October 31, 2012

The Top 5 Scariest Book-to-Film Adaptations

I've pulled together a list of my five favorite Scariest Book-to-Film adaptations. There are numerous Stephen King adaptations that will scare you silly (Cujo!), but I had to narrow it down somehow. What are your picks? Happy Halloween! --Kim

5. Robert Bloch's Psycho, directed by Alfred Hitchcock
That haunting Man Ray-reminiscent shower scene with Janet Leigh. Anthony Perkins as a genial psychopath. And the Bates Motel: "You can check in anytime you like, but you can never leave." Hitchcock films are always thrilling, but this one is truly terrifying.

4.  Thomas Harris's The Silence of the Lambs, directed by Jonathan Demme
Anthony Hopkins is brilliantly psychotic serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter and Jodie Foster is FBI agent Clarice Starling. Clarice needs Dr. Lecter to help her track another killer, but he isn't going to make it easy for her. "Claaariiiiice."

3. Stephen King's Carrie, directed by Brian De Palma
Apparently nothing is more terrifying than a teen girl hitting puberty. There are so many iconic scenes in this 1976 horror flick starring Sissy Spacek in the title role as a teen with telekinetic powers. (Also, watch for an appearance by a young John Travolta.)

2. Peter Benchley's Jaws, by Steven Spielberg
I saw this again recently on the big screen, and it holds up so well (unlike Nightmare on Elm Street, which, when I saw it again this year at a Hollywood Forever Cemetery screening, had me giggling rather than screaming).

1. Stephen King's The Shining, directed by Stanley Kubrick
It wasn't hard to choose the top scariest adaption--There's nothing quite like this fantastically creepy tale of what happens when a writer, his wife, and their small son spend the winter as caretakers of an old, snowbound lodge. Watch the video clip below with Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance interviewing for the job as caretaker. It's guaranteed to give you the chills. Notoriously, King never really liked this adaptation.

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