How many times have you said, the book was better? And how many times was that actually true?
The cinema of the fantastic has benefitted from literary adaptations on a level unlike any other genre. With such brilliant authors as Mary Shelley, Robert Bloch, Pierre Boulle, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Robert Louis Stevenson to choose from, it's no surprise that fantastic film shares its pedigree with literary fiction.
But do films never live up to their literary inspirations? Or are some movies just ... better than the books that inspired them?
Join genre critics Jim Nemeth and Bob Madison for a rule-busting examination of 21 classic - and not so classic - horror, fantasy and science fiction films, and the classic - and not so classic - books that inspired them, leading to an authoritative consensus for "Who did it better, and why?"
Films reviewed include:
The Body Snatcher
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Night of the Demon
Day of the Triffids
Don’t Look Now
The Wizard of Oz
7 Faces of Dr. Lao
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Superman: The Movie / Man of Steel
Something Wicked This Way Comes
A Christmas Carol
This Island Earth
Planet of the Apes
It Came From...The Stories and Novels Behind Classic Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction Films will delight legions of movie buffs along with devoted readers of cherished fantastic fiction.
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