Horror movies are made to scare and give that characteristic grip on the stomach. Incredibly, a lot of people love the sensation and do everything to feel some chills in the dark of the movies. After all, even movie lovers of fear lose a bit of "flip-flops" when they find out that the story they watched or will still watch was based on real-life (horrifying) facts.
Some of the most feared and famous movies in the cinema are good examples of real cases, adapted for the big screen. Even getting scared and leaving the staff without a drop of blood in the veins, these longs usually resist the years and continue to gain new audiences over time.
Check out 15 horror movies that were based on real facts:
The mark of fear
The plot takes place in 1974, and talks about a research group at the University of Oxford, led by Professor Joseph Coupland, a psychologist dedicated to prove the thesis that the human mind is responsible for creating their own demons. To do so, researchers isolate the troubled Jane Harper in a house and begin experiments to prove that the seeming demonic possession that dominates the young woman is only a feat of her own mind. In the original story, Oxford research group actually existed, but reports of this story were made by the only survivor of the team, who was somewhat disturbed.
Horror in Amityville
Released in 2005, the film features several supernatural events following the arrival of the Lutz family in a mansion in New York, where a year earlier a man murdered his family. The story, incidentally, is based on a nonfiction book, called The Night the DeFeos Died, that relates the murder committed by Ronald DeFeo Jr., tried and condemned by the crime in 1974.
Steven Spielberg tells the story of Amity Island, a fictional fishing community that lives in fear of the presence of a 25-foot-long white shark. Not many people know, but the plot was inspired by a series of shark attacks that happened in 1966 on the coast of New Jersey in the United States. Five people were attacked and four died. The great white shark that spread terror in the region was seven meters and was killed on July 14 of the same year. Human remains were found in his stomach.
The girl next door
The story is set in 1958 and follows the tragic fate of Meg, a young woman kidnapped and tortured by her neighbors. The film was inspired by the story of the murder of the young Sylvia Likens, who was tortured to death at age 16 by Gertrude Baniszewski, her children and several other children in the neighborhood. The crime was considered the most inhuman so far committed in the state of Indiana in the United States.
The horrifying story of the film follows the two priests' attempt to exorcise a demon with the body of a 12-year-old girl. This saga, moreover, is told in the book, also called The Exorcist, which is based on an article published in 1949 on the exorcism of a 13-year-old boy in Mount Rainier, Maryland. Despite having a true background, reports attest that the boy's behavior was not as violent or supernatural as in the film, and no priest died in the process.
The curse of the undead
The film tells the story of an American botanist sent to Haiti by a drug company to investigate a substance used by voodoo practitioners to turn their enemies into zombies. Although claimed to be based on actual facts, the film is considered an exaggerated adaptation of a book written by Canadian scientist Wade David, who chronicles his experiences with buzzing in Haiti.
The story of the assassin Norman Bates was inspired by the life of Ed Gein, a citizen of Winchester (USA), convicted in 1957 for the murder of two women and for having unearthed corpses that resembled his mother. He was considered psychologically disturbed and spent the rest of his life in an institution for mental treatment.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
This was another film inspired by the madness of Ed Gein. Just as the character's name suggests, who dresses the skin of his victims as a mask, Gein removes the skin of his female victims with the intention of resembling his mother.
In the film, the car of an American family breaks in the middle of the road, on a weekend trip. This is how they are chased by a group of murderers who attack in the desert. The plot, as they tell it, was inspired by the legend of Alexander "Sawney" Bean, a Scottish who would have led a group of 40 people who, for 25 years, lived in caves and ate their more than a thousand victims.
Released in 2008, the film tells the story of Kristen and James, a couple who decide to go on vacation and stay in a home away from the city. It turns out, however, that they are threatened by three masked men with whom they struggle to survive. The story is not at all surprising, but according to the director of the film, the plot was inspired by a series of break-ins that happened in his neighborhood as a child.
In the plot, a family is forced to move to a specialized clinic where the teenage son is being treated for cancer. It is when a series of supernatural and violent events begin to happen in the new home. The story of the film was inspired by Al's real account and Carmen Snedeker, a couple who lived in a supposedly haunted house, where a funeral home once operated. The events lived by the family also inspired a documentary about the presence of spirits in the place.
The story of Chucky, a puppet possessed by the soul of a serial killer, was inspired by the supposedly real account of a Jamaican nurse. She would have presented her mistress's son with a 1m-high voodoo doll, to which he gave his own name: Robert. According to history, since the boy won the puppet, supernatural events began to haunt the family. According to the nurse, the possessed toy had powers over the boy.
The nightmare time
Freddy Krueger is one of the characters that most terrified people's sleep. His plot talks about the creature that kills, when entering the dreams of others. The truth behind the film is that Wes Craven drew inspiration from an article published by the LA Times in the 1980s that tackled a number of reports of men of Asian origin who died asleep during nightmares. In one report, a 21-year-old boy claimed he did not want to sleep because he was afraid to die during a very strange bad dream he had been having.
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
The film tells about an agnostic lawyer, who is involved in the defense of a priest, leader of an exorcism that resulted in the death of the supposedly possessed girl Emily. In fact, the plot goes back to the real story of Anneliese Michel, a German of 16 years who showed signs of possession and who spent one for hard sessions of exorcism for 10 years. In addition, the girl refused to eat and suffer injuries during the events. She ended up dying in 1976 when her parents and parents were convicted of the girl's death, though only church members have served six months in prison.
In the film, an investigator from Scotland Yard in London around 1888, looks for the face behind the myth known as Jack the Ripper. The serial killer was responsible for the deaths of five people and remains unidentified to this day. Incidentally, this was not the only film about Jack throughout the history of cinema.
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