The black phone, which was just released on June 24th, seems to buck a trend that many other horror films have failed to achieve. Certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and with an even bigger viewership, people seem to love it just as much, if not more, than the Joe Hill story it’s based on. While many readers never like a movie as much as the book it’s based on, there are some instances where it ends better than the book. That’s true even if the book was actually good.

In the horror genre, reading a book and watching a movie feel very different. Reading builds the horrors in a person’s mind, and that’s hard to top when they can see it all on a movie screen. However, there are movies that take what’s scary about the book and then add visual flair and fright to make it even scarier on the big screen.


The Ritual (2017)

The four friends in the forest in The Ritual

The ritual was a Netflix horror film that’s considered one of the better horror pickups for the streaming service. It is based on the novel of the same name by Adam Nevill. The story is about four friends who go hiking, but after one is injured, they get lost in the woods and realize that something is chasing them.

The book and the movie are very different in terms of their storylines and the book has a twist that seems a little wrong after seeing the movie first. Since the cult in the movie is a better option than the villains in the book, and the monster design in the movie is great, the Netflix release is much more satisfying.

The Mist (2007)

The Mist - David Drayton and Billy

The fog is a novella by Stephen King and one of his most popular stories. It focused on a father and son who are trapped in a supermarket as a fog rolls in over the city. Monsters appear from the fog and attack people. Even scarier are the religious fanatics at the grocery store who feel they need a sacrifice to please God.

While the novella is good, the 2007 film is a minor masterpiece. Directed by Frank Darabont, the same man who directed the King adaptations The Shawshank Redemption and The green milehe heightened the horror of the fanatics, then added one of the most terrifying endings in horror film history, one that King himself called one of the best.

The Exorcist (1973)

The Exorcist is one of the most famous horror films of all time and set the template for what exorcism films would look like years after their release. It was also based on the novel by William Peter Blatty, who himself remains an icon in exorcism fiction.

This is a case where both the movie and the book were good, with priests called in to try and cast out a demon from a 12-year-old girl named Regan McNeil. The book remains a classic, if a little long-winded and dated, but the film still stands as a masterpiece of horror cinema, helping to stand the test of time as the better of the two.

Ponty Pool (2008)

ponty pool is an interesting case study for a horror film that was better than the book in almost every way. In this case there is a very good reason as the author of the book – Tony Burgess – wrote the script for the film and made some drastic changes.

The book is a bit difficult to understand for many, and the writing style is also a bit difficult. However, he brought it to the big screen and the stage in front of it, telling a superior story of a city engulfed by a virus that sends people into a murderous madness while a lonely radio announcer tries to find out what happened.

The Shining (1980)

Jack Torrence in The Shining stumbles through the frozen hedge maze looking exhausted and angry

A big debate among fans is which is better: Stephen King’s The glow or the film adaptation of Stanley Kubrick. Even King hates the film because he feels it’s not a faithful adaptation of his story. However, there is a way to like both on different levels.

The glow is a popular horror novel, a book about a haunted hotel that destroys the life of a man and his family. Despite being a great book, the film is considered a horror masterpiece, with the story of a man slowly losing control thanks to the machinations of the hotel. Many consider The glow one of the best horror movies of all time, putting it above the book it is based on.

Pine (1975)

Shark trying to eat people in Jaws

When Steven Spielberg directed Jaw, it ended up changing everything about Hollywood. This was the film that spawned the modern summer blockbuster and to this day remains one of the most popular horror films of all time. It was also effective enough to keep people off the beaches for years.

The film is based on the novel by Peter Benchley. The book is decent and has good and bad moments. However, it’s not nearly as memorable as the film, which remains a beloved classic.

American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman with an ax in American Psycho.

Bret Easton Ellis wrote american psycho and many fans felt it was a film that couldn’t be made into a film, meaning there was little chance it could make it to the big screen and tell the same story. In the end, however, the film took what was good about the book and improved on it.

The biggest reason for this american psycho Better than the book is the casting of Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman, a man who could be a serial killer. What was special about the film was that it left it up to the viewer to figure out what was real or not. The novel was polarizing, but the film was well received and might have helped Bale earn the role of Batman a few years later.

Doctor Sleep (2019)

Danny Torrance sees Redrum in Doctor Sleep.

While The glow Considered a horror classic, it’s slightly better than the book it’s based on. The comparison between the movie and the book of his book and its sequel, doctor sleepis easier to measure. doctor sleep is a good book, but nobody considers it a masterpiece.

The film doctor sleep isn’t a masterpiece either, but it does do something the book never could. It was a perfect sequel to both the book and the movie. The film, directed by Mike Flanagan, was able to tie Danny’s story to the events of the film while also giving Jack his appropriate send-off, as the novel by The glow did.

Ringu / (1998) The Ring (2002)

Samara Morgan from the 2002 horror film The Ring.

Most horror fans know that The ring was based on a Japanese horror film called Ringu. However, what some fans may not know is that the Japanese film is based on a novel by Koji Suzuki. The original film has a cult following, while the American version is the more popular, at least in America, and is considered the best of Japanese-American horror film remakes.

The film cut away much of what the book and Japanese version consisted of, eliminated much of the psychic phenomena, and left it a mystery to the journalist as she searched for evidence to save her life. Also, the idea of ​​a videotape bringing death was better told on a movie screen than in a book. Although the book is good to read The ring Movies have become a cultural phenomenon.

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Clarice and Hannibal face each other through glass in The Silence of the Lambs

The silence of the Lambs was a good book by Thomas Harris. It was the second in his series about Hannibal Lecter. Its adaptation wasn’t even the first film based on the series, eh manhunter came out two years earlier, based on the novel Red Dragon. However, the books were pulp crime novels and the film was something bigger.

With Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal and Jodie Foster as FBI agent Clarice Starling, the film was a smash hit. It became one of the rare horror films to win the Best Picture Oscar, and did more than that, sweeping all the major categories, including best actor, best actress, and best director.

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