Horror novels and their movies

Horror novels and their movies

CardinalIron's picture

Curious what books have you guys read and later saw the movie of. Did you enjoy one over the other? Are there any books/short stories still to be made into a movie you think would make a good one in the right hands? I've read "The Exorcist" and "The Omen". Both good books and good movies. More recent books I've read were "The Ruins" which I liked more then the movie. I've been trying to branch out of Stephen King which I've read a ton of and even he outgrew the horror genre quite some time ago. One writer I've not read a lot of is Clive Barker. I've read "The Damnantion Game" which was good. I'm getting into Dan Simmons as well. I liked "Drood" and heard that Guillermo Del Toro was intrested in directing the movie. I love the horror genre but I'm rather picky about what captures my interest. So what writers/stories/books have you read and are their film versions as good, better or disapponting in comparison? Curious what you think the state of horror writing is in comparison to the movies. Is it as good as the movies and they just don't get as much attention or do they have a lot of catching up to do in regards to where the horror is with movies?

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Murtr's picture

So many awesome books have been made into movies, obviously Clive Barkers The Hellbound Heart being made into Hellraiser is a great example, because both the book and the movie were AWESOME. You mentioned Stephen King who has a bunch of books that have been turned into movies, but I don't think I've ever seen one of those movies that I liked better than his book. Even his short story The Mist was better in writing than on screen. I'd love to see some of Richard Laymons books on screen, for example his book Flesh would make a great creature feature!

Right now I'm reading The Woman by Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee, and it says right on the cover its a motion picture, but I can't say I've ever seen it. I'd imagine its a similiar film to The Girl Next Door, which I found hard to watch and much easier to read.

Another one that might make a pretty crazy cannible movie (if done right) would be Brian Smiths Depraved.


lagoonblackwater's picture

THE WOMAN hasn't been released in major theaters just yet...but it was shown at Cannes this year, there's a pretty funny little story here on fearnet about some guy flipping out about how the film treated woman. So Iguess there's some controversy around it. I for one cant wait to see it on film. The book was awesome.


CardinalIron's picture

Here's a question. Has anyone read the Ryu Murakami novel "Audition"? I've seen the movie but have never read the novel. Without posting any major spoilers are there any big differences between the novel and the movie? Is the novel darker/more disturbing then the movie? Is it better and worth a read even if you've already seen the movie?


Murtr's picture

I actually had no idea it was novel..I've also seen the movie but never read the book. I'll have to keep an eye out for it!


swhittaker79's picture

Obviously tons of people are SK fans.

Has anyone else noticed he announced on his website that "Bag of Bones" is about to shoot for a 4-part miniseries? Loved that book. Am hopeful for the miniseries.

Also obviously chomping at the bit for Dark Tower books to get made into films.

I'd really like to see "Duma Key" filmed.

I frequently in my mind cast characters in books I read with actors as if it were being filmed.


To read my wriitng:

SirDeuce's picture

Ira Levine's "Rosemary's Baby" reads about the same as the movie. Levine is a terrific writer, having written the play "No Time for Sergeants" and several other books made into movies, such as "The Boys from Brazil" and "The Stepford Wives", so reading the novel was a delight. A book I currently discovered and am now about to start reading is "The Other" by Thomas Tryon. I have seen the TV movie based on his own adaptation since the early '70s and even own the DVD, but this will be my first attempt to read the original novel. Here's hoping I won't be disapointed. Also, I have the original novel "The Ghost of Flight 401" by John G. Fuller, the supposedly true story of Eastern Air Lines flight 401's (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Air_Lines_Flight_401) haunted aftermath. I saw the TV movie when i was a kid, and it was fun to read what it was based on.

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