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7 Books That Go Bad. Really Bad.

If there’s one thing you learn from the movies, books can sometimes cause a heck of a lot of trouble. Read and write responsibly.

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Books are awesome right?

But sometimes books make bad things happen.

1. Evil Dead – Book of the Dead

What's so bad:

Looks harmless, right? The Book of the Dead, along with an audiotape of incantations from said book, create all manner of demonic problems for Ash and friends in their remote cabin in the woods where they’re stranded.

How to survive: No guarantees, but a chainsaw helps…

2. The Mummy – Book of the Dead (again)

What’s so bad:

Evelyn (Rachel Weisz) can’t resist a good read of the Book of the Dead which brings life into the mummified remains of Imhotep who was, until recently, decaying in his tomb, minding his own business. With him he brings several plagues and many more deaths in an attempt to raise the body of his old girlfriend. Well done Evelyn, well done.

How to survive: Reading from the Book of Amun-Ra eventually saves the day, but cats help…

3. Se7en – Divine Comedy, Canterbury Tales and more.

What’s so bad:

A killer takes inspiration from his local well-stocked library (support your library) and goes about murdering people in the style of the Seven Deadly Sins (this is an incorrect use of library books) while Detective Mills (Brad Pitt) and Detective Somerset (Morgan Freeman) pursue him. It’s not pleasant.

How to survive: All bets are off - Brad Pitt’s face does this:

4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – Tom Riddle’s Diary

What’s so bad: Poor old Ginny just wanted somewhere to write all her inner most thoughts.

Unfortunately, she picked one of Lord Voldermort’s horcruxes and became a vessel that term for all Tom Riddle’s evil doings, including unleashing a massive basilisk.

How to survive: You need a Weasley, a phoenix and a Basilisk fang… Or maybe you just don’t write in other people’s diaries.

5. The Shining

What’s so bad:

All Jack wanted was a bit of peace to write his novel.

Unfortunately he picked a haunted hotel.


And things take a turn for the homicidal.

How to survive: Be really, really good at mazes.

6. The Name of the Rose - Aristotle's Second Book of Poetics

What’s so bad:

There’s a spate of mysterious deaths at a Benedictine monastery and William of Baskerville (Sean Connery) sets about investigating. Upon discovering a secret library, William and his novice (Christian Slater with alarming hair) find that all the victims have read the same book before they died.

How to survive: Fire and peasant uprisings should do the trick, but try and save the books.

7. The Cabin In the Woods – Patience Buckner’s Diary

What’s so bad:

A group of teens head to a deserted cabin for a party but they are being manipulated and watched from an underground facility.

When Dana (Kristin Connolly) reads from an old diary that she finds in the cellar (against excellent advice from her friends), all hell breaks loose!

When Dana (Kristin Connolly) reads from an old diary that she finds in the cellar (against excellent advice from her friends), all hell breaks loose!

How to survive: I guess having a good friend helps.