Can You Believe These Films Are Based on a True Story?

True Horror is Far More Disturbing Than Fiction



Sometimes truth is stranger then fiction – and these horror movies are scarier because they are based on true events.

Hard Candy

Hard Candy is one of the most disturbing movies I have ever seen, and the story of a teenage girl preying on predators has to be completely fictional, right? Well, according to producer David W. Higgins, he got the idea from a news story he saw on 20/20, and it’s as shocking and ethically conflicting as the film.

The story involved young Japanese girls who lured older men (just like Ellen Page’s character) to a spot of their choice for “meaningful conversation.” Once vulnerable, the would-be predator got jumped by a whole gang of young girls, beating him until they could take his money. This prompted Higgins to wonder, “What if the person you expect to be the predator is not who you expect it to be? What if it’s the other person?”

The Rite

The fact that there’s a real-life history of exorcisms will never cease to freak me out, and this case is no help. The movie The Rite follows an old, expert priest who is called in to perform an exorcism on a pregnant young girl who was raped by her father. The story is based on the accounts of a then-priest sent to the Vatican to learn exorcisms. It’s called The Making of a Modern Exorcist, and it’s a guidebook to religious terror.

The real Father Gary Thomas was skeptical when approached to perform exorcism in his diocese, so he became an apprentice to a professional exorcist in Rome. His initial skepticism was quickly replaced by cold, hard fear that evil is very real and manifests in the form of demonic possession. Father Gary performed over 20 exorcisms, and he was a consultant on the film. He claims that the fictional sessions in The Rite are extremely accurate, which is thoroughly terrifying when you consider that the victim is coughing up nails and miscarrying her unborn child.

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In the mostly overlooked film Primeval, a giant, man-eating, relentless crocodile has been terrorizing locals for years when a team of journalists arrive to film and capture the beast. In reality, proving once again that it can be stranger than fiction, there IS a crocodile in Burundi who has been eating people for decades. His name is Gustave, and at around 60 years old, he’s still growing.

Most likely measuring between 18 and 25 feet long, Gustave’s intimidating size prevents him from hunting normal, fast prey. Instead, he resorts to bigger animals like hippopotamus, wildebeest, and, scarily enough, humans. Some accounts say that the monstrous creature will strategically hunt humans but leave their corpses uneaten. If that’s the case, he’s hunting us for sport, and no one has ever been able to catch him. When one team attempted it with a live goat, their camera failed the night the goat went missing, so it’s possible that Gustave isn’t only powerful but extremely intelligent as well.

What horror movie is the last one you’d want to be a true story?


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