Scary Horror Movies Based on True Stories
Horror Movies Based on True Stories: A Truly Frightening Experience
To me, there is nothing more frightening than watching a scary horror movie and knowing that it was inspired by real life events. These are the movies that "haunt" me and have me waking up paralyzed with fright in the middle of the night.
I saw The Blair Witch Project immediately when it came out and it was still widely believed to be a real video found by real missing people. I was totally horrified and kept thinking "All the times I thought I heard ghosts it was real!". I didn't sleep a wink that night thinking of all the spooky moments in my life and wondering if it was really a supernatural occurrence. I was disappointed, yet relieved, when I found out the movie was an ingenious hoax, but it served it's purpose at the time extremely well. (I was young, ok?)
These are terrifying or disturbing movies based on true stories and links to the stories they are based upon.
The Exorcist: The Book
The Exorcist - A Horror Classic
The Exorcist is based upon the story of Roland Doe, a pseudonym for a young boy born circa 1936 who underwent an exorcism by the Catholic church. If you have never heard of this film you have probably been living under a rock somewhere, and if you haven't seen it, go watch it!
This movie is a true horror classic and features wonderfully spooky music. I have the song Tubular Bells as my spooky Halloween ringer (which actually never gets changed even after Halloween) and I have learned to play it on the piano as well as having it on tape.That's right, tape. While it is a spooky song, it is beautiful as well.
The Mothman Prophecies Book
A Very Interesting Book
Listen to Tubular Bells
Here is a shortened version of Tubular Bells. Listen and then vote in the poll below!
Tubular Bells Poll
Now that you've watched the video and heard the song tell us what you think.
What do you think of the song?
The Amityville Horror
The Amityville Horror is a book marketed as the true story of the Lutz family's paranormal experiences, which took place after moving into their new home where six brutal murders took place. It is now believed to be untrue.
While it may now be thought to be a made-up story, it is still a pretty good horror flick!
The Amityville Horror Collection is a nice little DVD box set. You get 3 movies: The Amityville Horror * Amityville II: The Possession * Amityville 3-D * and a Bonus Disc - Amityville Confidential.
The True Story Behind The Exorcism of Emily Rose - Anneliese Michel
The Exorcism of Emily Rose is based on the story of Anneliese Michel, a young woman who died at the age of 23 from starvation and dehydration resulting from exorcism rites. The movie covers the resulting court case against one of the priests and reveals the story through flashbacks. Jennifer Carpenter plays Emily and does an amazing job portraying a young girl who's been possessed.
What Do You Believe?
Do you believe in demon possessions and exorcisms?
Did you know that Jaws was inspired by a rash of shark attacks on the Jersey Shore in 1916? In a 12-day period in July of that year, five people were attacked; four of them died. A great white shark was killed soon after whose stomach contained human remains.
Scary Horror Movies: Grimm Love
A truly disturbing story
I am mentioning this film, not because I like it, but because it is an extremely disturbing story. I had to watch it despite it's lousy reviews because I was so intrigued by the tale.
Grimm Love was inspired by the true story of Armin Meiwes, a sicko who posted ads on the internet looking for voluntary victims to slaughter and kill. When Bernd JÃ¼rgen Brandes answered the ad, he and Meiwes together tried to consume Brandes' severed penis (which had been sauteed in a pan with garlic), but it proved to be too tough to eat. Meiwes then slit Brandes' throat and consumed the majority of him over the next several months.
He was originally only convicted of manslaughter but was retried in 2005 and convicted of murder.
Meiwes had many people respond to his ad who backed out. He let them go.
The Mothman Prophecies - Another Scary Film
This movie claims to be based on true events which occurred in Point Pleasant, WV in the 1960's. The Mothman is a legendary creature spotted by different people over a four week period. The descriptions varied from a 10-foot winged man to a large bird but all reported glowing red eyes.
After watching this movie I still don't like looking out of the windows at night!
We've all heard of the movie Psycho. Did you know it was inspired by the serial killer Ed Gein?
Alfred Hitchcock's landmark masterpiece of the macabre stars Anthony Perkins as the troubled Norman Bates, whose old dark house and adjoining motel are not the place to spend a quiet evening. No one knows that better than Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), the ill-fated traveler whose journey ends in the notorious "shower scene." First a private detective, then Marion's sister (Vera Miles) searches for her, the horror and the suspense mount to a terrifying climax where the mysterious killer is finally revealed.
Speaking of Ed Gein....
There have been several movies which claim to be inspired by this particular serial killer.
Leatherface wore his victims skin as masks which was taken from Gein, but the murders were changed to make the movie more gruesome.
The Creeper's lair is decorated similar to the scene police found in Gein's home... human skin decorating the walls and furniture.
Another movie where the serial killer likes to wear his victim's skin and body parts.
A Haunting in Connecticut
The story: In the 1980s the Snedeker family had hit hard times. They had three children, one of which had cancer, and also took care of a cousin. They jumped at the chance to rent a "dream" home which was large enough for their family and affordable, but quickly realized it's secret: it used to be a funeral home. Soon the family started to experience frightening supernatural events.
I was first introduced to this story by the Discovery Channel who aired two specials, the other being A Haunting in Georgia. I love these types of shows and I have watched each of them several times. Luckily, due to strong ratings, the Discovery Channel spun a series off of these two shows called A Haunting.
Here is the TV series, you can find the movie below.
These Movies Are Based on True Events, Too!
This film is based on the story of two twin brothers who both become gynecologists. Steven and Cyril Marcus frequently switch places with each other in both their personal and work lives, and both commit suicide together when their lives begin to spin out of control.
Wes Craven said he got the idea for this movie from the Sawney Beane Family, who lived in Scotland in the 1700's. There was a road running through the area and people thought it was haunted because so many people disappeared on it. A couple was attacked and one of them got away and led the authorities back to the area where they found a gaggle of wild, naked and feral people. Supposedly.
Another Wes Craven film; this one is based on a non-fiction book published in 1985 by Dr. Wade Davis, who spent time in Haiti studying the Voodoo religion which is practiced there. He extensively charts the use of ritual and cultural drugs, including one which induces a state of catatonia and is used in zombiefication rituals.
Paranormal SquidAngel Blessings
This lens has been blessed by Paranormal Angels, a now extinct form of squid.