Author’s Edition: 5 Scary Movies to Watch This Halloween

We’re not just talking about adaptations, we’re talking about films or short films that have been written, in some form or another, by an author. It might be an adaptation, it might be the author wrote the screenplay, or it might be that they came up with the initial idea. Whatever the author did, these five films will either make you jump for joy or leap from fear.     5- Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark   Image Via Amazon   With the DVD available October 22nd, it’s just in time for Halloween and for us to pop …

We’re not just talking about adaptations, we’re talking about films or short films that have been written, in some form or another, by an author. It might be an adaptation, it might be the author wrote the screenplay, or it might be that they came up with the initial idea.

Whatever the author did, these five films will either make you jump for joy or leap from fear.

 

 

5- Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark

 

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With the DVD available October 22nd, it’s just in time for Halloween and for us to pop in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark!

Originally published in 1981, these stories had us scuttling under our beds into the gaping jaws of a beast, had us hiding under the covers only to realize that we were trapped in its grasp, and had us crying until we realized that it heard our tears.

Alvin Schwartz, the author of the book series, drew heavily on folklore and urban legends. That keen eye combined with Stephen Gammell’s terrifying images made this story more than just a creature feature.

Then came the adaptation, and those horrifying creatures came at us in three dimensions.

 

4-Coraline

 

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In 2003 Neil Gaiman’s Coraline was published. A novella, this crazy novel follows young Coraline, a little girl who, after moving into a new house with her parents, is given a mysterious note telling her not to go through the door. Naturally, she does.

Compared to Alice in Wonderland, this story is full of scares and trippy imagery that’ll make your head spin. It’s also just a great story, as evident by its 2003 win of the Hugo Award for Best Novella.

Naturally, the novella got an adaptation with the screenplay written by one Henry Selick, director of The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach, who went on to direct this stop-motion masterpiece.

 

 

3-Nightmare Before Christmas

 

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Let’s gather round and hear us a story: Long ago in the ancient year of 1982, a young animator working for a giant company headed by a mouse wrote a poem entitled the Nightmare Before Christmas.

This three-page poem titled The Nightmare Before Christmas, draws inspiration from television specials, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, How The Grinch Stole Christmas! and the poem A Visit from St. Nicholas.

Now I know what you’re thinking, Tim Burton making the Nightmare Before Christmas and then saying it’s based on a poem he wrote shouldn’t count! Well, he didn’t ‘make’ Nightmare Before Christmas. It has his name on the poster because he wrote the story and character via the poem, but the film was directed by Henry Selick, director of James and the Giant Peach and Coraline.

So watch this movie about a skull man who forces his midlife crisis onto others in the name of cultural appropriation.

 

2-Silver Bullet

 

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1983 was the year when Stephen King’s Cycle of the Werewolf hit shelves. Don’t underestimate this relatively short novel, it’s packed to the brim with scares. A mystery novel, we follow Marty, a 10-year-old in a wheelchair as we try to figure out who this mystery werewolf is before he strikes again.

Two years later in 1985 we got an adaptation of the novel. Unlike the previous entry, Stephen King took an extra step and actually wrote this screenplay. If you plan to watch it hold onto your eyeballs, because it’s so eye rolling it’s cheesy fun.

Talk about a scary movie brought to us by an author! Who could top that?

 

1-Halloween is Grinch Night

 

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Not an adaptation, but an original story for the screen written by Dr. Seuss himself.

This 1977 special won an Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Program. A prequel to How The Grinch Stole Christmas, this 25 minute short follows young Euchariah as he encounters the Grinch, who plans to release the horrors Paraphernalia Wagon upon Whoville.

The Grinch is going get ya!

 

 

 

 

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