Horror Films

7 Terrifying Book Adaptations That Have Nothing to Do With Stephen King

Every October should be full of spooky things to get you in the Halloween spirit! Gloomy fall days are perfect for horror movies and we especially love those that were great books first! Grab the book or watch the adaptation of these seven works of horror!


1. The Silence of the Lambs (1988) by Thomas Harris


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The Silence of the Lambs was adapted in 1991, starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. The film won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Adapted Screenplay. Watch Clarice Starling (Foster) attempt to get close to renowned psychopath and cannibal, Hannibal Lecter (Hopkins), in order to crack the newest case plaguing the FBI. 


2. Rosemary’s Baby (1967) by Ira Levin


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Guy and Rosemary are expecting a baby as they move into their New York City apartment. What they are not expecting, however, is that this baby is not from this world. Watch what happens after Rosemary gives birth to her demonic baby. It will truly terrify you. 


3. Ring (1990) by Koji Suzuki 


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The adaptation of this book was released in 2002 under the name The Ring, starring Naomi Watts. Watts plays a reporter who is investigating the legend that watching a video tape with scary images will lead to a phone call and, ultimately, the viewers death. After four teenagers die following this pattern, the reporter tracks down the video and watches it, leaving her with seven days to live. 


4. The Exorcist (1971) by William Peter Blatty


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This adaptation hit screens in 1973 enlightening viewers to the fact that it is (loosely) inspired by real events. When her daughter Regan starts exhibiting strange behavior, her mother seeks medical help with no luck at a cure. A local priest believes that the young girl may be taken over by the devil and offers to help exorcise it. 


5. Frankenstein (1818) by Mary Shelley 



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We have seen many adaptations of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein throughout the years, the first of which was in 1931 by Universal Studios. The story of Frankenstein is one that we all seem to know in that Dr. Victor Frankenstein creates a monster. Numbers of variations have surfaced with different takes on the story and any of them will definitely put you in the Halloween spirit. 


6. The Amityville Horror (1977) by Jan Anson


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This movie scared us all both in 1979 and 2005, and continues to bring tourism to Amityville, Long Island. The Lutz family moves into a house in New York that saved them big bucks. After digging into the history of the house, they discover that the previous owner murdered his entire family after reportedly being possessed by the devil. Believing that the house is haunted, the Lutz family enlists a Priest to rid the house of evil spirits. 


7. The Haunting of Hill House (1959) by Shirley Jackson


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Dr. Marrow gathers a group of people at the mansion of Hill House under the false pretense that they are being studied for insomnia research, when in reality Dr. Marrow is studying fear. He plans on scaring everyone, but gets more than he bargained for. The Hill House is actually haunted by an evil spirit. 


We hope you enjoy these seven adaptations…if you dare!


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