While A Nightmare on Elm Street doesn't seem like it could possible be based off of a true story, it most certainly is. In the movie, a pizza-faced madman sets out to terrorize teens in their dreams. You might be wondering how that could even happen in real life. Well, it did, and the story behind the movie may be even more terrifying than the movie itself. The director of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Wes Craven, became mesmerized by an article he had read in the LA Times. The article he had read explained the odd details of a man's death. It stuck with Craven and this lead him to create the 1984 classic, A Nightmare on Elm Street. In an interview, Craven went in detail about the article in the LA Times and how he created A Nightmare on Elm Street based on this piece:
"It was a series of articles in the LA Times, about men from South East Asia, who were from immigrant families and who had died in the middle of nightmares --- and the paper never correlated them, never said, 'Hey, we've had another story like this.' The third one was the son of a physician. He was about twenty-one; I've subsequently found out this is a phenomenon in Laos, Cambodia. Everybody in his family said almost exactly these lines: 'You must sleep.' He said, 'No, you don't understand; I've had nightmares before --- this is different.' He was given sleeping pills and told to take them and supposedly did, but he stayed up. I forget what the total days he stayed up was, but it was a phenomenal amount --- something like six, seven days. Finally, he was watching television with the family, fell asleep on the couch, and everybody said, 'Thank god.' They literally carried him upstairs to bed; he was completely exhausted. Everybody went to bed, thinking it was all over. In the middle of the night, they heard screams and crashing. They ran into the room, and by the time they got to him he was dead. They had an autopsy performed, and there was no heart attack; he just had died for unexplained reasons. They found in his closet a Mr. Coffee maker, full of hot coffee that he had used to keep awake, and they also found all his sleeping pills that they thought he had taken; he had spit them back out and hidden them. It struck me as such an incredibly dramatic story that I was intrigued by it for a year, at least, before I finally thought I should write something about this kind of situation."
If you've ever seen The Hills Have Eyes, you know how disturbing the storyline is. If you haven't, brace yourselves. The 1977 cult horror film Th Hills Have Eyes, directed by Wes Craven, was about a family who was being hunted by deformed cannibals. And you guessed it, this movie too was based on real life cannibalism. Let that sink in. This morbid and terrifying story is based on the Sawney Bean story. Through out the 15th and 16th century in Scotland, Bean and his lover left home and headed for the caves along the coast. They lived in these caves for many years and ended up having 14 children. The family would attack random people who ventured near the caves, and MURDERED. THEM. FOR. FOOD. They didn't murder animals, they murdered humans, for food. Locals in nearby towns began to notice people going missing and even found body parts washing up on shore. The Bean family was hunted down and brought to trial for the murder and cannibalization of over 1,000 people. When the family was caught, there were 48 members, almost all of them a product of incest. Source
Any movie having to do with possessed and killer dolls is terrifying, but a movie based on a doll that actually terrorizes in real life?! That is one doll we'd stay far away from. The movie Child's Play originally started out as a satire about toys and the way they were marketed for children, but clearly, the film took a horrific turn. Writer of the movie, Don Mancini, later changed it to be more about a serial killer who uses voodoo to bring his soul into that of a doll. This voodoo magic doesn't just happen in the movies, kids. It actually happened in real life to a painter and author by the name of Robert Eugene Otto. A Jamaican nurse gave a doll, by the name Robert the Doll, to Otto in 1904. Sometime later a riff happened between her and her employer and with spite she cursed the doll. Otto would constantly be found talking to the doll when he was young and his family began seeing things go missing and being moved about his room. They would even hear Otto's ear-shattering screams coming from his room at night. Later down the road, after Otto had died, the doll was left with the new homeowners. The attacks didn't stop with Otto. The new homeowners claimed the doll could move and was out to kill them. The doll is now displayed in a museum as a stop on a popular ghost tour.Source
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