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9 Stephen King-Based Films That You Can Stream Right Now!

Just about every horror fan loves Stephen King, and with good reason. The man has written some of the greatest stories in the history of the genre, and has also seen many of his works adapted into memorable feature films.

With that in mind, here are 9 King-based films that you can stream right now, on either Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hulu. Some of these are even available on more than one of those services, for maximum convenience. Let’s get started.

Carrie (1976)

Director: Brian De Palma, Writer: Lawrence D. Cohen

Starring: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, William Katt, Nancy Allen, John Travolta

Where You Can Stream It: Hulu, Amazon Prime

King’s classic tale of a telekinetic girl getting revenge on her tormentors was his first published novel, and also his first story to get adapted into a film.

The Shining (1980)

Director: Stanley Kubrick, Writers: Stanley Kubrick & Diane Johnson

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson, Joe Turkel

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

Despite King’s well-documented issues with Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining, most fans would likely agree that this is the greatest horror film to ever be based on one of the horror master’s stories.

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Cujo (1983)

Director: Lewis Teague, Writers: Don Carlos Dunaway & Lauren Currier

Starring: Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro, Daniel Hugh-Kelly, Christopher Stone, Ed Lauter, Cujo

Where You Can Stream It: Hulu

Cujo has become so iconic that the name itself has almost become shorthand for the very idea of a killer dog, although one wonders what audiences would have thought if the filmmakers had used the book’s much darker ending.

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The Dead Zone (1983)

Director: David Cronenberg, Writer: Jeffrey Boam

Starring: Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Martin Sheen, Nicholas Campbell, Herbert Lom

Where You Can Stream It: Hulu, Amazon Prime

Sadly, this would be the only time that Cronenberg ever directed King material, although it’s at least a damn good entry into the King canon. The story of Johnny Smith would also later inspire a long-running USA TV series, starring Anthony Michael Hall.

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Children of the Corn (1984)

Director: Fritz Kiersch, Writer: George Goldsmith

Starring: Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, John Franklin, Courtney Gains, R.G. Armstrong, Corn

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix, Hulu

While far from a perfect film, this adaptation of King’s short story is at least leagues better than all the terrible sequels it would spawn, outside of maybe 1995’s pretty fun Urban Harvest.

The Dark Half (1993)

Director: George A. Romero, Writers: George A. Romero, Paul Hunt, & Nick McCarthy

Starring: Timothy Hutton, Amy Madigan, Michael Rooker, Julie Harris, Robert Joy, Chelsea Field

Where You Can Stream It: Hulu, Amazon Prime

One of several collaborations between King and the late Romero, The Dark Half tells the tale of an author whose self-created alternate identity takes on a life of its own, and was inspired by King’s time writing under the name Richard Bachman.

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The Rage: Carrie 2 (1998)

Director: Katt Shea, Writer: Rafael Moreu

Starring: Emily Bergl, Jason London, Amy Irving, Mena Suvari, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Rachel Blanchard

Where You Can Stream It: Hulu, Amazon Prime

This underrated sequel to De Palma’s original is in some ways the best remake of Carrie that isn’t actually supposed to be a remake. With a talented young cast and an earned R rating, this is worth checking out if you’ve never seen it.

Dreamcatcher (2003)

Director: Lawrence Kasdan, Writers: Lawrence Kasdan & William Goldman

Starring: Thomas Jane, Damian Lewis, Timothy Olyphant, Jason Lee, Donnie Wahlberg, Morgan Freeman

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

To be honest, this movie ain’t great. Which is a pity, as look at that cast list. That’s a lot of A-level talent right there. Still, Dreamcatcher is worth watching at least once, just for how relentlessly odd the whole thing is.

Mercy (2014)

Director: Peter Cornwell, Writer: Matt Greenberg

Starring: Chandler Riggs, Joel Courtney, Shirley Knight, Frances O’Connor, Dylan McDermott, Mark Duplass

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

Now, here’s a recent one that I bet most of you haven’t heard of. This is an adaptation of King’s short story Gramma, from the Skeleton Crew collection. That story was also previously adapted for CBS’ 1985 reboot of The Twilight Zone.