Looking for something frightful to watch this October? Try one of these spine-tingling book adaptations!
I figure we should start with the Stephen King adaptations since there are, like, a million of them. And by a million I mean four. But seriously, what other author has FOUR books made into movies and television shows in a single calendar year?!
Anyway, in case you’ve been living under a rock for the last thirty years, It is about a gang of brave kids who face off against an ancient evil that takes the form of a demented clown named Pennywise. Head to your local box office to catch a showing.
Scare Factor: Scream and run away.
Gerald’s Game is 50 Shades of Grey for horror fans. It’s based on King’s 1992 novel about a couple who play a sex game in the hopes of reviving their marriage. But things go terribly wrong when the husband dies mid-coitus leaving his wife handcuffed to the bed in their remote lake house. You can watch it on Netflix.
Scare Factor: Like a bad LSD trip.
1922 is based on King’s 2010 novella, which is written as the first-person account of Wilfred James, a man who claims to have murdered his wife, Arlette, with the help of his son, whom he manipulated into participating in the gruesome plot. You can watch it on Netflix on October 20th.
Scare Factor: Decomposing bodies everywhere…
Mr. Mercedes is based on King’s 2014 novel about a dead-eyed serial killer who taunts a down-and-out detective with a series of super creepy letters and emails. Unfortunately, access is limited but if you’re an AT&T customer, you can watch it here.
Scare Factor: Young white guy mows down a crowd of people with a car. Scary and a little too close to home.8 Spooky New Book Adaptations to Watch This HalloweenClick To Tweet
The Bye Bye Man
The Bye Bye Man is about three college students who come into contact with a psychic serial killer while experimenting with a Ouija board. Interestingly, this is based on what the author of the book claims is a true story. You can watch it on Amazon or find it at Redbox.
Scare Factor: Give up on all thoughts of sleeping for at least a week.
Rings is the third film in the Ring franchise, which is based on Koji Suzuki’s 1991 novel about a man who discovers a cursed videotape. This installment takes place thirteen years after the events of The Ring. You can watch it on Amazon or find it at Redbox.
Scare Factor: You’ll be jumping out of your seat.
Midnight, Texas is based on Charlaine Harris’s book series about a remote Texas town that sits on the veil between the living and hell, where witches, demons, vampires, and shapeshifters come together to defend themselves against the threat of the outside world. You can watch it on Hulu or Amazon.
Scare Factor: More dramatic than scary but with plenty of supernatural elements for the paranormally inclined.
The Snowman is based on Jo Nesbø’s 2007 Norwegian crime novel about an inspector on the trail of a serial killer who cuts off his victim’s heads and uses them to make snowmen. This one hits theaters on October 20th.
Scare Factor: Terrifying but don’t worry, Fassy makes it all better.