Writer Stephen King knows a thing or two about what’s scary. With the spooky holiday Halloween coming up, the author has now shared a list of a movie, TV show, and book that he recommends if you’re looking for a fright this Halloween.
Starting with film, King told Entertainment Weekly that he recommends this year’s Child’s Play remake. He says he missed it in theatres but eventually got around to seeing it. “I just f***ing loved that movie,” he said. “I laughed and I cried at the things in there. Everybody who’s in the movie does a terrific job. It’s a smart script and it’s just a load of fun. It really is. It’s gruesome as hell.”
Star Wars actor Mark Hamill voices Chucky, the doll who comes to life and kills people. The movie also stars Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry, and Gabriel Bateman.
Moving to TV, King said he’s currently enjoying the Netflix show Marianne. The French series is “very, very scary,” King remarked. The show has sort of a Stranger Things vibe along with the “Steve King vibe as well,” the remarked.
Finally, King recommends the book Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. He said it’s “like Harry Potter but for grownups.” It’s scary, smart, and imaginative, King said.
The latest adaptation of King’s work is Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining that’s based on his book. The movie stars Ewan McGregor as the grown up Danny Torrance who still has his mysterious powers known as “the shining.” The movie opens on November 8.
DOCTOR SLEEP: Mike Flanagan is a talented director, but he’s also an excellent storyteller. The movie is a good thing. You’ll like this if you liked THE SHINING, but you’ll also like it if you liked SHAWSHANK. It’s immersive.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 23, 2019