What is the real horror

The pure horror: horror films based on real events

It's just a movie, it's just a movie - this mantra doesn't work on the following horror movies, unfortunately. Instead of wildly made-up stories, we are dealing with stories that actually happened in one way or another.

Scream (1996)

“Scream” wrote pop culture history like no other teen slasher. But did you know that real events influenced the story? Screenwriter Kevin Williamson happened to hear about a series of murders that happened just a few years before "Scream" in the 1990s. At that time, 36-year-old Danny Rolling brutally murdered five University of Florida students. Rolling became increasingly cruel and even began to mutilate his victims and pose with them. In September 1990, he was arrested for a bank robbery just a week after his last murder. However, the extensive evidence in his home quickly showed that he was also behind the college murders. Rolling later became known as the "Gainesville Ripper" and was executed in 2006.

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The Conjuring (2013)

In 2013, “The Conjuring” by director James Wan laid the foundation for a whole horror universe. The story about the two demon hunters Lorraine and Ed Warren apparently hit a nerve with the audience. Maybe also because the two ghost experts actually existed? Lorraine and Ed Warren dedicated their lives to the paranormal, giving lectures and writing books on the subject. Lorraine was active until her death in April 2019 and was also seen at the "Conjuring" film premieres. By the way: all scripts of the “Conjuring” trip are based on the case files of the Warrens.

Chucky (1988)

Whether Chucky or Annabelle: dolls exude a certain horror by their very nature. But as absurd as the story of the killer doll Chucky, possessed by the soul of a serial killer, sounds, it is actually based on a true story. The allegedly cursed sailor doll Robert, which was once given to the author Robert Eugene Otto as a child, serves as a model. The doll is said to have developed a life of its own and moved from room to room at night. Perhaps, however, it also simply served its owner as an excuse, because he soon blamed any wrongdoing on the doll. You can visit Robert the Doll in the Florida Key West Martello Museum.

Borderland (2007)

Yes, the Mexican horror film with "Lord of the Rings" star Sean Astin is also based on a true story. In the film, a group of college students on a trip to Mexico encounter a cult that makes human sacrifices. It really was something like that: Adolfo Constanzo, a Mexican cult leader, is said to have tortured and killed dozens of people in satanic rituals in the 1980s. His series of murders did not end until he cruelly killed the US student Mark Kilroy - and the case attracted attention beyond the borders of Mexico. By the way, Kilroy's murder is also the focal point of the film.

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The Strangers (2008)

A couple is arbitrarily terrorized in their home by a group of masked men: the premise of "The Strangers" is extremely creepy in itself. Writer and director Bryan Bertino was inspired by a true story for the story. As a child, strangers knocked on his door while he was home alone. It was later revealed that the would-be intruders were responsible for a number of break-ins in the area. Well, anyone who has seen the resulting film knows: Unfortunately, Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman don't get off that lightly in “The Strangers”.

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Do you know another horror film that is based on real facts? We look forward to your comment!