10 Movies Based on a Novel or Short Story

Lots of the horror classics are based on written works – with H.P. Lovecraft, Clive Barker, Stephen King, and Edgar Allen Poe being widely represented across the genre. But we sometimes forget that plenty of our other favorites were based on stories as well. Today, we’re paying homage to ten movies based on written works that have nothing to do with the above authors.

Bloodlust! (1961)

A crazed hunter kidnaps people and turns them loose on his private estate, where he hunts them for sport. Read on for the full horror story.
Based on “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell

Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)

Elvis and JFK, both alive and in a nursing home, fight for the souls of their fellow residents as they battle an ancient Egyptian Mummy. Read on for the full horror story.
Based on “Bubba Ho-Tep” by Joe R. Lansdale

Hollow Man (2000)

When the leader of a team of scientists volunteers to be the test subject for their experiment in human invisibility, he slowly unravels and turns against them, with horrific consequences. Read on for the full horror story.
Based on “The Invisible Man” by H.G. Wells

I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016)

In a small Midwestern town, a troubled teen with homicidal tendencies must hunt down and destroy a supernatural killer while keeping his own inner demons at bay. Read on for the full horror story.
Based on “I Am Not a Serial Killer” by Dan Wells

I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

Four young friends bound by a tragic accident are reunited when they find themselves being stalked by a hook-wielding maniac in their small seaside town. Read on for the full horror story.
Based on “I Know What You Did Last Summer” by Lois Duncan

Manhunter (1986)

Former FBI profiler Will Graham returns to service to pursue a deranged serial murderer named “the Tooth Fairy” by the media. Read on for the full horror story.
Based on “Red Dragon” by Thomas Harris

Ringu (1998)

A reporter and her ex-husband investigate a cursed video tape that is rumored to kill the viewer seven days after watching it. Read on for the full horror story.
Based on “Ringu” by Kôji Suzuki

The Girl with All the Gifts (2016)

A scientist and a teacher living in a dystopian future embark on a journey of survival with a special young girl named Melanie. Read on for the full horror story.
Based on “The Girl with All the Gifts” by Mike Carey

The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

Three single women in a picturesque village have their wishes granted, at a cost, when a mysterious and flamboyant man arrives in their lives. Read on for the full horror story.
Based on “The Witches of Eastwick” by John Updike

Vampire Hunter D (1985)

A young girl requests the help of a vampire hunter to kill the vampire who has bitten her, and thus prevent her from becoming a vampire herself. Read on for the full horror story.
Based on “Vampire Hunter D” by Hideyuki Kikuchi

Codex Mortis

The Codex Mortis Horror Hosts (Ludwig von Stroodle and Calamity Brains) are married and live in West Virginia. Pretty much everyone who sees their cabin agrees that it would be an ideal setting for a horror movie. Their pets include a black widow spider, a smart dog, and a stupid dog. When they aren’t watching horror movies, they can be found at whiskey festivals, Renaissance fairs, and board game nights.

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