August 12, 2017

Watch: A List of Stephen King's Favorite Horror Films

What kinds of scary movies does the King of Horror watch?

Stephen King is a maniac. He has not only written hundreds of published works, making him one of the most prolific writers of all time, but he has managed to scare the bejesus out of his readers for well over 40 years with his dark and twisted contemporary horror/sci-fi/fantasy works. But he's not only renowned in the literary world. He has made an indelible mark in the film industry with 64 of his novels and short stories being adapted into some of the most iconic horror films in history, including Carrie and The Shining. (Fun fact: The Shawshank Redemption was adapted from his 1982 novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.)

It makes you wonder what kinds of scary movies catches the attention of such a well-respected and aptly nicknamed author like the King of Horror. Well, Fandor has put together a list of a bunch of his favorite spooky flicks in the video below:

King's list of his favorite horror films is an interesting one, one that you may not see if you ask a filmmaker. The selection is varied in so many ways: genre, content, even critical reception. (The Witch was a darling throughout the 2016 awards season while Final Destination is...Final Destination.) 

  • The Blair Witch Project (dir. Eduardo Sánchez and Daniel Myrick, 1999)
  • The Autopsy of Jane Doe (dir. André Øvredal, 2016)
  • Crimson Peak (dir. Guillermo del Toro, 2015)
  • The Witch (dir. Robert Eggers, 2015)
  • Final Destination (dir. James Wong, 2000)
  • Dawn of the Dead (dir. Zack Snyder, 2004)
  • The Strangers (dir. Bryan Bertino, 2008)

But the thing I love about King's list is that he seems to gravitate toward unique and exciting story ideas and new ways of storytelling. The Blair Witch Project essentially put found footage horror on the map, Final Destination made torture porn fun and lighthearted, and Dawn of the Dead showed us that remakes can actually be good. Most of all, though, the horror films he admires most are visceral, that cut to the core of who we are as scared, trembling human beings in order to find our deepest, darkest fears—or perhaps to exploit them, because it's true what King says, the monsters and ghosts aren't just up on the screen or down on the page, "They live inside us."      

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