Viewing or reading Stephen King material was one of the highlights of my childhood horror experience. He is all but required reading and watching in our genre and has truly become one of the Masters of Horror. King had the ability to take the simplest of subjects and weave them into a horror tapestry that still resonates with audiences. He has certainly had an impact on how I view horror and has created some everlasting characters and here are some of my most memorable characters from the Master of Horror, Stephen King.
I think a lot of us can agree that Zelda was the creepiest part of Pet Sematary. I could take the blood and gore of Gage’s rampage, but when Zelda came onto the screen it was shivers all over. Her contorted body and her speech just oozed creepfest and when Rachel describes how as a child how she cared for Zelda was shuddersome. Although she only had a small part in the film, Zelda was an integral part in the building of the overall tone of the film. I know for some Church or Gage were their memorable characters, but nothing could give me a great moment of terror like Zelda could.
They just don’t make cars like Christine anymore, which is probably a good thing. Christine was memorizing from the moment she appeared on the screen. Anytime I saw a red car I thought of her. She was the very definition of hell on wheels and King made a cherry red 1957 Plymouth Fury, who had a mind of it’s own, the coolest thing you ever wanted to drive. The evolution of her throughout the film made for some unforgettable scenes and the vision of her driving down the road on fire is one of the hottest scenes in horror.
Carrie White – Carrie
Poor Carrie White, if there ever was a poster movie for never pick on the strange kid in class this is it. Not only did Carrie re-define what it was like to go to the prom, but as a kid she taught me not everyone is as they seem and that even the cool kids can be the meanest. Being pretty much the only girl in my school who was into horror had a tendency to make you somewhat of an outcast, which was why Carrie was a relatable and memorable character to me. King’s Carrie also taught you to have compassion for your fellow classmates because you never knew if they would inadvertently through the power of telekinesis, kill you at the prom.
I wholeheartedly blame Stephen King for my decades long desire to own a St. Bernard. My instagram feed pretty much consists of horror images and pictures of St. Bernard’s. I mean what is not to love about a 200 pound fluffy playful could turn terrorizing killer if not probably vaccinated dog! I lost count on the amount of times I watched this film in the hopes of one day owning my own St. Bernard so, I could take it to the vet for his vaccinations so he wouldn’t end up with the same fate as Cujo.
Ralphie Glick – Salem Lot’s
He was creepy looking, he flew and he scratches his nails down a window, if that didn’t leave a memorable impression on you not much would. Just the vision of Ralphie wanting to be let in made you never want to pull back a curtain for the rest of your life. This is one of the most definitive scenes from Salem’s Lot and why I won’t ever let a vampire kid in through my window.
Annie Wilkes – Misery
She was a #1 fan and being a young fangirl when this movie came out, Annie was a character you could relate to… albeit on a very small level. Back in the day before the grand domain of social media, a fan really had go to great lengths to show their fan love. I loved that Annie was passionate about what she loved and I was to for my love of horror, just not as homicidal as she was. Not only did she put a whole new spin on crippling fangirl love, but she was also a great reference character in terms of fandom and thinking am I pushing this into Annie Wilkes territory?
Isaac – Children of the Corn
Whenever I pass by a cornfield I always picture Courtney Gains character, Malachi screaming “Outlander”. But, Isaac was always my most memorable character, because he was a kid who had influence and power. As a kid you usually feel pretty powerless, but Isaac taught you to embrace “He who walks behind the rows” and that there was power in being kid, granted you were a homicidal kid, but no need to split hairs or corn stalks about it.
Written by Evil Queen B (@)
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