Who doesn’t love a peaceful life where nothing unexpected happens? But sometimes you just want to tickle your nerves and hold your breath for a moment. In this case, you can go on an adventure, try sports betting, or watch horrors with unexpected twists. If you’re into movies, these 11 pictures are what you should watch.
The Exorcist (1973)
William Friedkin’s The Exorcist received 10 Oscar nominations for a good reason: the film was extremely realistic and accurate, as it was based on a true case of the church’s struggle with the devil. William Peter Blatty wrote his novel inspired by the story of a real Maryland boy possessed by a dozen demons. The exorcism rite on him lasted a month.
The forefather of modern blockbusters, Steven Spielberg’s thriller Jaws is based on Peter Benchley’s novel of the same name, and the writer in turn was inspired by several real-life stories of shark attacks on careless swimmers in warm tropical bays. Benchley’s interest in sharks arose after reading a newspaper article about fishermen catching a predator weighing more than two tons; the author only imagined what preceded it.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Success is known to have many fathers, so after A Nightmare on Elm Street became a cult phenomenon in popular culture, there were many theories that Freddy Krueger’s image was based on the characters of real criminals. Wes Craven denied all speculation but said that he was inspired by another aspect. He heard a story about refugees from Cambodia who were haunted in nightmares by a spirit capable of wounding in real life.
Fire in the Sky (1993)
The plot of the sci-fi horror movie “Fire in the Sky” is based on a rather famous story that happened to woodcutter Travis Walton. It is believed that he was abducted by aliens in 1975 and held aboard a “flying saucer” for five whole days. Of course, Walton could not provide convincing evidence of the reality of such contact, but his story about a beam from heaven could not be disproved even with the use of a lie detector.
Open Water (2003)
Open Water was inspired by the mysterious story of the disappearance of the Lonergans, who are believed to have gone snorkeling off the Great Barrier Reef in the Coral Sea and never returned to the boat. In the movie, the divers left behind by their guides died a horrible death in the shark’s jaws, but with the Lonergans, everything is not so clear. There is a version that they simply faked their death and escaped to an unknown destination.
The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
The tragic death of the German girl Annelise Michele in 1976 was the basis for several movies at once, the most famous and successful of which was The Exorcism of Emily Rose. Suffering from a terrible seizure, the girl was under the scrutiny of doctors, but since six years, doctors have not been able to diagnose her illness, for the cure taken by the church.
The Strangers (2007)
Unlike the famous cases inspired by the other pictures in our selection, “The Strangers” director and screenwriter Brian Bertino brought his own deeply personal experience to the screen. As a child, he was left at home with his sister and nearly attacked by a gang of robber hoodlums. The villains would break into homes and torture and torture their owners, but something scared or distracted them at little Brian’s door.
The Possession (2012)
The title curse box from the movie of the same name is purchased by the main character at a street sale and, along with the marvelous artifact, brings the evil Jewish spirit dybbuk into her home. In reality, a similar antique ghost trap has been sold several times on Ebay, and each new owner has encountered a manifestation of something scary and supernatural, right up to the appearance of “scary witches with burning eyes” in their homes.
The Conjuring (2013)
The franchise has become one of the most successful and branched out series of horror films – the total number of paintings from this universe already counts seven pieces, with an eighth on the way. And all, in one way or another, are based on the real manifestations of the otherworldly, and the line of the main films and at all in detail retold the investigation of the Warrens, enthusiasts studying the paranormal phenomena. The story of the Perron family and the Annabelle dolls are recorded by them.
The Quiet Ones (2014)
The Quiet Ones is based on the plot of one of the most controversial and bizarre experiments conducted in Toronto, Canada, in 1972. Several scientists from different fields, united by an interest in the supernatural, simulated a session with a ghost described by fortune-tellers and witches, and, to their amazement, experienced the presence of something invisible but sinister in the room.
Winchester: The House that Ghosts Built (2018)
The very “House that Ghosts Built”, could be visited by anyone – from the ominous, ghost-infested mansion made a tourist attraction for fans of tickling their nerves. At one time, it was believed that the house was haunted by the spirits of victims of rifles assembled at the Winchester factories, and the abundance of rooms was supposed to placate the ghosts. Originally seven stories high, the house once collapsed but partially survived.