The 10 Scariest Stephen King Movies Ever, Ranked

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Stephen King's status as the master of horror is well-earned. The famous author has over 80 books under his name, but his unique ability to tap into the human psyche and uncover what scares us the most has become quite uncanny.

Of course, Hollywood took notice of it a long time ago and started churning out dozens of film projects, all adaptations inspired by King - many of which are considered classics. Not counting sequels, there are more than 40 films based on King's words that have been made since 1976's "Carrie." In 2019 alone, we got a remake of "Pet Sematary," "It: Chapter II," and "Doctor Sleep" (aka the cinematic follow-up to "The Shining"). And according to Deadline, there's a stage adaptation of "The Shining," reportedly starring Ben Stiller, that's currently in the works for January 2023.

The horror genre wouldn't be where it is without King's masterful take on it, and he continues to use his impact to challenge today's filmmakers. In March 2022, King offered a surprising review of Ti West's slasher flick "X" via Twitter, calling the film an "extremely good horror movie" that's "scary, smart, knowing" and "entertaining." With commentary like this, it's clear King still keeps his finger on the pulse of horror.

King's works are in a category of their own. So ahead, check out 10 of his best movies - ranked from simply scary to sleep-with-the-lights-on levels of fear - that showcase exactly why he'll always be the true master of horror in literature and film.

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