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Here's some movies I have watched based on books I have read and my thoughts on the translations.
True Blood: Season 1 01. True Blood: Season 1 (2008)
The first 4-5 books are great, but they quickly start to go downhill from there. The show, on the other hand, has been amazing throughout.
6.7
 / 10
Conan The Barbarian 02. Conan The Barbarian (1982)
I read the entire collection of Conan stories, and while the movie was not based on any particular story (just the character and universe), it definitely did it justice.
7.0
 / 10
Dexter: Season 1 03. Dexter: Season 1 (2006)
With the exception of Dexter's brief journey into the supernatural in one of the books, the written version of Dexter has been pretty good. The show, however, is fantastic.
8.4
 / 10
The Mist 04. The Mist (2007)
The original short story is great, and the movie is even better. I did like the book's ending better, though.
8.0
 / 10
Creepshow 2 05. Creepshow 2 (1987)
"The Raft" was originally a short story. Both the written and the film versions were decent, though the written one was a hair better.
6.4
 / 10
1408 06. 1408 (2007)
Again, both versions are amazing.
7.6
 / 10
Riding The Bullet 07. Riding The Bullet (2004)
Both are pretty good.
5.9
 / 10
Graveyard Shift 08. Graveyard Shift (1990)
The short story was alright, and the movie wasn't much worse.
5.4
 / 10
The Mangler 09. The Mangler (1995)
The short story was pretty goofy, while the movie was just awful.
4.0
 / 10
Cat's Eye 10. Cat's Eye (1985)
Both stories in this movie are based on short stories, and while they were both alright, neither holds a candle to the source material.
4.5
 / 10
Children Of The Corn 11. Children Of The Corn (1984)
Again, the short story was alright, but the movie was terrible.
4.6
 / 10
Dolan's Cadillac 12. Dolan's Cadillac (2009)
Fantastic book, average movie.
5.4
 / 10
Quicksilver Highway 13. Quicksilver Highway (1997)
Maybe it's just me: both stories suck, both movie adaptations suck.
3.9
 / 10
The Shawshank Redemption 14. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Amazing movie, and the story is even better.
8.9
 / 10
Apt Pupil 15. Apt Pupil (1998)
Average enough story, below average movie.
5.2
 / 10
Stand By Me 16. Stand By Me (1986)
Both versions are amazing.
8.6
 / 10
The Green Mile 17. The Green Mile (1999)
Amazing movie, and the story is even better.
8.2
 / 10
The Langoliers 18. The Langoliers (1995)
The original novella is great, but the TV adaptation... not even close.
4.2
 / 10
Secret Window 19. Secret Window (2004)
Great book, decent adaptation.
5.9
 / 10
The Walking Dead: Season 1 20. The Walking Dead: Season 1 (2010)
Huge amount of love for both the comics and the television adaptation.
8.1
 / 10
Silver Bullet 21. Silver Bullet (1985)
Enjoyed the book, and the movie was fun as hell.
5.4
 / 10
Sleepy Hollow 22. Sleepy Hollow (1999)
I absolutely despised the original book, but this movie adaptation was pretty good.
7.0
 / 10
Cujo 23. Cujo (1983)
Good adaptation, but the book was better in every way.
6.2
 / 10
Book Of Blood 24. Book Of Blood (2009)
Decent adaptation, but the book was better in every way.
5.9
 / 10
The Midnight Meat Train 25. The Midnight Meat Train (2008)
Amazing movie, and the story is even better.
7.0
 / 10
Dread 26. Dread (2009)
Amazing story, but the movie is disappointing.
5.4
 / 10
Rawhead Rex 27. Rawhead Rex (1986)
I loved the movie, but I have to admit that the story is even better.
6.1
 / 10
Candyman 28. Candyman (1992)
This is one of those rare cases where I think that the movie was better than the book. The book wasn't bad, but the movie was so much better.
6.8
 / 10
It 29. It (1990)
The book was an epic masterpiece. The adaptation was average at best.
5.4
 / 10
Hellraiser 30. Hellraiser (1987)
Great movie, great book.
7.3
 / 10
Pet Sematary 31. Pet Sematary (1989)
Amazing book, mediocre movie.
6.7
 / 10
Thinner 32. Thinner (1996)
Decent book, decent movie.
5.5
 / 10
Needful Things 33. Needful Things (1993)
The book was pretty damned good, but the movie was pretty weak.
5.2
 / 10
First Blood 34. First Blood (1982)
I actually liked the book a lot more than the movie, and I loved the movie. The book isn't as cut and dry about who the hero is and who the villain is, which makes for better storytelling.
7.9
 / 10
Jaws 35. Jaws (1975)
Yet another example of "enjoyed the book more than the movie."
7.5
 / 10
Lurking Fear 36. Lurking Fear (1994)
Great book, mediocre movie.
4.2
 / 10
Re-Animator 37. Re-Animator (1985)
The book has its moments, but overall, the movie is much more enjoyable.
8.2
 / 10
Dreams In The Witch-House 38. Dreams In The Witch-House (2005)
The movie was better, definitely. The book was much more detailed and that worked in its favor, but at the same time, it was just too long and too padded. Needed to be condensed down a bit.
5.6
 / 10
The Dead Zone 39. The Dead Zone (1983)
I really enjoyed the book, but this adaptation was a small step up from awful. The problem is that they wanted to keep everything from the book in the movie, but they didn't have time to devote to all of it... so they jumped from scene to scene at a frantic pace.
5.2
 / 10
Phantoms 40. Phantoms (1998)
Great adaptation. The book expanded upon a lot of the things from the movie, but still, both are great sources of entertainment.
5.3
 / 10
The Call Of Cthulhu 41. The Call Of Cthulhu (2005)
Very faithful adaptation, but the book wins - hands down.
6.2
 / 10
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