5 Horror Movies You May Not Have Known Were Based on True Stories

And the chilling true stories behind them.


1. Final Destination (2000)

Believe it or not, Flight 180 was based off of the real life plane crash of TWA Flight 800. On July 17th, 1996 Flight 800 departed from the JFK airport on it’s way to Paris. Just twelve minutes after takeoff the plane exploded and crashed into the atlantic ocean. Two-hundred and thirty souls were on board and no one survived. Sixteen passengers were part of a high school French club on board along with five of their chaperones. The cause of the crash sparked much controversy since many witnesses believed they saw a missile strike it down.

TWA 800 reconstruction
Screenwriter Jeffery Reddick, had read about a mother who had called her daughter previous to the flight taking off telling her not to board the plane due to a ‘bad feeling’ she was having. The daughter listened to her mother and subsequently changed flights, which ultimately saved her life since the plane she was supposed to be on, crashed.  Reddick thought after reading the article “what if she was supposed to die on that flight?” and took to writing a screenplay around the idea. Originally, the story was meant for an episode of the X-Files but the show shot down the script. However, director James Won then picked up the project and the movie was made.


2. The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

The Hills Have Eyes does sound a bit far fetched but there is indeed a small amount of of truth to the story. During the 15th century in Scotland, a forty-eight membered clan was reportedly responsible for the cannibalistic deaths of over a thousand people.1573

The leader of the clan was named Alexander “Sawney” Bean, and his story varies greatly through folklore. Many believe it was all made up for political propaganda due to the holes in the story but there are also a great number of people who believe in it’s validity.


3. The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

On December 15th, 1967 the Silver Bridge located in Point Pleasant, West Virginia collapsed, which resulted in the death of forty-six people. For several months leading up the bridge’s collapse, citizens reported weird sightings around town, all eerily similar to each other. Multiple sightings were reported around the Silver Bridge before it collapsed. Witnesses also said that traffic lights were working erratically on that fateful night, causing traffic to become backed up on the bridge. After the Silver Bridge tragedy, the number of Mothman sightings in the town dramatically reduced.

silverbridge2The Mothman Prophecies film was based off of the novel of the same name that investigated the presence of the Mothman in Point Pleasant along with the author’s experience with the creature.


4. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Director Wes Craven has stated in several interviews that he was inspired by events that took place in Asia before making the movie. Craven had read three articles in the LA Times about men who had died in their sleep during nightmares. They had reportedly been thrashing around, screaming during their sleep and when some one had ran into their rooms, it had already been too late. The deaths ended up being categorized under SUNDS, or Sudden Unexpected Nocturnal Death Syndrome, which is actually responsible for many deaths in Asia. With this diagnosis though, there is no real feasible answer as to why the people have died.. in most cases, their heart just simply stopped.


5. The Possession (2012)

The Dybbuk box is a wine cabinet that was sold on eBay by a man named Kevin Mannis, is said to be possessed or haunted by a demon. It was the inspiration for the 2012 film The Possession. The box was originally owned by a holocaust survivor, whom was afraid to ever open it. When Mannis purchased the box from an estate sale, he summoned up the courage to see what was inside. What was locked away inside were some of the strangest of items: 1920s pennies, a lock of blonde hair bound with cord, a lock of black/brown hair bound with cord, a small statue engraved with the Hebrew word “Shalom”, a small, golden wine goblet, one dried rose bud, and a single candle holder with four octopus-shaped legs.
Mannis said over the time he owned the box he experienced several harrowing nightmares and when he had originally tried to give it as gift to his mother, she had suffered a stroke that same day and died. Numerous other creepy stories exist among previous owners of the box. The owner of the box now, has successfully hid it in a secret location so it could no longer bother anyone again.

While the director of the Possession, Ole Bornedal was working on the film, he had even encountered strange occurrences himself. While Bornedal was researching the box for the film, he was so creeped out that he vowed to never be anywhere near the real box and refused to even have a picture sent to him of it.  The strangest occurrence related to the film, was when a fire destroyed all the props used in the movie just five days after filming was completed. The cause of the fire was never determined. 

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