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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.
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.
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.
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.