We all love horror movies but we want them to be fictional. We hope evil like that doesn’t exist in our world. WELL….it does and here are 5 beloved Horror Movies Based on Real Life Events. Hold on to your butts!
1. The Exorcist (1973)
The Exorcist is based on the Willia Peter Blatty novel THE EXORCIST which is based on the real life of a boy named Roland Doe aka Ronald Hunkeler who was possessed by demons in 1949. Hunkeler was introduced to an Ouija board when he was 14 by his Aunt Tillie (note that the film never makes a direct correlation to the Ouija board). At first, it was thought that he was being visited by his dead Aunt Tillie but soon after they realized the spirit wasn’t her but something much darker. Demonic voices, furniture moving all by itself, and even “claw marks” on Hunkeler soon followed. This story will give you goosebumps, all for real reasons.
2. A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010)
Director Wes Craven got the idea from a newspaper article he read about the mysterious deaths of 18 South East Asian refugees. All were from the mountainous province of Laos called Hmong. All eighteen refugees were found dead in their beds with the official cause of death being “probable cardiac arrhythmia”. It was orginally called “oriental nightmare death syndrome” and then changed to the PC term “sudden unexpected death syndrome” but seems to mainly affect young Hmong and Filipino males. 43 out of 100,000 per year to be exact. They seem to die from fright coming from their own nightmares. Could it be? Is Freddy from Laos?
3. The Amityville Horror (2005)
The movie is based on the events that took place in 1975 at 112, Ocean Avenue, the new house of the Lutz family in Amityville. On November 13, 1964, 23-year-old Ronald DeFeo Jr. murdered his entire family. Both his parents and four siblings were found fatally shot in their beds. When asked why he offered little explanation by saying “Once I started, I just couldn’t stop. It went so fast.” Kinda like how a normal person goes through a bag of chips. BUT our story doesn’t end there.
On December 19, 1975, George and Kathy Lutz along with their 3 children buy the house and move in with the old Defeo furniture still in exactly same place as it was the night of the murder. Once the family found out about the dark history they decided to have a priest bless the house. The priest claimed to hear a disembodied voice say “get out.” and even warned the Lutzes to be wary of the second-floor room where he heard the voice.
Soon the entire family was experiencing paranormal activity. George decided to bless the house himself. With a crucifix in hand, George walked room to room reciting the Lord’s Prayer. He reported that he heard the disembodied voices screamed for him to stop. On January 14, 1976, the Lutzes finally moved out of the home.
4. Child’s Play (1988)
In the film, a serial killer is on the run from the police when he finds himself hiding in a toy store. While there he uses a satanic spell to transfer his soul into a “Good-Guy” doll. Well, guess what….it’s based on the real events of Robert the Doll.
in 1906 “Robert” (the doll) was best friends of the real-life boy Robert Eugene Otto, of Key West, Florida. A three-foot tall, sailor suit wearing, straw-filled doll who happened to be a gift from one of the Otto family’s Bahamian maids. It is thought that this servant was badly abused at the hands of the real-life Robert’s parents. In an attempt to exact revenge, the servant used her extensive knowledge of voodoo to place a curse on the doll.
Shortly after the parents said that they would hear their son talking to himself in his room at night with two distinct voices. He would also wake the family up in the middle of the night with his screams or the sound of furniture being overturned. He claimed that Robert the doll did it. Also, they would then find mutilated toys, hear the doll giggling, could see the doll moving from window to window.
Finally, it was left in the attic, until a young girl in the 70s found it. Not long after she began claiming the doll was evil and was trying to torture and kill her. She still maintains that Robert tried to kill her to this day.
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5. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
He never used a chainsaw, but serial killer Ed Gein was the inspiration for the Tobe Hooper’s character Leatherface.
After the November 16, 1957 disappearance of hardware store owner Bernice Worden, police began to suspect Ed Gein. Police searched the Gein family farm where they found Ed Gein’s mother’s decapitated body hanging upside down in the barn. The further search of the property included the findings of various human remains including chairs covered in human skin, a skull bedposts, and a human skull trashcan.
But the trait that Leather face and Ed share is the fondness for turning human skin into apparel. The police also found a corset, leggings, masks, and a dress all made from the skin of young women at the search of the Gein family farm.