There is something comforting about leaving the movie theater, and knowing the boogeyman is confined to the strips of film; after all, the movies are just works of fiction, right? What if you found out the macabre truth behind one of your horror films? Would it make it more terrifying for you? Here are five movies that are based (even if loosely) on actual events:
1: Nightmare on Elm Street
Many die-hard fans have probably heard the true story behind the infamous Dream Demon, but I put it on the list anyway. Wes Craven’s inspiration was derived from a series of articles in the LA Times that told of immigrants from Asia that reportedly died during their nightmares. The deaths were never explained, even with the aid of an autopsy. It was reported that one of the men did everything he could to stay awake (for what ended up being six or seven days, despite his family’s instance that he needed to sleep) to avoid his nightmares, and when he finally fell asleep, his family was awakened to the sounds of his screaming. When they got to him, he was already dead. Was there something sinister surrounding these deaths, or were they just random coincidences? You be the judge.
2: The Hills Have Eyes
Nothing seems more horrifying than the prospect of becoming a snack for a group of cannibals. Good thing that stuff only happens in movies, right? Well, not exactly. Another one of Wes Craven’s classics was derived from a bit of factual history. The Hills Have Eyes is a spin on the true story of Sawney Bean and his cannibal clan. The real family lived in the 15th or 16th-century Scotland. They are said to have collected their victims as they passed by caves. They were eventually hunted down and executed in various ways after people began to take notice of a large number of missing persons, as well as the number of body parts that decided to wash up on shore. Some records state that they murdered and ate over 1,000 people. There are some who say that Sawney Bean never existed, or that the crimes were grossly exaggerated, but keep this story in mind the next time you pass a cave, on the beach. It might not be as empty as you thought.
3: Child’s Play
I know what you are thinking; there is no way that a movie about a killer doll is true. Well, you are technically right. There was not a doll named “Chucky” or a real serial Killer named “Charles Lee Ray” (bonus points if you can guess how that name was chosen). The inspiration came from the stories about Robert the Doll. Robert was given to a boy named Robert Otto, by a man who is said to have practiced black magic. Robert Otto’s family claimed that they would hear Robert the Doll talk back to the boy, as well as giggle, on his own. Neighbors stated that they would see the doll move, while the family was gone. When Robert Otto died, his doll was stored in the attic, until it was found by the family that bought the home. The 10-year-old daughter of that family claimed that Robert the Doll tried attacking her, several times. Robert found a new home at the Martello Museum, and it is said that he still brings about strange occurrences.
4: Wolf Creek
The idea for this movie actually came from two separate sets of crimes, in Australia. In 2001, a couple was driving down the road, when they were signaled to pull over by John Bradley Murdoch. Murdoch then signaled the male to the back of the vehicle, where he shot him. He then bound the woman’s hands and proceeded to put her in his vehicle. While Murdoch was disposing of the male’s body, the female was able to escape, and elude him. She made it to safety, and Murdoch was arrested. To this day, the male’s body has never been found. There are still some questions as to the validity of the woman’s story, as well, but Murdoch was still charged.
The second influence came from the serial killer, Ivan Milat. Milat was charged with murdering seven backpackers in the 90s and because of his victim choice, the crimes were given the name “The Backpack Murders.” Several of the victims had similar spinal injuries, indicating that their killer likely paralyzed them before finishing the murders (which is most likely the influence for the famous “Head on a Stick” scene.)
5: The Entity
To my knowledge, there aren’t very many recorded cases of spectrophilia. Probably the most famous of these cases was the inspiration for “The Entity”. The real story involved a woman named Doris Bither and her children. Doris claimed that she was being assaulted by a series of three spirits; a claim that her oldest son would attest to, stating that he attempted to assist his mother, but was thrown across the room by an unknown force. Investigators have many different theories as to the cause of the apparent haunting which ranges from Doris, and possibly one or more of her children, having psychic abilities that brought about the spirits during times of anger between Doris and her children, to Doris somehow attracting the spirits to her due to lifestyle and possible psychic abilities. The family hasn’t been heard from since the 80s, but in the last interview, Doris claimed that despite moving numerous times, she was still being affected by the spirits. Whether you believe the story to be true or not, you can’t deny that it makes for an interesting tale.
Vomit Bags Handed Out in Theaters as ‘Saw X’ is Called Worse Than ‘Terrifier 2’
Remember all the puking folks were doing when Terrifier 2 was released in theaters? It was an incredible amount of social media showing folks tossing their cookies in theaters at the time. For good reason too. If you have seen the film and know what Art the Clown does to a girl in a yellow room, you know that Terrifier 2 wasn’t messing around. But it appears that Saw X is being seen a challenger.
One of the scenes that is apparently bothering folks this time is the one in which a guy has to perform brain surgery on himself in order to hack out a chunk of grey matter that weighs enough for the challenge. The scene is pretty brutal.
The synopsis for Saw X goes like this:
Hoping for a miraculous cure, John Kramer travels to Mexico for a risky and experimental medical procedure, only to discover the entire operation is a scam to defraud the most vulnerable. Armed with a newfound purpose, the infamous serial killer uses deranged and ingenious traps to turn the tables on the con artists.
For me personally, I still think that Terrifier 2 owns this crown though. It is gnarly throughout and Art is brutal and doesn’t have a code or anything. He just loves killin’. While Jigsaw deals in revenge or in ethics. Also, we see the vomit bags, but I haven’t seen anyone using em just yet. So, I’ll remain skeptical.
All in all, I gotta say I like both films since both are sticking with practical effects instead of going the cheapy computer graphics way.
Have you seen Saw X yet? Do you think that it rivals Terrifier 2? Let us know in the comments section.
Billy Gives a Tour of His Home in ‘SAW X’ MTV Parody
While SAW X dominates in theaters, we here at iHorror are enjoying the promos. One of the best SAW promos that we have seen is hands down the one that features Billy giving us a tour of his home in a MTV parody approach.
The latest SAW film brings back Jigsaw by taking us back into the past and an all-out revenge plan on his Cancer doctors. A group that counts on making money off of sick people messes with the wrong guy and undergoes a whole lot of torture.
“Hoping for a miraculous cure, John Kramer travels to Mexico for a risky and experimental medical procedure, only to discover the entire operation is a scam to defraud the most vulnerable. Armed with a newfound purpose, the infamous serial killer uses deranged and ingenious traps to turn the tables on the con artists.“
SAW X is now playing in theaters. Have you already seen it? Let us know what you thought.
‘The Last Drive-In’ Changes to Single Movie Approach Over Double Features
Well, while I always enjoy more Joe Bob Briggs in my life I am not sure about AMC’s latest decision for Joe Bob Briggs and The Last Drive-In. The news going around is that the team would be getting a “super-sized” season. While it does go on a little longer than we are used to, it comes with a huge bummer as well.
The “super-sized” season will also include the upcoming John Carpenter Halloween special and the Daryl Dixon Walking Dead series’ first episodes. It also includes a Christmas Episode and a Valentine’s Day episode. When the true season begins next year it will give us one episode every other week in place of the much-loved double-feature.
This will stretch out the season further but not by giving fans extra films. Instead, it will skip a week and skip out on the late-night fun of the double feature.
This is a decision made by AMC Sudder and not by the team at The Last Drive-In.
I’m hoping that a well-placed petition may assist in getting the double features back. But only time will tell.
What do you think about the new line-up for The Last Drive-In? Will you miss the double features and the string of consistent episodes? Let us know in the comments section.