5 Horror Movies Inspired By Real Events (And Where To Stream Them)

Hey guys! So we are back with another horror movie list. Yes, I know you've been dying for my zombie movie list, it's coming, I need to sit down and re-watch some of my favorites (Poor me right?) Now those of you that do know me, you know I am a crime nut! The wife and I watch Investigation Discovery every day. So when my love of horror and my love of true crime get it on and have a movie baby, well I'm more than happy to watch. So here is a list of 5 horror movies inspired by real events:

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Borderland (2007):

The Movies: Borderland is an American/Mexican horror movie about three Texas College Grads who head down to Mexico for a week of partying and strip club hopping. The movie takes a look at the darker side of tourist visiting Mexico as one of the Americans Phil (Played by Rider Strong, Mr. Shawn "Fucking" Hunter himself!) gets kidnapped by a satanic cult. Usual Horror Movie 101 starts and the friends go looking for Phil and have to take on a cult without any help from the local police who seem scared shitless. 

The Event: Borderland is loosely based on a real-life event and cult.  Adolfo de Jesús Constanzo was a drug lord and the leader of a religious sect that practiced human sacrifice. Cult might be more of a media spin, from what I know about them they were part of a drug empire and Adolfo convinced his people that human sacrifice would make them untouchable to the law, and in their eyes, it worked because the police didn't want any part of their operation. They went about kidnapping, torturing, and killing random people, rival gang members, and pretty much anyone that got in their way for years until Adolfo ordered his men to grab an American. This is where the events of Borderland take place; the whole movie is a loose recreation of The Murder of Mark Kilroy, a University of Texas at Austin student, who was in Mexico on his spring break. Here is an excerpt from the event:

He was taken by his abductors to a ranch where he was tortured and sodomized for hours before being murdered in a human sacrifice ritual. Kilroy was killed with a machete blow and then had his brain removed and boiled in a pot. His killers then inserted a wire through his backbone, chopped off his legs, and buried him at the ranch along with 14 other people who had been killed there before him.
— Wikipedia: The Murder of Mark Kilroy

The Mark's case went worldwide and started an international manhunt for Mark. The police found Mark's remains along with others at a ranch in a mass grave and pots. Adolfo went on the run and then ordered one of his cult members to kill him before the police could get him. The rest of his cult members were rounded up and went to trail in 1993. This 1989 case is where all the rumors and paranoia of traveling to Mexico came from.

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The Sacrament (2013):

The Movie:  The Sacrament is an American Found Footage Horror Movie (Fun fact, I hate found footage movies. I don't like the whole camera shaking and what not, but there are a few I enjoyed, and this is one of them.) It follows a photographer named Patrick, his editor, and a cameraman. Patrick gets a letter from his addict sister, who invites him to see her recovery and new life at a utopian community. The group is run by a religious leader known as Father (Sooo for those paying attention the terms to look out for when potentially dealing with a cult are Addict, Utopian, and the term father being used for anyone that isn't your dad or part of the church). The group decides to do a story about the community and they slowly start to see that it's far from the utopia Patrick's sister thinks it is.

The Event: The Sacrament is inspired by Jonestown a community that was settled by The People's Temple, an American cult that was under the leadership of Jim Jones. Jim Jones left American after many claims of sexual and physical abuse within The People's Temple, he moved his church down to Guyana, but while Jones created a media spin on his new community, there were still many reports of abuse, fake healings, and even murders. Many of the former followers said they were not allowed to leave or also voice the thoughts of going. In November of 1978, the reports of abuse caused Congressman Leo Ryan to visit Jonestown to see if the stories were real. Ryan took a small team with him to investigate the claims of relatives (who also went with the congressman) of Jones brainwashing and forcing people to overturn money and children to the Temple.

Ryan and the visitors were met with a lot of hostility from the moment that they met with The People's Temple. Jone's son says his father was deep into drug use and was losing his mind by the time Ryan's made his trip. After a few days of talk Ryan's was allowed to enter Jonestown, the community is located deep in the jungle and can only be visited by an airplane that landed at a small airstrip. Ryan's group could see from flying in why it was so hard for anyone to leave the community. Reports say during their meeting Jones made many remarks about his enemies being after him. One of Jone's followers passed a note to Ryan's people asking to be removed from the community. Upon Ryan's getting ready to leave, he decided to see how many people wanted to go. 15 people of the community requested to part with Ryan's group.

While people were leaving NBC interviewed Jones. Jones was visibly upset with the events that were going on due to Ryan's Visit. Ryan's told Jones that he would be reporting back to the government that Jonestown was a fine community, then he was attacked by one of Jones' men, which caused Ryan and his people to leave quickly. Jones saw the visit and the failed attack on Ryan's life as a sign that things were going to end badly for the community, so Jones started to plot revenge on Ryan's group and to deal with the members of his temple. Jones gave the order of inducing a mass suicide for the Jonestown community, and he gave his followers grape Kool-aid (Where the term "Drinking The Kool-Aid" comes from.) mixed with poison. Jones's men attack Ryan's group at the airport before they could board the plane. 300 children were killed at Jonestown out of a death toll of more than 900 people. Ryan's and four others were killed at the airport, 11 people were injured in the attack at the Airport. Jones didn't drink the Kool-Aid nor did he kill himself, he had one of his men shoot him in the head. While Jonestown is known as a mass suicide, many feel it's a mass murder due to Jim Jones not wanting anyone to know what went on in his community. 

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Backcountry (2014):

The Movie: Backcountry is a Canadian Survival Horror Movie about a couple (Alex & Jenn) that goes on a camping trip to find a location that one of them used to go as a child. Throughout their trip, they run into a traveler who gives you a very creepy vibe but what's more alarming than that is the bear tracks that are hidden by Alex from his girlfriend. The couple woke up to a giant black bear in their campsite and have to fight for their lives. (This movie is crazy...I never had a fear of camping until I watched it)

The Event: Backcountry is loosely inspired by the story of 30-year-old Mark Jordan who was awarded a medal of bravery after fighting a Black Bear with a swiss army knife as it tried to take his wife Jacqueline Perry deeper into the woods after attacking her. Mark fought the bear and dragged his wife to their kayak and proceeded down the river until they were spotted. Jacqueline died from her injuries. The scariest part of this story is what Kevin Scott, a bear expert, had to say to reporters:

“There’s only been four fatalities in Ontario through black bears dating back to about 1978,” he said. “This one in this particular case, it’s early in the investigation, but it appears to be a predatory-type bear. These bears have learned to and often prey on humans.”
— CBC News Interview With Kevin Scott Bear Expert with the Ministry of Natural Resources

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When A Stranger Calls (1979, 2006):

The Movie: When A Stranger Calls (Both the original and the remake) is an American Psychological Horror Movie. A young babysitter/housesitter who is left alone for the evening by her clients starts to receive disturbing phone calls and encounter chill events that seem to be set up by the caller who is stalking the sitter.

The Event: When A Stranger Calls, The Original Black Christmas, and many other horror movies, with unknown callers who turn out to be killers are all inspired by the well known urban ledged of "The Babysitter and The Man Upstairs." The story is dated back to the 1960s, and many believe this ledged is inspired by the real 1950s murder of babysitter Janett Christman. Janett was babysitting 3-year-old Gregory Romack on March 18, 1950, in Columbia, Missouri. At 10:35 p.m., Officer Roy McCowan received a phone call from a girl who was screaming, the only words he could make out before the call dropped was "Come Quick". In those days the phone lines were on test boards and manned at the telephone company but at that late hour, no one was there so the call couldn't be traced. At 1:35 a.m. The Romacks returned to find a broken window, their lights on, their back and front door unlocked and Janett in a pool of blood on their living room floor. The police believed the broken window was staged to make people think it was a break in gone wrong and not someone who was willing let into the house. The case is still unsolved till this day.

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Scream (1996):

The Movie: Do I need to break down this epic masterpiece? If you haven't watched scream, shame on you. It's about a group of high school kids in a small town in California that is being preyed on by a serial killer, one that people are starting to believe is connected to a very gruesome killing from the year before.

The Event: An actual event inspires scream... I know! I couldn't believe it myself, but the Gainesville Ripper case inspires it. From 1989 to 1990 Danny Harold Rolling murdered students in Gainesville, Florida. The students were all college age, one was from Santa Fe College, and four were from the University of Florida. The murders all occurred during a burglary and robbery spree in the Gainesville area. Rolling mutilated his victims decapitated one and posed them in front of mirrors. Here is an excerpt about one of the murders:

In the early morning hours of Friday, August 24, Rolling broke into the apartment shared by 17-year-old university freshmen Sonja Larson and Christina Powell. Finding Powell asleep on the downstairs couch, he stood over her briefly but did not wake her up, choosing instead to explore the upstairs bedroom where he found Larson also asleep. Rolling murdered Larson, first taping her mouth shut to stifle her screams and then stabbing her to death. She died while trying to fend him off. Rolling then went back downstairs, taped Powell’s mouth shut, bound her wrists together behind her back and threatened her with a knife as he cut her clothes off of her. He then raped her and forced her face-down onto the floor, where he stabbed her five times in the back. Rolling posed the bodies in sexually provocative positions and left the apartment.
— Wikipedia: Danny Rolling

 

Rollings was later arrested on another burglary charge, and the police found tools and items on him that matched up with the murders. Rollings was living in a tent in the woods close to the apartments of the college students. Rollings said he wanted to be a famous superstar like Ted Bundy and also admitted to several rapes, a triple homicide in Shreveport, Louisiana, and even admitted to trying to kill his father in May 1990.

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Well, that's it. All of these movies are worth watching (well maybe not the remake of When A Stranger Calls, but you can watch the original and Black Christmas) so check them out and let me know what you think. You know of any other True Crime Horror movies that are worth checking out? Leave them in the comments below and before you head off.

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