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15 Classic Stephen King Scenes That Terrified Us

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    When it comes to terrifying storytelling, Stephen King still reigns supreme. The horror legend’s first novel Carrie debuted in 1974, and proved that teenage girls can be as scary as we remember from our own high school days. Since then, King has crafted dozens of equally fear-provoking tales, and in doing so, has supplied filmmakers and television producers with plenty of raw, creepy material.

    One of King’s most recent adaptations is the CBS series Under The Dome, which premieres its third season on June 25, and has already featured plenty of King’s unique brand of chills and thrills across its two seasons. But, being trapped in a dome is nothing compared to killer dogs, religious fanatics, and throngs of Aryan children taking over entire towns. Here are 15 of the scariest moments from King’s novels and their adaptations, all of which had us afraid to turn off the lights.


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    Georgie Meets Pennywise, It (1990)

    I have never met a single person who actually enjoys clowns, but I would imagine that anyone who does might think twice after reading It, or seeing the 1990 mini-series made for ABC. In one of It’s more nightmarish scenes, six-year-old Georgie looks for his paper hat in the gutter, only to find Pennywise The Dancing Clown staring back at him. Pennywise promises rides and balloons, but instead of delivering any of that, he rips poor Georgie’s arm off and lets him bleed to death.

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    Cujo Attacks, Cujo (1983)

    If every parent let their kid watch the 1983 adaptation of King’s novel Cujo during their childhood, they’d never beg for a puppy again. In one insane scene, St. Bernard Cujo, once a happy dog who loved his owners, is driven mad by rabies, and attacks his owner and her young son while they are trapped inside their car.

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    Christine Hunts Down Her Prey, Christine (1983)

    This car is so not a sweet ride. In this scene from the 1983 adaptation of King’s novel, possessed car Christine goes on a murderous rampage and runs down town bully Buddy… while she’s still on fire. You’ll never complain about having to borrow your mom’s minivan again.

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    Carrie Has A Really Bad Night, Carrie (1976)

    King’s original novel about a bullied teenager, who uses her telekinetic powers to kill her classmates after they commit a terrible prank, is told through letters, newspaper clippings, and other devices meant to give the story a non-fiction feel. The 1976 film version has a more straightforward narrative, but both culminate in Carrie’s (played by Sissy Spacek) epic revenge scene, which has the bullied student wreak fiery havoc on her school, and murder many of her classmates with her newfound psychic abilities.