Read the Book

by lovejam | created - 15 May 2016 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

Did more reading as a teen. The books are always better than the movie but it's still good to see the film makers interpretation.

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1. Carrie (1976)

R | 98 min | Horror

85 Metascore

Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, John Travolta

Votes: 146,947 | Gross: $33.80M

2. Poltergeist (1982)

PG | 114 min | Horror, Thriller

79 Metascore

A family's home is haunted by a host of demonic ghosts.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke, Craig T. Nelson, Beatrice Straight

Votes: 124,746 | Gross: $76.61M

3. The Exorcist (1973)

R | 122 min | Horror

82 Metascore

When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb

Votes: 321,967 | Gross: $232.91M

4. The Shining (1980)

R | 146 min | Drama, Horror

63 Metascore

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers

Votes: 746,886 | Gross: $44.02M

5. Carrie (2013)

R | 100 min | Drama, Horror

53 Metascore

A shy girl, outcasted by her peers and sheltered by her religious mother, unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.

Director: Kimberly Peirce | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde, Portia Doubleday

Votes: 122,305 | Gross: $35.27M

6. The Dead Zone (2002–2007)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Johnny Smith has been leading an idyllic small-town life. Employed as a science teacher, Johnny takes great pleasure in showing his young students the wonders of the natural world. He is ... See full summary »

Stars: Anthony Michael Hall, Nicole de Boer, Chris Bruno, John L. Adams

Votes: 7,893

7. The Lawnmower Man (1992)

R | 108 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

42 Metascore

A simple man is turned into a genius through the application of computer science.

Director: Brett Leonard | Stars: Jeff Fahey, Pierce Brosnan, Jenny Wright, Mark Bringelson

Votes: 31,039 | Gross: $32.10M

8. Graveyard Shift (1990)

R | 89 min | Horror

28 Metascore

In a very old textile mill with a serious rat infestation, the workers discover a horrifying secret deep in the basement.

Director: Ralph S. Singleton | Stars: David Andrews, Kelly Wolf, Stephen Macht, Andrew Divoff

Votes: 8,312 | Gross: $11.58M

9. The Lawnmower Man (1987)

12 min | Short, Horror

A man hires a one man lawn care service who turns out to be a dangerous religious psycho.

Director: James Gonis | Stars: Andy Clark, Helen Hanft, E.D. Phillips, Neil Schimmer

Votes: 456

10. Children of the Corn (1984)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

45 Metascore

A young couple is trapped in a remote town where a dangerous religious cult of children believe everyone over the age of 18 must be killed.

Director: Fritz Kiersch | Stars: Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, R.G. Armstrong, John Franklin

Votes: 41,471 | Gross: $14.57M

11. The Dead Zone (1983)

R | 103 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

69 Metascore

A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic ability.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom

Votes: 52,658 | Gross: $20.77M

12. Cujo (1983)

R | 93 min | Horror, Thriller

57 Metascore

Cujo, a friendly St. Bernard, contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town.

Director: Lewis Teague | Stars: Dee Wallace, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Danny Pintauro, Christopher Stone

Votes: 32,989 | Gross: $21.20M

13. Creepshow (1982)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

59 Metascore

An anthology which tells five terrifying tales based on the E.C. horror comic books of the 1950s.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Hal Holbrook, Leslie Nielsen, Adrienne Barbeau, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 36,177 | Gross: $19.73M

14. Salem's Lot (1979 TV Movie)

PG | 187 min | Horror

A novelist and a young horror fan attempt to save a small New England town which has been invaded by vampires.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: David Soul, James Mason, Lance Kerwin, Bonnie Bedelia

Votes: 17,814

15. Flowers in the Attic (1987)

PG-13 | 93 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Children are hidden away in the attic by their conspiring mother and grandmother.

Director: Jeffrey Bloom | Stars: Louise Fletcher, Victoria Tennant, Kristy Swanson, Jeb Stuart Adams

Votes: 8,358 | Gross: $15.15M

16. Petals on the Wind (2014 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 85 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

A decade after Cathy, Christopher, and Carrie escaped from their grandparents' attic at Foxworth Hall, Petals on the Wind continues to follow the twisted plight of the family as they ... See full summary »

Director: Karen Moncrieff | Stars: Heather Graham, Rose McIver, Wyatt Nash, Bailey De Young

Votes: 3,627

17. If There Be Thorns (2015 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 100 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Living together with their loving and happy new family, Christopher and Cathy's past come to haunt them. Their mother Corrine moves in next door.

Director: Nancy Savoca | Stars: Heather Graham, Rachael Carpani, Jason Lewis, Mason Cook

Votes: 1,617

18. The Tell-Tale Heart (2016)

Not Rated | 81 min | Thriller

A haunting account of a tormented man who continually re-admits himself into a medical facility, in a futile attempt to escape from his pending madness. Based on Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Tell-Tale Heart".

Director: John La Tier | Stars: Patrick John Flueger, Rose McGowan, Peter Bogdanovich, Jacob Vargas

Votes: 211

20. The Fall of the House of Usher (2012)

Animation, Short

A traveler arrives at the Usher mansion to visit his old friend, Roderick Usher. Upon arriving, however, he discovers that Roderick and his sister, Madeline, have been afflicted with a ... See full summary »

Director: Raul Garcia

Votes: 15

22. The Pit and the Pendulum (2009)

87 min | Horror, Thriller

Seven students answer an advertisement to participate in an experiment to explore how the sensation of pain can be eliminated. Arriving at a secluded institute, they are welcomed by ... See full summary »

Director: David DeCoteau | Stars: Lorielle New, Stephen Hansen, Bart Voitila, Michael King

Votes: 364

23. The House of Usher (2006)

R | 81 min | Drama, Thriller

Three years after her lover, Rick Usher, and her best friend, Maddy Usher, had suddenly disappeared from her life without explanation, Jill Masters receives a phone call with news of ... See full summary »

Director: Hayley Cloake | Stars: Austin Nichols, Izabella Miko, Beth Grant, Stephen Fischer

Votes: 641

25. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Treehouse of Horror (1990)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

The Simpsons move into a cursed house, then are abducted by aliens, before Homer is ensconced in a tale by Edgar Allen Poe.

Directors: Wesley Archer, Rich Moore, David Silverman | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 2,473

26. The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1986 TV Movie)

PG | 100 min | Crime, Mystery, Horror

A detective comes out of retirement to help his daughter's fiance prove that he did not commit a series of murders.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: George C. Scott, Rebecca De Mornay, Ian McShane, Neil Dickson

Votes: 903

27. Dread (2009)

R | 108 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Three college students set out to document what other people dread the most. However, one of the three turns out to secretly be a sadistic psychopath who uses this knowledge to gruesomely torture the subjects.

Director: Anthony DiBlasi | Stars: Jackson Rathbone, Hanne Steen, Laura Donnelly, Jonathan Readwin

Votes: 11,062

28. Book of Blood (2009)

R | 100 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A paranormal expert discovers a house that is at the intersection of so-called "highways" transporting souls in the afterlife.

Director: John Harrison | Stars: Jonas Armstrong, Sophie Ward, Clive Russell, Paul Blair

Votes: 6,473

29. The Midnight Meat Train (2008)

R | 100 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

58 Metascore

A photographer's obsessive pursuit of dark subject matter leads him into the path of a serial killer who stalks late night commuters, ultimately butchering them in the most gruesome ways imaginable.

Director: Ryûhei Kitamura | Stars: Vinnie Jones, Bradley Cooper, Leslie Bibb, Brooke Shields

Votes: 54,098 | Gross: $0.08M

30. Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
Episode: The Yattering and Jack (1987)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Happy-go-lucky salesman Jack Polo receives a yuletide visit from the 3.5-foot-tall Yattering, a snarling horned demon that wants to claim Jack's soul.

Director: David Odell | Stars: Phil Fondacaro, Antony Carbone, Tom Newman, Danielle Brisebois

Votes: 148

31. Rawhead Rex (1986)

R | 89 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Ireland will never be the same after Rawhead Rex, a particularly nasty demon, is released from his underground prison by an unwitting farmer. The film follows Rex's cross country rampage, while a man struggles to stop it.

Director: George Pavlou | Stars: David Dukes, Kelly Piper, Hugh O'Conor, Cora Venus Lunny

Votes: 3,920

32. Jacqueline Ess

Horror | Announced

A woman develops the ability to transform other people's bodies.

Director: Jovanka Vuckovic

33. Weaveworld (TV Movie)

Horror | Announced

A young man teams up with a woman, who is destined to be a guardian of a mythological realm, to fight an epic battle with evil forces.

34. Pig Blood Blues

Adventure, Horror, Thriller | Announced

Neil Redman has just taken the job as the new warden at Tetherdown, the oldest juvenile reform center in the country. He replaces the former warden, who was killed in an ill-fated escape by... See full summary »

35. Macbeth (2015)

R | 113 min | Drama, History, War

71 Metascore

Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.

Director: Justin Kurzel | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jack Madigan, Frank Madigan

Votes: 47,477 | Gross: $1.11M

36. The Sonnet Series (2013– )

Family

154 Sonnets Read by 154 Characters

The Sonnet Series is a challenge to myself, as a voice actor, to read all of Shakespeare's Sonnets using a different character for each one. Characters may... See full synopsis »

Star: Anthony Hansen

37. Julius Caesar (1953)

Not Rated | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

The growing ambition of Julius Caesar is a source of major concern to his close friend Brutus. Cassius persuades him to participate in his plot to assassinate Caesar, but they have both sorely underestimated Mark Antony.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Louis Calhern, Marlon Brando, James Mason, John Gielgud

Votes: 9,106

38. O (2001)

R | 95 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

53 Metascore

An update of Shakespeare's 'Othello' with a young cast, set in an upper class prep school, & centered around basketball player Odin.

Director: Tim Blake Nelson | Stars: Mekhi Phifer, Julia Stiles, Martin Sheen, Josh Hartnett

Votes: 18,336 | Gross: $16.02M

39. A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)

Approved | 133 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Theseus, Duke of Athens, is going to marry Hyppolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Demetrius is engaged with Hermia, but Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius. Oberon and Titania, of the ... See full summary »

Directors: William Dieterle, Max Reinhardt | Stars: James Cagney, Dick Powell, Ian Hunter, Verree Teasdale

Votes: 2,768

40. Henry V (1989)

PG-13 | 137 min | Action, Biography, Drama

83 Metascore

In the midst of the Hundred Years War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jacobi, Simon Shepherd, James Larkin

Votes: 25,936 | Gross: $10.16M

41. Sleuth (2007)

R | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

49 Metascore

On his sprawling country estate, an aging writer matches wits with the struggling actor who has stolen his wife's heart.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Michael Caine, Jude Law, Harold Pinter, Kenneth Branagh

Votes: 28,439 | Gross: $0.34M

42. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990)

PG | 117 min | Comedy, Drama

Two minor characters from the play 'Hamlet' stumble around unaware of their scripted lives and unable to deviate from them.

Director: Tom Stoppard | Stars: Gary Oldman, Tim Roth, Richard Dreyfuss, Livio Badurina

Votes: 19,014 | Gross: $0.74M

43. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)

R | 123 min | Drama, Horror

59 Metascore

A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Antonio Banderas, Kirsten Dunst

Votes: 268,013 | Gross: $105.26M

45. Naked Lunch (1991)

R | 115 min | Drama

67 Metascore

After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally kills his wife, and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in a port town in North Africa.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Ian Holm, Julian Sands

Votes: 41,611 | Gross: $2.54M

46. Nightbreed (1990)

R | 102 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

A troubled young man is drawn to a mythical place called Midian where a variety of friendly monsters are hiding from humanity. Meanwhile, a sadistic serial killer is looking for a patsy.

Director: Clive Barker | Stars: Craig Sheffer, David Cronenberg, Anne Bobby, Charles Haid

Votes: 16,921 | Gross: $8.86M

47. Malcolm X (1992)

PG-13 | 202 min | Biography, Drama, History

72 Metascore

Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo, Spike Lee

Votes: 73,446 | Gross: $48.17M

48. The Hate U Give (2018)

PG-13 | 133 min | Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right.

Director: George Tillman Jr. | Stars: Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Anthony Mackie

Votes: 5,855 | Gross: $27.35M



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