Horror Movies Based on Books

By Dianna Dilworth 

Happy Halloween! To help you plan your evening of horror movie watching, we’ve updated our list of horror movies based on books that are available for streaming on Netflix.

Here are some out our favorite Horror Movies Based on Literature from the “Watch Instantly” section of Netflix. Add your favorites horror movies based on books in the comments section below.

The Shining: Jack Nicholson’s performance in this classic Stephen King story will give you nightmares

Dark Shadows: Johnny Depp stars in Tim Burton’s adaptation of “Marilyn Ross’s” gothic soap opera

Rosemary’s Baby: The popularity of Ira Levin’s novel led to Roman Polanski’s classic adaptation of this film about the devil’s child

Dream Catcher: Based on Stephen King’s novel, this film follows four men into the Maine woods where they discover that aliens have invaded their telepathic bond

Carrie: Brian DePalma’s sadistic teen adaptation of Stephen King’s first novel brings to life the terrors of high school

Jaws: Steven Spielberg worked closely with author Peter Benchley to bring the world’s scariest shark to the screen and forever make swimmers look over their shoulder in the ocean

Interview with the Vampire: Tom Cruise stars as the blood sucking Lestat in Anne Rice’s classic horror tale

American Psycho: Christian Bale brings to life Patrick Bateman, the calculated Wall Street serial killer, from Brett Easton Ellis’ novel

Bram Stoker’s Dracula: Anthony Hopkins is as creepy as ever in this chilling adaptation

Zodiac: Based on Robert Graysmith’s nonfiction work on the Zodiac killer,  Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, and Robert Downey, Jr. star in this frightful tale