Who doesn’t love a good horror mash-up? Whether it’s horror movie posters reimagined as 8-bit NES video screens, framed as R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps covers or gruesome characters making cameo appearances in Scooby Doo, there’s no arguing that there’s nothing more entertaining than seeing horror movies or horror movie icons come to life in worlds we’d never expect them to see.
Buzzfeed‘s Andrew Peña has added to that list by coming up with a hilarious art series that sees ’80s horror movies turned into kid-friendly pieces of literature. Here is the full list of titles, along with Peña’s comments on each one:
1. Cujo The Big Mean Dog (Based On Cujo)
The psychological horror by Stephen King turned infamous horror movie about a vicious, rabid dog meets everyone’s favorite, lovable, big red dog named Clifford! According to Peña, it’s “a heartwarming tale of how a young boy considers his rambunctious dog his best friend. That is, until the dog is bitten by a rabid bat and tries to kill everyone.” Don’t let those big, dopey eyes fool you–he’s a killer! Good luck trying to outrun a dog this size!
2. Goodnight Freddy (Based On Nightmare on Elm Street)
The nightmare murderer Freddy Krueger is back in action! Peña describes this as “the perfect bedtime story for your little one who is afraid to go to sleep.” Sleep tight, don’t let the sharp claws of a murderous madman get you.
3. My Friend, Chucky (Based On Child’s Play)
Could you imagine a more perfect mash-up than a children’s book based on Child’s Play? “This cute story will teach your child the value of friendship and how to transfer their soul into their favorite toy.” Horrifying and educational!
4. My Trip To London (Based On An American Werewolf In London)
Speaking of educational, here’s a fun way to teach kids about other countries! “An exciting tale about two best friends who embark on a trip through Europe to experience a spiritual and physical transformation.” Well, other countries and the frightening reality of turning into a vicious werewolf with a bloodlust!
5. One Day At Camp Crystal Lake (Based On Friday the 13th)
What kids don’t love good old-fashioned camp tales? In this one, “a group of young children experience their first sleep-away camp while their counselors have sex everywhere.” This one might be considered more of a young adult book…
6. Ripley Hears An Alien (Based On Aliens)
A Dr. Seuss classic gets a sci-fi upgrade! This book “teaches the important lesson of listening to others, especially when it involves an alien species bent on destroying the human race.” Kids will fall in love with the adorable facehuggers!
7. The Very Sneaky Shape-Shifter (Based On The Thing)
Here’s a fun little creature feature for the young’ns! “This adorable story follows the life of an ancient alien who can’t seem to satisfy its hunger for human imitation.” A classic that definitely won’t give kids the creeps! Nope, not at all!
8. What’s Happening To My Body? (Based On The Fly)
Here’s a fun biology book for kids! This one is “an excellent book for any boy who is experiencing changes in their appearance. It also teaches about self-esteem and confidence when it comes to girls.” Perfect for pre-teen readers!
9. What’s In The Box? (Based On Hellraiser)
Who says all children’s books have to be happy-go-lucky tales? This one features a bit of intrigue! “A mysterious box falls into the hands of an unsuspecting young girl, which leads her to a land of imagination where pain is the greatest pleasure.” …and a bit of pain!
10. Where The Hallway Ends (Based On The Shining)
Ah, Shel Silverstein, the crowned prince of witty and heartwarming children’s literature. This book features “the story of a boy who finds himself in a strange new environment, but passes his time making new friends who are dead.” Well, maybe instead of heartwarming this one is spine-chilling.
I, for one, would totally read all of these! Which horror movies would you like to see reimagined as children’s books?
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