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Our Favourite Adaptations (And Some Not So Favourite)

Adaptations can be an amazing thing. To see your books brought to life can be so mind-blowing that all you can do is stare and watch your book unfold before your very eyes.

And then there are times when you watch in horror as the story you love and cherish gets torn apart before you. Characters act in ways that are contrary to their established natures. Minor events are exaggerated into larger ones and major events from the source material can be totally missing.

It’s a special kind of infuriating to see beloved characters and worlds shredded. A bad adaptation can devolve what could have been a kind-of good movie into an absolute trainwreck and a good adaptation can bring your favorite story to life in ways you never thought of.

For this week’s list The Kali Krew brings you our favourite adaptations and some of our least favourite adaptations.

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AMAZING ADAPTATIONS

American Psycho

Chosen by Sam

American Psycho movie cover

Based on the Book American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis


Blade Runner

Chosen by Sam

Movie cover for Blade Runner

Based on the book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Phillip K. Dick


Children of Men

Chosen by Brian

Based on the book Children of Men by P.D. James


Dead Space: Downfall

Chosen by Cory

Dead Space Downfall movie poster

Based on the video game Dead Space


Edge of Tomorrow

Chosen by Brian

Edge of Tomorrow movie poster

Based on the book Edge of Tomorrow by Isaac Asimov


The Exorcist

Chosen by Olly

The Exorcist movie cover

Based on the book The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty


The Girl with All the Gifts

Chosen by Lilyn

Based on the book The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R. Carey

Check out Sammy’s review of The Girl with all the Gifts


Guardians of the Galaxy

Chosen by Bill

Based on the comic series Guardians of the Galaxy


IT: Chapter One

Chosen by Shawn and Lilyn

IT Chapter One movie cover

Based on the book IT by Stephen King

Check out Lilyn’s review of IT


Jaws

Chosen by Gracie

Based on the book Jaws by Peter Benchley

Check out Sian’s review of Jaws


Jurassic Park

Chosen by Lilyn

Based on the book Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton


A Monster Calls

Based on the book A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, illustrated by Jim Kay and conceived by Siobhan Dowd


A Nightmare on Elm Street (Nintendo Game)

Chosen by Shawn

Based on the movie A Nightmare on Elm Street


Picnic at Hanging Rock

Chosen by Gracie

Based on the book Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay

Check out Gracie’s Focus on the Frightful: Picnic at Hanging Rock


Shutter Island

Chosen by Gracie and Eliza

Based on the book Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane


Stand by Me

Chosen by Olly

Based on the novella The Body from Different Seasons by Stephen King


They Live

Chosen by Bill

Based on the short story Eight O’Clock in the Morning by Ray Faraday Nelson

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AGGRAVATING ADAPTATIONS

Call of the Wild

Chosen by Eliza

Based on the book Call of the Wild by Jack London (not technically horror or sci-fi but so unnecessary that it had to be here)


Doom

Chosen by Sam

Based on the video game Doom


Ender’s Game

Chosen by Tiny Tentacle

Based on the book Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Check out Lilyn’s review of Ender’s Game


The Haunting (1999)

Chosen by Gracie

Based on the book The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson


The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Chosen by Brian

Based on the book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams


IT: Chapter Two

Chosen by Shawn and Lilyn

Based on the book IT by Stephen King

Check out Lilyn’s review of IT: Chapter Two


The Mist (series)

Chosen by Sam

Based on the novella The Mist by Stephen King


The Shining (1980)

Chosen by Sam and Gracie

Based on the book The Shining by Stephen King


The Silence of the Lambs

Chosen by Olly

Based on the book The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris


Silent Hill: Revelation 3-D

Chosen by Gracie and Shawn

Based on the video game Silent Hill 3

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These are just a few of the adaptations that we have loved, a few we hated and one or two that we’ve loathed. Tell us your favourites or non-favourites down below!!

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3 Comments

  1. Picnic at Hanging Rock is a superior adaptation, I have to say. Although I’m happy with Kubrick’s The Shining.

    Bram Stoker trifecta: I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a Dracula adaptation that was truly faithful to the book. The 1980 The Awakening is a horrible adaptation of The Jewel of Seven Stars. And the movie version of The Lair of the White Worm, while massively unfaithful, is a lot more fun than the Stoker novel.

  2. The reboot movie of ‘Lost in Space’, like “Hitchhikers Guide’, were big budget takes on the campy but charming shows, with none of the camp, nor any of the charm.

    • Ohhh yeah, I forgot how unmemorable the Lost in Space movie was!

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