NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11:  Author Stephen King signs the copies of his book "Revival" at Barnes & Noble Union Square on November 11, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
Movies - TV
The One
Film Even Stephen King Says Was
Too Scary
to Finish
Although it might seem like nothing would scare Master of Horror Stephen King, he once admitted that 1999’s found-footage film, “The Blair Witch Project,” is the one movie that he couldn’t initially finish. King was in the hospital at the time due to being run over by a distracted driver, and his son had brought the movie for him to watch while he was recovering and on painkillers.
However, King doesn’t blame his circumstances for his fear. He was genuinely freaked out and remembers that he told his son to turn it off as the movie’s setting “[...] didn't look like Hollywood-location woods; they looked like an actual forest in which actual people could actually get lost." Once recovered, King did finish it and praised it as one of the best modern horror films.
“The Blair Witch Project” was filmed on a budget of $60,000 and was sold for $1.1 million only hours after it premiered at Sundance. It is credited with revitalizing the found-footage horror style that laid the foundation for "Grave Encounters" and "Paranormal Activity.” It was also one of the earliest successes of viral marketing as viewers arrived at the theater thinking the movie was based on real events.