What could be more horrific than a scary film? Why, reality, of course. Or, if you really want to go the whole 9 yards, take a disturbing true-life event and adapt it into a horror film. It turns out that there are more than enough shocking real life events to draw inspiration from, and you may even find that your favourite online casino has a game or two that’s inspired by a horror! One such game is our online slot game, Immortal Romance, that is inspired by vampires.
To give you the inside scoop we’ve rounded up the best 6 horror movies that have connections to real life events. Though, just to be clear, many films are only loosely based on real life events. They still wear the ‘based on a true story’ badge proudly, though, because it makes for good marketing.
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer was a beacon for controversy in the late 80s and early 90s. It was loosely based on real life killers Henry Lee Lucas and Ottis Toole. Though even using the word loosely is a bit generous. It turns out that the real Henry tried to take credit for as many as 600 murders, though he was cleared of the vast majority of these claims after an investigation.
In the end, it turned out that officers were colluding with Henry, encouraging him to confess to multiple murders, simply as a way to clear pesky unsolved cases.
The film does, however, clearly state that it is based more on the fantasies of the real Henry, rather than the reality. Why wasn’t the film about the colluding cops, we wonder?
The Alfred Hitchcock classic, Psycho, took loose inspiration from real killer Ed Gein. Robert Bloch, who wrote the novel Psycho, which was adapted into the film, confessed that he had almost finished writing the book when he learned about Gein.
He was struck by the similarities between the fictional Norman Bates and the real life killer, and thus made small adjustments to the book to more closely resemble reality.
Hounds of Love (2016)
The horrifying Moorhouse Murders occurred in 1986, involving couple David and Catherine Birnie. The two kidnapped and murdered 4 women. The last of the victims, number 5, escaped and jumped out a window.
The film tells an almost entirely fictional account of the last woman who escaped, with only the most basic, broad details being based on reality.
The Girl Next Door (2007)
If you guessed that this film was loosely based on real events, you would be correct. The inspiration was the story of Sylvia Likens, who was tortured and murdered by Gertrude Baniszewski in 1965.
Interestingly enough, Stephen King said that this was the most shocking movie he had seen since Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is based on the life of notorious killer Ted Bundy. Though, in this case the film takes inspiration from the memoirs written by Bundy’s real life girlfriend Elizabeth Kendall.
So the film is accurate in that it portrays a killer from the perspective of a real person involved in the situation. As far as this list goes, this one is really based on true events. Technically speaking.
10 Rillington Place (1971)
Lastly we have 10 Rillington Place, which was praised for closely following the real events involving serial killer John Christie. Christie murdered several victims in his London apartment in the 1940s and 1950s.
The movie was criticised for not attempting to explain what resulted in Christie becoming a murderer. But, at the very least it stayed comparatively true to what actually happened in real life.