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10 Films Based on True Events – Part One

Watching a horror film on the big screen is enough for most people, but when you find out that those films are based on real life events things start to give off an air of true terror. Below are the first five in our list of 10 films that are based on true events – to some extent. If we’ve missed anything of this list be sure to leave a comment below!

Monster (2003)

Image Credit: Monster, Newmarket Films

Image Credit: Monster, Newmarket Films

The Storyline: Inspired by the life of Aileen Wuornos, a former prostitute from Florida who was tried and sentenced to death for murdering six men during the eighties and nineties.

The True Story: Though the film added in a fictional lover for Aileen, it IS based on Wuornos’ life. Or, at least, the colourful, transitory stories that Wuornos told about her life, including the claim that the men she killed had all raped or attacked her at one point.

 

The Haunting In Connecticut (2009)

Image Credit: The Haunting in Connecticut, Lions Gate Entertainment

Image Credit: The Haunting in Connecticut, Lions Gate Entertainment

The Storyline: When the Campbell family move into a new home to better facilitate their son’s ill health, they discover it used to be a mortuary and the dead people who once rested there aren’t happy about their new guests.

The True Story: Al and Carmen Snedeker lived in an allegedly haunted funeral parlour in Connecticut. Their spooky goings-on were so disturbing that infamous paranormal researchers Ed and Lorraine Warren were brought in to investigate.

 

Hoboken Hollow (2006)

Image Credit: Hoboken Hollow, Pumpjack Entertainment

Image Credit: Hoboken Hollow, Pumpjack Entertainment

The Storyline: Drifter Trevor is offered a ride and ends up trapped by the evil Brodrick family, who live in a remote Texas ranch known only as Hoboken Hollow.

The True Story: In 1984, a ranch known as the Texas Slave Ranch was raided by authorities who discovered that workers were being kept against their will to work the land. Not only that, there were also recordings of torture sessions involving cattle prods, and the discovery of human remains.

 

The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

Image Credit: The Mothman Prophecies, Screen Gems

Image Credit: The Mothman Prophecies, Screen Gems

The Storyline: Richard Gere plays John Kline, a reporter who investigates the mysterious Mothman, who’s said to haunt the town of Point Pleasant.

The True Story: Author John Keel’s book was inspired by his own investigations into the Mothman in Point Pleasant in 1966 and 1967. In the book, he eventually links his detective work with that of others, in particular the Silver Bridge Collapse in 1967.

 

The Zodiac Killer (1971)

Image Credit: The Zodiac Killer

Image Credit: The Zodiac Killer

The Storyline: As a number of dead bodies turn up in San Francisco, the SF Police Department is harassed and harangued by a series of gloating phone calls and letters from the alleged killer.

The True Story: The Zodiac was a serial killer operating in San Francisco during the 1960s and 1970s. He named himself ‘Zodiac’ in a series of letters sent to the SFPD and is thought to be responsible for the deaths of seven people. His identity remains unknown.