Horror movies with crazed killers and demonic spirits are truly spine chilling on their own, but when you find out that actual events inspired them, the scare factor immediately amplifies. When you find out that the gruesome events actually took place, watching the movie becomes way more difficult. If you’re a horror movie fanatic, take a look at some of these horror movies based on true events.
The Exorcist undoubtedly is one of the scariest movies ever made. What makes it even scarier is the fact that the movie takes inspiration from real-life events. The movie was based on a book about a real-life boy named Roland Doe. Demons possessed doe in 1949, and two priests carried out the exorcism to get him out of the devil’s grip, just like in the movie. Now that you know it’s more the truth than fiction, watching the movie next time will surely give you bigger goosebumps!
If you’ve watched this movie, you probably remember Leatherface, the creepy killer, running around with a chainsaw. The chainsaw was fictitious, but the directors took inspiration from a real killer for the character. Ed Gein inspired some of the antagonist attributes, a serial killer from Texas. The killer skinned his victims (dead or alive) and made gruesome items such as clothes, masks, and furniture out of the skin. At his time of arrest, Gein had about nine human skin masks in his possession. How scary is that?
The movie was one of the biggest hits of the 90s. Starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, the movie topped many charts at the box office. People all over the world admire the movie, but little do they know that it comes off of true events. Yes, the two antagonists in the movie, Buffalo Bill and Hanibal ‘the cannibal’ Lecter, were inspired by the work of many notorious serial killers, especially Ted Bundy. Like Bundy, Bill pretended to be injured to bait his victims. Bundy also created a criminal profile to help the police capture himself, just like Lecter does in the movie.