The other day, my friend mentioned that she was dropping her dog off at day care and it took a dislike to another dog (owned by a very young woman). My friend said, “Okay, Cujo, come on.” Everyone at the day care laughed, except the woman, who looked blank and asked if she’d missed something along with, “Your dog’s name is Cujo?”
Clearly the younger generation is missing out on some classics. So without further ado, I present seven horror books made into movies.
1. “Watchers” by Dean Koontz
I loved this book. LOVED. The movie, not so much, mainly because they made the male protagonist so much younger than in the book.
2. “The Exorcist” by William Peter Blatty
My kid makes fun of the original movie, but WOW was it incredible way back when.
3. “The Silence of the Lambs” by Thomas Harris
This movie still holds up. More psychological thriller than horror, just the way Anthony Hopkins says, “Clarice” is enough to make you hide under the covers.
4. “Misery” by Stephen King
I don’t read a lot of Stephen King because he’s so dang depressing. Dean Koontz is excellent, and his books end on an up note (even after he tortures his characters). King’s, for the most part, do not. However, I read this book and saw the movie. Honestly, the movie does a pretty good job following the book. It’s a little less horrific than the book, but there are more rules governing movies, I suppose.
5. “Dracula” by Bram Stoker
Even today, I feel like the light and fluffy vampires in romance books just don’t do the original myth justice.
6. “Rosemary’s Baby” by Ira Levin
Terrifying. I actually haven’t read the book…but the movie!
7. “The Birds” by Daphne DuMaurier
I couldn’t leave this one out. It was its anniversary a few days ago! Plus … Hitchcock. He was the master.
And honorable mention MUST go to…
“Psycho” by Robert Bloch
Because who hasn’t THAT terrified?
What are some you can recommend?