10+ Interesting Horror Movies Based On Stephen King’s Books

Updated On April 16, 2017 by Pradeep Kumar | Short URL: http://movie.sc/2of0uCw  

The Shining, The Shawshank Redemption, and The Green Mile have one thing in common? Of course, they are all super duper hits but do you know these are based on Stephen King’s novels and books. If you are a horror and thriller movies fan, then you would have probably watched several movies based on his works. Stephen Edwin King is an American author of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies. They have also been adapted into some feature films, television movies, and comic books. He also published some novels under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.

Stephen King was certified by Guinness Superlatives (the “Book of World Records” group) as having the most number of motion picture adaptations by a living author. Stephen King has the nickname “The King of Horror”, and below we have mentioned some Horror Movies based on his impressive novels and books.

1. Carrie (1976)

Interesting Fact about “Carrie (1976)”

This was the first Stephen King novel adapted into a movie.

Carrie (1976)

Storyline: A young, abused and timid 17-year-old girl discovers she has telekinesis, and gets pushed to the limit on the night of her school’s prom by a humiliating prank.


2. The Shining (1980)

Interesting Fact about “The Shining (1980)”

During the making of the movie, Stanley Kubrick would occasionally call Stephen King at 3:00 a.m. and ask him questions like “Do you believe in God?”

The Shining

Storyline: A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.


3. The Dead Zone (1983)

Interesting Fact about “The Dead Zone (1983)”

This film (and Stephen King’s novel) are both loosely based upon the life of famous psychic Peter Hurkos.

The Dead Zone (1983)

Storyline: A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic detective ability.


4. Christine (1983)

Interesting Fact about “Christine (1983)”

Stephen King suffered a near fatal car collision in 1999.

Christine (1983)

Storyline: A nerdish boy buys a strange car with an evil mind of its own and his nature starts to change to reflect it.


5. Cujo (1983)

Interesting Fact about “Cujo (1983)”

The story was inspired to Stephen King when he met his mechanic’s intimidating dog while having his motorcycle repaired one day.

Cujo (1983)

Storyline: A friendly St. Bernard named “Cujo” contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town.


6. Children of the Corn (1984)

Interesting Fact about “Children of the Corn (1984)”

The tagline “And a child shall lead them” comes from Isaiah 11:6 in the Old Testament.

Children of the Corn (1984)

Storyline: A young couple is trapped in a remote town where a dangerous religious cult of children believe everyone over the age of 18 must be killed.


7. Silver Bullet (1985)

Interesting Fact about “Silver Bullet (1985)”

Shooting started without a proper werewolf suit.

Silver Bullet (1985)

Storyline: Werewolf terrorizes small city where lives Marty Coslaw, – a paralytic boy – his uncle and his sister – the narrator of the story.


8. Maximum Overdrive (1986)

Interesting Fact about “Maximum Overdrive (1986)”

First and only film directed by “Stephen King” himself.

Maximum Overdrive (1986)

Storyline: A group of people try to survive when machines start to come alive and become homicidal.


9. Pet Sematary (1989)

Interesting Fact about “Pet Sematary (1989)”

The idea for this story came about when Stephen King’s daughter’s cat, Smuckey, was killed on the highway outside their home.

Pet Sematary (1989)

Storyline: Behind a young family’s home in Maine is a terrible secret that holds the power of life after death. When tragedy strikes, the threat of that power soon becomes undeniable.


10. The Dark Half (1993)

Interesting Fact about “The Dark Half (1993)”

The film’s release was delayed for two years by bankruptcy problems with the films distribution company.

The Dark Half (1993)

Storyline: A writer’s fictional alter-ego wants to take over his life…at any price.


11. Needful Things (1993)

Interesting Fact about “Needful Things (1993)”

For its release in Germany the film’s title was changed to “In einer kleinen Stadt”, meaning “In A Small Town”.

Needful Things (1993)

Storyline: A mysterious new shop opens in a small town which always seems to stock the deepest desires of each shopper, with a price far heavier than expected.


12. Thinner (1996)

Interesting Fact about “Thinner (1996)”

Director Tom Holland wasn’t happy with the ending; the producers changed the original one (which was faithful to the novel) because every test audience hated it.

Thinner (1996)

Storyline: A lawyer is cursed by a gypsy to lose weight…and lose weight…and lose weight…


13. The Night Flier (1997)

Interesting Fact about “The Night Flier (1997)”

Director Mark Pavia had only thirty days to shoot this film and actually brought the movie in a day early.

The Night Flier (1997)

Storyline: A reporter is on the trail of a vampiric murderer who travels by plane.


14. The Mist (2007)

Interesting Fact about “The Mist (2007)”

This movie was shot in 37 days.

The Mist

Storyline: A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives.


15. 1408 (2007)

Interesting Fact about “1408 (2007)”

John Cusack’s second appearance in a Stephen King film adaptation. The first was Stand by Me.

1408 (2007)

Storyline: A man who specializes in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Soon after settling in, he confronts genuine terror.


Lets wish he writes much more horror novels and let them be adapted as movies. Do let us know your favorite movie in the comments below.

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  1. Sanved May 9, 2013 at 9:14 am - Reply

    Nice collection there ! I personally loved the last movie which is 1408, it was really entertaining and mysterious !

  2. A. I. Sajib May 19, 2013 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    1408 and The Mist are my favorite. My all time favorite movie has always been The Mist, because it’s the only movie that made me cry at the very ending. πŸ™

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