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ExploreTalent: Horror Movies Derived from Literary Classics

Film and literature have gone hand in hand over the years. Together, they have helped weave imaginations and gave audiences the kind of entertainment they deserve. There are numerous horror movies that have gotten inspiration from literary masterpieces. These stories, which are set during the romantic era, make for perfect plot and stunning scenes. The gothic yet romantic feel definitely makes a pleasurable viewing experience, so it is no wonder that filmmakers turn to the past to create stories for the future generation.

But do know that not all horror movies got their start from ghoulish tales. In fact, a few of them come from fairy tales or tragedies. Familiarize with some of these films by checking out the list brought to you by ExploreTalent:

1. Interview with a Vampire (1994)

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The Anne Rice classic gets its big screen treatment in the 1994 film starring Hollywood heavyweights Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Antonio Banderas, and Kirsten Dunst. Cruise takes the role of one of the most iconic villains of all time: Lestat the vampire.

The dynamic on-screen chemistry of Pitt and Cruise may have received mixed reviews and even got a Razzie for Worst On-Screen Couple, but the movie still went on to be both a critical and financial success. Ten years later, a sequel entitled The Queen of the Damned was released to cinemas but did not do as well as its predecessor did.

2. Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)

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Edgar Allan Poe is known for his tales of both mystery and macabre and he has a made a slew of stories under this theme throughout his career. But what Poe also contributed to literature was that when he created The Murders in the Rue Morgue and brought to life the detective genre as well.

The 1932 film, however, bears little resemblance to the actual book, but it still does include grisly murders, orangutans, and a lot of mystery.

3. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (2006)

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Many might argue that the original 1886 novella written by Robert Louis Stevenson was in no way a horror story. But looking back at the story line, the double persona that Dr. Jekyll has to go through explores the greatest horror that humans have ever known: that dark—often sinister—side that many keep to themselves.

The 2006 adaptation featured horror movie staple Tony Todd as both doctor and his feral alter ego. The movie failed to retell the literary classic and focused more on gore and violence so it could appeal to modern audiences.

4. The Exorcist (1973)

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There is something about a demonic possession that disturbs audiences but draws them in at the same time. The Exorcist, which was written by William Peter Blatty, follows a young girl who is possessed by a demon and the two priests that are racing against time and risking their lives to save her.

The movie version, which came just two years after, is often regarded as one of the most famous horror movies of all time. By 2000, the movie was re-released to audiences. It has since then inspired a slew of possession-themed films over the years and is definitely something that movie lovers should not skip.

5. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

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When it comes to vampire movies or television series involving a similar theme, no one has seemed to have outdone the 1992 film Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Based on the 1897 novel from Bram Stroker himself, this movie became an international hit and has continued to bedazzle audiences everywhere. It does help that acclaimed director Francis Ford Coppola was the one behind the movie as his story telling proves to appeal to different generations. What is great about this film is that it does not attempt to dehumanize Dracula but shows audiences what caused him to resort to bloodthirsty ways.

6. The Shining (1980)

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Perhaps, there’s nothing more terrifying haunted hotel–themed movie than The Shining. The movie was based on the novel of the same name written by one of this generation’s most notable authors, Stephen King.

In The Shining, Jack Nicholson plays the character Jack Torrance who is haunted by the ghosts of mountain isolated hotel after he takes the job to be the caretaker. Today, the movie is regarded as one of the greatest horror classics of all time and has become a staple in popular culture.

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