who extend their lifespans by consuming "steam", a supernatural essence released by torturing and killing those who have the shining.

Are you shaking yet? Which one are you watching first?


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