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Top 10 Stephen King Movie Adaptations

This past weekend, AMC was having a Stephen King mini-marathon, airing some of King's scariest books-turned-movies. I caught the end of Christine and the first hour of Pet Sematary. I have to admit that it's been years since I watched Pet Sematary, and remember it being a terribly frightening movie. I had a dog that died when I was a child, and I always imagined it coming back to life in an evil way.

Rewatching the film 20 some odd years later, I was even more horrified, not by how scary it was, but how corny it was. Granted, the movie was produced in the '80s, but it's a late '80s film. It shouldn't have that same smell of cheese that some of the older films might have. The Shining came out almost a decade prior and it is one of the scariest films ever made.

There have been so many film adaptations of King's movies and books, it is almost difficult to put them in any ranking order, but we'll give it a shot!

10. Creepshow 2While the original Creepshow has some great moments (Stephen King shows up in one of them), the second Creepshow is a bit scarier and has more memorable lines. The movie is a series of short films compiled together, based on King stories. "The Raft" always got me the most; a blob of blackness that resembles an oil slick devours a group of promiscuous teens swimming in a lake, proving yet again that oil and teen sex is deadly. Then there is "The Hitchhiker" with its infamous line, "Thanks for the ride lady"; don't ever run over a hitchhiker and leave him for dead.

9. CujoThis is one of the most frightening movies about a dog that was bitten by a bat with rabies of all time! The poor dog is cursed with a taste for Connecticut middle-class blood; can we blame him?

8. FirestarterIn this movie, Drew Barrymore's parents experiment with drugs and wind up having a daughter who can start fires at will when she gets pissed off. If this movie isn't the greatest anti-drug campaign, then I don't know what is.

7. Children of the CornChildren of the Corn, the movie about a Podunk town in Nebraska filled with possessed children who follow a demonic corn worshipper, may be the root cause of this nation's issue with gingers. Malachi!

6. CarrieAs if being a teenage girl isn't scary enough, Carrie had to contend with the bloody abuse of her classmates and being on her period!

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