There are plenty of horror films out there that are based on true events. Usually these films are based very loosely on reality and leave you a little disappointed if you actually do the research.
There are terrifying supernatural horrors that are revealed to be massively exaggerated, or that have questionable sources. Slasher films based on notorious serial killers that have been given a generous dose of the Hollywood treatment. Details that don’t serve the purpose of the story may be removed, characters or events may be added, and the end result no longer resembles the truth at all.
But what about when it happens the other way around and fiction becomes or even inspires reality? Horror movie sets that become victims of strange, ominous occurrences. Copycat killers that decide to act out their darkest movie fantasies. Even those who believe their favourite fictional villains have communicated to them directly, ordering them to carry out evil acts of their own.
They say that truth is stranger than fiction. And although it may be that in fact that’s not always the case, what does stand out in the following entries is that when reality and fiction cross over, truth is inherently more terrifying than fiction.
Wes Cravens Scream became an instant classic when it was released in 1996. While being a genuinely solid addition to the slasher genre, it provided a satirical take on the genre’s many cliches resulting in a refreshing, highly original horror film. Despite its comedic elements, the film also inspired several real life murders.
In January 1998, 16 year old Mario Padilla and his 14 year old cousin became the centre of a media frenzy surrounding what was referred to as “The Scream Murder.” Ramirez confessed to helping hold down Padilla’s mother, 37 year old Gina Castillo, as Padilla proceeded to stab her 45 times.
They confessed to being inspired by Scream and its sequel and to planning a murder spree after purchasing two Ghostface costumes and a voice changer like those used in the film. Another notable case was that of Belgian teen Alisson Cambier. One day while visiting her friend and neighbour Thierry Jaradin, she was propositioned by the 24 year old trucker. When she rejected his advances he excused himself to the next room and returned wearing the iconic Ghostface costume and holding two kitchen knives. He stabbed her 30 times, ripping open her left side in the process.
9. The Conjuring
The Conjuring is a 2013 supernatural horror film based on the true story of the Perron family and the unexplained ghostly activity they experienced in their family home in the 1970s.
During the making of the film the family visited the movie set several times but Carolyn, the wife and mother of the family, refused to set foot anywhere near the place.
Various strange occurrences surrounded the making of the film. Once, while the Perron family were visiting, a strong wind seemed to surround them and blow through the set despite the trees nearby not moving. At the same time, Carolyn, who was at home in Atlanta felt a strange, evil presence in the house shortly before falling and having to be taken to hospital.
One night James Wan, the film’s director was working late in his office when his dog started growling viciously. Upon investigating, Wan found that there was nothing there, but the dog continued to focus on some unseen entity in the corner. Then, despite Wan seeing nothing, the dog’s head moved, its eyes slowly following something across the room.