The world of cinema and movies is full of horrors, thrillers and ghost stories. Some of the best and most successful movies are adapted from books, and the horror genre is no different. There are many who have drawn their stories or bases from the print media. Although many don’t realize it, some of the best ghost story movies are taken from books.
8 The Haunting / The Haunting of Hill House
The 1999 movie The haunting had a rockstar cast and a great story. In a large field, a doctor conducts a study with three participants on the psychological effects of fear. During the stay, the participants are told the history of the house and all the tortured souls who perished there. The study is interrupted when real ghosts begin to intervene. Unfortunately, the film’s execution fell short of expectations. The film was loosely based on the 1959 novel The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. The novel has been adapted many times. There are several movies, a play and the most recent is a limited series on Netflix.
seven the brilliant
Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film the brilliant revolutionized the world of cinema. The story follows a family as they travel to an isolated hotel that has a sinister presence. The father becomes violently possessed while his psychic son is tormented by the spirits that inhabit the hotel. The film was adapted from the novel of the same name by Stephen King. The book was a huge success that gave way to a very successful movie. Unfortunately, King actually spoke out against the film, saying it wasn’t an accurate representation of his work. That doesn’t stop fans from saying the film is one of the best classic horror films, though.
6 The legend of the house of hell
The classic 1973 horror film The legend of the house of hell created a whole horror trope that is still followed in current movies. The film is set on the “Mount Everest of haunted houses” as a physicist investigates the afterlife. The group of researchers are confronted with the former owner’s diabolical past as a sadist and murderer. The group must survive the evil intentions of the house before being killed like the previous victims. The film’s screenplay was written by Richard Matheson, the author of the original 1971 novel hell house. Although the film received mixed reviews, it is still one of the greats among the many classic films in Matheson’s filmography.
5 The woman in black
The woman in black is a popular 2012 film starring Daniel Radcliffe. In 1906, a widowed lawyer travels to an isolated village where the ghost of a vengeful woman terrorizes the inhabitants. The dark spirit targets village children in penance to have his own child taken from him. The film was based on the 1983 novel of the same name by Susan Hill. The book was originally adapted in 1989 for an ITV television film broadcast on Christmas Eve. The 2012 version was successful enough at the box office for a sequel which was released in 2015.
4 ghost story
ghost story is a 1981 supernatural horror film that stars the legendary Fred Astaire. The film shows four aging friends as they come together in an informal men’s club to share horror stories. When one of them suspects that a woman’s ghost is haunting them, they begin to discuss their involvement in the woman’s death years ago. The film has a phenomenal cast with Astaire, Melvyn Douglas and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. on screen together for the last time. He was based on Peter Straub ghost storyreleased in 1979, and Roger Ebert even gave a review saying the film was an improvement over the novel material.
3 don’t look now
don’t look now is a 1973 thriller film. The film follows a married couple as they travel to Venice after the death of their daughter. While working to restore a church, the couple encounter a clairvoyant woman who claims their daughter is trying to contact them from beyond. At first the couple are skeptical, until mysterious sightings start to appear. The film is renowned for its editing style which led the audience into the emotions and themes of the film. The hit film was adapted from Daphne du Maurier’s short story of the same name which was released in 1971.
The Japanese Supernatural Horror Movie Ringu from 1998 revolutionized horror film and brought elements of Japanese horror to Western cinema. The film shows a reporter racing to solve the mystery behind a videotape that kills its viewers in seven days. The film was based on a mystery horror novel of the same name, written by Koji Suzuki in 1991. The film was so popular that several sequels were made. Then, in 2002, an American remake was released which sparked an era of Japanese horror remakes.
1 The Amityville Horror
The 1979 movie The Amityville Horror is a terrifying thriller based on allegedly true events. The story shows the Lutz family buying a house in Amityville, New York. The couple discover that a mass murder has taken place in the house and supernatural forces are now threatening the family. The film was based on the 1977 book of the same name by Jay Anson. The book was the Lutz family’s collection of claims about living in a terrifying haunted house. The film was one of the highest-grossing independent films of all time, and in 2005 a remake was released to welcome reviews.