Modern horror movie 'scared the hell' out of Stephen King

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Modern horror movie 'scared the hell' out of Stephen King

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The 'King of Horror' has said that one modern movie 'scared the hell' out of him.

And look, we've all been scared s***less by Stephen King, it doesn't matter if it was a book, a film, or, well IT, everything the man makes is spine-tinglingly scary.

So, we were surprised to hear that there are two movies King rates among the scariest he's seen ⁠— so much so that he wasn't even able to finish one of them.

Stephen King found one modern movie scary as hell. Credit: Sueddeutsche Zeitung Photo / Alamy Stock Photo
Stephen King found one modern movie scary as hell. Credit: Sueddeutsche Zeitung Photo / Alamy Stock Photo

It's no easy feat to scare King, he's created some of the bloodiest, creepiest characters in history.

Seriously, Pennywise freaked us out so much that we slept with our light on for a week, because demonic clowns can't get you in the dark ⁠— obviously.

So, we take great comfort in knowing that a horror expert gets scared from time to time.

And if you're wondering what those films are, the first is an old classic from 1999, and the second came out in 2015.

Let's start with the 1999 box office hit, The Blair Witch Project, which follows three student filmmakers attempting to investigate the mystery behind the Blair Witch tale, only to end up in a very dangerous woods, with no way out.

Speaking about the film, King said: "It may be the only time in my life when I quit a horror movie in the middle because I was too scared to go on…I was just freaked out of my mind."

And that's about the highest praise a horror film can get. But King wasn't finished there, as a more recent film had also 'scared the hell out of him'.

Robert Egger's directorial debut, The Witch, is set in 17th century New England and centres around a banished Puritan family, who starts being haunted by a sinister force.

Tweeting after seeing the film, King said: "The Witch scared the hell out of me. And it's a real movie, tense and thought-provoking as well as visceral."

And if you've not seen the film, then proceed to be freaked out by the trailer if you dare:


Still, that's not the only modern character that King has praised.

In his 2003 review of Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix, King stated that the best thing about the book was 'Dolores Umbridge'.

He wrote: "The gently smiling Dolores Umbridge, with her girlish voice, toadlike face, and clutching, stubby fingers, is the greatest make-believe villain to come along since Hannibal Lecter.

"One needn’t be a child to remember The Really Scary Teacher, the one who terrified us so badly that we dreaded the walk to school in the morning, and we turn the pages partly in fervent hopes that she will get her comeuppance.

"But also in growing fear of what she will get up to next. For surely a teacher capable of banning Harry Potter from playing Quidditch is capable of anything."

So, there you have it, The Blair Witch Project, The Witch, and Dolores Umbridge are just about the scariest things out there.

And, having seen Umbridge in action we can't help but agree.

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Topics: Film & TV, Film and TV, News, Viral, Stephen King, Horror

Shola Lee
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