January 2016: Early modern horror: 1950-1980
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If I remember correctly from the discussion on topics, this theme came about from a combination wanting to watch some of the classic horrors of the 70s and 80s, and to read the books that go with them, and using Stephen King's Danse Macabre as a general guide:
If anyone wants to read the book AND watch the film, here are some other suggestions:
- Ghost Story
- Stepford Wives
- Burnt Offerings
- The Exorcist
- The Body Snatchers ('Invasion of the Body Snatchers' ('56 and '78), plus two later adaptations as well)
- Rosemary's Baby
- Hell House ('The Haunting of Hell House')
- The Haunting of Hill House ('The Haunting')
- The Other
- Falling Angel ('Angel Heart', but is late 80s)
- The Omen (written alongside the film, released shortly prior as a marketing gimmick)
- The Expendable Man
- The Scapegoat
- The Day of the Triffids
Although it's non-fiction I'd also suggest Danse Macabre, which is a very readable overview of horror during this period.
The other Brits in the group will notice that I missed the first day of the New Year by 4 minutes! But I'm here now :D
>2 Moomin_Mama: Best of luck with your three. :) Looks like you'll be pretty busy this month.
Burnt Offerings is free on YouTube? I love it! :) That's one thing I love about YouTube--you can watch a lot of obscure movies on it. (I made the mistake of shelling out quite a bit of money for an old movie via Amazon, only to realize it was free on YouTube. *forehead smack*)
>3 sturlington: Best of luck with The Expendable Man! :)
>4 mathgirl40: Good luck with Salem's Lot! :) I haven't read it, so I'd love to hear what you think of it.
>5 LibraryCin: Well, I'll cross my fingers and toes you get the ILL, too. :) Good luck!
I haven't chosen a January read yet (though I did start Dawn of the Dreadfuls today, a really, really old LT Early Reviewer copy I won), but I do own copies of at least three titles listed above: Salem's Lot, Hell House, and The Stepford Wives. I might go with one of those, or maybe dig around in my library some more....
>4 mathgirl40: I think Salem's Lot is one of King's best books; a good scary read. The film is good too but it was originally a mini-series of two parts, and I've since seen two versions - one cut down to regular movie length, and a longer one which combines the two parts with no cuts. If you are going to watch the film, the longer version is much scarier.
>6 saraslibrary: I'd recommend Salem's Lot, although Hell House isn't bad - I don't think it's aged well but I found it unintentionally funny in places, which is what I enjoyed most about it. The Stepford Wives is short, which is a plus.
>7 .Monkey.: Such a pain when things don't arrive on time. I ordered all three of mine on-line last month and they were surprisingly quick despite the Christmas post, although Ghost Story smells of sulphur! I left it on my bedside cabinet and couldn't work out why my bedroom smelled of rotten egg, although the smell is fading now.
>9 luvamystery65: Will be good to swap thoughts on Ghost Story. It is also one of ten books that Stephen King focuses on in Danse Macabre, so if you do read it you can look forward to his take on it.
Ghost Story - Peter Straub
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson
The House Next Door - Anne River Siddons
Rosemary's Baby - Ira Levin
The Body Snatchers - Jack Finney
Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury
The Shrinking Man - Richard Matheson
The Doll Who Ate His Mother - Ramsey Campbell
The Fog - James Herbert
Strange Wine - Harlan Ellison
>8 Moomin_Mama: I was thinking The Stepford Wives, too, because it was so short (though I have it tagged "sci fi"; is it more horror?). But, unfortunately, I don't remember where I put it... :/ Salem's Lot definitely sounds like my favorite choice of the three (I love vampires), but I'm reading a couple other books already this month, so "short" is my biggest deciding factor. And just tonight, I stumbled across The Rats by James Herbert (published 1974; 197 pages), so that looks like my January read. :) If I can find a copy, I plan on watching the movie of it--Deadly Eyes--that is, if the book's good; if not, then I'll skip on the movie. Has anyone else seen it? Or read The Rats?
>13 Moomin_Mama: Oh, yeah, I can see how Watership Down could be horrific. Or at least the animated movie of it. I saw it as a kid and was a little traumatized by it.
>14 sturlington: Congrats on finishing your January read already! :)
>17 saraslibrary: I read The Rats as a teenager. I enjoyed it at the time although I can hardly remember it now - it's one I'd like to reread someday. Have you reached the stereotypical James Herbert sex scene yet? You were guaranteed one per book in the early part of his career, which I found amusing as a teen.
>18 .Monkey.: Finished The Stepford Wives last night too, and was very impressed. I liked the use of the quote from The Second Sex to open the book. Even knowing the plot beforehand, the book was chilling and disturbing. 5 stars.
>19 Moomin_Mama: :D Not laughing at all those damaged kids who saw Watership Down, but I can totally understand their moods.
Oh, cool, you did read The Rats? Yay! And, oh yes, I have read a sex scene or two already. Nothing terribly graphic, but it was memorable (an ex-nun-turned-barmaid who really liked random sex with strangers). I could see how amusing it would be as a kid reading it. I think Stephen King always shocked me as a kid when I'd read some of his stuff. But then some elementary/middle school kids really shouldn't read some of his books. :D
Although if you want the anti feminist antidote to RB, try Harvest Home.
>20 LibraryCin: >21 .Monkey.: I second Monkey - you definitely should.
>22 saraslibrary: It was pretty funny, looking back. We were all so happy to be going to the cinema...
I think you might have also meant to reference a different post re: The Rats. I've not read it. :-)
>22 saraslibrary: Do you plan on reading the next two books, Lair and Domain?
>31 mathgirl40: I'm so glad you enjoyed Salem's Lot. There are two related short stories: 'Jerusalem's Lot' and 'One for the Road' (both in Night Shift). They're both good too, the latter being particularly scary, or so I thought.
>33 .Monkey.: Have never seen the newer one with Rob Lowe. How does it compare to the Tobe Hooper tv version?
For some reason, that movie outing you described reminds me of that creepy Easter Bunny photo. o.0
>31 mathgirl40: Congrats on finishing it! :) And good luck finding the movies. I want to say I've seen at least one, but my memory is pretty hazy.
And yes, I remember Lair as being much of the same, but not as good. Domain takes things in a whole different direction and scared me, but not because of the rats...
Whoah, that easter bunny photo - where on Earth did you find that? Terrifying!!!
>11 sturlington: You can let loose now (on the book, that is - will be watching the film soon).
Have started Ghost Story and hope to have finished it this week - so far I'm loving it. Still plodding along with 'The Book That Forgot to Be Scary or Entertaining'....
Oh, I could definitely see how it would be enjoyable reading it as a kid. The rats in the book sounded horrific, even to me, a rat lover (I used to keep them as pets). Guy N. Smith--yes! That's exactly who I was thinking of as I read this one; I don't know why. I guess I was trying to think of the last memorable book I had read involving killer animals, and it was Killer Crabs, almost 14 years ago. The Rats definitely made me want to rewatch Willard. :)
As for the Easter photo, I used to work with someone who had the same kind of morbid humor I had, and he put that on one of our work computer's wallpaper. :D
>38 Moomin_Mama: Congrats on finishing Burnt Offerings! :) And I must've forgotten, but what's 'The Book That Forgot to Be Scary or Entertaining'? :D
I was referring to The Town That Forgot How to Breathe. It's really tedious. I'm halfway through Ghost Story and enjoying that much better - TTTFHTB keeps being put on the back burner.
Oh, yeah, that book. Bummer about the tedium. Maybe(??) it'll pick up; who knows. At least Ghost Story's working for you. That's a plus.
It's been a few years since the shark terrorized the small town of Amity on Long Island. Martin Brody is still the chief of police. When Brody arrests a drunk man on the beach for shooting a seal, initially they also suspect the same man might be responsible for the disappearance of two divers and a married couple. Little does anyone know, but there is another shark off the coast of Amity...
This was one decent, but not as good as the first, I thought. Might have something to do with me listening to the audio for the first one, but I'm not sure about that. I have to admit I didn't find this one suspenseful like I did the first one. I enjoyed the parts that were from the point of view of the shark (and there were also POVs from a couple of seals, as well, that I enjoyed). I did find it interesting that this book was written based on the movie, rather than the usual other way around.
>45 drneutron: Good job! :) I can't say I've read the book or seen the movie, though the girl in pigtail braids I recognize.
I had also previously started a shelfarian group at leafmarks, as well; it's popular with shelfarians due to the nested discussion threads, so many people went there, as well. I think lots of people are trying out the different sites to see what will work best for them. (And me, I'm at all the sites!)
Plus, I'm one of the admins of one the more popular groups that was over there. The four admins of the group did some quick testing of three other sites to pick one we thought would work best to move the group (it's not my favourite, but we went with GR; there were pros and cons for all three sites). So, it's been really hectic through January. I still have some things to move/update from my own shelf.
Anyway, with all the upheaval, I spent way more time on all four sites to help people out everywhere and to test out group options.
Officially, shelfari shuts down on March 16th, so there is still some time. Many have already moved to the other sites and are no longer visiting shelfari. I plan to be there till the end, however.
>42 LibraryCin: I see Jaws 2 is written by another author - I'm assuming it's a novelisation of the movie?
>45 drneutron: I read The Bad Seed years ago and wasn't overly impressed, although I can't remember it very well now. Any chance you could share what you found creepy about it?
>48 Moomin_Mama: I didn't watch Deadly Eyes (the movie title for The Rats), though I had planned on it. 1) We don't have a copy at our library, and 2) the book was disappointing; I couldn't imagine the movie being any better. What about you? Are you going to re/watch Burnt Offerings?
I didn't know The Rats had been made into a film. I'll have to look for that. And yes, I'll be watching Burnt Offerings, which I've never seen. Also The Stepford Wives, which I have seen before (the 1970s version, not the new one with Nicole Kidman, which I've yet to see).
Yeah, I don't know how I found out it was turned into a movie. Maybe it was in the introduction or something. *shrugs* Anyway, best of luck if you do watch The Rats movie, as well as watching Burnt Offerings! :) That one keeps getting recommended to me on Amazon, and I'm still debating on whether to buy it or not without knowing much about it. So, I'll be eager to hear if you liked it or not. :) I haven't watch either Stepford Wives movie completely, though I did see bits of the Nicole Kidman remake. Have fun rewatching the original!
>54 .Monkey.: Oh, now I remember that movie. Vaguely. I remember the actor names at least.
>57 ccookie: Best of luck with The Stepford Wives! :)
I did a quick google search and found out the movie I was thinking of was The Haunting (the one mentioned above), and it was Owen Wilson who got decapitated by a swinging lion pendulum in the fireplace. Ouch. It happens so fast in this clip, but if you're up to it, here's the scene from YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6ffGVe63c0 . Enjoy! :)
>66 sturlington: Agreed. :) Well, I wasn't too terribly thrilled with The Rats by James Herbert. However, the ending did make me want to read the sequels, so that says it wasn't a total waste of time.
You should do some re-reading. :) I do that every once in awhile with my old favorites. It rekindles my interest in reading if/when I hit a row of bad reads.
>68 Moomin_Mama: Congrats as well on finishing Ghost Story! :) That's too bad it wasn't consistently good; but still, 4 stars makes me want to add that one to my wishlist now.
>69 Moomin_Mama: I don't think we have the 70's Stepford Wives movie at work, but I'd still be interested in watching it after I read the book. And that's great that it's true to the book! Nothing irritates me more when unnecessary scenes or characters are added or dropped from a movie based on a book.