The terrifying, skin-crawling work of horror writer Stephen King lends itself to dissection. In his novels, short stories, and even his nonfiction pieces, he builds suspense scene by scene, moment by moment, and, often at great length, word by word. As a reader, you're torn apart by the impulse to savor the experience, taking each passage apart carefully and methodically, and the desperate desire to rush to the end. When the adventure is over, only the most visceral moments linger.
The many, many movies adapted from his works operate in a similar way. Even the bad ones -- and, yes, there are more than a few disappointing takes on King out there -- have sequences and images that can be hard to shake, like the sight of a man being murdered by a malfunctioning soda machine in the King-directed killer-truck disaster Maximum Overdrive. With It: Chapter Two floating into theaters this weekend and Doctor Sleep arriving in November, we've compiled a list of some of our absolute favorite spooky King moments, the vivid and wild stuff that really keeps you up at night. Obviously, beware of spoilers (and disturbing material) ahead.