Thursday, October 8, 2020

Thursday Movie Picks #41: Halloween Edition - Based on a True Story


Hey! Welcome to Thursday Movie Picks where you get to share your movie picks for each topic presented every Thursday!  Based on the theme presented each week, you can pick up to 3 to 5 movies and explain why you picked those movies! This meme is being hosted by Wandering through the Shelves!

This week's theme is: Halloween Edition - Based on a True Story!

Now, I have seen a lot of movies that were BASED off of true stories, so since it's October, we are focusing on horror movies that were based off of true stories!

The monstrous spirit of a slain child murderer seeks revenge by invading the dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his untimely death.

Wes Craven got the idea for this film when he read an article in the Los Angeles Times about a family of Cambodian refugees with a young son who had terrible nightmares.  The son told his parents that he was afraid of going to sleep because he was afraid that if he fell asleep, the thing that was chasing him in his nightmares would get him.  So he would stay awake for days.  Even though I only seen bits and pieces of this movie, the scene where Johnny Depp gets sucked into the bed and blood comes up always stayed with me; I was surprised that this movie was actually based off a true story about a young child having nightmares and being afraid to go to sleep because of them.

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.

Stephen King's novel was based off the Stanley Hotel in Colorado where the guests there have reported in seeing ghosts there.  While the movie didn't take place at the Stanley Hotel, the fact that this movie was based off the true story about actual hauntings at a hotel actually makes this movie even more creepy!

A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.

This film was based off of the true story of serial killer Ted Bundy who, like Buffalo Bill in this film, wore a fake cast and also of Ed Gein who actually skinned his victims in real life.  It was also based off of the 1980s killer Gary Heidnik who also kept his victims in a basement pit.  Even though I still haven't seen this movie yet (I know, I know, I should have watched this movie a long time ago), it's actually terrifying that there are serial killers in real life who perform these horrific acts against their victims and this movie definitely reinforces that terror.




  1. Well I can say I've seen all three but I can't say I enjoyed any of them....but then I'm not a fan of horror or this sort of suspense. I read both of the books the second two are based on. Both well written but I'd never revisit them either.

    As I said I'm really not much for horror so this whole month is a tougher one for me but I did manage to find three that worked.

    The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)-Plot: An attorney (Laura Linney) defends a priest (Tom Wilkinson) accused of negligent homicide after an exorcism.

    Basis: Anneliese Michel died after being subjected to an exorcism. She was found to have been malnourished and dehydrated. Her parents and the responsible priests were charged with negligent homicide and sentenced to three years' probation. Her epilepsy was likely the real culprit.

    The Mothman Prophecies (2002)-Plot: A man (Richard Gere) investigates the Mothman, a strange red-eyed creature that appears to signify impending disasters.

    Basis: Journalist John Keel wrote The Mothman Prophecies after investigating hundreds of reports of sightings and other strange phenomena in Point Pleasant, West Virginia during the late 1960s.

    The Entity (1982)-Plot: A woman (Barbara Hershey) is tormented and sexually molested by an invisible demon.

    Basis: In 1974 Doris Bither claimed to have been repeatedly sexually assaulted by an invisible entity leading to her being observed by doctoral students at the University of California, Los Angeles.

    1. Emily Rose is a pretty popular pick this week! I really need to sit down and watch that movie sometime! Great list!

  2. 3 great movies, and as you know, we have a match! Great minds...