The scariest horror movies thought to be based on real life

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"Jaws" is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg. The story in the film is based on the novel of the same 1974 title by writer Peter Benchley.

The film tells the story of a great white shark, thought to be as old as the planet Earth itself, who attacks beachgoers in a summer resort town, prompting Police Chief Martin Brody to hunt him down with the help of a marine biologist and a professional shark hunter.

Murray Hamilton plays mayor and Lorraine Gary portrays Brody's wife. The screenplay was entrusted to Benchley, who wrote the first drafts, and actor-writer Carl Gottlieb, who rewrote the screenplay during the main filming.

The film's creations were mostly made at the place known as Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts. "Jaws" was the first feature film to be shot in the ocean and consequently had a turbulent production, exceeding the budget planned for it.

"Jaws" was the prototype summer film, considered a turning point in the history of American film. He won several awards for his music and editing. It was the highest grossing film until its 1977 release of Star Wars.

"The Exorcist" - A teenager is possessed by a mysterious being and her mother seeks the help of two priests.

Another well-known horror film that is said to be based on real events is "The Exorcist" is a 1973 American horror film directed by William Friedkin and written by William Peter Blatty, based on his novel, of 1971 of the same name.

The film stars Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn, Jack, Jason Miller and Linda Blair. The film depicts the demonic invasion of a young girl and her mother's attempt to save her through an exorcism performed by two Catholic priests.

During the making of "The Exorcist" there was a series of difficulties such as when a fire damaged most of the group and actors Blair and Burstyn suffered long-term injuries. The making of this film took twice as long as planned and cost more than double the initial budget.

"The Exorcist" hit 24 theaters in the United States and Canada in late December 1973. Despite initial criticism, audiences flocked to it, waiting in long lines to see it. Some viewers experienced unwanted physical reactions, fainting or vomiting. Heart attacks and an abortion were reported in the newspapers of the time. A psychiatric magazine even published a paper on the "cinematic neurosis" caused by the film. Some cities tried to ban his presentation in cinemas altogether or ban children from participating during his screening.

"Zodiac" is another mysterious 2007 American thriller film directed by David Fincher and written by James Vanderbilt. The narrative in this film is based on the 1986 book of the same title by Robert Graysmith. Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. with Anthony Edwards, Brian Cox, Elias Koteas, Donal Logue, John Carroll Lynch, Chloe Sevigny, Philip Baker Hall and Dermot Mulroney in supporting roles.

"Zodiac" tells the story of the search for the killer of the Zodiac, a serial killer who terrorized the San Francisco Bay Area during the late 1960s and early 1970s, mocking police with letters, blood-stained clothes and figures. sent to newspapers. The case remains one of the most notorious unsolved crimes in the United States. Fincher, Vanderbilt and producer Bradley J. Fischer spent 18 months conducting their own investigation and search for the Zodiac murders.

The movie "Zodiac" was released by Paramount Pictures in North America and Warner Bros. He first appeared in international markets on March 2, 2007 and received mostly positive reviews for his screenplay, directing, acting and historical accuracy.

The film was nominated for several awards, including the Saturn Award for Best Picture, Adventure or Thriller. He earned over $ 84.7 million worldwide with a production budget of $ 65 million. In a 2016 Critics Survey conducted by the BBC, "Zodiac" was voted the 12th best film of the 21st century.

"A Nightmare on Elm Street" is another 1984 American horror film written and directed by Wes Craven and produced by Robert Shaye.

The first part of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" stars Heather Langenkamp, ​​John Saxon, Ronee Blakley, Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger, and Johnny Depp in his film debut.

The plot is about four teenagers living on a street in the fictional city of Springwood, Ohio, who are possessed and killed in their dreams and thus killed in reality, by a killer burned with a sharp-edged leather glove.

Director Craven made "A Nightmare on Elm Street" with an estimated budget of $ 1.1 million.

The film was released on November 9, 1984 and grossed $ 57 million worldwide. It is considered to be one of the greatest horror films ever made. The film includes a moral game where sexually promiscuous teenagers are killed.

The film's critics and historians stated that the premise of the film is the struggle to determine the difference between dreams and reality, manifested by the lives and dreams of teenagers in the film.

Subsequent critics praised the film's ability to transcend the "boundaries between the imaginary and the real," playing with audience perceptions.

The film was followed by A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge.

In 2021, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as a project with high "cultural" content.21Media