6. Nightmare On Elm Street
Another classic Wes Craven film, Nightmare on Elm Street features the scar faced Freddy Krueger who visits his victims in their dreams before murdering them.
In 2004, the paranoid schizophrenic Daniel Gonzalez went on a drug-fuelled rampage murdering four people and injuring two others. It later emerged that the killer had been inspired by Nightmare on Elm Street and had a desire to become “a famous serial killer.”
Gonzalez would later write letters to himself in which he would describe how much he enjoyed committing the murders and how similar he was to Freddy Krueger.
In what might be an even creepier example of a horror movie eerily becoming true, is the existence of what is known as Nightmare Death Syndrome. The condition, in which otherwise healthy young men die during sleep, is not well understood, and seems to mostly affect young, Asian men. Most victims are reported to be heard moaning and groaning in their sleep before death occurs.
5. Rosemary’s Baby
Rosemary’s Baby is a 1968 film about a pregnant woman who fears her husband has signed a pact with a Satan worshipping cult, offering the unborn child as a sacrifice in their rituals. The film was written and directed by Roman Polanski.
In 1969 Polanski was working in London while his pregnant wife Sharon Tate was at their home in Los Angeles. On the 8th of August 1969, Sharon Tate, her unborn baby and several others were viciously murdered at the Polanski home.
After months with no explanation, it was eventually revealed that the murders were committed by members of the Manson Family under the instruction of Charles Manson.