Many movies are based off of novels, but there are equally a lot of movies that are based off of short stories. The short but sweet stories have helped shaped many movies especially horror movies. This list is going to look at some of those stories that helped make these popular horror flicks. Maybe it will also inspire you to read these short stories too!
The early 90s horror film, "Candyman" was based off of Clive Barker's short story, "The Forbidden." The film had been directed by Bernard Rose and it had starred Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, and Vanessa A. Williams. The movie is about the urban legend of the "Candyman," and what happens to the Helen, the woman that looks deeper into the legend.
Both the original with Vincent Price and the David Cronenberg "Fly" movie was based off of George Langelaan's short story of the same name. The story is about what happens to a scientist that creates a matter transporter device and the strange effects it has on him after a disaster with a fly!
Stephen King has had many of his works turned into movies and "The Night Flier," is no exception. The 1997 film had been directed by Mark Pavia and it had starred Miguel Ferrer, Julie Entwisle, and Dan Monahan. It's about a reporter that is following a murderer that is known as a 'vampire.' "1408," "The Lawnmower Man," "The Mist," are just a few of many short stories that were based off of King's work.
Hitchcock's man vs. beast film "The Birds" was based off of a short story by writer Daphne du Maurier. It's also interesting to note that he used her other works for movie ideas too like his movie "Rebecca." The story was first published in Maurier's collection, "The Apple Tree." She also wrote another chiller that was made into a movie with Donald Sutherland, "Don't Look Now."
"Diary of a Madman," was based off of the short story, "Le Horla." "Le Horla," was written by Guy de Maupassant. The 1963 movie was directed by Reginald Le Borg and it starred Vincent Price, Nancy Kovak, and Chris Warfield.
So it's not just the horror novel that can make a film, the short story has also done it for many many years. Please share other favorite horror movies that are based on short fiction too!