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7 Scariest Film Adaptations (You Won’t Guess Number 1!)

Short stories, novellas, novels, well books in general might just be words on paper, but those things are scary. In addition to giving me a paper cut, books can horrify me to my core.

And you know what is scary? Film. What is a film? A series of moving images and images can be scary. Make them move, I just crapped my pants.

So, in honor of fear and in glory to our blood thirsty gods, we present to you seven of Scariest Film Adaptations. Mark my words, young child, you won’t guess number one!

 

 

7-It: Chapter 1

 

Stephen King's "It"

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Don’t worry, this will be the only Stephen King adaptation on this list. There’s an ocean full of adaptations to choose from but we picked this adaptation because of its heart, its scares, and its optimistic light.

 

Pennywise

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Plus, it’s a close adaptation to the book (unlike Kubrick’s brilliant but unfaithful version of The Shining) that manages to capture both the scares and the comedic self-aware tone that King is most known for, although it does forgo some of the stranger elements.

 

Maturin

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6-The Exorcist

 

The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition by [Blatty, William Peter]

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In 1971 William Blatty brought us The Exorcist. The book goes through horrifying and skin-crawling descriptions of the demonic possession of eleven-year-old Regan MacNeil.

 

Regan

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While Regan herself is fictional, the book is inspired by a terrifying case in 1949 of reported demonic possession and exorcism that Blatty heard about while he was a student in the class of 1950 at Georgetown University.

 

The Exorcist

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Two years later the iconic film adaptation hit the silver screens, sending audiences everywhere in a fright. While the film plays fast-and-loose with some of the details, as well as adding its odd terrifying touch, Blatty himself was the screenwriter and producer, marking this adaptation as one of the closest to the original novel.

 

5-Silence of the Lambs

 

The Silence of the Lambs (Hannibal Lecter Book 2) by [Harris, Thomas]

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A sequel to the disturbing police procedure with stunning descriptions, The Silence of the Lambs follows Clarice Starling, who must speak to a confined serial killer in order to track down another serial killer. Skin crawling in more ways than one, this novel shoots through twists and turns and shows that even a confined killer can be deadly.

 

Silence of the Lambs movie poster

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Top it off with a film adaptation that won all the Academy Awards in the top five categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay (the third film in the history of the Oscars to do so) the characters of Hannibal Lecter and Agent Starling have become cemented into the public consciousness.

 

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It’s horrifying, its disturbing, its uplifting, it’s everything you want in a horror film and its a masterclass in adaptation.

 

 

4-Dracula (1958)

 

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Possibly the scariest incarnation of the Dracula story, the 1958 movie departs from the source material only when it wishes to elevate it. At the time, Bram Stoker’s story was horrifying and shocking to readers everywhere. However, sensibilities have changed and the novel was considered tame.

 

Dracula (1958)

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In an effort to strike fear back into the hearts of anyone who heard the name of “Dracula”, the movie displayed the brutal nature of Dracula for the first time in all his onscreen glory. A true movie monster, this adaptation proved to be the scariest depiction Dracula and has kept that title ever since.

 

Christopher Lee

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Plus, Christopher “His mother was a Countess and he was a real-life spy” Lee portrayed Dracula, he was basically a vampire incarnate.

 

3-The Thing

 

Who Goes There? by Campbell Jr., John W.

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Did you know this was based on a book? Most people don’t, and they should because the book is just as enticing and awe-inspiring and downright horrifying as its film adaptation.

John W Campell, Jr’s 1938 novella Who Goes There? follows a group of scientific researches isolated in Antarctica who discover an alien spaceship buried inside the ice. They encounter what can only be described as a “thing”—a shape-shifter that takes on the personality of any living thing it devours.

 

The Thing

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The novella made such an impact that it spawned two movie adaptations, one in 1951 titled Thing from Another World and one in 1982 simply titled The Thing. While Thing from Another World is a great movie on its own, the 1982 became a cult classic and later a mainstream classic thanks due to its memorable characters and its horrifying images.

Warning! Watching this film will make you questions everything, and everyone, around you. Could the Thing be lurking behind you? Is it your loving dog or your cute cat? Or is it your best friend?

Who am I kidding? You don’t have any friends.

 

2-The Wicker Man (1973)

 

The Ritual by David Pinner

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David Pinner’s 1967 novel was praised for its “opulent dialogue” but was given a warning because “it is quite likely to test your dreams of leaving the city for a shady nook by a babbling brook”.

 

The Wicker Man (1973)

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While the remake has its moments (not the bees!), the original 1973 starring many a cast, including Christopher Lee, entices us with this seemingly perfect cult with dark undertones. With themes of religiosity and faith, this film will reach down to your core and make you question everything you believe.

 

 

1-The Cat in the Hat

 

The Cat in the Hat

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This is a horror novel. The bright colors might throw you off, but a humanoid cat breaks into the home of two innocent children and proceeds to have ‘fun’ with them through various chaotic games of growing insanity. Yes, the children take the whole thing in strides, but I think this is because they know that resistance is futile against this feline furry.

 

Cat in the Hat

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This is what the live action film understood perfectly well about the character. It might be overly longer, but like the novel its horrifying how much they have FUN FUN FUN.

 

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I’m going to see that phrase smeared in blood when I get home, won’t I?

 

 

 

 

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Ryan Gosling as Noah and Rachel McAdams as Allie in The Notebook, kissing and spinning around

4 Fictional Couples We Want to See Perform ‘Shallow’

Despite the fact that they’re not a real life couple and Bradley Cooper is married, the duet between Cooper and Lady Gaga, stars of the most recent remake of A Star Is Born, was one of the steamiest, most romantic performances… ever?

 

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The duet, during which the pair sang Oscar-winning song Shallow, was performed in character (supposedly), with the pair reprising their roles as Jackson and Ally, and that got us thinking: what other fictional couples could give a killer rendition of this year’s most beloved song?

 

Edward Cullen and Bella Swan- Twilight 

 

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Okay, this may be too obvious, so we’re getting it out of the way first. Edward sings, Bella is obsessed with Debussy’s Claire de Lune which is a beautiful piano piece, and the lyrics to Shallow suit the pair of them down to the ground:

“Tell me somethin’, girl / Are you happy in this modern world? / Tell me something, boy / Aren’t you tired tryin’ to fill that void?” I mean…

Oliver and Elio- Call Me By Your Name
Timothee Chalamet as Elio touches Armie Hammer as Oliver affectionately in Call Me By Your Name
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As we all know, Call Me By Your Name was robbed of Best Picture and Best Actor and every other award it didn’t win at last year’s Oscars. The performances were so moving that if they didn’t win over the Academy then nothing was going to sway them, however… Oliver and Elio could give Jackson and Ally a run for their money any day and we think a little rendition of Shallow would have had the Academy calling their names!
Ariel and Prince Eric- The Little Mermaid
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Ariel gave up her life in the ocean to pursue Eric, you best believe she’s far from the shallows now… Ariel is also partial to song-singing herself, so I’m sure she could get Eric involved since she’s made so many sacrifices for him. She fought against her family and all odds to be with him, hence

“Crash through the surface, where they can’t hurt us / We’re far from the shallow now” makes perfect sense.
Noah and Allie- The Notebook
Ryan Gosling as Noah and Rachel McAdams as Allie in The Notebook, kissing and spinning around
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Noah and Allie are one of the steamiest and ‘couple-goals’-inspiring unions in all of literature and cinema. Against all odds, they end up together, loving each other till the end. You know they could absolutely kill a rendition of Shallow. After all, “if you’re a bird, I’m a bird…” I’m not crying, you’re crying. Shut up.

Book Adaptation Wins and Snubs at the Oscars

The Oscars this year was filled with many noteworthy moments from Billy Porter’s glamorous, and androgynous tuxedo dress, to Lady Gaga’s and Rami Malek’s first Oscar wins. Literary lovers, specifically, watch for the screenplay adaptation of their favorite books! Let’s go through the rundown of winners and nominees. The lists below, and information below, were reported by Mixmag.

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

 

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – based on short stories by Joel and Ethan Coen

WINNER BlacKkKlansman – based on the book by Ron Stallworth

Can You Ever Forgive Me? – based on the book by Lee Israel

If Beale Street Could Talk – based on the book by James Baldwin

A Star Is Born – adapted from previous screenplays.

 

Spike Lee was nominated for six awards, and won Best Adapted Screenplay for BlacKkKlansman, his ever first Oscar. It’s also important to note that Black Panther was nominated for seven awards and won Best Costume Design Best Original Score and Best Production Design!

 

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Green Book‘s Mahershala Ali won Best Supporting Actor, and the film itself won Best Original Screenplay, as well as Best Picture, out of five nominations. Here are the rest of the Best Original Screenplay nominees.

 

Best Original Screenplay

 

The Favourite

First Reformed

Green Book – WINNER

Roma

Vice

 

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Star of Meg Wolitzer adaptation The Wife, Glenn Close now holds the record for most Oscar nominations without a win, after losing out on Best Actress to Olivia Coleman.

 

 

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