It’s a known fact that most horror movies are sheer works of fiction, this particular genre often comes up with stories that are based on terrifying and bone-chilling real-life events, like the few collected here.
1. CHILD'S PLAY (1988)
In 1909, Key West painter and author Robert Eugene Otto claimed that one of his family's servants implanted a voodoo curse on his childhood toy, Robert the Doll. As known, the doll would move mysteriously from room to room, knock furniture over, and involve in some conversation with Otto. Robert the Doll was left in the attic until Otto's death in 1974, when new owners moved into his Florida home. The new family said to have experienced the same stuff. For now, Robert the Doll is on display at Key West's Fort East Martello Museum.
2. THE AMITYVILLE HORROR (1979)
The Amityville Horror follows the paranormal activity that terrorized the Lutz family. In 1975, the family moved into 112 Ocean Avenue where, hitherto unknown to them, Ronald DeFeo, Jr. had ruthlessly murdered his family 13 months before they arrived. While in their new home, the family claimed that they saw green slime on the walls and red-eyed pigs gazing into the kitchen and living room. It was even less than a month when the Lutz family decided to move out of the small town of Amityville, New York.
3. PSYCHO (1960)
Psycho's Norman Bates is loosely based on murderer and grave robber Ed Gein, who, at the late 1950s, killed women and unearthed corpses in Wisconsin. He also made use of human skin to make tiny keepsakes and knickknacks, such as face masks, belts, and chair coverings. Psycho's novelist Robert Bloch based Bates on Gein, but improvised the character from a grave robber and murderer into a serial killer who dressed like his mother. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Silence of the Lambs also based their serial killers on Gein.
4. THE EXORCIST (1973)
Based on a boy who was allegedly possessed in the year 1949, and about whom the director William Friedkin said, "His family weren’t even Catholics, they were Lutheran. They started with doctors and then psychiatrists and then psychologists and then they went to their minister who couldn’t help them. And they wound up with the Catholic church. The Washington Post article says that the boy was possessed and exorcised. That’s pretty out on a limb for a national newspaper to put on its front page ... But you’re not going to see that on the front page of an intelligent newspaper unless there’s something there."
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