Now there are only 10 days until Halloween! So, how about 10 of the most terrifying books that became 10 of the most terrifying movies!
Let’s start in the murky waters of the ocean, where we see a large pair of…
10. Jaws, Peter Benchley – Did you know Jaws the movie was based on Jaws the book? I’m not sure if it’s scarier to read or watch a giant shark terrorize people. I still panic sometimes when I wade out too deep in the ocean. In fact, I don’t even like to go further out than where my feet can touch!
9. Carrie, Stephen King – Here’s a great lesson for you folks, don’t drop a bucket of pigs blood on a girl with telekinesis. This won’t be the last time you see Mr. King on my little countdown. Several of his books have been made into excellent scary movies. The Sissy Spacek version is by far the best, although other versions have been attempted.
8. Let the Right One In, John Ajvide Lindqvist – This Swedish novel spawned not one but two film adaptations, one Swedish and one American. Both were amazing, although I’m partial to the Swedish film version, maybe just because I saw it first.
7. Misery, Stephen King – (Here SK is again. You’ll see him one more time after this.) As much as I adore Kathy Bates, I can’t look at her without thinking of a sledge hammer and a foot.
6. The Woman in Black, Susan Hill – The film adaptation of this spooky story starred none other than Harry Potter (or well, Danial Radcliffe).
5. The Shining, Stephen King – Of course he’s on here twice and of course for this movie. It has so many memorable lines and two super creepy ghost twins. But, thanks to the Simpsons, when I think of this movie now I call it “the shinning” and am less scared than amused.
4. Psycho, Robert Bloch – Shower, knife, ‘nuff said.
3. I am Legend, Richard Matheson – This movie has actually had 4 adaptations, one starring the amazing Will Smith. However, I think I found the Charlton Heston one the creepiest.
2. 30 Days of Night, Steve Niles – Vampires go to a town where there is no sunlight for 30 days and terrorize them. I’m still terrorized in my nightmares by this movie, especially that scene where the guy plays a record with his fingernail (shiver) even though I saw it 30+ months ago!
1. The Exorcist, William Peter Blatty – This may be one of the most terrifying movies ever, in my opinion. Now, I live in the DC area and as a teen we used to go to the “exorcist stairs”, an area in Georgetown where apparently the true story of the exorcist took place. I have no idea if it’s true or just an urban legend. But it still freaked me out!
October 20, 2016 at 10:38 pm
Great blog post idea! Although, I have to say, with respect to Stephen King, I found the movie (’70s) so much more frightening than the book. Possibly because the book was epistolary? Whereas I thought the novel Misery was much more frightening than the movie! Also … Haven’t read Psycho yet. #hangshead I need to fix that, pronto!