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True horror: Movie classics

Fact or fiction? You be the judge, but here are a few spooky movies that claim to be based on real-life paranormal experiences!

The Haunting in Connecticut

The Haunting in Connecticut, 2009

Based on the alleged paranormal phenomena that plagued the real-life Snedeker family, the movie The Haunting in Connecticut follows the story of the Campbells after they move into a new home that comes complete with a grisly past. Soon they discover the house was a former mortuary and start to experience all kinds of supernatural occurrences, some of which were confirmed by the real family and some that were apparently the result of artistic licence. So that raises the question: Where does this thrill ride draw the line between real and reel?

The Mothman Prophecies, 2002

The alleged sightings of a large, winged creature in Point Pleasant, West Virginia served as a basis for the novel The Mothman Prophecies by author John A. Keel. This story made its way to the big screen in The Mothman Prophecies, based on the apparently true events surrounding the frightening “Mothman” entity who terrorized the small community in 1966–1967. Fuelled by a personal tragedy, a reporter finds himself being pulled into the investigation, and as he unravels the mystery, he begins to question not only the true meaning of the events, but also his own sanity.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose, 2005

Part horror movie, part courtroom drama, The Exorcism of Emily Rose centres on a trial that ultimately examines science and faith. While loosely based on the story of the alleged possession and untimely death of Anneliese Michel as well as the subsequent trial for those deemed responsible, the cinematic version follows the trial of Father Moore after Emily Rose perishes during her exorcism. Both the real and fictional accounts of the young woman’s life question whether her psychotic episodes were the result of a medical condition or a demonic possession, and in both, the court made a ruling in the case. But the true question is, what do you believe?

The Amityville Horror, 1979

When George and Kathy Lutz happily moved into their new home in 1975, it’s doubtful they realized an evil sequence of events would cause them to move out only 28 days later, but apparently that’s what happened! The Amityville Horror is based on the novel The Amityville Horror: A True Story by Jay Anson, which chronicles the alleged demonic occurrences that led the Lutz family to essentially flee for their lives. While some of the events have been disputed over the years, it still remains a classic for fans of bone-chilling horror.

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