10 Movies You'll Wish Were 'Not Based' On True Stories
This horror flick that gave everyone dozens of sleepless nights was actually based on a real life story.
Anneliese Michel was actually the real Emily Rose. Her parents were found guilty of negligent homicide alongside the two clergymen who chose exorcism over medical treatment, seeing what psychiatrists would say is akin to schizophrenia as demonic possession.
In fact, completely opposite to what the movie has shown, no physician was approached during the exorcism. No medical attention was sought.
Considering how brutal the movie was, we are just sad that it is inspired by someone's real life.
#9 A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984-2010)
If you've seen this movie, you know how horrifying the incidents are. No one would want someones else to go through so much.
But the reality is that in 18 Laotian refugees died in Atlanta of unknown causes, in their sleep, while experiencing nightmares. You know the cause of their sudden demise according to the reports? The official cause of death was "possible cardiac arrhythmia", an irregular heartbeat, which can accompany bad dreams. This is just frightening.
Keep reading ahead to check out more such unbelievable movies inspired by real life incidents.
#8 Ringu (1998)/The Ring (2002)
This is considered to be one of the most scary movies of all time. Even this is inspired by a real life story.
A video tape killing teenagers is not the reality. The backstory of that creepy and scary long-haired girl who, in the movie, lived on that video tape and eventually crawled out of the TV on screen and into our collective nightmares is based on a real life incident.
Mifune Chizuko is the name of the girl that inspired the character of the scary girl in the movie. Chizuko was one of two girls that a misguided professor took under his wing with plans to develop their mentalist skills. Later, she died out of humiliation in 1910.
#7 Finale (2009)
John Michael Elfers directed this movie. The movie is loosely based on his life. Elfers' brother killed himself when they were young, and his mother found meaning in the aftermath by convincing herself that her son had been manipulated and sacrificed by an evil cult. Sad story.
#6 Primeval (2007)
It isn't a surprise that that Jaws was inspired by a rash of deadly shark attacks, 4 deaths in 12 days to be exact, that happened one summer. And also, not even a single murderous shark was responsible nor were the killer sharks being particularly aggressive, they just happened to be breeding successfully during a hot, overcrowded summer at the Jersey Shore.
But it's actually a crocodile named Gustave that was a beast. He was the inspiration behind the creepy creature in Primeval. This beast is real, still alive, and still hasn't been caught, almost exactly like that animatronic shark of Spielberg fame.
#5 Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994)
Don't be shocked if we say that Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation is based on a real life story. This particular entry in The Chainsaw franchise is about an entire family of inbred, backwoods killers and mostly parallels the real-life story of The Bloody Benders.
Mama and Papa Bender ran a general store out of the front of their Kansas home, and buried the remains of their victims out back. Yes, this happened for real but in 1800's.
#4 Witchfinder General (1968)
The name itself is so scary. This is a real life story that happened in 17th century England. Witch hunts were literally there and Protestants and Catholics continously accused each other of consorting with the Devil.
This religious tension in part led to the English Civil War, during which a one Matthew Hopkins, played in the film by Vincent Price, declared himself the Witchfinder General of the country. Completly true.
#3 Grimm Love (2006)
This movie is inspired by a 2001 story of a German man called Armin Meiwes. He placed a wanted ad asking for someone to volunteer some of his or her flesh so he could practice cannibalism.
Someone did reply and then what happened is something that none of us would want to know. Just so that you know, Armin is now serving out a life sentence for murder.
#2 The Human Centipede I-III (2009-2015)
This real life story dates back to the times of World War 2. A Nazi doctor and a Japanese physician are responsible for such mad science crimes.
Dr. Mengele from Germany conducted experiments on twin humans, sewing some siblings together.As if this wasn't enough, Dr. Ishii played Mr. Potato Head with some of his prisoners, sometimes removing, mixing up, and reattaching limbs.
#1 The Experiment (2010)
And finally, the 2010 release is also based on real life incidents. It was was inspired by the Stanford Prison experiment.
Philip Zimbardo, a doctor of psychology, was curious to see what would happen to healthy, non-criminals when put in a prison environment. And this is what inspired this movie.
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