Top 15 Horror Movies Inspired By Real People

Top 15 Horror Movies Inspired By Real People

15. The Possession (2012)
This 2012 horror film is based on the haunted dybbuk box. In real life, the infamous dybbuk box was
a wine cabinet which was allegedly haunted by an evil spirit. Legend has it that the box belonged to Havela,
a Holocaust survivor who had bought it prior to immigrating to America. Kevin Mannis, who wrote a story about the
incident, had bought the box from Havela’s family in an estate sale. Learning that it was a family heirloom, he
wanted to return the box, but Havela’s granddaughter said, “We don’t want it,” adding that
a dybbuk haunted it. Inside the box, Mannis discovered an odd array
of items: two pennies from the 1920s, a wine goblet made of gold, a candle holder with
four stems shaped like octopus legs, a single dried rosebud, a tiny statue with the word
“Shalom” engraved in it, and two locks of hair – one blonde, one black – each
bound separately with cords. The box has been owned by a number of individuals,
and all have reported strange happenings occurring with its ownership. Many have said that a strong smell of jasmine
flowers and cat urine emanate from the box, as well as nightmares that entail an old hag. Mannis, himself, reported that when people
would stay with him while he owned the box, several of his visitors shared the same nightmares
and, when he passed it off to his mother as a birthday gift, she suffered a stroke. Other owners have claimed that they suffered
health problems once they came into possession of the cursed box, including welts, coughing
up blood, hair falling out, and hives. The last known owner bought the box off of
eBay and, after speaking with Rabbis about how to seal the evil spirit inside the box,
he did so and hid the dybbuk in an unmarked location. The film follows a similar plot, where a girl
called Em finds a strange wooden box, engraved with Hebrew, at a yard sale. Her father, Clyde, buys the box for her, and
she starts to hear whispers coming from inside. Opening it, she discovers several odd items,
including a dead moth and a ring. Once she starts wearing the ring, she begins
acting strangely and violently, and odd things start to happen inside their home. The dybbuk eventually possesses not just Em,
but Clyde too. Exorcisms are performed, but once the box
is gotten rid of, it is still cursed, claiming the lives of many throughout the film. 14. Eaten Alive (1980)
Based on a real-life psychopath, Eaten Alive is inspired by crazy man, Joe Ball, an American
serial killer who may have fed up to twenty women to alligators in the 1930s. Ball served in the front lines in World War
I before beginning his bootlegging career. Once Prohibition had ended, he continued his
career in liquor by opening a saloon in Elmendorf, Texas. The Sociable Inn held a pond with six alligators. He charged extra from his customers to view
the monsters during their feeding time. He allegedly fed the alligators mainly cats
and dogs. It didn’t take long for Ball to start murdering
area women and adding them to alligators’ meals. Barmaids, ex-girlfriends, and even his wife. When the last went missing in 1938, sheriff’s
deputies came to interrogate him. Apparently, Ball knew the jig was up and didn’t
want to rot in prison, so he shot himself with a handgun he’d stashed away in the
saloon’s cash register. Clifford Wheeler, Ball’s handyman, led officers
to the decomposing bodies of two of the victims, Minnie Gotthard and Hazel Brown. Clifford had helped Ball try to dispose of
them. Wheeler claimed that Ball had killed twenty
or more women, all of whom he’d fed to the alligators. “The Alligator Man” is now a thing of
Texas folklore. Makes you wonder what else lurks in them there
swamps. 13. The Rite (2011)
Yet another exorcism movie, The Rite is based on the life of one of America’s most famous
exorcists, Father Gary Thomas. The thriller follows experiences Thomas had
when he was being trained as an exorcist. In the film, the son of a funeral home owner,
Michael Kovak, hopes to earn a free college degree by entering a seminary school and renouncing
his vows once he’s received his diploma. After Michael is ordained as deacon, he resigns,
claiming his faith is lacking. However, a chain of events leads Michael,
still dressed in his clerical clothes, to give out the last rites to a fatally injured
cyclist on the street. Upon absolving the girl of her sins, Michael
returns to the church after Father Matthew convinces him to become an exorcist. He didn’t take much convincing, being that
he was told that a resignation might lead to the Church turning his scholarship into
a $100,000 student loan. He is then sent to the Vatican for exorcism
classes with Father Xavier. Michael soon finds himself alongside another
senior exorcist, Father Lucas, in the home of a pregnant young girl named Rosaria, who
was raped by her father, resulting in her being possessed by evil. The possession causes the girl to speak fluent
English and cough up three nails. Eventually, Rosaria tries to drown herself
and, while hospitalized, Father Lucas performs another exorcism upon her. However, that night, Rosaria dies from blood
loss after a miscarriage. It seems that the evil didn’t go far; Father
Lucas begins showing signs of demonic possession. He, himself, knows that he is possessed, and
asks Michael to find Father Xavier to perform an exorcism on him. Unable to contact him, Michael successfully
performs the exorcism, himself. This experience returns Michael’s lost faith
to him, and he stays with the priesthood. All of this, based upon the real-life experiences
of Father Gary Thomas. 12. The Zodiac Killer (1971)
Most people have heard of the Zodiac Killer. This infamous serial killer committed the
murders of three men and four women in San Francisco from December of 1968 to October
of 1969. The 1971 film is loosely based on these events,
though it names the killer, provides him a backstory, and fictionalizes the investigation. In the film, the Zodiac Killer is a postal
carrier. His friend is falsely named the Zodiac Killer
after a series of events leads him to claim to be the murderer, and he is shot dead by
police. This is when the real Zodiac Killer starts
taunting the police and adding to his body count by killing several random people, as
well as people he knows who start to mock his alter-ego or are not nice to him, personally. The film creates a motive for his crime spree
through the man’s unhappy relationship with his father. The real-life Zodiac Killer is a mystery to
this day. His attacks included gunning down two high
school lovers on their first date, shooting another couple near the site of the first
murder (although the man survived the shooting), stabbing another couple (again, the male victim
survived), and shooting a cabbie dead. Several more attacks have been attributed
to the Zodiac Killer, including the kidnapping of a pregnant woman and her child (they managed
to escape) and the stabbing of a young woman who was studying in the library. As depicted in the film, the Zodiac Killer
truly did taunt the police, sending letters that termed himself the ‘Zodiac,’ along
with four cryptograms, only one of which has been solved. The solved cipher reads: “I LIKE KILLING
SLAVES FOR MY AFTERLIFE EBEORIETEMETHHPITI.” Some believed that the killer must have been
involved in law enforcement at some point, because there was an utter lack of evidence
each time he killed. Although suspects were named, the evidence
was never conclusive for a conviction. The high-profile unsolved case was eventually
closed, but as new technologies began to advance, the case was reopened in 2007. However, no new leads were drawn. 11. The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
The Exorcism of Emily Rose is based on a series of real-life exorcisms performed on a young
German woman, Anneliese Michel, which eventually led to her death. Anneliese had an epileptic seizure at 16 and
was diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy. She also suffered from depression and was
sent to a psychiatric hospital for treatment. This is where she started hearing voices and
couldn’t stand to be around religious objects, like the crucifix. By the age of twenty, she claimed she saw
“devil faces” and began having other spiritual delusions, including hallucinating voices
that would tell her to “rot in hell” and condemn her while she was praying. Soon, she became suicidal and, believing demons
possessed their daughter, Michel’s parents sought help from a Catholic priest. At first, the priests refused, citing the
need for a bishop’s permission to perform an exorcism. But Michel’s condition worsened; she became
more aggressive, started to eat insects, drank her own urine, and injured herself. In the end, two local priests sought permission
from the bishop and, over a ten-month period, they performed exorcism rites on the young
woman. Priest Arnold Renz performed the first exorcism
in 1975, after which Michel’s parents ceased any and all medical treatment, relying solely
on the exorcism to improve her condition. 67 sessions were performed, some lasting up
to four hours. Michel didn’t improve, saying her condition
was a sacrifice, and claiming she was “dying to atone for the wayward youth of the day
and the apostate priests of the modern church.” As she weakened, she refused to eat or drink
and, on the 1st of July, 1976, she died from dehydration and malnutrition, weighing 68
pounds on her deathbed. Her autopsy showed that she had broken knees,
resulting from her rigorous genuflections, she’d contracted pneumonia, and she’d
been in a state of semi-starvation for the year the exorcism was performed. Her exorcism became infamous. The rarely used 400-year-old rites of exorcism
caught the eye of the media and the public and was strongly denounced. The Catholic Church had all but done away
with exorcisms since the 18th century. The priests involved were found guilty of
negligent homicide, as were Michel’s parents. They served a three-year probation sentence
and paid a fine, but the case was highly charged as negligence and abuse, while also bringing
religious hysteria and mental disorder to the fore. 10. The Strangers (2008)
The Strangers is a combination of real-life events and inspiration from the serial killer,
Charles Manson. The director of the film, Bryan Bertino, drew
from his own childhood. One night a stranger knocked at his door,
asked if someone was home, and then walked away when he was told that this person didn’t
live there. But Bertino later discovered that someone
had broken into a number of homes in the neighborhood that night. The movie mirrors this. In it, at 4 in the morning, a stranger knocks
at the door of a summer home where a couple is staying. The woman asks for someone who isn’t there
and then leaves. James, the man in the coupling, heads out
for a bit, and the woman, Kristen, hears odd sounds coming from outside. She finds a man in a sack mask watching her
from the backyard, and she hides from him until her boyfriend returns. Kristen tells James what happened, after which
he finds his car has been burglarized and the woman who had knocked earlier is watching
him from a distance, wearing a doll mask. Through a series of events, James and Kristen
eventually find themselves captured by the masked strangers, tied to chairs in their
living room. “Why are you doing this?” Kristen asks the strangers. The woman responds, “Because you were home.” The couple is then stabbed repeatedly by the
strangers, and the movie ends with two young boys discovering their bodies. Bertino, the film’s director, cites Helter
Skelter, a true crime book about the Manson Family murders, as a primary source of inspiration. Manson is known to have led a sort of cult
commune in California in the late ‘60s, in which he preached “Helter Skelter,”
a term taken from a song by the Beatles. Manson thought it meant an apocalyptic race
war was approaching, and he thought murdering people would help begin that war. In the summer of ’69, the Manson Family
murdered nine people, according to Charles Manson’s instructions. 9. The Haunting In Connecticut (2009)
Loosely based on real events that took place, this 2009 American psychological horror film
is said to be about Carmen Snedeker and her family who lived in Southington, Connecticut
in 1986. Famed paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine
Warren, said that the Snedeker home served formerly as a funeral home. The morticians who worked there, the Warrens
claimed, had committed necrophilia with the corpses. An exorcism was performed in order to rid
of the strong supernatural forces that had found a home there. Catholic exorcists were brought in to perform
the exorcism. A wax effigy of the Virgin Mary used in the
exorcism is now on display in Zaffis’ Museum of the Paranormal. The statue was disfigured during the rites. In the film, a similar supernatural force
haunts the house of the Campbells’. The Campbells had rented out a home that was
closer to the hospital, as one of the film’s characters, Matthew, had cancer. Matt moves into the basement and finds a strange
door there. He soon starts to have creepy visions, involving
corpses and a bearded man. Peter discovers that the house used to be
a funeral home, and the strange door was the entrance to the mortuary. Matt’s visions begin to become more traumatic,
and his behavior strange. At one point, the family finds he’s scratched
at a wall until his fingers are bloody. The family starts to dig into the strange
visions and behavior. They discover that a man called Ramsey Aickman
used to run the funeral home and would conduct séances with a young man named Jonah, who
Matt had envisioned. One of the séances led to multiple deaths,
including that of Aickman, after which Jonah vanished. Though many believe Jonah’s spirit to be
the evil one, in the end, it turns out that Jonah was actually protecting them from the
evil spirits – corpses that Aickman had hid in the walls of the house. Jonah had been cremated alive by them during
the séance. When the family discovers this, they remove
the corpses from the walls and Matt lights them and the room on fire. Luckily, Matt survives the fire and his cancer. And once the corpses are freed, the evil leaves
the house as well…although it will likely hang about you long after the movie is over. 8. The Girl Next Door (2007)
In 1965, a truly evil crime unfolded in the state of Indiana. The Girl Next Door is loosely based on this
crime. What occurred in Indianapolis at the hands
of Gertrude Baniszewski, her children, and some other neighborhood kids, can only be
described as torture. For $20 per week, Baniszewski had been entrusted
to take care of a 16-year-old girl, Sylvia Likens, along with her sister, Jenny. Sylvia’s parents were carnival workers,
and her father, Lester, boarded the two sisters with Baniszewski when their mother was put
in jail for shoplifting. He asked Baniszewski to “straighten his
daughters out.” Baniszewski “straightened them out” by
beating them with paddles when she felt stressed or depressed. For some reason, she began zeroing in specifically
on Sylvia, emotionally and physically abusing her and encouraging her children to do so
as well. The older children started beating her, pushing
her down flights of stairs, and even kicking her in the genitals. Baniszewski called Sylvia a prostitute and
would rant about how filthy she was. Soon, Stephanie Baniszewski’s boyfriend,
Coy Hubbard, became involved in the physical abuse, along with the pair’s peers. They were, again, encouraged by Baniszewski
to beat and torture her, tie her up, put out lit cigarettes on her, burn her with boiling
water, make her eat feces, put salt in her open wounds, and sexually assault her. The Likens girls tried to contact their parents
and family members for help, but their letters went unanswered. Their older sister thought they were exaggerating
and just wanted to get out of their situation. She did, however, visit the Baniszewski home
and contacted social services when she’d learned from Gertrude that Sylvia had supposedly
run away. The Likens parents completely ignored their
cries for help. Eventually, Baniszewski would not allow Likens
to go to school, locked her in the basement, made her bath in scalding water, rubbed salt
in the burns, and deprived her of drinking water to the point that she was dehydrated. Baniszewski took a burning hot needle and
scratched into Sylvia’s abdomen: “I’m a prostitute and proud of it.” She then forced her to write a note to her
parents, indicating that she had run away. Her plan was to have her children dump her
withered body in a nearby forest to die. Sylvia tried to run away before they were
able to achieve this, but she was caught and locked back in the basement where she was,
again, tortured and died the next day of malnutrition, shock, and a brain hemorrhage at the age of
16. Stephanie Baniszewski realized she was not
breathing and asked Richard Hobbs to call the police. Gertrude gave the police the “runaway”
letter she’d forced Sylvia to write. She told the police that Sylvia had agreed
to prostitute herself to a group of boys, but the boys had taken her and tortured her. However, Jenny Likens asked to speak to the
police in confidence before they left the house. They found Sylvia’s body and, along with
Jenny’s statement, brought the Baniszewski family and those neighborhood youths who were
involved in the despicable torture and murder of Sylvia to trial. Gertrude and her daughter, Paula, were sentenced
to life in prison. The neighborhood boys involved, and John Baniszewski,
were convicted of manslaughter. The prosecutor described the case as “the
most terrible crime ever committed in the state of Indiana.” 7. Child’s Play (1988)
Believe it or not, the infamous Chucky doll is based on a true story. Author and painter, Robert Eugene Otto, claims
that his nurse put a voodoo curse on one of his dolls, and the script of Child’s Play
is based on this haunted doll. The real cursed doll, also known as Robert
the Enchanted Doll or Robert the Haunted Doll, is at the center of ghost tours in the Key
West region. Robert has woolen or yarn hair and is dressed
like an American sailor from the early 1900s. Although Chucky doesn’t at all resemble
Robert, he is certainly equally as creepy. Child’s Play is the first installment in
the series of slasher films, in which a mother gifts her son a doll which is possessed by
the soul of a famed Chicago serial killer. The man’s evil soul enters the doll, after
he is killed in a shootout with homicide detective, Mike Norris, in a toy shop. When the doll is gifted to the boy, Andy,
the boy’s babysitter is killed that night. She falls out a window after being slammed
in the face with a hammer, and Andy is suspected by police. The next day, he is ordered by Chucky to go
downtown, because the serial killer wants to pay a visit to Eddie, one of the serial
killer’s “friends” who’d abandoned him. The doll turns up the gas on the stove and
messes with Eddie until he takes a shot at the stove, causing an explosion. Andy is, again, suspected of the murder and
is put into a mental hospital. Through a series of events, Chucky discovers
that he must escape the doll’s body and possess the first person who was told about
him – Andy – while Mike and Andy’s mother discover that the serial killer’s soul can
be destroyed via a fatal injury to the heart. After a lot of violence and many false death
scenes, Mike finally shoots Chucky in the heart, killing the soul of the serial killer. …or so we’re led to believe, until the
next installment comes out. 6. The Conjuring (2013)
Paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren, are the witnesses of the real-life
haunting that inspired The Conjuring. In the film, the Warrens, themselves, are
represented, responding to the Perron family in 1971 Rhode Island. The family made claims about strange and volatile
events occurring at their farmhouse, and the real-life Warrens say the case was one of
the most difficult to address. In the film adaptation, the Perrons move into
the farmhouse with their five daughters and their dog, who won’t enter the home, perhaps
suspecting what horrors await the family inside. One of the kids finds a cellar entrance that’s
boarded up and, within a few days, a series of haunting events occur. The family dog is found dead, one of the daughters,
Christine, feels an evil spirit pulling on her leg, and another of the girls, Carolyn,
hears strange clapping in the hall. She follows the noises to see where they’re
coming from and ends up in the basement, where the spirit traps her. Simultaneously, two of the other girls are
ambushed by another evil spirit living above the wardrobe. This is when the Warrens are called in for
their expertise. Upon examination, the Warrens recommend an
exorcism of the farmhouse. They must dig a little deeper to seek permission
from the Catholic Church to go ahead with the exorcism. What they find is deeply disturbing. The history of the house’s former occupant
explains why evil resides here. An alleged witch, named Bathsheba, had sacrificed
her baby to the devil. The baby had only been a week old. She then placed a curse on her land and those
who would later reside there, after which she killed herself. Ever since that day in 1863, a number of murders
and suicides had taken place on the property. After further investigation, including installing
bells and cameras throughout the house, the Perron family decides to stay at a hotel,
while the Warrens appeal to the Church for an exorcist. But while they are waiting, it is discovered
that Carolyn has been possessed by Bathsheba and attempts to kill Christine. Ed Warren decides to try and perform the exorcism,
as there’s no time to wait for a priest. He is attacked by Bathsheba during the attempted
exorcism. While Ed is incapacitated, Carolyn tries to
kill April as well, but is distracted by Lorraine until the exorcism has been successfully performed,
ridding of Bathsheba and her curse forevermore. 5. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
If gruesome scary movie murders with chainsaws don’t scare you enough, then perhaps knowing
that some of the facts of this tale are based on true events might at least make your skin
crawl. The concept for the 1974 horror film, The
Texas Chainsaw Massacre, is inspired by the real-life murderer, Ed Gein. Some minor plot details were based on his
crimes, and the main villain, Leatherface, is reimagined from Ed Gein’s tendency to
tan the skin of his victims and use it as clothing. Ed Gein was a murderer and body snatcher who
wreaked havoc in and around Plainfield, Wisconsin in the mid-to-late 1950s. He was found to have exhumed bodies from area
cemeteries in order to build himself seriously creepy “trophies” from the skin and bones
of the dead. He also confessed to murdering two women. Although he was diagnosed as legally insane,
he was found guilty in 1968 for killing Bernice Worden, a hardware store owner. When his beloved mother died, Gein lived on
the family farm by himself. Completely alone in the world and quite mentally
disturbed already, he began to read death-cult magazines, specifically ones that included
cannibalism. When Gein was finally suspected of murdering
Worden, having been the last customer to visit the store before she disappeared, investigators
searched his property and found Worden’s body hanging upside down in his shed. Gein had shot her, decapitated her and dressed
out her torso “like a deer.” Investigators searched the rest of Gein’s
house and made numerous blood-curdling discoveries, including skulls on his bedposts and items
made out of human skulls and human skin, including bowls, chair seats, a lampshade, and a wastebasket. Additionally, he’d made clothing items out
of human skin, including a corset, leggings, a belt, and face masks. The movie took some of these ideas under consideration
when creating their character, Leatherface, who picked off characters in the movie, one
by one, in order to feed them to his cannibal family. His home – also a farmhouse, like Gein’s
– is full of furniture made from human bones. Although these gory real-life details are
dramatized in the film, this is one case where the dramatization of cinema pales in comparison
to the gruesome nature of true events. 4. The Exorcist (1973)
The Catholic Church performed an exorcism on a 14-year-old American boy in the late
‘40s. The boy’s pseudonym in records that documented
this exorcism was “Roland Doe,” and Raymond Bishop was the acting priest who alleged that
Roland was possessed by a demon. The famous film, The Exorcist, is based on
these real-life events. Roland didn’t have many friends as a child,
and his adult family members were those he most often played with. His Aunt Harriet particularly influenced him,
pulling out the Ouija board whenever Roland wanted. When Aunt Harriet died, it’s alleged that
strange things started to happen. Regular objects started levitating and flying
across the room around the boy, furniture moved on its own, and strange noises were
heard throughout the home. The family was Lutheran, and they asked their
pastor to help. After observing the boy in his own home, Pastor
Luther Schulze advised that the family seek help from a Catholic priest. During the boy’s first exorcism, which took
place at Georgetown University Hospital, Roland managed to pull one of his hands from the
restraints that held him to the bed and wrench a bedspring from below the mattress, which
he used to stab the priest’s arm. The boy was further observed to speak in a
guttural voice and bow away from any sacred item. Being that the first exorcism was cut short
(literally), a second exorcism was performed on Roland, with a series of odd happenings
occurring during the rite, including symbols and the words “hell” and “evil” appearing
on the child’s body. The bed also shook vigorously, and Roland
ended up breaking Father Walter H. Halloran’s nose. An author who investigated the incident, Thomas
Allen, said that there was no “definitive proof” that the subject was possessed. He may, instead, have been suffering from
mental illness or abuse…or he may have made up the entire thing. Before his death, Halloran made a statement
that he couldn’t go on record saying the boy was truly possessed. “I never made an absolute statement about
the things,” he said, “because I didn’t feel I was qualified.” Demonic possession or not, the real-life events
of this exorcism served as great plot fodder for a horror movie – hence, The Exorcist’s
longstanding reputation as one of the top horror movies of all time. 3. The Amityville Horror (2005)
The story of the Lutz family’s paranormal experiences was first showcased in a book
by Jay Anson, entitled The Amityville Horror. After the book came out, films under the same
title were released, the most recent being in 2005. The Horror in question happened in 1974 in
the neighborhood of Amityville. It was then and there that Ronald DeFeo, Jr.
murdered six of his family members in their big Dutch Colonial house in Long Island. The next year, when the Lutz family moved
into the house, they were haunted by paranormal happenings and abandoned the dwelling after
less than a month. Knowing that the gruesome murders had happened
there, the Lutzes bought the large five-bedroom house at a bargain, including a large portion
of the DeFoe’s furniture, which remained in the house. Acting upon the suggestion of a friend, George
Lutz had the place blessed by a Catholic priest, named Father Mancuso. As the Lutzes unpacked, Father Mancuso splashed
holy water around the house while praying. This is when he heard a deep male voice command,
“Get out!” The priest later warned the Lutzes not to
enter the room on the second floor where he’d heard the voice. He also developed stigmatic blisters on his
hands and a high fever. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary to the
Lutzes at first…that is until odd sensations broke the family. George woke up around 3:15AM every day, which
he later found was the time DeFeo killed his family. Kathy started to have nightmares about the
murders and claimed to have felt an “embrace” by an unseen force. Throughout the house, there were cold spots
that went unexplained, odors of excrement and perfume, and swarms of flies, even though
it was December. While all of these things could be explained
away by the innate fear and paranoia one might feel in a house that was the scene of a killing
spree, truly startling things began to happen. George and Kathy both saw a demon’s image
in the fire, after which the soot showed the half-blown out head in the fireplace. Their five-year-old daughter, Missy, suddenly
found herself with an imaginary friend called Jodie, who she said was a piggy creature,
with red ember eyes like a demon. George saw this creature in Missy’s bedroom
window on Christmas morning, and when he raced to her room, she was sound asleep, though
her rocking chair continued to rock. And one night, Kathy levitated two feet high
while in bed, and found her chest covered in red welts. These are just some of the bizarre events
that occurred while the Lutzes resided in the haunted house. They ended up abandoning it, after a second
blessing did not rid of the evil spirits that had taken over the space. 2. A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010)
This slasher film, which first premiered in 1984 and was revisited in 2010, is not so
much based on a single real person, as it was on a group of people: Laotian refugees
who mysteriously died in their sleep in the late ‘70s. The New York Times reported that 18 healthy
refugees with no symptoms of disease or ill health had suddenly died, and that there seemed
to be no foul play involved. The strange thing was that each of the refugees
died in the same way – sleeping in their beds and crying out suddenly in terror. Experts, at the time, diagnosed the fatalities
as “nightmare death syndrome.” In essence, the otherwise healthy refugees
had allegedly died from fatal night terrors. But another theory may better explain the
sudden and mysterious deaths. After the hearts were examined by Dr. Robert
Kirschner, he found what he’d hypothesized: the 18 refugees shared a genetic defect. The hearts of the victims were enlarged, and
the fibers that carried electronic impulses from the brain to the heart had, essentially,
short-circuited. This defect, along with the stress of immigrating
to a foreign country, triggered by intense nightmares, may have caused the victims’
hearts to fail. A Nightmare on Elm Street is somewhat inspired
by this rare series of deaths, as the villain in the film, Freddy Krueger, murders teenagers
in their own nightmares. 1. Psycho (1960)
The super creepy body snatcher, Ed Gein, makes another appearance on this list of scary movies
inspired by real people. Not only did he inspire The Texas Chainsaw
Massacre, but his intensely creepy relationship with his mother also inspired the intensely
creepy mother-son dynamic in the movie, Psycho. This oldschool horror flick pits a young man,
dressed as his dead mother, against unsuspecting victims in his hotel. To recap, Ed Gein was the mentally insane
body snatcher who bedecked his home with the “trophies” of skin and bones that he’d
exhumed from bodies he’d stolen from cemeteries, as well as from his own victims. But it was his disturbing relationship with
his mother that inspired Psycho. Augusta, Ed Gein’s mother, deeply influenced
her son, preaching to her boys that women were the devil’s instruments and that the
world was inherently evil. She’d frequently read graphic verses from
the Bible, often those that involved murder and death. Her impact on Ed, in particular, frightened
his brother, Henry, to the point that he tried to disparage their mother when she wasn’t
around, in order to tap down Ed’s affection for her. This may be why Henry ended up dead while
the pair burnt marsh vegetation on the property. Although some people suspected that Ed had
murdered his brother, foul play was dismissed, and no charges were filed. When his mother grew sick, Ed took great care
of her. She died of a stroke in 1945, after which
Ed was alone. This may be what led to his nocturnal visits
to the graveyard to dig up middle-aged women who looked like Augusta. From the bodies, he extracted bones and tanned
the skin to create his unsightly paraphernalia. He even built a “woman suit” in order
to become his own mother. This real-life killer is not a far cry from
Norman Bates, the lead in Psycho, who exhumes his mother’s corpse and dresses up as her,
oscillating between his own persona and that of his mother’s, all the while killing the
guests of his hotel. Fact, in the end, is often not stranger than

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  1. It's pronnouned 'deebuk" not diebuk;I have Jewish Ancestors & they told me stories of the Dybbuk Box & Dybbux & other Middle Eastern Demons.

  2. the dybbuk box is now in the possession of Zak Baggins in his haunted museum in Las Vegas, Nevada. It's placed in a very strong case to keep people from touching it or trying to open in. that doesn't stop the entity inside it from grabbing, scratching, touching people and quite a few just pass out in the room the box is in.

  3. I have always loved the scary, horror and thriller genre movies. There might be a handful I haven't seen. I also believe in the paranormal, ghosts and ufo's.

  4. Top 10 classic tv shows referenced by current/recent tv shows. I. E. Roseanne at bingo. " I'm just having a little fun with Endora, here."

  5. it was all great until, Emilie Rose , thats the most boring movie of all times, that is the only movie that made me felt I was robed 7.50 cents.

  6. Both yes and no. Sadly, most horror movies are really boring and doesn’t trigger the sense of fear in me

    Edit: You also forgot to mention American Psycho

  7. Number 8. Thé real story behind "The girl next door" is truly sad and tragic. Such monstrous people exist,it is so devastating. Poor girls.

  8. #2 is wrong. The Nightmare on Elm Street exists because Wes Craven had nightmares and decided to turn them into a movie. That's why #7 Wes Craven's New Nightmare starts the way it does with the actors playing their real selves and progressing into the movie as Freddy gets stronger.

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