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Horror movies based on real stories

Why do we love to be scared?

When we get scared, our bodies automatically triggers the “fight or flight” response—our heart rates increase, we breathe faster, our muscles tense, and our attention focuses for quick and effective responses to threats. If there is no real threat, the rush can be quite enjoyable.

There are so many movies based on “true stories”.  But are haunting real? I will let you guys decide.

Here are a few horror movies based on” true” stories – lock the doors, bring out the popcorn and prepare to be scared.

 The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

This movie is loosely based on the real-life  trial of Father Richard Moore, charged with the murder of Emily Rose. Father Moore claimed that she was possessed by six demons. Emily died of malnutrition and dehydration. This movie is mostly a court room drama, with the exception of flashbacks from the priest’s point of view. The creep factor comes from the fact that this exorcism was actually approved and sanctioned by the Catholic Church.

The real story goes like this:
In 1968,  Anneliese Michel was a normal 17 year old girl still in high school when she began to suffer from convulsions. Court findings have her experiencing her first epileptic attack in 1969. It was then that she was diagnosed with Grand Mal epilepsy. Soon, Anneliese started experiencing  hallucinations while praying. She also began to hear voices, which told her that she was damned. The court determined that by 1973 Anneliese was suffering from depression and considering suicide. In 1975, convinced that she was possessed, her parents gave up on doctors; They chose to rely solely on the exorcism for healing. She died. So was Anneliese a schizophrenic that was denied medical help, or a youth possessed by demons? You be the judge. 


Psycho (1960)

Alfred Hitchcock’s Norman Bates is a very disturbed hotel owner with Mommy issues, he also likes to kill hotel guests. He develops a dual personality and dresses like his mother when he commits his murders.

The character Norman Bates was inspired by Ed Gein, a Wisconsin man who was arrested in 1957 for committing two murders and digging up the corpses of countless other women who reminded him of his dead mother. He skinned the bodies to make lamp shades, socks and a “woman suit” in hopes of becoming a woman. He was found to be insane and spent the rest of his life in a mental institution.

The Amityville Horror (1979)

This movie will make you think twice about buying that gorgeous character home. The film is based on a self-proclaimed nonfiction book describing what George and Kathy Lutz experienced during their four weeks in the house, including disembodied voices, cold spots, demonic imagery, inverted crucifixes and walls “bleeding” green slime. Most, if not all, of the events portrayed in both the book and the movie have been called into question by investigators, and it is widely believed that the entire incident was a hoax.

The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)

This is by far the scariest movie I’ve ever seen. Its based on the book by Wade Davis. In the movie version, Bill Pullman plays Davis, a doctor doing research in Haiti, where he stumbles into the world of dark magic and voodoo. the movie gives us some memorable scenes that  include an ill-fated dinner as well as giving us one of the best lines ever used in a horror flick: “don’t let them bury me, I’m not dead yet”.

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