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Old 06 February 2015, 02:43 PM
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Default Horror Films You Did Not Know were Based On True Stores

They list The Amityville Horror as based on a true story. I of course being a good snopester corrected them with the appropriate snopes link.

http://celebs.answers.com/movies/hor...294901#slide=1
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Old 07 February 2015, 04:40 AM
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Except it was based on a true "story". The Lutzes did make those claims. The Warrens did go to the house to "ghost hunt" or whatever, and Ronald Defoe was tried and convicted of murder.

Whether or not supernatural happenings actually occurred, however, is a different story. It falls into the fast and loose category of "creative license" I suppose. Moviemakers can say that it's "based on a true story" because someone actually did tell the story. Doesn't make the content true, blah blah blah.

It's late, I'm tired and I might not be making much sense.
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Old 07 February 2015, 04:51 AM
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They listed Nightmare on Elm Street. At that point you can safely assume that they've chosen to take the loosest possible definition of "true events" as is possible.

Or take Primeval. Yes, there is (or was) a giant Nile crocodile named Gustav that is/was a confirmed man-eater. None of the events depicted in the movie actually occurred, though.

At that point you could say that Alien was based on "true events" because of the existence of the Tarantula Hawk, a species of wasp that lays its eggs on live tarantulas, which are then eaten alive by the larva once they hatch, chestburster style. Or that The Troll Hunter is based on "true events" because trolls are found in Norse mythology.
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Old 08 February 2015, 08:29 AM
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The James Cameron film Avatar, depicting the struggles of a race of eight-foot-tall blue cat people, is based on a true story.

The color blue is real, cats are real, and people are real.
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And catgirls are totally real, because they're so common in anime, and the Japanese wouldn't lie about something like that.
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