To experience complex and extreme emotional content for an adrenaline rush is why people love to watch horror movies. And sometimes, people simply want to face their fears but not in real life, of course.
But do you also think that horror movies are too terrifying to be real? Well, sometimes that’s not the case. A lot of them are inspired from real life incidents.
The movie is so scary to even finish. And just imagine it is based on a real life incident. It’s a story about a Spanish teenager who uses an Ouija board to connect with the dead, but the consequences are of course disastrous. At the end of the movie, you’ll be shown the real life pictures of the girl and you’ll be spooked for life!
A Nightmare on Elm Street’s director Wes Craven got the idea from a real story that he read in the newspaper. In 1980’s there was an epidemic of people dying in their sleeps during nightmares. Wes Craven read about this happening to a boy who was too petrified to fall asleep, in a newspaper article.
“He told his parents he was afraid that if he slept, the thing chasing him would get him, so he tried to stay awake for days at a time. When he finally fell asleep, his parents thought this crisis was over. Then they heard screams in the middle of the night. By the time they got to him, he was dead. He died in the middle of a nightmare. Here was a youngster having a vision of a horror that everyone older was denying. That became the central line of 'Nightmare on Elm Street,” he shared.
He then made A Nightmare on Elm Street, a story about a serial killer called Freddy Krueger who kills people in their dreams.
What happens when your boat leaves you behind in an ocean? No, you don’t fall in love like Rohit and Sonia from Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai. The reality is quite different.
In 1998, Tom and Eileen Longergan were scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, when they were left behind by their boat after someone messed up with the head count. Nobody ever heard from them again. People believe they were eaten off by sharks.
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A story about a mentally disturbed man who would feed people to his crocodile, Eaten Alive is based on real-life story of bootlegger Joe Ball, who owned a Hotel in Texas during early 1990’s. It is said that he had relations with a lot of women who went missing. It is believed he fed them off to his pet alligators.
The Exorcism of Emily Rose is a story of a woman called Anneliese Michel possessed by a demon. She first started noticing the symptoms of possession when she was 17 years old. The symptoms became scary with time. At 27, she had undergone 67 exorcisms in 10 months. Eventually, she stopped eating and died of starvation in 1976.
Based on a real life unsolved murder case of 13-year-old Janett Christman in 1950, it is a story about a babysitter who is getting mysterious calls from a person who is inside the house with her.
Poltergeist, a story of a family who bought a haunted house at the Native American burial ground, is based on Hermann family from New York. The family claimed that the house was haunted by a poltergeist who would made objects fly through their home.
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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a story about a group of people who take lift from a family and they shouldn’t have. They end up being cannibals. The movie is based on real life killer called Ed Gein, also known as the Butcher of Plainfield, who not only killed many people but also robbed the graves of recently buried women. It is said that Ed Gein was attached to her mother and hardly spoke to anyone apart from her, and when she died, she spiralled.
Based on the real life story of Roland Doe, a 14-year-old teenager who began exhibiting strange behaviour after being possessed by a demon in 1949, the film revolves around the real life exorcism.
The Strangers is an amalgamation of tarrying true stories, including that of director Bryan Bertino’s personal experience. “As a kid, I lived in a house on a street in the middle of nowhere. One night, while our parents were out, somebody knocked on the front door and my little sister answered it. At the door were some people asking for somebody that didn't live there. We later found out that these people were knocking on doors in the area and, if no one was home, breaking into the houses,” he said.
The film concentrates on the mindset of people who commit crimes.
The Amityville Horror is based on real life incidents in a house that still exists. It is said that in Nov 1974, Ronald DeFeo Jr. stole his father’s shotgun and killed the entire family. He claimed that voices he heard in the house made him do so. The man is still in prison.
The house was then purchased by Lutz family, who also witnessed spooky incidents.
The Haunting in Connecticut based on the incidents surrounding Snedeker family, who moved into a haunted house, where Ed and Lorraine Warren performed exorcism.
The spooky doll in the movie is called Raggedy Ann Doll in real life and is there at Ed and Lorraine Warren's Occult Museum in Monroe, Connecticut. The real life doll isn’t as scary as the one shown in the movie, but it is said that this doll had terrorised its owner.
The two films revolve around two different stories – one of a house in which the family experienced paranormal activities including moving of furniture, opening and closing of doors etc and the other one in which a woman called Janet claimed she was being possessed by a demon which lived in her house in London in 1977.
Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren found out that spirits were preying on them.