Are these Stephen King adaptations scarier than the book?

Is he the King of horror movies too?

Stephen King has got to be one of the most misunderstood authors of all time. He's celebrated for writing terrifying stories, and rightly so. But his true superpower is his warmth. He makes us care about his characters, and he makes us believe in them as real people. That way, by the time anything scary happens, we're already invested in the people and the places. 

Perhaps more than any other writer, King marries populism and prose; he writes beautifully and accessibly. Maybe that's why film studios have spent the past five decades cranking out movies based on his work. 

So let's take a moment to celebrate King's books and the movies they spawned. Some are great; some are misses. You tell us which is which.

For each adaptation, please choose whether you think the movie is scarier than the book! Please share your thoughts and feelings in the comments section below, and happy haunting, constant reader!

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  1. Carrie (1976)
  2. Salem's Lot (1979)
  3. The Shining (1980)
  4. Cujo (1983)
  5. Christine (1983)
  6. Children of the Corn (1984)
  7. Firestarter (1984)
  8. Silver Bullet (1985)
  9. Pet Sematary (1989)
  10. Misery (1990)
  11. IT (1990)

Are these Stephen King adaptations scarier than the book?

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48 Comments

spence2054 4 months ago
38% for me. Too bad The Mist wasn't on there. The book was far superior to the movie in every way.
BuddyHinton 4 months ago
This quiz demonstrates that most people watch movies but sadly, not nearly as many read books. 🎃 👻 🎃
AllisonWunderland 4 months ago
93%…Even tho I haven’t seen several of them 😆
A scary but not gory book of Stephen King is Needful Things. It is one of his books that has a moral to the story. I read it two times till I got the moral. Another good book is The Stand. It is long but very good
I usually watch the movie coz I don’t care for reading 📖. Are those you mentioned made into movies?
Yes I believe they are. The stand is long. It’s been so long I can’t remember about the movies. I promise you that even tho you hate reading. They are worth it. Maybe audio books?
harlow1313 4 months ago
I have read perhaps 12 of King's novels. I am not among his big admirers, but I very much enjoy "Salem's Lot." I have read it three well-spaced times.

I enjoy the subplots involving local characters and the atmospheric small town, particularly, The Old Marsden Place.

As mentioned elsewhere, I love James Mason in the older miniseries from the seventies.
Tresix 4 months ago
I haven’t read the books, but the novel of “The Shining” HAS to be scarier than the movie as I found it very boring. I liked the miniseries more.
Mistertelvison 4 months ago
Steven Kings Movies to me is Scaryer then is Books That is i never Read any of his Books But the Review from The News Papper where very Good so according the News
trogg888 4 months ago
Although i read the book and saw the movie on all ofthose the movie is almost always scarier cause hey leave out the wordiness of th novels and king gets a little wordy sometimes, plus you picked out some of the scarier ones on film except forfirestarter which i nominate for worst novel and movie and they even made a remake.what were they thinking
Coldnorth trogg888 4 months ago
The first three books of the Gun slinger series were great, the rest were very boring
Tresix trogg888 4 months ago
For me, I would much rather see a remake of a bad movie instead of a good one. Hopefully, they improve it. With a remake of a good movie, you’ve got nowhere to go but down.
AgingDisgracefully 4 months ago
Isn't "Scary" a subjective thing?
Three people can read the same book and they will get something different from it.
Ratt1959 4 months ago
87% similar. The Original Carrie film and the book are almost identical, and I enjoyed them both. As for most of his stories, I prefer the movies, even though I have a lot of his books.
Coldnorth Ratt1959 4 months ago
Like the older books compared to the newer ones
Big3Fan 4 months ago
Recusal. I haven't read SK's books and have only watched Carrie.
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