Horror movies, The movies that get you on the edge of your seat, The movies that make you afraid to go to bed at night after watching but you can’t help but love them. What’s scarier than the movie you’re watching? Finding out that the movie that just terrified you is a true story that’s based on real life events. Here are 5 popular movies that you might not have know are based on real events.1. The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)
This slasher movie has a hood-wearing killer that tries to terrorize a town in 1946 Arkansas, while a Texas Ranger attempts to bring him down but it’s actually based off murders that took place is 1940, “The Phantom Killer” murdered eight people within a ten week period. These murders are known as the “Texarkana Moonlight Murders”2.Child’s Play (1988)
I think it’s safe to say everyone has seen Child’s Play or at least knows what it’s about. A serial killer named Charles Lee Ray who transfers his soul into a doll using voodoo when he is mortally injured by the cops and then uses the dolls body to kill more people while trying to transfer his soul form the doll’s body to another human body. Child’s Play script is actually based on a nurse who allegedly put a voodoo curse on the author Robert Eugene Otto, transforming one of his childhood dolls into a night-time menace.
3. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
In this horror slasher a group of teenagers fall prey to a chain saw-wielding maniac called Leatherface. Though the film’s plot is fictional, the character of Leatherface is partly based on real-life serial killer Ed Gein, who was found in possession of nine ‘human skin’ masks when he was arrested.
4. The Strangers (2008)
In this movie that’s one of my personal favorites a couple who go to stay at a summer home, only to fall victim to a trio of menacing, mask-wearing psychopaths. Director Bryan Bertino revealed the movie’s premise was based on an incident that happened to him; as a kid a stranger appeared at his door, asked for someone who didn’t live there and left. He later found out that a series of break-ins occurred in his neighbourhood that night. On top of that, he also drew inspiration from the infamous Manson killings, carried out by the minions of occultist Charles Manson.