Scary Movies That Are Actually Books

October is a time for pumpkin spice, haunted houses, falling leaves, and of course, scary movies. As a horror fanatic like myself, I always utilize the spooky and mysterious vibe of October to rewatch my favorite movies. Of course, I enjoyed the Halloween inspired children's movies such as Hocus Pocus, Halloween Town, and Casper that filled my childhood with awe and wonder. However, it`s fun to delve into something darker, deeper, and more terrifying. Horror movies based on books often have the literary merit of a wonderful novel behind them. Several of your box office favorites were probably based off of books. Below I have compiled some noteworthy and even surprising book adaptations turned to film. 


Bird Box directed by Susanne Bier (2018) - Bird Box by Josh Malerman (2014)


The Woman in Black directed by James Watkins (2012) - The Woman in Black by Susan Hill (1983)

Jaws directed by Steven Spielberg (1975) - Jaws by Peter Benchley (1974)

The Silence of the Lambs directed by Johnathan Demme (1991) - The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris (1988)

The Exorcist directed by William Friedkin (1973) - The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty (1971)

Let the Right One In directed by Tomas Alfredson (2008) - Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist (2004)

The Shining directed by Stanley Kubrick (1980) - The Shining by Stephen King (1977)