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More Horror Films You Didn’t Realize Were Based on True Stories

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Earlier this week it was reported that a New Jersey family abandoned their new $1.3 million home after receiving a series of threatening and terrifying letters from someone calling themselves “the Watcher.” In one letter, the unknown creep writes: “[The house] has been the subject of my family for decades. I have be [sic] put in charge of watching and waiting for its second coming. My grandfather watched in the 1920s and my father watched it in the 1960s. It is now my time.” The strange case has all the makings of a horror movie. Previously, we wrote about horror films that you probably didn’t know were based on true stories. And today we bring you ten more movies inspired by real-life terror. Good luck sleeping tonight.
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10 Films That Capture the Surrealness of Sleep

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From the director who brought us the wild conspiracy theories behind Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining in Room 237 comes Rodney Ascher’s new film, The Nightmare. After a bout of terrifying sleep paralysis, the filmmaker decided to document the similar experiences of several people for a surreal and eccentric journey through the subconscious. Anything can happen in a dream — and the hazy space between sleep and reality is great fodder for filmmakers. Here are just a few films that explore the subject of sleep in compelling ways.
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Cinema’s Craziest Possessed Teens

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Neu horrormeisters Jason Blum, James Wan, and Leigh Whannell are at it again. This weekend, the third chapter of their Insidious film series opened in theaters. The new movie is a prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert family. In the film, psychic Elise Rainier, played by the great Lin Shaye, uses her abilities to help a teenage girl who is the target of a dangerous supernatural entity. Cue jump scares and spooky music. Possessed teens have always been popular in horror cinema, a metaphor of sorts about the threat against innocence and the dangers of those raging hormones. Here are some of the crazier examples of teens who met their fate with demons from the beyond. Feel free to share your own picks, below.
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Revealing Behind-the-Scenes Photos from Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’

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It’s hard to believe that a horror cinema masterpiece like Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining opened to mixed reviews, with outlets like Variety calling out Jack Nicholson’s “jumpy” performance for “[destroying] all that was so terrifying about Stephen King’s bestseller.” The 1980 film was also nominated for two Razzies — for worst director and worst actress, awarded to the unfairly maligned Shelley Duvall. Contemporary audiences have a different, far more positive, take on the chilling tale, and the film’s psychological and supernatural thrills have become embedded into the American subconscious. This month marked the 35th anniversary of The Shining. We’re celebrating with some fantastic behind-the-scenes photos that reveal the dedication, artistry, and antics that went into the making of the… Read More

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10 Horror Movies That Were Really Cursed

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The Hollywood remake machine shows no signs of stopping — if this weekend’s latest big-screen retelling is any indication. A 3D remake of the horror classic Poltergeist, directed by Tobe Hooper and produced/co-written by Steven Spielberg, hit theaters. The film has garnered mixed reviews, but the movie’s presence recalls stories about the original Poltergeist, which has been dubbed cursed by fans and critics. Read on for the spooky real-life story behind the original film — and several other terror tales that were really haunted and… Read More

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The Weirdest Romantic-Horror Relationships on Film

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Part Richard Linklater love story, part Cronenbergian horror film, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s Spring — in theaters this weekend — follows the bizarre development of a fling between an American backpacker and mysterious woman in Italy who hides a dark, primordial secret. It’s an unusual romantic tale that follows in the footsteps of some of horror cinema’s strangest couples. Here are ten of the weirdest.
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“A Hint of Joy Before It All Goes to Hell”: ‘It Follows’ Director David Robert Mitchell on Teen Sex, Horror, and the Virgin Trope

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The camera is a parasite in David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows. It hunts Maika Monroe’s Jay as she’s stalked by a mysterious group of “followers” — ghost-like apparitions that relentlessly pursue her after she has sex with her crush. Jay’s sexually transmitted haunting evokes the film’s theme of the terror of interconnectivity and teenage anxiety. Sex is an unknown force in It Follows that invites questions about the representation of women in horror cinema, the depiction of teenage sexuality, and more. Flavorwire spoke to Mitchell by phone about his second feature film and “the act of living that opens us up to danger.”
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Remembering the Cool Covers of Cult Cinema Magazine ‘Psychotronic Video’

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What started as a hand-written, photocopied weekly fanzine became a time capsule of horror, exploitation, and weird cinema. Psychotronic Video, self-published and created by Michael J. Weldon, was born in the 1980s as “an alternate guide to movies on local TV stations.” The definition of “Psychotronic cinema” is long and varied, but one look at the covers of Weldon’s zine, several of which we spotted on Dangerous Minds this week, and you get the picture. Think grindhouse, drive-in, and science fiction matinée. Along with Weldon’s famous reviews were interviews with cult filmmakers like Larry Cohen, Timothy Carey, and Radley Metzger. The Psychotronic Encyclopedia Of Film was published in 1983, before Weldon even owned a VCR. There was a Psychotronic store in New York City’s East Village for a time, until high rents forced Weldon out. He’s since opened a Psychotronic store in Augusta, Georgia — but Psychotronic Video lives on amongst fans of collectible cult ephemera. Head to our gallery for monsters, shrieking women, and nods to the coolest cult films in cinema.
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Fascinating Quotes About Horror Cinema from Female Filmmakers

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February is a month buzzing with celebrations. For fans of horror cinema, that includes Women in Horror Month — which supports female genre artists and “seeks to expose and break down social constructs and miscommunication between female professionals.” Women in the film industry still face struggles, and genre cinema is frequently and unfairly disregarded by critics, but the female filmmakers creating works of horror today have a unique vision that is breaking new ground and continuing a tradition of women and fright films that started with pioneers like Alice Guy-Blaché. Here are fascinating quotes from some of horror cinema’s female filmmakers (several who will be directing the upcoming all-female horror anthology XX) who discuss everything from creating strong female characters to what it means to be a woman working in the genre.
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