Horror has always been a fascinating genre for audiences around the world and who better than the acclaimed writer, Stephen King to orchestrate a terrifying tale full of twisted characters and spooky encounters. With a long list of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, and fantasy novels under his belt, the author delves into the human psyche which amplifies the impact of his eerie stories on the minds of its readers.
Many of his hair-raising works including ‘Carrie’, ‘The Shining’, ‘Gerald’s Game’ and ‘1408’ have been successfully adapted to the big screen and received positive response for their formidable translation. With that being said, there are many of King’s sinister tales ready to arrive and give you sleepless nights. So, without any further ado, let’s dive straight into the long list of upcoming horror movies based on Stephen King novels.
1. IT Chapter 2 – September 6, 2019
Second and final installment in the IT franchise penned by Stephen King, this horror flick promises to be a spine-chilling experience for the audience, especially the lovers of this genre. Set 27 years after the events of the first film, IT Chapter 2 marks the return of the Losers Club to face their fears and fight the deadly clown ‘Pennywise’ terrorizing the city. Packed with all the chills and thrills, the movie promises to give you sleepless nights and register its name in the list of top horror movies of all times.
2. In The Tall Grass – October 4, 2019
Based on the novel of the same name, In the Tall Grass is the story of two inseparable siblings who after hearing a young boy’s cry for help, venture into a vast field of grass in Kansas but soon discover that there is no way out. Due for release on Netflix, it is an out and out horror movie which delves deep into psychological, social and philosophical evils around us. Ominous, scary and full of suspense, In The Tall Grass is a treat to watch for the horror-movie lovers.
3. Doctor Sleep – October 30, 2019
Based on the 2013 novel by Stephen King, Doctor Sleep serves as a direct sequel to the 1980 horror film ‘The Shining’. Traumatized by the events of his past, the film follows an adult Dan Torrance unite with a teenager and engage in a life-or-death battle against a sinister cult to save many innocent lives. One of the most awaited upcoming horror movies based on King’s novel, it uses the tragic past of Jack Torrance as the stories’ premise and builds a terrifying tale of greed and horror, reawakening the ghosts of the past to jeopardize the present.
4. Salem’s Lot – To Be Announced
Referred by Stephen King himself as one of his favourite works, Salem’s Lot revolves around a writer named Ben Mears who returns to the town where he had lived from the age of five through nine, only to discover that the residents are becoming vampires. Produced by ‘The Conjuring’ director James Wan, the movie promises to give you goosebumps and send shivers down your spine with its twisted thriller aspect.
5. The Long Walk – To Be Announced
Set in a future dystopian America ruled by a totalitarian and militaristic dictator, the film’s plot revolves around the contestants of a grueling, annual walking contest. The film is a horrific social commentary on mortality and eventual demise of every human being who has been thrusted into this race of life. The contest depicted in the film seems to be a dream come true for those with a death wish and with Stephen King’s brilliance leading the way, there seems to be a twist at every turn in the road which is sure to give goosebumps to the viewers.
6. From a Buick 8 – To Be Announced
From a Buick 8 talks about our fascination with deadly things, featuring a supernatural car with powers to make people disappear as if it serves as a portal between two worlds. The story revolves around Ned who becomes obsessed with the car and the fact that it is is somehow related to his father’s death. Emphasizing on our insistence on answers when there are none, the creepy horror invites us to overcome our fears and hold on to courage in the face of the unknowable.