The new adaptation of Stephen King’s It has experienced some ups and downs during its production, which concerns us. However, we’re excited all over again now that a picture of Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise the clown has been released. He looks terrifying!
Sure, clowns are scary, particularly if you suffer from Coulrophobia (look it up), but not any scarier than the regular human beings who inhabit the Stephen King cinematic universe. These are the real life people you encounter everyday, the ones for whom you have no idea what lurks behind the door of their dark minds.
Isn’t what’s real scarier than what’s imagined? We’ll see if you agree after reading our list of six of the scariest Stephen King characters.
6.) Cujo, Cujo (1983)
OK, so he’s not exactly a human, but there’s nothing more real, or scary, than a rabid dog. That’s why he has to be included on this list. Besides, the way some people treat their pets like humans, it’s not that far of a stretch.
5.) James “Big Jim” Rennie: Under the Dome (2013)
Fresh off his dynamic performance in Breaking Bad, actor Dean Norris personified “weasely” evil in the TV series based on King’s novel. Sure, he evolved over the course of the show’s unnecessary three seasons, but in the early episodes, he was one nut you wouldn’t want to cross.
4.) Margaret White: Carrie (1976)
As for being scary, Carrie White pales in comparison to her religious zealot of a mother, Margaret. There have been different interpretations of her onscreen over the years, but none come close to that of Piper Laurie’s in this 1976 classic.
3.) Mother Carmody: The Mist (2007)
King uses the religion theme over and over in his stories. Here, it’s exercised as a means of control by Mother Carmody, played by Marcia Gay Harden, when a group of people are trapped in a supermarket. Again, she’s scarier than the unseen monsters that lurk within the dense fog outside.
2.) Jack Torrance: The Shining (1980)
Perhaps scarier than religion for Stephen King is alcoholism; it’s hereditary instead of a choice. It makes Torrance (Jack Nicholson) anything but a dull boy, and more susceptible to the evil forces of the Overlook Hotel. Yeah, chasing his family with an axe is pretty bad, but not worse than accidentally hurting his son when he’s drunk.
1.) Annie Wilkes: Misery (1990)
Being starstruck at times, Annie Wilkes scares us most of all. She’s such a fan of writer Paul Sheldon (James Caan) that she holds him prisoner in her home, enacting horrible torture when he won’t cooperate. There are otherworldly forces involved with everyone else on this list, but Annie is 100% human… and crazy!