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November 28, 2016

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Sally Schmidt

I don't think I can add to this list but it makes me want to read and watch all of them to pick up the books and movies I've missed. As for The Fury, great addition. You don't see it mentioned as often as some of the others but it is the only movie that ever gave me adult nightmares. I watched it a second time after a many year break and it was still as intense. And made me think twice about ever saying those three little words that are not I love you, even in jest.

Jon Land

Sally: Couldn't agree with you more about THE FURY, a vastly underrated film that features Brian De Palma at his level best. So many classic scenes and how about that haunting score by John Williams...and, of course, the big finish that left John Cassavetes' skull all over the room.

Mark

I've only seen one film on this list - Jaws. And I was less than impressed. Too slow for my taste. Maybe watching it on TV in the late 90's was my problem.

Jon Land

Hank: THE DAY OF THE JACKAL is an excellent choice--the Edward Fix version which still holds up today as opposed to the Bruce Willis version which was eminently forgettable. There is indeed a film version of ON THE BEACH. I believe it starred Gregory Peck and was directed by Stanley Kramer. A real slog of a film where nothing really happens, unfortunately. Finally, glad I was able to enlighten you about Rod Serling. He's also one of my favorite writers and also wrote the screenplay for PLANET OF THE APES, as well as REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT and PATTERNS. He was involved in a bunch more major projects and is rumored to have done rewrites and polishes on lots of big movies, including SOYLENT GREEN. Great writer!

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Oh, Mark, when Jaws came out, it was amazing. Amazing! The entire audience shrieked when the shark came out--it was incredible. And ruined ocean swimming for months. Years.

And how many times have we all said "I think we're gonna need a bigger boat." ?

Hank Phillippi Ryan

SO you all are tantalizing me about THE FURY. Wonder if it's on On Demand?

Jon Land

Hank: THE FURY does run on pay cable from time to time and is almost certainly available on NetFlix. It's guaranteed to blow you away. Flat-out great and the book is pretty damn good too!

Jon Land

Mark: Do you have any titles you'd like to add to this list. And since JAWS (Haha!) is my all-time favorite movie, I'm curious as to what yours is. Let us know

Debi Huff

What a great list, Jon. I am assembling them all for review-or re-review in most cases. Get out the popcorn!!

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Wouldn't that be amazing fun? Jon, maybe you can organize movie night at ThrillerFest!

Jon Land

Debi: You won't be disappointed by any of them. Great adaptations don't adapt the entire book, just enough strands to keep what made the book great, and all of these choices do that to the point where many are actually better than the book... which doesn't happen too often! There are times I actually read the book after I see the movie.

Mark

I must admit, I'm a bit of a Disney fanatic (putting it mildly), so many of those movies make my favorites list.

As far as thrillers go, I have to look at Hitchcock. The Man Who Knew Too Much is fantastic. As is Rope, one of his lesser known films, but well worth watching.

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