There's A Stephen King Movie Marathon Coming To Your TV Screen

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Stephen King is taking over the world. 

Adaptations of his books are pretty much omnipresent at this point – IT just became the highest grossing horror movie of all time (beating out The Exorcist), while Netflix have commissioned not one, but two original movies based on his works.

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Now, he’s coming to UK television as well.

In honour of King’s 70th birthday (which was last week), the Horror Channel (Sky 319 Virgin 149 Freeview 70 Freesat 138) are staging a marathon of his movies.

Over the month of October, they’re going to celebrate a “Stephen King season”, and showcase four of his scariest works.

First up will be Cat’s Eye, which was written by King and released in 1985. It’s a comedy / horror hybrid, which sees a stray cat link three separate scary stories (think the Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror).

Drew Barrymore and James Woods star.

Thinner, next up, is about an overweight attorney who is cursed by a gypsy, and begins to uncontrollably lose weight. It stars Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds), and was originally released in 1996.

Children of the Corn – one of our favourites – will also be showing. It sees a young couple stumble upon a remote town, only to discover that it’s run by a cult of very bloodthirsty children.

They believe that anyone over the age of 18 has to be killed, which obviously puts the couple in a particularly precarious situation….

Finally, the Horror Channel will be screening King’s own directorial debut. Maximum Overdrive, which he also wrote, looks at what happens when the world’s machines become self-aware, and decide to kill all humans.

It’s a great concept, but the film fell slightly flat… For die hard fans of Stephen King, though, you should watch it at least once…

If these four don’t tickle your fancy, there’s a whole host of other Stephen King movies that you can enjoy. The likes of Misery, The Shining, Cujo, Pet Semetary, Carrie, IT and The Mist are all must-sees for horror fans, while The Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me will placate those who don’t enjoy feeling so scared.

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What’s your favourite Stephen King movie? Let us know in the comments! 

Images via Getty / The Horror Channel / Columbia Pictures

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