31 days of Halloween, Day 20: Book/Movie Pairings II

31 days of Halloween, day 20: book / movie pairings II

I’m coming at you with a few more book/movie pairings. I chose not to pick book-to-movie adaptations, but rather books and movies that complemented each other.

The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco / Ringu (1998)

When I first read The Girl from the Well, I immediately thought of “The Ring” movies – but from Sadako/Samara’s POV. In case you weren’t aware, the imagery of a girl in a white dress with long hair in her face has its basis in a Japanese folk tale called Bancho Sarayashiki which is about a servant who refuses the advances of her master. To trick her, he hides the 10th plate in a set – the loss would be cause for execution, but he offers her a pardon if she becomes his lover. When she refuses, he throws her into a well, where she dies.

The Girl from the Well is about the spirit of the servant, Okiku. But her legend is a solid basis for the Ring series – the well is a major symbol, and there’s also the “seven days” repetition, which is an echo of Okiku counting the plates and whispering “ten.”

Bliss by Lauren Myracle / Carrie (1976)

The cover of Bliss is definitely trying to make a comparison to “Carrie,” and there are some big similarities. Both stories take place in the 60s and 70s, and feature a girl who is an outcast. Carrie for her weirdly religious mom and shy ways, and Bliss for having grown up in a hippie commune (now attending a private school full of rich girls). Bliss is more about friend dynamics with a bit of ghost action than about bullies and telekinetic revenge, but they both have a similar vibe.

The Snowman by R.L. Stine / Jack Frost (1997)

While The Snowman is about a teenager with “ice-blond hair” who likes to kill people by strangling them with a scarf, “Jack Frost” is about a serial killer whose transport van hits a toxic waste truck and can now take on any form of water he wants, including snow. Who knows, maybe they’re the same guy.

The Suicide Forest by Jeremy Bates / The Forest (2016)

Both of these are based on the real suicide forest, Aokigahara, in Japan.

Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge / Pumpkinhead (1988)

If you’re looking for some pumpkin-headed horror, look no further than these two. In the first one, teenage boys look forward to their chance to fight the pumpkinhead. In the second, Pumpkinhead is after them.

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