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The REAL Story of BOOGIE NIGHTS: John Holmes and the Wonderland Murders

In 1997, Paul Thomas Anderson made his mark on Hollywood with a daring look at the “other” Hollywood. For those who still have not checked out this now-cult classic, BOOGIE NIGHTS is the story of Dirk Diggler, a young man with a unique endowment that makes him perfect for the adult film industry. Based on Anderson’s […]

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The REAL Story of THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES [VIDEO]

Most horror fans are familiar with the 2002 movie THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES about a small town in West Virginia that was haunted by a mysterious, giant creature. But did you know the movie is based on actual sightings and events? Check out our video below to learn about the real story of the Mothman.

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VIDEO: The Real Stories that Inspired AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ROANOKE

Did you know that Lady Gaga’s character is based on a supposedly real witch? Or that the killer nurses were inspired by real nurses that murdered their patients? The TV series AMERICAN HORROR STORY has always borrowed from actual history. The most recent season, ROANOKE, is no different, using historical events and actual mysteries to help shape […]

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The True Story that Inspired the Horror Movie RAVENOUS: Cannibal Alfred Packer

If you’ve ever driven cross-country, you know how hard it is to find a place to eat on the road. As signs of civilization become even more scant as, you find yourself praying to the elder gods to make a Carl’s Jr. or even a Denny’s appear over the next horizon. But fate and franchising doesn’t always […]

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The Horrifying True Story Behind THE EXORCIST: The Possession of Ronald Hunkeler

William Peter Blatty’s novel THE EXORCIST (1971), later adapted into a film by William Friedkin in 1973, sparked an intense curiosity in the world of demonic possession. Exorcisms were rarely practiced before the novel, and film brought the practice to the main stage. So then what was the inciting incident that inspired Blatty to delve into […]

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The Real Story of JACOB’S LADDER: Government Drug Tests and “the Ladder”

In 1990, movie audiences were captivated by director Adrian Lyne’s psychological horror film JACOB’S LADDER. The story of a Vietnam veteran whose combat experience left him suffering from flashbacks and strange hallucinations, the film put a spotlight on the American military’s use of chemical and biological weapons during the Vietnam War. In the film, they […]

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The Story of the Real ANNABELLE Doll

She first appeared in James Wan’s THE CONJURING, then her own spinoff feature, with its own promising sequel now hitting theaters. This little girl is one of the most famous dolls in the world… she’s also one of the most haunted. The centerpiece of demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren’s Occult Museum in Monroe, Connecticut, the […]

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The REAL Story Behind THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: The Notorious Killer Ed Gein

In 1974, director Tobe Hooper revolutionized horror with his film “inspired by a true story,” THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. Almost immediately after the film’s release, rumors began to circulate that there was an actual chainsaw wielding madman living with his deranged family in the town of Poth, Texas. The inspired events were also said to […]

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The True Story Behind the Movie OPEN WATER

In 2003, Lions Gate released a low budget Indie flick called OPEN WATER. Shot for just $500,000, the film went on to gross $55 million worldwide. Daniel and Susan are a young couple who head to the Bahamas for a scuba-diving vacation. Chartering a boat with several other divers, the couple decides to swim away […]