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We compare the Book to the Screen and Everything Inbetween


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We compare the Book to the Screen and Everything Inbetween








Season 5: Episode 258 - KINGS OF HORROR: The Rats (J. Herbert)/Deadly Eyes (1982)

Book: The Rats By James Herbert ​Film: Deadly Eyes (1982) A horror novel by British writer James Herbert. This was Herbert's first novel and included graphic depictions of death and mutilation. Herbert became inspired to write The Rats in early 1972, whilst watching Tod Browning's Dracula; specifically, after seeing the scene where Renfield describes a nightmare he had involving hordes of rats. Linking the film to childhood memories he had of rats in the London suburbs, Herbert stated...


Season 5: Episode 257 - DARK SHADOWS: June-July 1970/Episodes 1071 - 1113

August 1970 Episodes 1071 - 1091 ​ September 1970 Episodes 1092 - 1113 We travel back to the present that is 1970. Daphne makes an appearance with Gerard creating devastating effects. A dollhouse shows us that maybe we are not in control of our lives as we once thought. Sebastian finds himself in the middle of supernatural occurrences. Julia escapes through the staircase of time. The Barnabas/Maggie storyline takes a turn with a new vampire on the scene. Julia goes back to 1840 and...


Season 5: Episode 256 - THE 80S: Society (1989)/Parents (1989)

Society (1989) American body horror film directed by Brian Yuzna, and starring Billy Warlock, Devin DeVasquez, Evan Richards, and Ben Meyerson. Its plot follows a Beverly Hills teenager who finds his wealthy parents are part of a gruesome cult for the social elite. ​ Though the film was completed in 1989, it was not released until 1992. It was Yuzna's directorial debut and was written by Rick Fry and Woody Keith. Screaming Mad George was responsible for the special effects. For the...


Season 5: Episode 255 - MAKE/REMAKE: La Cage Aux Folles (1979)/The Birdcage (1996)

La Cage Aux Folles (1978) The Birdcage (1996) The 1978 International comedy hit film started out as a Paris stage play in 1976. The film would be released and become a big hit in the United States at the time. Considered its subject matter, the film was adored and loved. It would win multiple awards including a Golden Globe and be adapted into a hit Broadway musical. Birdcage would could out with an all star cast which would include the late Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman...


Season 5: Episode 254 - KINGS OF HORROR: Battle Royale (K Takami)/Battle Royale (2000)

Book Battle Royale By Koushun Takami ​ Film: Battle Royale (1999) Originally completed in 1996, it was not published until 1999. The story tells of junior high school students who are forced to fight each other to the death in a program run by a fictional authoritarian Japanese government known as the Republic of Greater East Asia. ​ The dystopian novel was previously entered into the 1997 Japan Horror Fiction Awards but was eventually rejected in the final round due to concerns...


Season 5: Episode 253 - DARK SHADOWS: Episodes 1026 - 1070

June 1970 Episodes 1026 - 1047 ​ July 1970 Episodes 1048 - 1070 Alexis/Angelique saga continues as tries to get rid of Maggie and step into her sister’s shoes, literally. Quentin still grumpy and jumping from one girl to the next. Maggie gets accused of witchcraft and gets kidnapped again. The Jekyll and Hyde storyline comes to a close. The Hoffman gets rid of the maid and comes into parallel time as herself. The Rebecca storyline comes to an end. Barnabas and Julia find themselves...


Season 5: Episode 252 - The 80’s: Night of the Creeps (1986)/Night of the Comet (1983)

Night of the Creeps (1986) An American science fiction horror comedy film written and directed by Fred Dekker in his feature directorial debut, starring Jason Lively, Jill Whitlow and Tom Atkins. The film is an earnest attempt at a B movie and homage to the genre. While the main plot of the film is related to zombies, the film also mixes in takes on slashers and alien invasion films. Director Fred Dekker originally wanted to shoot the film in black and white. He included every B movie...


Season 5: Episode 251 - MAKE/REMAKE: Dawn of the Dead (1978)/Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Dawn of the Dead (1978) Dawn of the Dead (2004) In 1978, George Romero decided that he was going to make a sequel to his seminal Night of the Living Dead and looked at American consumerism. Dario and Claudio Argento help to co-finance with European distribution rights and using music by Goblin. The film would be a huge hit in Europe but would suffer at the hands of American censors. The remake, directed by Zack Snyder would become a box office success and surprisingly a success with...


Season 5: Episode 250 - KINGS OF HORROR: From Beyond (HP Lovecraft)/From Beyond (1986)

Book: From Beyond HP Lovecraft ​ Film: From Beyond (1986) Written in 1920 and first published in 1934, Lovecraft’s short story. The story is told from the first-person perspective of an unnamed narrator and details his experiences with a scientist named Crawford Tillinghast. Tillinghast creates an electronic device that emits a resonance wave, which stimulates an affected person's pineal gland, thereby allowing them to perceive planes of existence outside the scope of accepted...


Season 5: Episode 249 - DARK SHADOWS: Episodes 983 - 1025

April 1970 Episodes 983 - 1005 ​ May 1970 Episodes 1006 - 1025 As we enter Parallel time, we find our selves in Rebecca storylines as Dark Shadows tries to emanate the Hitchcock classic with Maggie trying to fill the shoes of the dead wife. Alexis/Angelique rework Edgar Allen Poe’s Tomb of Ligeia as Robert Louis Stephenson’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde storyline gets its own Dark Shadows twist. We have a ghost of Dameon Edwards which no one knows the reasoning behind this odd twist and...


Season 5\;Episode 248 - THE 80s: One Dark Night (1983)/ Lady In White (1988)

Lady in White (1988) An American supernatural mystery film directed, produced, written and scored by Frank LaLoggia, and starring Lukas Haas, Len Cariou, Alex Rocco and Katherine Helmond. The plot follows a schoolboy in 1962 upstate New York who becomes embroiled in the mystery surrounding a series of child murders after he witnesses the ghost of a young girl who was murdered in his school's coat closet. Much of filming took place in Lyons, New York, which took advantage of the...


Season 5: Episode 248 - MAKE/REMAKE: Pulse (2001)/Pulse (2006)

The 2001 Japanese techno-horror film is directed by Kyoshi Kurosawa and is not considered a cult classic. The film is told in two parts with the first part considering one of the most unnerving scenes committed to celluloid. ​ The American remake would spawn two sequels and would carry the story in a slightly different direction. The original script for the remake was written by Wes Craven but was pulled at the last minute with a new scriptwriter and director being attached at a later...


Season 5: Episode 247 - KINGS OF HORROR: Ringu (Koji Suzuki) / The Ring (1998)

Book: Ringu By Koji Suzuki ​ Film: Ring (1998) A Japanese mystery horror novel by Koji Suzuki first published in 1991, and set in modern-day Japan. The novel was the first in the Ring novel series, and the first of a trilogy, along with two sequels: Spiral (1995) and Loop (1998). The original Ring novel sold 500,000 copies by January 1998, and 1.5 million copies by July 2000.[1] Ring was the basis for the Ring franchise, including a 1995 television film (Ring: Kanzenban), a 1998...


Season 5: Episode 246 -DARK SHADOWS: Episodes 941 - 982

February 1970 Episodes 941 - 960 ​ March 1970 Episodes 961 - 982 The Leviathan storyline comes to the close as Barnabas comes to term with his vampirism. Carolyn and Jeb get married and have the honeymoon from hell. Bruno has a hair helmet. Peter Bradford makes an appearance. Shadow puppets give Jeb the willies. Julia’s medicine can’t fix Barnabas. Dark Shadows goes to parallel lines with Daphne Du Manier with a Rebecca storyline. Barnabas uses the parallel room as his own personal...


Season 5: Episode 245 - THE 80’S: The Hunger (1983)/Liquid Sky (1982)

The Hunger (1983) This 1983 erotic horror films stars Susan Sarandon, Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie. The plot revolving around a love triangle between a doctor dealing with sleep and aging research and a vampire novel is loosely based on a novel by Whitley Streiber. Though releases to mixed review, the film has a growing cult following with the goth subculture of society. The band Bauhaus appear playing their single Bela Lugosi’s dead whilst silent film legend Bessie Smith makes her...


Season 5: Episode 244 - MAKE/REMAKE: The Fly (1958)/(1986)

The Fly (1958) ​ The Fly (1986) ​ ​ The 1958 film is considered a sci-fi classic which stars Vincent Price and Patricia Owens. Dealing with a scientist experimenting with molecular transportation machine that has a fly going for a ride causing a human/fly hybrid. The original has a great iconic ending with a small fly with a human head that will never be forgotten once seen. ​ The 1986 David Cronenberg remake was a critical and financial success and although the camp factor is not as...


Season 5: Episode 243 - KINGS OF HORROR: Interview With A Vampire (Anne Rice)/Film (1994)

Book: Interview With A Vampire By Anne Rice ​Film: Interview With A Vampire (1994) Anne Rice’s debut novel from 1976 is a gothic vampire novel which initially was released with mixed reviews. It is based on a short story by Anne Rice following the life and after life of Louis de Pont du Lac. Anne Rice’s daughter died shortly before writing and her daughter became the inspiration for Claudia. The book series would spawn eleven sequels and share the same universe as the Mayfair Witches...


Season 5: Episode 242 - DARK SHADOWS: Episodes 894 - 940

December 1969 Episodes 894 - 917 ​ January 1970 Episodes 918 - 940 Philip and Megan are at odds about child rearing. Michael ages to Jeb. Quentin forgets who he is and then remembers. Amanda becomes a woman of the 1960’s. Julia is suspicious of Barnabas’ behaviour. David breaks a leg. Carolyn gets closer to her father. Paul Stoddard makes a dramatic return and exit. Elizabeth looks good in black. The Leviathan storyline takes over. Opening Credits; Introduction (1.07); Out of the...


Season 5: Episode 241 - THE 80’S: Nekromantik (1987)/Basket Case (1982)

Nekromantik (1987) West German horror exploitation film co-written and directed by Jörg Buttgereit. It is known to be frequently controversial, banned in a number of countries, and has become a cult film over the years due to its transgressive subject matter (including necrophilia) and audacious imagery. The film is currently banned outright in Iceland, Norway, Malaysia, Singapore, and the provinces of Nova Scotia and Ontario in Canada. In 1992, the Australian Classification Board...


Season 5: Episode 24 - MAKE/REMAKER: The Shining (1980)/Stephen King’s The Shining (1997)

The Shining by Stanley Kubrick is considered one of the greatest psychological horror films of our time. Combining isolation with madness, Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall give outstanding performances. Stephen King was excited at the prospect of Kubrick adapting his work but once the film came out, the excitement was very short lived. In 2005, Stephen King thought he would adapt his own book into a miniseries for television. The film does stick to the book and includes many of the...