Stephen King has been terrifying audiences with chilling horror stories for decades. And over the years his novels have been adapted for the big screen. So it makes perfect sense for the bestselling author to be a fan of horror movies in general. In an interesting reveal, King took to social media to share his least favorite horror movie of all time.
In a post on Twitter, the Lisey’s Story author told fans the worst horror movie he’s ever seen is Blood Feast.
Released in 1963, Blood Feast was composed, shot, and directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis, from a script he co-wrote with Allison Louise Downe and David F. Freidman. The film is famous for its graphic depictions of on-screen gore and is considered to be the first “splatter film” in the horror genre. It’s safe to assume the gratuitous violence is what bothers Stephen King.
Blood Feast follows the story of a psychopathic food caterer named Fuad Ramses, who kills women so that he can include their body parts in his meals and perform sacrifices to the Egyptian goddess Ishtar. Mal Arnold, William Kerwin, Connie Mason, and Lyn Bolton star in the film.
Although the movie received poor reviews from critics, who criticized it as amateurish and vulgar, it was very successful at the box office. Filmed in its entirety in less than a week, Blood Feast earned an impressive $4 million against its minuscule $24,500 budget. The movie was followed by a belated sequel, Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat, in 2002.
The author’s tweet comes after his comments about the horror movie he found too scary to finish resurfaced online. Surprisingly, The Blair Witch Project was too much for the writer to handle. Stephen King recalled the first time he saw the movie while “doped up” in hospital. “My son brought a VHS tape of it and he said, ‘You gotta watch this.’ Halfway through it, I said, ‘Turn it off it’s too freaky.’”
Stephen King has since seen the film in its entirety and says it may be the only time in his life when he quit a horror movie in the middle because he was too scared to go on. It’s hard to believe that something would actually be too scary for King. During an appearance on an episode of Eli Roth’s History of Horror, King explained that he was just “freaked out of his mind”.
Dubbed by Newsweek as “a literary icon and the king of horror,” Stephen King has told over 350 million copies of his 62 novels and 200 short stories, many of which have become classic movies. His scariest novels include Carrie, Pet Sematary, and It. Interestingly, Stephen King is not a fan of Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of his 1977 novel The Shining. The author was unhappy with the casting choices and felt that the “essence” of the story did not translate well to the big screen. But fans seem to disagree, as The Shining is one of the most iconic horror movies ever made, achieving generational pop culture status.