Today’s Book Blogger Hop question is: What’s your favorite horror book-to-movie adaptation?
I don’t read much in the way of horror books, or watch much in the way of horror movies. But, just one comes to mind that I’ve both read and seen: Secret Window, based on the novella Secret Window, Secret Garden. The movie is from a very good era in Johnny Depp movies, and the writer/director David Koepp does some really nice storytelling in it. There’s some bloody bits, though it’s pretty tame as far as horror movies go, and the creepiest parts aren’t involving blood at all. It’s probably more of a creeper than a horror movie.
After seeing the movie, I read the Steven King novella, which I think is still the only fiction I’ve read from Steven King (though I also read On Writing). A lot is very much the same, except that the ending is completely (like, 180 degrees) different. And here’s the funny thing: I actually think Steven King tried to a do a more interesting thing with his ending, but David Koepp achieved his ending better, which I’d have to say gives him the edge.
Anyone else more of a horror book/movie fan than me? What’s your favorite adaptation?
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I’m not sure I’ve ever read a horror novel, but I have seen the 1930’s film versions of “Frankenstein” and “Bride of Frankenstein.” Those were pretty creepy and scary, especially for the era, when a lot was left to the imagination due to the film censors. I enjoyed them, even though that genre is not one I usually read or view in film.
Oh my gosh, I LOVE Secret Window!