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Real Events That Inspired Horror Movies


– How you doing, I’m Kallen,
and this is Slapped Ham. Today we’re looking at
some creepy real events that inspired horror movies. So hit that subscribe button and get ready for more scary
content just like this. (tense music) One day, Frank De
Felitta’s six-year-old son walked up to a piano. The father expected that his young son would just bang on the keys
to hear the piano make noise. However, De Felitta was stunned when the young boy began to
perfectly play ragtime music. De Felitta began to believe that his son’s surprising ability was left over from a past life. He visited two different psychics who both confirmed this belief. The incident inspired De Felitta to write a book about reincarnation. The novel was a hit and was soon adapted into a horror movie titled “Audrey Rose.” In this film, a 10-year-old girl begins to notice a strange man
following her and her family. She later discovers that the
man is obsessed with her, as he believes that
she’s the reincarnation of his deceased daughter. (tense mysterious music) In 1950, several
Philadelphia police officers were on duty when they noticed what they believed to be a
parachute falling from the sky. Believing that someone
was parachuting illegally, they drove to the spot where they thought the skydiver had landed. When they arrived, they didn’t find a human with a parachute. Instead, they found
something much stranger: a six-foot purple blob. The blob was filled with strange crystals and emitted some sort of mist. One of the officers touched the blob, which left his hand covered
with a sticky odorless residue. The officers called for
backup, even calling the FBI. However, within 25 minutes, the blob had completely
dissolved into the earth, leaving the grass beneath
it completely unaffected. Eight years later, “The
Blob” hit theaters. Much like the real-life blob,
the monster in this movie comes in the form of an amorphous alien that mysteriously appears in
a small town in Pennsylvania. The Blob terrorizes the town by devouring anyone who crosses its path before a group of police officers
come up with a daring plan to stop the alien blob. (tense mysterious music) In 2004, an old wine box
went up for sale on eBay. The box contained two locks of hair, one granite slab, one
dried rosebud, one goblet, two wheat pennis, and one candle stick. According to the seller,
it also contained a spirit, guaranteed to bring terrible
luck to whoever buys it. The box’s first owner claimed that it caused the items in
his furniture refinishing shop to be inexplicably destroyed. Another owner claimed that the box brought
them horrible nightmares in which a friend transformed
into a horrifying hag who beat them mercilessly. In 2012, the story of the dybbuk box became the inspiration for a
film titled “The Possession.” In this film, a young girl
purchases an antique box at a yard sale. She becomes obsessed with the box. Her family later finds out that the box had been
haunted by an evil spirit that is now possessing the young girl. (tense mysterious music) Between 1989 and 1993,
seven young backpackers went missing while hiking in
New South Wales, Australia. None of the seven were locals. Three were from Germany, two from Britain, and two from Melbourne. In all seven cases,
the victims were young. Their bodies were all found hidden in the Australian bushland. In each case police found
evidence of a campsite nearby and indications that the
victims had been restrained for a period of time. This suggested that the killer had kept its victims prisoner for a while before killing them. In 1993, investigators received
a call from a man who said that while hitchhiking a few years prior, he had accepted a ride from
a man calling himself Bill. The man had eventually pulled
out a rope and a weapon. The young hitchhiker managed to escape and reported the incident to police. Using the old police report, the investigators arrested
Ivan Robert Marko Milat for the crimes. Similarly, in the 2005 film “Wolf Creek,” a group of three adults decide
to take a backpacking trip through the Australian Outback. Their carefree trip
soon becomes terrifying as a rural madman begins hunting them. (tense mysterious music) In the early 1930s, when
prohibition was in full swing in the United States, Joe Ball made good money
operating an illegal bar. Many locals flocked to
the Texas watering hole not for the booze but to get
a look at the five alligators Ball kept chained behind the building. Ball regularly fed small
animals to the reptiles to entertain his patrons. However, the customers had no idea what else the alligators were eating. Police later discovered that Ball had killed at least
two women, but probably more, and disposed of their bodies by feeding them to his alligators. In the 1977 film “Eaten Alive,” it isn’t a bar but a rural hotel that serves as the
backdrop for the gory tale. In this film, the proprietor of the hotel keeps a pet crocodile. His unsuspecting guests
unfortunately become his victims and their bodies become crocodile food. (tense mysterious music) In Scotland in the 15th century, Alexander Sawney Bean lived
under his father’s thumb. Sawney’s father expected him to take over the family
landscaping business, but Sawney had other plans. He went away with his wife to live in a cave along Scotland’s coast. There, he raised a family of
eight sons, six daughters, 18 grandsons, and 14 granddaughters. Many of his progeny were
the product of incest, giving rise to the belief that they were grotesquely malformed. At night, the family left their cave and took up positions along
the dark roads nearby. There, they would ambush travelers and drag their lifeless
bodies back to the cave, where they would eat the
flesh of their victims. The terrifying legend of Sawney Beans served as the inspiration
for the 1976 horror film “The Hills Have Eyes.” In this gory film, a family
traveling through Nevada is terrorized by a clan
of mutated cannibals when their car breaks down. Many find the film and its
2006 remake difficult to watch. This is unsurprising,
considering the macabre legend that was its inspiration. (tense mysterious music) In the 1970s and 80s, a
bizarre phenomenon occurred among immigrants from Southeast Asia. The immigrants were dying
in surprising numbers. However, the strangest
thing about the situation was that no one could explain
what was killing them. The people, otherwise healthy adults, died in their sleep
without any apparent cause. The condition is now called
sudden arrhythmic dead syndrome and doctors still struggle to explain it. In 1984, filmmaker Wes Craven heard reports of these strange deaths. His interest in the cases inspired the classic “Nightmare
on Elm Street” franchise. In these films, boogeyman Freddy Krueger appears in the dreams of his victims, killing them while they
rest in their beds. To others, the deaths seem unexplainable, as few adults are willing to believe in the dreamland killer. (tense mysterious music) Between 1958 and 1980, a dentist named Dr. Glennon Engleman found himself on the fringes
of murder investigations on several occasions. The husbands of the women in his life kept getting inexplicably murdered. The wives were often
suspects in the killings, but only the hefty insurance payouts could link them to the murders. In 1980, when Sophie Marie Barrera was killed by an explosive
device in her car, police finally had an answer. Engleman had spent decades
beginning romantic relations with these women. He would then convince
them to marry other men so that he could kill them and get half of the insurance money. Many claimed that the
1996 film “The Dentist” is based on Engleman’s killing spree. In this film, a successful
dentist discovers that his wife’s been unfaithful. In a gruesome twist, he turns
to his dental instruments for gory revenge. (tense mysterious music) During the American Gold Rush, a man named Alfred Griner Packer set out with a group of five other men to head to California to try
their hand at gold prospecting. The group was expected
to arrive in California a couple of months later. Time went by and the group never arrived. Everyone assumed that they had been killed in their trek across the Rocky Mountains. Then, Packer arrived in California alone. While many were happy he had survived, others were suspicious. Packer seemed to be in
much too good a shape to have spent months
lost in the wilderness. Packer eventually confessed to eating the other members of his party. In the 1999 film “Ravenous,” a soldier appears in
a remote mountain fort during the Mexican-American War. He tells the other soldiers that he had been lost in
the mountains for months. Much like in the real-life story, the soldiers are dubious of his story because of his physical condition. When the soldiers start dying, they begin to suspect that their guest may be hiding a sinister secret. (tense mysterious music) Before we get to that number one spot and take a look at a terrifying real event surrounding a witch
doctor from South America, remember to hit that subscribe button and turn on channel notifications. That way you’ll be in the loop
about all our latest videos. (cursor clicks) (tense mysterious music) Drug cartels are a very
real and very scary problem in many Central and
South American countries. In the 1980s, Adolfo Constanzo became actively involved
in a local cartel. Constanzo was allegedly a witch doctor. He regularly robbed graveyards to steal the body parts of the deceased so that he could use them for spells. Believing that the
rituals were responsible for the success of the cartel, Constanzo began killing
locals as part of the rituals, thinking that live victims would bring his spells more power. He developed a cult
following and was only caught when he killed an
American tourist in 1989. In the 2007 film “Borderland,” a group of American college students decide to take a trip to Mexico to take advantage of the looser laws surrounding alcohol and prostitution. After ingesting some psychedelic
mushrooms at a carnival, one of the visitors is abducted. His friends eventually discover that he’s being held by a cult planning to use him as a human
sacrifice for their voodoo, and make a daring attempt to free him. (tense mysterious music) If you want some more
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