Horror movies inspired by real-life events.

For all the horror movie fans, these movies are works of fiction most of the time. But there are some real-life events that led to few movie producers and directors making a movie on these. We bring to you a list of some of such horror movies.

Child’s Play, 1988

The plot of this movie is that a toy doll is possessed by a serial killer’s soul, subsequently wreaking havoc. This movie was based on a real-life event wherein the year 1909, Key West painter and author Robert Eugene Otto blamed one of their family servants for a voodoo curse on Robert the doll, a childhood toy. The family claimed supernatural and mysterious activities in the house connected to the doll. Robert the doll now has a place in Key West’s Fort East Martello Museum.

A Nightmare on Elm Street, 1984

In this movie, a supernatural killer terrorizes his prey while they are in a deep sleep. This movie was inspired byWes Craven’s newspaper article series, A Nightmare on Elm Street. It was based on a strange event where young Asian refugees would inexplicably die while sleeping. Many of them were terrified to sleep as they had bone-chilling nightmares. They also feared that they would die due to these horrid nightmares.

Psycho, 1960

The convicted murderer and grave robber Ed Gein was the inspiration for the character Norman Bates of the movie Psycho. Gein, during the 1950s would massacre women and also take out corpses from the graves in Wisconsin. Psycho’s novelist Robert Bloch tweaked the character a bit as Norman Bates was shown as a serial killer who would dress like her mother to lure and potentially kill.

The Amityville Horror, 1979

The movie shows a young family moving into a house where sometime back a murder took place. After that, they start experiencing frightening and weird events. This was based on what happened with the Lutz family in 1975 when they moved to 112 Ocean Avenue. This was the same house where Ronald DeFeo, Jr. massacred his family over a year ago. The Lutz family soon left the town of Amityville after being traumatized from the happening such as seeing green slime on walls, red-eyed pigs watching in their house etc.

The Exorcist, 1973

Awrite up in The Washington Post in 1949 featured, “Priest Frees Mt. Rainier Boy Reported Held in Devil’s Grip”, was used by William Peter Blatty, author and screenwriter of The Exorcist, to make the movie. The plot is, a young girl, was being exorcised by two priests to get rid of evil.

If you haven’t, these are some of the classic horror movies to watch with friends and family on a chilly winter night.

Priyadarshini Kaul

Priyadarshini Kaul Mishra has two Master’s Degrees in English Literature and History. She is actively following her passion for the language by being a content creator since many years now. Besides this, Priyadarshini is a true bookworm at heart and tries to be an avid reader despite being a full-time mother now. She is also a professionally certified baker and puts on the oven mitts every now and then.
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