5 horror novels that deserve movie adaptations (& 5 that deserve better)
Many horror novels are perfectly suited for film, as evidenced by everything from Munich director Steven Spielberg Jaws’ iconic monster blockbuster movie to A Clockwork Orange director Stanley Kubrick’s flagship Stephen King adaptation, The Shining.
Not all adaptations fail to do the screen much justice, however. As much as viewers want to see their favorite books hit the multiplex, horror literature is such a difficult thing to master and often what is scary on paper can end up looking laughable at the cineplex.
That’s why this list exists, to bring you five awesome lesser-known horror novels that deserve to make a splash on the big screen, as well as five great horror novels that inane filmmakers have messed up trying to make them happen. screen.
Released a year before Book of Blood Clive Barker decided to adapt his own work with the iconic Hellraiser, Barker’s first adapted work, Rawhead Rex, deserved better than the unintentionally hilarious’ 80s horror treatment he got. received.
Set in rural Ireland, the original story is about a monstrous entity that represented the most aggressive excesses of human libido, and it was an endlessly dark and vicious slice of popular horror that deserves a grim and gruesome adaptation.
Give us the original phallus-headed monster Barker envisioned! But, you know, somehow unintentionally less funny than the rubber-suit monster featured in the 1986 film, whose sexual predilections are presumably downplayed to appease the censors … only so that he still eats children. .
A strange happy medium to choose from, that.