There’s no question movies provide the perfect experience to get spooked: you’ve got the haunting music and the quick surprises at every corner. But there’s something to be said about the books many of these classics have been based on. They often provide much more eerie, scarier moments movies can’t always offer. This Halloween, huddle up with some popcorn and check out these spooky movies based off of books!
The Woman in Black
(1983) by Susan Hill
Recently widowed lawyer, Arthur Kipps, travels to a remote village to organize the affairs after an eccentric’s death. It soon becomes clear to Kipps that not all is well in the house of his deceased client. He soon discovers the spirit of a woman, dressed in black is most certainly haunting the house in search of something or someone.
Movie adaptation: The Woman in Black (2012), starring Daniel Radcliffe
Where to watch: The Woman in Black 2 is now playing on Hulu.
Children of the Corn
(1977) by Steven King
Steven King’s “Children of the Corn” was actually a short story included in his book, Night Shift. It follows the couple, Burt and Vicky, on their way to California for a new job opportunity when their trip comes to an abrupt halt in Nebraska. Lying in their path was the body of a murdered boy. In the hopes of alerting the authorities, the couple finds themselves in a small town inhabited solely by children. What events ensue can only be described as demonic.
Movie adaptation: Children of the Corn (1984), Children of the Corn – Remake (2009)
Where to watch: The original movie can now be seen on Netflix.
Silence of the Lambs
(1988) by Thomas Harris
The FBI is on the hunt for a vicious murderer nicknamed Buffalo Bill. In an effort to track him down and get into the mind of serial killer the FBI enlist top FBI student, Clarice Starling, to interview one of the most prolific serial killers they have behind bars, Dr. Hannibal Lector. Although Starling meets with Dr. Lector to get into his mind he ultimately plays with her psyche making her incredibly vulnerable and weak.
Movie adaptation: The Silence of the Lambs (1988), Hannibal (1999), Hannibal Rising (2006)
Where to watch: Catch The Silence of the Lambs on Hulu today.
(1971) by William Peter Blatty
Loosely based on true events, The Exorcist follows Regan, a 14-year-old girl prone to fits and erratic behavior. She quickly becomes too much for her actress mother, Chris MacNeil, to handle who ultimately calls in a young priest for help. Upon witnessing this disturbing behavior, Father Karras can’t help but think the teen has been possessed by the Devil and needs an Exorcist immediately.
Movie adaptation: The Exorcist (1973), Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977), The Exorcist: The Beginning (2004), Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005)
TV Adaptation: The Exorcist (Fox 2016 - )
Where to watch: Fox’s The Exorcist can be watched Fridays at 9/8c.
(1979) by Jay Anson
It slowly becomes apparent to George and Kathleen Lutz that their bargain-priced dream home in Amityville, NY is too good to be true. Through a series of eerie events at their new home, the Lutzes eventually discover the heinous crime that happened in their home a few years prior. Hoping to rid their home of evil the Lutzes enlist the help of a priest.
Movie adaptation: The Amityville Horror (1979), Amityville Horror – Remake (2005)
Where to watch: Hulu
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