Halloween is quickly approaching, and everyone is out looking for a good scare. In celebration of Halloween, here is Books, Read the Movie Horror edition. First off, let me say Jaws and Silence of the Lambs are two great movies, but I consider them more thrillers rather than true horror movies. Also, the classic monster movies such as Dracula and Frankenstein are just that, classics and to me don’t fit in with modern horror films. That being said, lets get on with the list.
Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Lets get the list started with one of the best vampire movies out there, Let the Right One In directed by Tomas Alfredson. Oskar, a bullied 12-year old, dreams of revenge. He falls in love with Eli, a strange girl living in the same apartment complex that he does. Eli gives Oskar the strength to hit back but when he realizes that Eli needs to drink other people’s blood to live he’s faced with a difficult choice. This film is from Sweden so it does have subtitles, but if you prefer, the same story is told in Let Me In, which does almost as good of a job as the original. This one will keep you up at night.
The Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Even though The Relic didn’t get the best critical reviews, it is a well loved film as it delivers on everything a horror movie should be. Tom Sizemore plays Lt. Vincent D’Agosta, a Chicago police detective assigned to investigate a murder on a ship that is transporting some strange cargo to the Field Museum. Penelope Ann Miller and Linda Hunt do a wonderful job portraying the staff scientist and museum director. Terror is unleashed at a gala opening when they discover the secret of a tribal god Kothoga.
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
In my opinion, the scariest movie ever made, which is a pretty strong statement considering this film came out in 1973. The Exorcist was nominated for a total of ten Oscars and won two, including one for William Peter Blatty for adapted screenplay. The story is about the demonic possession of a young girl and a priest who is doubting his own faith risks everything to save her. This will haunt you for days. Be ready to sleep with the lights on.
World War Z by Max Brooks
A horror list wouldn’t be complete without a great zombie flick. Former United Nations investigator Gerry Lane, played by Brad Pitt, discovers world is plagued by a mysterious infection turning whole human populations into rampaging zombies. After escaping the chaos, Lane is persuaded to go on a mission to investigate this disease. What follows is a perilous trek around the world where Lane must brave horrific dangers and long odds to find answers to save humanity.
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Though this book was made into a movie first in 1963, its remake “The Haunting” (1999) makes my list. The Haunting is about a team of paranormal experts who look into strange occurrences in a mysterious house. Throughout the night some will unravel, some will question, and all will fight for their lives as the house fights back. Directed by Jan de Bont who directed Twister and Speed. The Haunting is a great popcorn scary movie.
So get the popcorn popped and go ahead and grab some of the candy you are going to hand out and settle in with a scary book or movie!
Jim is Art Director at Half Price Books Corporate