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Horror Countdown: Dean Koontz On-screen

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More than 450 million copies of books by Dean Koontz have been sold since he published his first novel in 1968, and more than a dozen have been adapted for film and television. The latest, Odd Thomas, is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD.

 

Here are the five best movies adapted from books by Koontz.

 

5. Watchers (1988)

Buddy-cop movies were all the rage in the 1980s, and here we have Corey Haim teamed up with a superintelligent dog… OK, they're not cops, and the dog has escaped from a military lab, and a monster is now on the loose, so this is nothing like a buddy-cop movie at all. It's cheesy and poorly made, but features plenty of bloodshed and somehow inspired multiple sequels.

 

4. Hideaway (1995)

Boasting a terrific cast, led by Jeff Goldblum, Christine Lahti, Alfred Molina and Alicia Silverstone, and another intriguing premise -- Goldblum apparently dies after a car wreck, then comes back to life with the ability to see through the eyes of a serial killer -- is let down by its sometimes flaccid execution.

 

3. Phantoms (1998)

This is a favorite for a number of people who have assumed the position that "it's so bad, it's good." Respectfully, we have to disagree: it's only intermittently interesting, though we admit it's fun to watch Ben Affleck so early in his career, acting alongside the late, great -- and very game -- Peter O'Toole.

 

2. Intensity (1997)

Koontz's nail-biting novel became a nail-biting "novel for TV," broadcast over two nights. What drives the movie relentlessly forward is its sense of claustrophobia and panic, as well as great, disturbing performances by John McGinley as a serial killer and Molly Parker as an unlucky eyewitness who desperately tries to get away from him.

 

1. Demon Seed (1977)

In a cautionary tale about artificial intelligence, Julie Christie plays a child psychologist and wife of a computer scientist who becomes the victim of her husband's latest experimental project. It's a rather ludicrous premise, but it works because of Christie's ability to transcend the material and show us the heart of a horribly violated woman.

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