Based on a true story
by, 02-03-2012 at 11:11 AM (2095 Views)
Being the ever curious Kat, I always want to know more after watching a movie, especially the ones that are based around true stories. So in the coming weeks Iím going to present to the good people of Killer Reviews, extensive blogs on movies that are ďbased on true storiesĒ. I will be adding my own opinion to some of these, but for the most part I just want to present my findings to you all, and let you make your own decision. I will still be doing my OTR and Those Were the Days (when I actually get a chance to sit my ass down and watch them without a crazy 2 year old running around) but I just wanted to do more of a variety.
The first movie that Iím going to do is A Haunting in Connecticut. I really did enjoy the movie, but upon further investigation have found some flaws with the true story. The movie does seem to follow the true events fairly well, but I will go into more detail in about a week or so.
The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)
But before I get started on the first one I wanted to let you know my opinion on some of the people that have been involved in some of these stories.
First off let me state I DO NOT LIKE THE WARRENS. Not necassirley anything personal, but in my opinion they exploit a lot of people who may really need help. Not to mention they were the ones that truly believed that the Amityville house was really haunted (I think itís haunted, but by the murdered members of the Defeo family, and Ronald Jr. took way too much acid). I donít like how they go about their investigations. They are not very logically sound. Which I know sounds odd because of the subject matter, but I still think that you can do these things in a fairly scientific manner, not just taking a couple of drunkís word for it, or Lorraine using her medium powers. With all of this said I will rarely mention the Warrens unless they had something to do with the investigation, and even then I do not want to spend too much time talking about them. Side note: I do like the way John Zaffis investigates, so if he had anything to do with the ďtrue storyĒ then I will discuss him further than I would the Warrens (even though theyíre related, heís still more logically sound than his Aunt and Uncle).
Second thing, Iím not a big believer in psychics. I do believe there are people who can talk to the dead, and see the future or past, sensitiveís is a good way to put it. But it seems like some of these people are fakes. When people genuinely need help itís kind of screwed up to take advantage of them. If a person was to help someone and didnít ask to get paid, then Iím a little more open minded about it. But to profit off of peopleís anxiety like some do, in my opinion is just plain wrong. So if a psychic was involved in some way in the actual events, then I will investigate the psychic as well. If the psychic was in some way helpful (and not trying to pull the wool over peopleís eyes) then I will add in their findings, notions, etc...
Okay now that thatís been said letís move on.
The Strangers (2008)
There are some crazy true stories out there that donít end up translating well to a movie. Although I love it, Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of them. Texas Chainsaw Massacre is in no way close to the true story of Ed Gein. Some of the concept I can totally see the relationship. Like the human skin lamp (and yes there are other close resemblances), but other than that no real correlation. Therefore I will not be covering The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. But then you get gems like The Strangers. Now Iíve read in a couple of different places that the Tate murders were the basis for the movie, but I find the Keddie murders to be a lot closer. No one was ever charged in the murders, and they still canít find a motive for the murders. Given there was no point to kill Sharon Tate, but they did find who did it, and they gave their own screwed up reasons for killing everyone in the house. Iíll go more in depth when I get ready to cover these stories. I think for the start of this series of blogs, Iíll mainly be focusing on haunting movies with a few killer/murder movies thrown in here and there, at least for the time being.
There are always several ideas, or versions, of where some of these ďbased on true storiesĒ come from. Iíll try my best to find the correct (or as close to the correct that I can get) events. If I donít find the event that the movie is based on, please feel free to tell me. Iím not one that is easily offended by this kind of thing, so no worries. Same goes if I get the actual events wrong. Please tell me, I want to convey the truth behind ďbased on a true storyĒ. Like I said Iíll do my best. I will provide a bibliography on where I received my information. And no, Wikipedia will not be one of them. I have used it before, but just for the links that are provided. I want to try and convey as much truth as I can find, and this is a fairly large feet to accomplish. There is so much information out there that itís hard to decipher what is real and what is fake.
If thereís anything that you all want me to ďinvestigateĒ then drop me a line. Please give me pretty good details, and of course the movie. If you do give me a movie to look at, it may take some time to find the movie, and then find the information behind the ďbased on a true storyĒ.
I know a lot of the KR family knows most of these true stories, but sometimes when you delve deeper into them you can uncover some pretty crazy stuff.