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John Wyndam's novel "The Midwich Cuckoos" hit the screen twice, once in the Britain of the 1960s, once in the California of the 1990s. Find out which adaptation was the more successful.
In 1951, John W. Campbell Jr's seminal tale "Who Goes There?" formed the basis for one of the most famous science fiction films of all time, The Thing (From Another World). Thirty years later, John Carpenter showed his love and respect for that film by producing a re-make different in almost every way.
In 1960, Roger Corman directed one of his typical low-budget science fiction thrillers. In 1995, he produced Jim Wynorski's even lower budgeted re-make. Both have a surprising amount to say about the position of women in our society.
Although "Frankenstein" and "Dracula" are two of the most famous genre novels in history, faithful screen adaptations of these stories are rare indeed. Here we investigate whether having the author's name in the title of a film makes it more or less likely to deviate from its source.
5. Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde in the silent era
Robert Louis Stevenson's "Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde" is one of the most filmed stories of all time. It was also one of the first ever to reach the screen; and today, four silent versions still survive. We examine these four films, from 1912, 1913, 1920 and 1920, and discuss their success as adaptations of a seminal work and their influence upon the other versions that were to follow.
6. A line-up of Lodgers
In 1913, author Marie Belloc Lowndes took the notorious 'Jack the Ripper' murders into popular fiction for the first time in her novel, "The Lodger". We take a look at three of the adaptations, released in 1927, 1932 and 1944, then have a chat about the book, the films, and Saucy Jack himself.
7. Clash of the titans
In Part 2 of what is turning into an epic journey, we look at the first two sound filmings of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde, the 1931 version starring Fredric March, Rose Hobart and Miriam Hopkins; and the 1941 version starring Spencer Tracy, Lana Turner and Ingrid Bergman. Once again we compare and contrast, and then try to find Stevenson's novella beneath the increasingly influential cinematic vision of this story.
8. From Poe To Woe
This time around, something a little different. Film versions of the writings of Edgar Allan Poe are almost as old as cinema itself - but how exactly do you go about adapting an author so idiosyncratic? We take a look at how film-makers tackled this problem during the silent era, the sixties, and yesterday, then have a chat about various things Poe.