If you’re looking for a movie that will have you sleeping with the lights on for the next month, who do you turn to? Stephen King, obviously. We rounded up the scariest Stephen King movies and ranked them by least to most terrifying. (Spoiler: the least terrifying is still pretty darn scary.)
Of course, these movies will be more or less scary depending on your personal fears. Have a lifelong fear of clowns? It will probably freak you out more than the average person. Particularly creeped out by evil or possessed children? Children of the Corn and The Shining deliver just that. And don’t even get us started on the claustrophobic among us (hi) — even 20 minutes of Cujo can feel like hours when you’re spooked by small, enclosed spaces.
King has been such a defining part of the horror genre, with a total of 61 novels, 200 short stories, and 82 film adaptations to his name, most categorized as horror. In 2014, the author talked to Rolling Stone about what it’s like to tell these kinds of stories.
“[Horror is] one of the genres that live across the tracks in the literary community, but what could I do?” he tells reporter Andy Greene. “That’s where I was drawn …if I set out to write [like Hemingway], what would’ve come out would’ve been hollow and lifeless because it wasn’t me. And I have to say this: To a degree, I have elevated the horror genre.”
These are the scariest Stephen King movies, ranked.