Halloween Films Adapted From Books

Rosemary’s Baby

Inspired by a 1967 novel of the same name by Ira Levin, Rosemary’s Baby is a classic Roman Polanski movie. Featuring themes of devil worship, a demon baby and a crazy cult, the film has 99% on Rotten Tomatoes, and creates an eerie atmosphere perfect for Halloween.


Transformed onto the screen in 1990 and again in 2017, IT is one of the more well-known novels from Author Stephen King. Featuring a killer clown, IT embodies terror in a group of young school children, who must destroy the creature before it gets to anyone else…

The Exorcist

Recognised as one of the iconic horror movies of all time, The Exorcist, made in 1973, was actually based on a novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty, which was written in 1971. The book itself is said to have been inspired by a young boy who had been possessed by the devil himself…

Let The Right One In

Adapted into a Swedish film, and later an American one, Let The Right One In follows a young boy and his mysterious vampire friend who has recently moved to town. The book can be a lot spookier than the film incarnations, so if you’re looking for something spooky to sink your teeth into this month, we recommend the book!


This classic Hitchcock film is said to be one of the founding films of modern horror, but did you know it was based on a novel of the same name by Robert Bloch? Released in 1959, Hitchcock took only a year to adapt it for the screen, and the rest is history.

The Silence Of The Lambs

Adapted for the big screen in 1991, The Silence Of The Lambs is actually based on a novel by Thomas Harris, who created and developed the Hannibal character throughout a series of novels including another book that was later adapted for film, Red Dragon.

Interview With The Vampire

More homoerotic than horror, Interview With The Vampire is based on a novel of the same name by Anne Rice. Featuring a vampire called Lestat, who features heavily in Rice’s other novels in the series, the book & film follows a family of vampires who experience the ages together…No matter how dysfunctional they become.


Adapted many times over the years, Dracula is the father of all vampire novels and films. Written more than a century ago by Bram Stoker, the novel is written in a diary format, as characters relay the strange occurrences of their surroundings when a new and foreign Count enters the country…


Of course, this compilation wouldn’t be complete without a mention of Frankenstein. Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelley when she was 18, had written the novel as a test between other authors in order to see who could write the scariest novel…We think Shelley wins hands down, with the horror having being remade countless times on the big screen.


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