By Michelle Reynolds, Staff Writer
Bringing you horror since 1974 with his first novel “Carrie,” Stephen King wants to help make sure you never sleep again. Here are five Stephen King movie adaptations to make your Halloween even more terrifying.
From the book that started it all. Whether you watch the 1976 original, the 2002 remake or the 2013 remake, they are all based off the book with the same premise about a misfit teenager named Carrie White who unleashes her newfound supernatural power on the classmates who bullied her. Whether you have seen any of the movies, most seem to know that iconic scene of a girl at Prom covered in pig’s blood.
Ah, high school memories, anyone?
Based off the novella published in King’s 2010 collection “Full Dark, No Stars,” “1922” is now streaming on Netflix. According to the Netflix synopsis of the movie, “1922” is about a farmer who pens a confession admitting to his wife’s death, but her death is just the beginning of a macabre tale. “1922” has been called a “reminder of what Stephen King does best” by The Verge.
Yeah, Stephen King even made fog scary!
The 2007 movie “The Mist” is R-rated and based off of King’s 1980 novella of the same name. The Mist is roughly two hours in running time and involves residents in a town which suddenly fall under a mist. The main characters find themselves held-up in a grocery store, as they try to defend themselves from creatures that appear from the strange air.
Like “Carrie,” however, this movie is not streaming on Netflix and is only available on DVD. However, just recently made available for streaming on Netflix is first season of the 2017 series “The Mist,” which is also based off the book.
Whichever version you watch, it’ll make you hesitate the next time you see a haze outside.
Fear of clowns and red balloons?
Released September 8, “IT” completely smashed it in the box office. “It” is a long ride, clocking in at 135 minutes. It’s slightly cheesy but full of jump scares, making it the perfect movie for the easily scared. This remake is about seven young outcasts from Derry, Maine, whom face a shapeshifting evil that comes out of the sewers to terrorize their town and prey on children every 27 years. This movie is still playing in some theaters and as Pennywise would say, after watching this movie, you’ll float, too!
Released on Netflix streaming September 29, “Gerald’s Game” is a delightfully horrifying addition. From the man that brought you “Oculus,” Mike Flanagan directs this character-driven movie about a married couple, Jessie (Carla Gugino) and Gerald (Bruce Greenwood), who go to a remote lake house hoping the trip will spice up their failing marriage. They decide to try something new and soon after Gerald handcuffs Jessie to the bed, he dies of a heart attack, leaving Jessie alone to fight for survival.
If you are afraid of the dark after watching this movie, you’re not alone. Let us hope the Moonlight Man will not come and get you.
Sure you could go to a Halloween party and get dressed up in a fun costume, but why put in all that effort? Instead, lounge on your couch in the best costume of all – pajamas – and let the magic of movies transport you into the world of horrors that Stephen King has perfected over the years. So dim the lights and get the popcorn and candy ready, those movies are not going to watch themselves.