Top 30 Stephen King Movies, Ranked

From haunted hotels to prison-yard blues, 'Carrie' to 'Christine' – the major adaptations of the iconic author's work, from worst to best

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'Pet Sematary' (1989)
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16. 'Pet Sematary' (1989)

One of King's scariest novels becomes one of the scarier movies made from one of his works. Director Mary Lambert's take on this creepy story (a variation on the horror classic "The Monkey's Paw") follows a mourning father trying to use an ancient Indian burial ground to resurrect loved ones from the grave. It doesn't quite have the pathos of the book; King's original is not only terrifying, it's also impossibly sad. (That coda is devastating.) But the movie is still a ruthlessly effective chiller – filled with jump scares and things that go bump in the night. Sometimes they do come back. BE

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