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The Best Based on Books Movies and TV Shows on Shudder

Finding a good Based on Books movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Based on Books movies and TV shows of all time streaming on Shudder.

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1. A Discovery of Witches

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8.0/10
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83/100
Year: 2018-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 4
Science-Fiction, Fantasy

What it's about: Closet witch Diana Bishop and centuries-old vampire Matthew Clairmont are drawn into a deadly mystery and forbidden romance when a magical book shows up in an Oxford library.

Where to Watch: 27 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Philo, fuboTV, AMC Premiere & 2 others). 10 episodes (37%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (AMC). 17 episodes (63%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Vudu & YouTube).

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2. NOS4A2

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6.7/10
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69/100
Year: 2019-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 2
Mystery, Fantasy

What it's about: A young Victoria "Vic" McQueen discovers she has the power to unlock portals that help her find lost objects. As she delves further into this hidden universe, she encounters many other "inscape travelers" - some benevolent, and some who have been corrupted by their power. When Vic encounters Charlie Manx, an immortal who stays that way by feeding off of the souls of children, she makes a sworn enemy of Manx.

Where to Watch: 20 episodes (95%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu, fuboTV, AMC Premiere & 1 other). 13 episodes (62%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (BBC America). 20 episodes (95%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (Google Play, Prime Video & 2 others).

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3. Hellraiser

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75/100
Released: 1987Rated: R
Thriller, Horror

What it's about: An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover while the demonic cenobites are pursuing him after he escaped their sadomasochistic underworld.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Shudder & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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4. Carrie

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7.4/10
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77/100
Released: 1976Rated: R
Horror, Thriller

What it's about: Carrie White, a shy and troubled teenage girl who is tormented by her high school peers and her fanatically religious mother, begins to use her powers of telekinesis to exact revenge upon them.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Shudder) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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5. Invasion of the Body Snatchers

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74/100
Released: 1978Rated: PG
Horror, Mystery

What it's about: Matthew Bennell notices that several of his friends are complaining that their close relatives are in some way different. When questioned later they themselves seem changed, as they deny everything or make lame excuses. As the invaders increase in number they become more open and Bennell, who has by now witnessed an attempted 'replacement', realises that he and his friends must escape or suffer the same fate.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV), stream on a subscription service (Shudder, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Microsoft & Vudu).

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6. Cold Skin

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6.0/10
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63/100
Released: 2017
Science-Fiction, Thriller

What it's about: A young man who arrives at a remote island finds himself trapped in a battle for his life.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Vudu & 1 other), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Shudder & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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7. The Invisible Man

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7.7/10
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71/100
Released: 1933
Horror, Science-Fiction

What it's about: Working in Dr. Cranley’s laboratory, scientist Jack Griffin was always given the latitude to conduct some of his own experiments. His sudden departure, however, has Cranley’s daughter Flora worried about him. Griffin has taken a room at the nearby Lion’s Head Inn, hoping to reverse an experiment he conducted on himself that made him invisible. But the experimental drug has also warped his mind, making him aggressive and dangerous. He’s prepared to do whatever it takes to restore his appearance.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Peacock), stream on a subscription service (Shudder) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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8. Tales of Halloween

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5.5/10
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62/100
Released: 2015Rated: R
Thriller, Horror

What it's about: Ten stories from horror's top directors. Ghosts, ghouls, monsters, and the devil delight in terrorizing unsuspecting residents of a suburban neighborhood on Halloween night. This creepy anthology combines classic Halloween tales with the stuff of nightmares.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, Plex, Vudu & 1 other), stream on a subscription service (Philo, fuboTV & Shudder) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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9. Burnt Offerings

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6.5/10
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64/100
Released: 1976Rated: PG
Thriller, Horror

What it's about: A couple and their 12-year-old son move into a giant house for the summer. Things start acting strange almost immediately. It seems that every time some gets hurt on the grounds the beat-up house seems to repair itself.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Shudder) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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10. The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane

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65/100
Released: 1976Rated: PG
Mystery, Thriller

What it's about: Quiet, withdrawn 13-year-old Rynn Jacobs lives peacefully in her home in a New England beach town. Whenever the prying landlady inquires after Rynn's father, she politely claims that he's in the city on business. But when the landlady's creepy and increasingly persistent son, Frank, won't leave Rynn alone, she teams up with kindly neighbor boy Mario to maintain the dark family secret that she's been keeping to herself.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Shudder, Hoopla & 1 other) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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11. Witchfinder General

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63/100
Released: 1968
Drama, Horror

What it's about: England, 1645. The cruel civil war between Royalists and Parliamentarians that is ravaging the country causes an era of chaos and legal arbitrariness that allows unscrupulous men to profit by exploiting the absurd superstitions of the peasants; like Matthew Hopkins, a monster disguised as a man who wanders from town to town offering his services as a witch hunter.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Shudder).

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12. Found

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5.9/10
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59/100
Released: 2012
Horror, Thriller

What it's about: Marty is the ideal fifth grader—he gets good grades, listens to his teachers and doesn't start trouble in class. But a darkness is beginning to fall over Marty's life, the kids at school won't stop picking on him, his parents just don't seem to understand him, and now Marty must grapple with a terrible secret that threatens to destroy life as he knows it—his big brother is a serial killer!

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Shudder) & rent or buy from $4.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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13. The Ninth Configuration

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62/100
Released: 1980Rated: R
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: Col. Vincent Kane is a military psychiatrist who takes charge of an army mental hospital situated in a secluded castle. Among Kane's many eccentric patients is Capt. Billy Cutshaw, a troubled astronaut in the midst of an existential crisis. Although Kane's own grasp on sanity is questionable, he manages to engage Cutshaw in a series of thoughtful conversations about science and faith that deeply affect the lives of both men.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & PlutoTV), stream on a subscription service (Shudder, Kanopy & Shout Factory TV) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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14. Heaven Knows What

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6.8/10
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62/100
Released: 2015Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A young heroin addict roams the streets of New York to panhandle and get her next fix, while her unstable boyfriend drifts in and out of her life at random.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Shudder) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Microsoft & Vudu).

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15. Bad Moon

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58/100
Released: 1996Rated: R
Thriller, Horror

What it's about: One man's struggle to contain the curse he hides within... and his last-ditch attempt to free himself with the love of family. But when it looks as if he is losing his battle, and endangering all he holds most dear, the family dog, Thor, is the last hope for his family's survival... and the end to his Werewolf curse.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, Vudu & IMDb TV), stream on a subscription service (Shudder, Hoopla & Shout Factory TV) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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16. Night of the Eagle

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6.9/10
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59/100
Released: 1962
Drama, Horror

What it's about: A skeptical college professor discovers that his wife has been practicing magic for years. Like the learned, rational fellow he is, he forces her to destroy all her magical charms and protective devices, and stop that foolishness. He isn't put off by her insistence that his professional rivals are working magic against him, and her protections are necessary to his career and life.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV), stream on a subscription service (Shudder) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (Prime Video & Vudu).

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17. The Monster Club

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5.9/10
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56/100
Released: 1981
Horror, Comedy

What it's about: A vampire attacks a horror author on the street and then invites him to a nearby club as a gesture of gratitude, which turns out to be a meeting place for assorted creatures of the night. The vampire then regales him with three stories, each interspersed with musical performances at the club.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Shudder & Shout Factory TV) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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18. Frankenstein

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53/100
Released: 2015Rated: R
Horror, Thriller

What it's about: After he is artificially created, then left for dead by a husband-and-wife team of eccentric scientists, Adam is confronted with nothing but aggression and violence from the world around him. This perfect creation-turned disfigured monster must come to grips with the horrific nature of humanity.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, Peacock & Vudu), stream on a subscription service (Shudder & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Vudu).

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19. Let the Corpses Tan

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55/100
Released: 2017
Action & Adventure, Thriller

What it's about: Every summer, Luce, an eccentric 50-something painter, spends her time in a small and isolated township, which lies in ruins in southern France, surrounded by guests. This summer, these guests are Max Bernier (an old flame, author and alcoholic), her current squeeze (a lawyer named Bisorgueil), and three friends of his whom she has yet to meet: Rhino, Gros and Alex. After finishing their shopping in town, these three unknowns attack an armored truck and make off with 250 kg of gold. They then return to Luce's place, counting on her to hide them until the end of the summer... But certain events will throw a spanner in the works, and the hamlet will transform itself into a battlefield over the course of a very long and turbulent day.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Shudder & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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20. White of the Eye

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52/100
Released: 1987Rated: R
Mystery, Thriller

What it's about: Evidence of mutilated housewives points to a sound expert (David Keith) living unhappily with his wife (Cathy Moriarty) in Arizona.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Shudder & Shout Factory TV) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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21. The Fifth Cord

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6.6/10
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53/100
Released: 1971
Mystery, Thriller

What it's about: A journalist finds himself on the trail of a murderer who's been targeting people around him, while the police are considering him a suspect in their investigation.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Vudu), stream on a subscription service (Shudder & Full Moon) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Google Play).

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