LIGHTS OUT!

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In my house Halloween is a BIG deal. The no-gifts holiday allows me to release my inner-ghoul and I reserve my right to begin the festivities at least a month in advance. The revelries include watching countless horror movies (my favorite, slasher films – circa 1970-89 because I am not into torture), reading dark tales under dim ambient lighting, decorating my house like a dungeon (No BDSM references – remove head from gutter please 😉 ) and binging on gummy delicacies till my distended stomach threatens the button on my pants. So, as a way to bring in the impending fall season (and celebrate the near end of this insufferable heat) I am paying homage to some of my favorite horror movies that are also literary greats and not-so-greats.

Enjoy! Oh and none of the below titles will include sparkly vampires…sorry Twi-hards.

(In no particular order; suggestions welcomed and check back throughout the season, because I will update the list.)

MOVIES BASED ON NOVELS:

  • THE EXORCIST  – William Peter Blatty
  • CARRIE – Stephen King (Brian De Palma film version only)
  • MISERY – Stephen King
  • LET THE RIGHT ONE IN – John Ajvide Lindqvist
  • SILENCE OF THE LAMBS – Thomas Harris
  • JAWS – Peter Benchley
  • THE OMEN – David Seltzer
  • THE DESCENT  – Jeff Long
  • SHUTTER ISLAND – Dennis Lehane
  • IT – Stephen King
  • ROSEMARY’S BABY – Ira Levin
  • AMITYVILLE HORROR – Stephen King
  • THE SHINING – Stephen King
  • PSYCHO – Robert Bloch
  • DRACULA – Bram Stoker
  • CUJO – Stephen King
  • INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE – Anne Rice
  • RELIC – D.Preston & L. Child (Book much better)

TELEVISION SHOWS WITH LITERARY COMPANIONS:

  • DEXTER
  • WALKING DEAD
  • TRUE BLOOD

FOR THE YOUNGER AUDIENCE (NOT NECESSARILY BOOKS):

  • GOOSEBUMPS
  • BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER
  • VAMPIRE DIARIES
  • CORALINE
  • NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS

SOME MORE FAVORITE FILMS (NOT A COMPLETE LIST…THAT IS IMPOSSIBLE):

  • Halloween (1 & 2, but I love the others too) ROB ZOMBIE SUCKS
  • The Thing
  • Alien (s)
  • Jeepers Creepers
  • 28 Days Later (Weeks too)
  • April Fools
  • Friday the 13th (First 4)
  • Candyman
  • Dog Soldiers
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  • Nightmare on Elm Street 1-3 (Yes, I love Dream Warriors)
  • The Evil Dead
  • Dawn of the Dead (New and Old)
  • The Ring
  • Poltergeist
  • The Hills Have Eyes (New and Old)
  • Prom Night
  • The Fog
  • The Crazies
  • American Werewolf in Paris
  • Fright Night
  • 30 Days of Night
  • Seven
  • Red Dragon & Manhunter
  • Sleep Away Camp (The best worst movie EVER)

 

 

Sara O'Connor
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