A horror Movie, ain't a perfect horror movie untill the story and characters start intimidating you at night. The unuasual feeling of someone beside your bed, the scary faces in the dark and the eerie howls at a new moon night. That is what a horror movie does to you. And how badly would it creep you out if they were real?
If that sends chills down your spine, believe me the story that follows is worth your time. Here is a collecion of 7 classic horror movies which were based on real life inspiration.
In the movie an 11 year old girl is living with her parents. They notice a man stalking their family for weeks. On asking this man tells them that their daughter, little Ivy is a reincarnation of his daughter Audrey Rose, who died with her mother in a fierce car accident. Ivy, was born just two minutes after the accident in which Audrey died. Ivy, would respond to the man when called Audrey. The story reveals many such incidents, where the man helps Ivy to clam down during her nightmares. The girl faces many sufferings and outbursts until she dies during a hypnotism session. The trauma of the accident, that Audrey faced, little Ivy could not take it and dies in a court room. INSPIRATION : Frank De Felitta, writer of the novel and the movie script was inspired to write this story, as his son was a live example to him of reincarnation. His son one day, played the family piano with utmost perfection whilst he had never had any classes or training before. When he talked to occultist, he came to know that that is a skill he had in his previous birth and this what they call as 'incarnation leak.'
A classic exploitation-horror movie, the hills have eyes was one of those movies that still sends chills whenever watched. Its a story of a family who on a road trip gets stranded in Nevada Desert. This family is then hunted by a deformed cannibal clan led by Papa Jupiter. INSPIRATION : Alexander "Sawney" Bean was a semi-mythical clan in Scotland, executed for eating flesh and organs of more than 1,000 people. This act of cannibalism was responsible for many innocent deaths and that is what inspired the story of this movie.
The story of this movie is so threatening that you would never wish it were real. The movie is a story of a woman Carla Moran, a single mother of one daughter and three sons. She lives in a house where she is violently raped by an invisible antagonist. She tries explaining her situation to her best friend, a psychologist and many others, but all in vain. Then at a bookstore she meets two parapsychologists who were skeptical at first but then agreed to help her. INSPIRATION : Frank De Felitta, wrote the novel with the same name. His inspiration was Doris Bither in Culver City, California, USA. The book is a collection of her horrific experiences of being raped by unseen forces.
Dead Ringers was a story of two brothers, Elliot and Beverly Mantle. Extremely successful gynecologists, these identical twins used to run a lucrative clinic in town. Elliot, the smarter one seduces women with his charm and the two share women, without them having a hint about it. Following such events, enters Clarie, a troubled actress. Elliot dazzles her and asks Beverly to be with her. Beverly, the shy one of the two started to like her. When Clarie, learnt about their intentions she drugged Beverly and dragged both the brothers to a gruesome end. INSPIRATION : Stewart and Cyril Marcus, two identical gynecologist twins were found dead in their flat, when they withdrew taking addictive drugs. Ron Rosenbaum wrote essays about their life and death. Director David Cronenberg, drew his movie plot from the elements of these essays.
This movie was one of a kind. Such horror movies are definitely made once in a century. The movie revolves around a serial killer Henry and his accomplice Otis. Henry's love interest is Otis's sister Becky who was traumatized by her husband and brought to their flat by Otis. Henry, murders many people all around the country with different weapons. It was impossible for the police to make out that these murders were the work of serial killer. Every new murder led police to scratch their heads. Movie unfolds with many vicious executions and in the end dismembered body of Otis and Becky. INSPIRATION : The movie is inspired by a real life serial Killer called Henry Lee Lucas, who had a troubled childhood. His life as a child was a perfect 'Monster Making' blueprint. His first murder was that of her mother, who molested him as child. He confessed over 600 murders, though he was convicted of only 11.
Zombie voodoo flick, the Serpent and the Rainbow is a story loosely based on a novel by Wade Davis. Anthropologist, Dennis Alan visits Haiti to search for a drug that renders the subject in consideration paralyzed but conscious. This would lead him to the discovery of a new anesthesia. But as the story unfolds, it gets tough for him to decide what is truth and what is superstition. INSPIRATION : Aforementioned, the story is based on novel by Wade Davis, who investigated the inquisitive case of Clairvius Narcisse. He was declared dead on 1962 and consequently buried. But, later it turned out that Narcisse walked from his grave, weird but alive. He recounted his experience of a drug that made him appear dead, but when he was buried, he was alive.
The Mothman Prophecies, was a story was a town called Point Pleasant at West Virginia. The story unfolds with the death of protagonist, John Klein's wife Mary. She dies in a car accident. When investigated, Klein finds out some scribbled sketches of a winged creature, she saw a night before. As the story unfolds, Klein has very confusing encounters and then suddenly he would hear prophecies from a voice. It turns out, they were all turning to be true. The last prophecy he hears was the crash of the Silver Bridge. INSPIRATION : A huge winged creature, with red eyes and no face was spotted by over 200 individuals in a span of over 13 months. The Mothman as they called it was a phenomenon whose existence is debatable. The Silver Bridge, connecting Pleasant point and Ohio collapsed and there were never any plausible reasons for it to happen, rather than the local legend Mothman.