Let's see if there are any surprises, eh!
Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper) based on Poltergeist (James Kahn) - There is a reason the movie made my list of favourite grim, grinning ghosts. It's one of the more terrifying ghost stories ever told so you know the bookish version has got to be just as haunt-worthy!
Rosemary's Baby (Roman Polanski) based on Rosemary's Baby (Ira Levin) - I hate creepy children and this story is pretty much the reason why. The movie was released one year after the book was published and I do have to commend Polanski for remaining faithful to the source material.
The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock) based on The Birds and Other Stories (Daphne du Maurier) - Hitchcock was known for adapting scary books to the silver screen. His idea for The Birds came from a collection of short stories by du Maurier, one of them aptly titled, The Birds.
Black Christmas (Bob Clark) based on Black Christmas (Lee Hays) - It's hard to know this movie was based on a book, especially since the book has been long out of print. Where the novel delves more into the psychology of the characters, the movie versions do just as good a job detailing the murder and mayhem behind it all.
The Ring (Gore Verbinski) based on Ringu (Kôji Suzuki) - Most of us probably know that The Ring is an American remake of a Japanese horror film. What you probably don't know is that it's based on a book and its author, Suzuki, actually wrote the screenplay to both movie versions.
The Fog (John Carpenter) based on The Fog (Dennis Etchinson) - The Fog is one of Carpenter's scarier movies and it's no surprise when the source material is just as scary. This book was part of a series of novelizations of 80's horror films written by Dennis Etchison.
The Blob (Chuck Russell) based on The Blob (David Bischoff) - While it's not very common knowledge that The Blob we've all probably seen is actually a remake, it's a little known fact that the movie is actually based on a book of the same name. While events in the story correlate more to the movie's sequel, in the end, isn't it all the same? When it comes to murderous goo, you just can't win.
Alien (Ridley Scott) based on Alien (Alan Dean Foster) - Alien was one of the scariest movies (and video games) I'd ever seen. Foster's novels are some of the more popular screen adaptations (Terminator: Salvation, The Chronicles of Riddick) but I'd say Alien was his best! He even wrote books that correspond to the first three Alien films!
Friday the 13th (Sean Cunningham) based on Friday the 13th (Simon Hawke) - This movie is a cult classic and epitomizes everything we know about slasher films. Well teenagers beware because Jason Voorhees is just as deadly in these low key novelizations too!
The Exorcist (William Friedkin) based on The Exorcist (William Peter Blatty) - As much as I hate creepy kids, possession is what really freaks me out. Filmed during what many call "the golden age of horror films," this movie remains the scariest movie I've ever seen. And why wouldn't it be when it's based off a staple in the bookish community. Book and movie alike, it's a classic in the horror world.
Let's get scared! Did you know that any of these movies were based on books? Are there any that surprised you? What are some of your favourite books/films in the horror genre?