Starring: Robert Powell, Jenny Agutter.
Going straight to cable in the US and to the BBC and video in Britain, James Herbert admits to being baffled by this poorly constructed effort, adding: "The dialogue was stilted, the direction was awful... I still think it's an intriguing story with something to be made of it, but they just go away and do their own thing..." Robert Powell turns in a solid and enigmatic performance, though.
Starring: Sam Groom, Sara Botsford.
Shown in the US under the title 'Deadly Eyes' this Golden Harvest produced flick, based on The Rats, disappointed James Herbert. He says of this film: "Not only did I have no input into the film's production, but I had nothing to do with the selling of it either. They dummied up Toronto to look like New York, and they dummied up Muppets and Dachshund dogs to look like rats. They looked pretty good from a distance – until they started begging and barking!"
Starring: Aidan Quinn, Kate Beckinsale.
Professor David Ash exposes false spiritulists and mediums. He is invited to Edbrook to resolve the fears and torments within its secretive family. Soon after arriving Ash begins to doubt his own senses, and watching the strange behaviour of its residents does not make his task any easier. In time, he finds there's more to Edbrook than even he can debunk.
Starring: Nancy Travis, Mathew Modine.
Killed in a car crash, Thomas Johnson comes back to life as a dog. As each day passes he recalls more of the person he once was and seeks out his wife and son to protect them from the man who caused his accident. But, remembering more of his past life, he realises he may not have been such a good husband and father, after all.
Starring: Suranne Jones, Tom Ellis.
There is an old, empty house in Devil's Cleave named Crickley Hall, and it's rumoured to be haunted. Despite reservations, the Caleighs move in. But all is not well with the house.They see things that cannot be real, and the terror that unfolds is beyond belief. Soon they will discover its dark secret. . .
With today's CGI mastery in movies Domain would look spectacular. Alas, there have been only five adaptations to film of James Herbert's novels. Some more accomplished than others. Robert Powell and Jenny Agutter are beguiling in The Survivor, Samuel L. Jackson lends his voice to the story of Fluke, and Kate Beckinsale dazzles in Haunted. In 2012 the BBC serialised The Secret of Crickley Hall, featuring the acting talents of Suranne Jones and Tom Ellis.