This fall, book lovers of the horror genre are getting spoiled! I am a lover of anything related to creepy, nasty, and scary– so here’s the grand list of new adaptations coming to either the big screen or streaming services.
The basic premise is a young girl, Maren (played by Taylor Russell), embarks on a journey of self-discovery while holding a deep, dark, messed-up secret.
The release is over a month away, but if you’ve seen the teaser, you will understand why this is front and center. Timothée Chalamet, check. An eerie 30-second teaser that has me screaming check. The title says it all– I don’t want to spoil anything, but we are dealing with cannibals… oh, and a love story. It’s The Chainsaw Massacre meets Romeo and Juliet. Take a box of tissues to the movie theater because your heart might break into an oven and cook. If you have the time, read Camille Deangelis’ Bones & All!
(releases in theaters, November 23)
Let the Right One In has been done before, but this time, it’s taking risks skewing away from the source material. In the book, we are in the eyes of Oskar, who meets what looks like an ordinary twelve-year-old girl, Eli. However, looks can be deceiving; as it turns out Eli is actually a vampire that is over 200 years old. There is more about her than meets the eye, but you shall read it for yourself to get all the dirty deets. This time around, Eli is now Elenor, and it appears she’s not an old vampire. Rather than an old man taking care of her like in the book, it seems to be her actual father. At least, this is what it appears from the trailers thus far.
We need to give props to the author, John Ajvide Lindqvist because of this twisted vampire love horror story. Since the book’s release, there have been two adapted films made. Let the Right One In (2008) and Let Me In (2010). It was during the time vampires were all the rage, with the Twilight Saga taking siege on the big screen. At the same time, The Vampire Diaries (2009-2017) and True Blood (2008-2014) dominated CW and HBO on television. I’m excited to see the difference between the last two adaptations vs. the new Let the Right One In. Will the changes revamp vampires? We shall see.
(first episode airs October 9 on Showtime at 10PM ET/PT)
Speaking of Vampires… we’re taking a sharp turn into the Anne Rice world of beautiful supernatural hot eyes. MANY things changed in the series for an updated modern take. The race of Louis De Pointe Du Lac’s character was the first controversial difference, but considering the TV show is changing a lot of aspects– including the age of Claudia, the era, and even the romance, it shouldn’t have been such a huge issue. Speaking of romance, Louis and Lestat’s relations are more explicit for a more spicy rendition. This iteration seems interesting, and expanding these subtle changes gives a more rounded story rather than just a copy and paste from the movie made in the 90’s.
(first episode airs October 2 on AMC 10:05PM PT)
A true crime novel entitled The Good Nurse A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder by Charles Graeber will star Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne. This film at a glance appears to be an easy watch, but remember, these are reenactment crimes committed by the real-life serial killer Charlie Cullen. He murdered over 300 patients, and this was by no accident or means of a mercy kill. Sadly this type of behavior happens all too often. In 2016, a Canadian registered nurse, Elizabeth Wettlaufer, was convicted of 18 counts of murder. Luckily she was rational enough to turn herself in. However, we did not get the luxury with Cullen. Watch to find out how they got Cullen imprisoned.
(airs on October 26 on Netflix)
On a slightly happier note, Jaeden Martell is back starring in yet another Stephen King adaptation. He conquered It with the Losers crew, but he’s going solo on Mr. Harrigan’s Phone this time.
The story is about a boy getting messages from an older gentleman with whom he was friends before his passing.
You can find the story in If it Bleeds, which contains four short story collections. The infamous Donald Sutherland plays the Mr. Harrigan, but we’ll have to wait and see if the short story is worthy of a feature-length adaptation. Netflix is on a role this fall!
(airs October 5 on Netflix)
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