They say that truth is stranger than fiction. Is it also more terrifying? In the case of movies based on real life events, it depends on what scares you. Psychos and serial killers, sure; you could encounter them on the street and not even know it. What about the supernatural? Even some of the most outrageous horror movies have a basis in history. Find the connection between fact and fantasy in our chronological list below…
9.) The Exorcist (1973)
In the late 1940s, priests of the Roman Catholic Church performed a series of exorcisms on an anonymous boy, documented under the pseudonym “Roland Doe.” The boy was the alleged victim of demonic possession, and the events were recorded by the attending priest, Raymond Bishop. Subsequent supernatural claims surrounding the events went on to inspire the 1971 novel The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty and the film adaptation.
8.) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Despite being heavily touted as “inspired by a true story,” Tobe Hooper’s original 1974 film is only lightly based on the real-life murderer Ed Gein, who is suspected to have taken several victims between 1954 and 1957. Perhaps the most recognizable similarity is the film’s house, whose gruesome content was similar to that found in Ed Gein’s in 1957.