horror movies “based on a true story”: House of the Devil

"During the 1980s over 70% of American adults believed in the existence of abusive Satanic Cults… Another 30% rationalized the lack of evidence due to government cover ups… The following is based on true unexplained events…" This is the text which opens the 2009 film, The House of the Devil. What is true: The statistics … Continue reading horror movies “based on a true story”: House of the Devil

horror movies “based on a true story”: The Conjuring (and Annabelle)

"Based on the true case files of the Warrens," proclaims the tagline of "The Conjuring."  The Warrens have been involved in a number of these "based on a true story" horror movies, including The Amityville Horror and The Haunting in Connecticut. What is true: Ed and Lorraine Warren investigated the haunting of the Perron family … Continue reading horror movies “based on a true story”: The Conjuring (and Annabelle)

horror movies “based on a true story”: The Haunting in Connecticut

Yet another haunted house tale "based on true events."  Is this any closer to the truth than The Amityville Horror? What makes the true story behind this movie kind of cool is that the house was examined by Ed and Lorraine Warren, the ghosthunters whose story is told in the movie "The Conjuring." What is … Continue reading horror movies “based on a true story”: The Haunting in Connecticut

horror movies “based on a true story”: Open Water

"Based on true events."  Today we'll look at this oft-used tagline for horror movies to examine the truth behind the shark attack movie "Open Water." What is true: In 1998, a couple (Tom and Eileen Lonergan) went scuba diving and did not return because the boat crew did not take an accurate headcount. They were … Continue reading horror movies “based on a true story”: Open Water

horror movies “based on a true story”: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

The tagline says, "What happened is true."  Tobe Hooper based this classic horror flick on serial killer Ed Gein (who has inspired several other "based on a true story" movies...).  I will examine things that are true/false based only on events in "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (not the other Gein-inspired movies). What is true: Ed … Continue reading horror movies “based on a true story”: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

horror movies “based on a true story”: The Amityville Horror

Ah, horror movies and the oft-used tagline that draws us in over and over: "Based on a true story." I'll start with The Amityville Horror because it was probably one of the earliest horror movies to really claim that it was based on true events.  Jay Anson wrote a book about these events and the … Continue reading horror movies “based on a true story”: The Amityville Horror

book to real-life connection *spoilers*

A while back I read this book by Lisa McMann, Dead to You. (You might not want to continue reading if you want to read this book and not have the end spoiled for you!) The story follows a boy named Ethan returning to a family from whom he was kidnapped years ago, and his … Continue reading book to real-life connection *spoilers*