– Scary films are populargeneral with many people,
but what makes them tolerable is that they are fiction, right?
The horrendous atrocities andgory details of these films
could not have possibly happenedin real life, or did they?
Here are 10 horror filmsbased on real events.
Number 10 is the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Released in 1974, theTexas Chainsaw Massacre
told the story of atwisted group of killers
terrorizing a bunch of teenagers.
And what’s worse is that it was based on a true event.
To be more specific, it wasactually based on two events.
The first is well-documented.
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In 1957, Ed Gein,
a loner who lived on a Wisconsin farm,
brutally murdered a womancalled Bernice Worden.
He also dug up corpsesfrom a nearby graveyard.
When the police arrived at his farm,
they discovered that he had made a suit
from his victims’ skin whichhe would actually wear.
This grisly discovery becamethe basis for Leatherface
in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Another influence on the filmwas the legend of Sawney Bean,
a man who led a Scottish clan
sometime between the13th and 16th centuries.
They reportedly ate over 1,000 people.
And if you thought thesestories were disturbing, we’ve just begun.
Number nine is The Entity.
The Entity was originallyreleased as a novel back in 1978
and then made into afilm four years later.
It tells the story of awoman who is terrorized
by a malevolent spirit in her own home.
The film is based on a true event known as the Doris Bither case.
This was an alleged haunting in California
in the early-1970s, whereDoris Bither claimed
that she was attackedin her bed each night
by three supernatural entities.
The case was investigated byBarry Taff and Kerry Gaynor,
who both photographed orbs and documented other strange phenomena. However,
the most terrifying of these
was when Doris attemptedto summon the entity
by swearing and shouting into thin air. Reportedly,
a green mist formedin the corner of the room
and the outline of a mancould be seen within it.
Take this as a lesson:
The paranormal are not something you want to provoke.
Number eight is Open Water.
The 2003 film Open Waterexplored a horrific situation:
being stranded in the sea,surrounded by man-eating sharks.
While being a low-budget film,
Open Water did well at the box office and enticed audiences
with its based-on-real-events claim.
Those events surrounded the disappearance
of Thomas and Eileen Lonergan in 1998.
While diving in theAustralian Great Barrier Reef,
they were separatedfrom their diving group,
which left the area without them.
And no one noticed they had disappeared
until two days later.
Their bodies were never recovered and only some
diving equipment and a diving slate were ever found.
The slate, which is used to write messages
between divers underwater,gave their location at the time
and had a scrawledmessage pleading for help.
It’s not known exactly whathappened to the couple,
but it’s a good guessthat they either drowned
or were eaten by sharks.
Number seven is It.
Stephen King’s It is sucha popular horror story
that it’s been adapted into a film twice.
But while the story of Pennywise the Clown
terrorizing the children of a small town
continues to captivateaudiences around the world,
they may be surprised to learnthat this supernatural tale
may have been inspired by a real event.
Some argue that StephenKing was influenced
by the serial killer John Wayne Gacy.
Arrested in 1978, Gacy murderedat least 33 teenage boys
and young men over a six-year period
and was referred to bymany as the Killer Clown.
This is because Gacy oftenattended children’s parties
dressed as Pogo the Clown.
This horrific tale reminds us that sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction.
Number six is Wolf Creek.
The 2005 Australian horror film Wolf Creek
was marketed as beingbased on real events.
Though the filmmakerswere never actually able
to say what those eventswere for legal reasons,
many have speculated that Wolf Creek
was based on the crimesof two horrific murders.
In the film, three backpackers are traveling acrossthe Australian Outback
and encounter a twisted killer.
This is very similar to the accounts
of Ivan Milat’s murders during the 1990s.
He would kidnap foreign backpackers
and bury the remains ina nearby large forest.
Another true-life case citedas an influence on Wolf Creek
is that of Bradley Murdoch, who murdered an English backpacker named Peter Falconio.
They encountered each neara place called Barrow Creek,
but Falconio’s girlfriendwas able to escape
into the wilderness.
Peter’s body has never been found.
Number five is Ravenous.
The Western horror filmRavenous was released in 1999
and is said to have been based on the macabre confessions of Alfred Packer.
In the film, a lieutenantin the United States Army
is sent to rescue a group of people trapped
in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada.
When he finds what’s left of the group,
it turns out that they hadresorted to cannibalism.
While this is happening,those nearby are warned
about the curse of the Wendigo,
that those who eat humanflesh will crave it forever,
and that one of the survivors
of the group may have already consumed human flesh.
In reality, Alfred Packer,during April of 1874,
traveled with five prospectorslooking for gold in Utah.
Only Packer even returnedand it was soon discovered
that he’d eaten the other men.
Number four is Fire in the Sky.
1993’s Fire in the Skydepicts the alleged events
surrounding one of the most infamous
alien abduction cases of all time.
The film follows a group of loggers who encounter a UFO
in the White Mountains of Arizona.
The UFO abducts one
of the men and we see his terrifying experiences play out.
In the alleged true story,
a logger by the name of Travis Walton
was abducted by alienson November 5th, 1975.
He claimed that he wastaken from his truck
when a beam of lightknocked him unconscious.
He then woke to find himselfin a hospital-like room
with three alien creatures,aided by several humans,
performing experiments on him.
Travis then found himself five days later
walking along a highway as the UFO flew off into the distance.
He was described by his family as disturbed and never the same again.
Number three is Annabelle.
The 2014 film Annabelle is a prequel
to James Wan’s The Conjuring series,
but this story of ahaunted children’s doll
was reportedly based on a real event.
Famous paranormal investigatorsEd and Lorraine Warren
were called in to investigate a bizarre case of doll possession.
A student nurse had contacted the couple,
claiming that her Raggedy Ann doll
was moving around on its own and speaking to the nurse and her roommate.
Lorraine Warren, whoclaimed to be psychic,
told the nurse that the doll was possessed
by the spirit of a dead girlnamed Annabelle Higgins.
In order to protect othersfrom its evil reach,
the Warrens took Annabelle and placed her
in their Museum of Occultin demonic artifacts.
Annabelle has now appeared in three movies
and has terrified millions of people,
alongside those who haveexperienced the real doll.
Number two is The Strangers.
Released in 2008, TheStrangers follows the story
of a young couple who are hounded
by a group of masked killersfor seemingly no reason. However,
the film was actually based on
two real-life events.
The most famous of these werethe Manson Family murders.
These took place in 1969.
At the behest of their cultleader, Charles Manson,
his followers broke intoa house in Beverly Hills
and killed those inside.
This included director RomanPolanski’s pregnant wife,
As Manson had instructed,
they were to totally destroy everyone in it
as gruesome as they possibly could.
And they certainly did that,
and the horrific crime influenced a number of films,
including The Strangers.
The director was alsoinfluenced by a chilling moment
when he was a child,
when a group
of burglars came to the door of his home
while his parents were away.
And number one is The Exorcist.
Directed by William Friedkin,The Exorcist is often voted
the greatest horror film of all time.
It’s also based on a real-life exorcism.
In the film, a 12-year-oldgirl named Regan
is possessed by a demon,perhaps even the devil himself.
An exorcism is then performed,with terrifying consequences.
The event which allegedlyinspired the film
and the book before it was the exorcism
of a boy called Roland Doe in 1949.
His name was changed toprotect his identity,
but those involved claimedthat the demonic forces
moved objects around Roland
while he spoke inlanguages unfamiliar to him
and in a demonic voice.
While some things in TheExorcist were exaggerated,
the core elements ofRoland’s story are real,
which makes this film extra chilling. So,
those were 10 horrorfilms based on real events.
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