14 Horror Movies About Writers – Scary Catalog

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The glut of horror writers was certainly helped by horror writer Stephen King, who wrote versions of himself in many of his stories. For example, Jack Torrance in the brilliant is somewhat based on King himself, a confession by him to the extent of his alcoholism and its effects on his young family. King also wrote about the protagonists who are writers in other books that became major horror films such as Salem Bundle (1979), Misery (1990), This (1990), secret window (2004), and 1408 (2007).

Of the brilliant as a semi-autobiographical novel, Stephen King said, “Sometimes you confess. You always hide what you confess. That’s one of the reasons you’re making up the story. When I wrote the brilliantfor example, the protagonist of the brilliant is a man who broke his son’s arm, who has a history of child abuse, who is beaten himself. And as a young father of two, I was horrified by my occasional feelings of genuine antagonism towards my children.

However, this isn’t just a list of Stephen King adaptations. Many other writers and directors have chosen to center writers as the protagonists of their films. Writers can be the perfect horror protagonists because there’s always an excuse to put them in some sort of horror movie setup. Like Jennifer from I spit on your grave (1978), they could venture to an isolated place to have peace and quiet to work on their writing. Or, as Ellison Oswalt in Claim (2012), they might put themselves in a haunted place to write about it, unaware that the haunting is about to spiral out of control.

Here are the best horror movies about writers:

I Spit on Your Grave (1978)

Jennifer Hills is a short-story writer hoping to rent a quiet cabin to work on a novel.

This rape and revenge film follows Manhattan short story Jennifer Hills (Camille Keaton) as she rents a remote cabin in Connecticut to work on her first novel in peace and solitude. Her plan is derailed by local men who feel personally attacked by the presence of an independent woman. After the men gang-rape Jennifer, she recovers and begins a violent rampage for revenge.

Salem’s Lot (1979)

Ben Mears is one of the many protagonists in Stephen King’s adaptations who is a writer.

Best-selling author Ben Mears (David Soul) returns to his hometown of Salem’s Lot, Maine to research and write a book about a spooky old mansion that fascinated him as a child. Upon his return, Mears discovers that the city is overrun by vampires, Ground Zero being the mansion he was lured to. Along with the other townspeople alive, Mears attempts to kill the leader of the vampires and end the infestation.

The Shining (1980)

Jack plans to write his novel during a lonely winter at the Overlook Hotel.

Based on Stephen King’s semi-autobiographical novel, in this Stanley Kubrick film, Jack Nicholson plays alcoholic writer Jack Torrance, who recently took a job as the Overlook Hotel’s winter watchman after losing his job as English teacher for attacking a student. . Jack also recently dislocated his son’s arm in a fit of anger and has since been sober for a few months. When the loneliness of the Overlook conjures up no works of genius for Jack, he turns against his wife and son.

Dark (1982)

A shoplifter, Elsa (Ania Peroni), steals a copy of Neal’s book dark and is then murdered.

A giallo written and directed by Dario Argento, dark is a chilling murder mystery about an American horror writer in Italy. The writer, Peter Neal (Anthony Franciosa), travels to Italy to promote his latest horror novel. There, a series of murders breaks out and the killer sends Peter a note that he is inspired to kill based on his novels.

House (1986)

Roger is a horror author who decides to change careers by writing his next book about Vietnam.

A horror-comedy about writer Roger Cobb (William Katt) who moves into his aunt’s house after her death to write a memoir about his time serving in Vietnam. After moving in, Roger is beleaguered by nightmares about war at night and haunted by ghostly phenomena in his waking life. Eventually, the supernatural presence of the house forces Roger to confront his past.

Misery (1990)

Paul Sheldon writes in captivity.

Paul Sheldon (James Caan) is a famous novelist who has just finished his latest manuscript in a hotel in Colorado. When he gets into his car to return to New York, he gets caught in a blizzard and drives his car off a cliff. Unfortunately for him, he is saved by a deranged local, Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates), who happens to be his number one fan. Wilkes refuses to call anyone and instead holds Sheldon hostage while she forces him to write a new book.

In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

Something strange happens to people who read Sutter Cane’s novels.

After reading a book by horror novelist Sutter Cane (Jürgen Prochnow), a man has a psychotic breakdown and murders his family. An insurance investigator named John Trent (Sam Neill) is assigned to find Cane and his latest manuscript by his publisher. When he finds Cane and his latest novel, In the mouth of madnesshe discovers that something sinister is at work.

The Ring (2002)

Rachel Keller follows her instincts as a journalist to uncover the origin story of the cursed videotape.

Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) becomes the protagonist of the ring for two reasons: her niece is killed by Samara under mysterious circumstances, and she is a journalist who has the resources to investigate the death on her sister’s behalf. Rachel traces the death to a supposedly cursed videotape her niece watched with friends while staying at a cabin in Shelter Mountain. Identifying the woman in the tape as Anna Morgan, she travels to Moesko Island to interview Anna’s widow and discovers that the couple’s adopted daughter, Samara Morgan, may have psychologically tortured people and is responsible for the tape. cursed.

Secret Window (2004)

Mort Rainey suffers from writer’s block in his cabin.

Recently estranged mystery writer Mort Rainey (Johnny Depp) moves into his upstate New York cabin where he suffers from writer’s block and drinks off his days. When a man named John Shooter (John Turturro) shows up at his door claiming that Rainey plagiarized one of his stories, Shooter asks Rainey to provide proof that he did not plagiarize the story and kills his dog as a threat. Rainey tries to get evidence to get Shooter to leave him alone, but it proves difficult.

Scream 4 (2011)

On Gale’s desk is a quote from Dorothy Parker that reads, “I hate to write. I love having written.

Cry 4 finds franchise protagonist Sidney Prescott on a book tour for his memoir, out of darkness, the last stop being his hometown of Woodsboro. Meanwhile, author and TV journalist Gale Weathers is also suffering from writer’s block as she tries to leave tabloid journalism behind and write something new. Ghostface returns, targeting Sidney’s niece Jill Roberts (Emma Roberts) and her friends Sidney and Gale are unaware, but this Ghostface wants to write a new version of history.

Sinister (2012)

Oswalt discovers a box of disturbing Super 8 films left behind by the former owners of the house.

True crime author Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke) moves his unsuspecting family into a house where a brutal family murder took place to research his next book. Unfortunately, he discovers that a demonic entity has a role in the murders, which are linked to a series of other family murders in which each case also has a missing/surviving child. The entity is able to attack families who move into the house from the previous murder after moving to a new house.

Hush (2016)

The novel Maddie just turned in is called Midnight Masstitle of a later work by silence director Mike Flanagan.

A slasher movie about a deaf-mute horror writer named Maddie Young (Kate Siegel) moves to a remote cabin in the woods to work on her craft. When a killer slasher targets Maddie, it takes her a minute to notice she’s in danger, as she can’t hear him taunt her by tapping on the window or moving outside. A game of cat and mouse begins as Maddie must find a way to outsmart the killer.

Scare Me (2020)

Fannie (Aya Cash) and Fred Banks (Josh Ruben) tell spooky stories in Scare me.

A horror-comedy about two writers, bestselling author Fannie (Aya Cash) and aspiring writer Fred Banks (Josh Ruben), who meet on vacation while renting cabins near each other. ‘other. Fred is impressed and unsure of Fannie’s success. A storm that knocks out the power on the mountain brings the two writers together as they agree to tell spooky stories in front of the fire.

Halloween Ends (2022)

The Last Chapter of David Gordon Green Halloween trilogy finds Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) working on a book about her life with Michael Myers. New Haddonfield resident Corey Cunningham (Rohan Campbell) terrorizes the town with his new pal Michael Myers. Laurie begins to notice that something is wrong with Corey and he plans to leave town forever with his granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak).

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Chrissy is the co-founder of Creepy Catalog. She has over 10 years of horror writing experience, a degree in philosophy and a Reiki Level II certification.

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