I dunno, I’m in kind of a listy place the last couple days, and I’ve been doing lotsa reading. The end of Floating Dragon is in sight which brings with it the looming prospect of deciding what’s next. This of course has put me in mind of another 5 Books That Should Be Horror Movies.
RanXerox (Stefano Tamburini, Tanino Liberatore)
Let’s start by putting a graphic novel on the list. Ranxerox is an Italian creation from 1978. Ranx was so named because some of the parts used to make him came from Xerox machines. I’m already on board. It’s violent. It’s gory. It’s loaded with sex. As a movie this could go a few ways. My preference would be live action. I’m thinking Japan, what with movies like Meatball Machine and Machine Girl. A distant second would be CGI which could probably work okay with, obviously, enough money. Like MCU money. The other would be animation or anime which could really delve into some of the more visceral aspects. Either way, this needs to come to the big screen. Director pick: Yoshihiro Nishimura, the Japanese Tom Savini
The Zombie Survival Guide (Max Brooks)
Hands down one of the funniest horror humor books going. Why? Because it’s never, not once, played for a laughs. It’s written straight up serious and objective like a military instruction manual. And segments of it have already been rendered into the graphic novel format as well. With the advent of Shaun Of The Dead and Zombieland, this is an absolute must. Director pick: Sure, Edgar Wright or Ruben Fleischer are obvious choices, but what about, I dunno, Bong Joon Ho?
Black Hole (Charles Burns)
Here’s another entry from the graphic novel world. Word on the street suggests that this is underway with Rick Famuyiwa at the helm. On the other hand, that word is three years old and as of this writing I haven’t found anything more recent. But god damn what an idea–a sexually transmitted disease that causes grotesque mutations? What exactly is taking so damn long? I mean, it’s been around in collected form since 2005! Seriously, in a world with a movie as lame as It Follows... Director pick: Jordan Peele
Prince Ombra (Roderick MacLeish)
This is a weird little book from 1982. I read it as a senior in high school. It’s about, hold on to your hats now kids, an 8-year-old kid who squares off against an eternal evil that has manifested itself in a small town. Big ass spoiler, the kid kills it with a rock. Wait, what?!?!?!?!? Yes, True Believers, you read that correctly. Just before It was It, Prince Ombra trod a similar path. Admittedly the book was neither as vast in scope nor as expertly handled as It and focused more on fantasy than horror. Still, the horror element is definitely there and might even be a decent PG-13 intro into the horror genre. Director pick: Tim Burton
Curse Of Strahd (Jeremy Crawford, Laura Hickman, Tracy Hickman, Adam Lee, Christopher Perkins, Richard Whitters)
Okay I’m gonna wrap it up with a somewhat unconventional choice here. Curse Of Strahd for those of you who are unfamiliar is a Dungeons & Dragons campaign book, but it’s oh so much more. It’s a sprawling adventure set in the seemingly eternal mists of Ravenloft. Dealing with merely the tragic saga of Strahd Von Zarovich alone is a great vampire movie idea, and it’s got franchise written all over it in big, bloody letters. There’s a haunted death house, a werewolf clan, a Victor Von Frankenstein-esque monk, child abduction, evil druids, cannibalism, ghost knights, cursed temples, cult-ruled towns, and more zombies than you can shake a stick at. Seriously, my gast is totally flabbered that nobody has attempted this. Director pick: Zack Snyder (hey, go big or go home)
So yeah, these need to find their way to the big screen. What books would you like to see adapted for film? As ever, let me know in the Comments.