Thursday Movies Picks: Based On A True Story

 

This week's Halloween Theme from Wandering Through The Shelves are those horror movies that are based on true stories. Just like last week, there's lots to choose from. Here are some of my favorites. 

1) The Amityville Horror (2005)

I swear I don't just like this because of the gratuitous shot of Ryan Reynolds sans shirt, but for a story as creepy as Amityville, I think this is a very successful horror thriller. 

2) The Conjuring

I took way to long to finally watch this movie based on real life paranormal investigators but it was absolutely worth the wait. This is one of the best horror movies I've ever seen, and it's crazy intense without being gory or relying on near constant jump scares. 

3) The Exorcism of Emily Rose

I've said this before, but Emily Rose is one of the best PG-13 horror movies out there. It's part courtroom drama, part horror and it's very creepy. The shot of Jennifer Carpenter all contorted on her dorm room floor always gets me. 

Comments

  1. We kind of match with Amity Horror because I chose the original. I wouldn’t mind seeing the second version. I’d like to see The Conjuring but not sure about the last one. Did I ever tell you of the time I heard footsteps in my home? How our cats were back inside from our enclosed veranda yet all the doors were closed?

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    1. That's creepy. I hate unexplained noises lol

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    2. I was watching a dull movie(the Prince and the Showgirl and there was a kissing scene soon walking at that time), having a glass of wine and it was shortly after 9pm. My dog, Katie, was with me when we suddenly heard footsteps coming from the back hallway coming to the front hallway. My TV room is off the front hallway. I thought my ex was home but realized he couldn’t be. I then thought it was an intruder and I was ready to throw wine in his face when, just before I was to see him, the footsteps stopped.Katie got up and peered around the corner and went to the Library. I got up and found her in m6 Library looking confused as to where this man went. I checked the back door and it was locked. Cool eh?

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  2. I love The Conjuring so, so much. Talk abut a movie that completely caught me by surprise. I have seen the Amityville remake though.

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    1. Oh I know. I can't believe they got an R rating just for *being* scary and not for gore/profanity. I haven't bothered with the Annabelle or Nun spin offs, but the first two are so good.

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  3. I have Emily Rose on my list too! I think a lot of people sleep on just how creepy that movie is.

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    1. Yay! I'm glad more people are picking that. So underrated.

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  4. I've seen the original Amityville with Margot Kidder and James Brolin but not this one. I was okay in a silly sort of way, though there is nothing silly about the story it's based on. I've never bothered with the remake though.

    Haven't seen The Conjuring but hey we match on Emily Rose! It's been years and I must admit I only went to see it because of Laura Linney and Campbell Scott but I did think it was okay by the time it was over.

    Like all weeks this month are going to be for non horror guy me this was tough especially because I'd already used the first two I thought of-The Exorcist & Psycho-but I did finally find three that work.

    The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)-Plot: An attorney (Laura Linney) defends a priest (Tom Wilkinson) accused of negligent homicide after an exorcism.

    Basis: Anneliese Michel died after being subjected to an exorcism. She was found to have been malnourished and dehydrated. Her parents and the responsible priests were charged with negligent homicide and sentenced to three years' probation. Her epilepsy was likely the real culprit.

    The Mothman Prophecies (2002)-Plot: A man (Richard Gere) investigates the Mothman, a strange red-eyed creature that appears to signify impending disasters.

    Basis: Journalist John Keel wrote The Mothman Prophecies after investigating hundreds of reports of sightings and other strange phenomena in Point Pleasant, West Virginia during the late 1960s.

    The Entity (1982)-Plot: A woman (Barbara Hershey) is tormented and sexually molested by an invisible demon.

    Basis: In 1974 Doris Bither claimed to have been repeatedly sexually assaulted by an invisible entity leading to her being observed by doctoral students at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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    1. I'm glad to see some love for Emily Rose! The Entity is a movie I'll never see. Absolutely not for me. The Mothman Prophesies sounds so familiar. I feel like I may have seen some of it.

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  5. I haven't seen any of these movies yet, but they all sound interesting! Great list!

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    1. Thank you! i hope you can check some of them out eventually.

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  6. I've only seen bits of The Amityville Horror which I thought was OK but haven't seen anything else on the list.

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    1. I think it's solid. It's creepy where the older one was campier. (imo anyways)

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  7. As you said in my comments, we match!! (Enter than Paul Rudd gif: "look at us") :D

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  8. The Amityville Horror remake is way underrated. Good choice with that one. I went with the sequel to The Conjuring. Both are solid films. It's been years since I've seen The Exorcism of Emily Rose and I don't remember much about it.

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    1. I preferred the first Conjuring but the second was still a really good movie. I'm glad to see more love for the Amityville remake.

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  9. I know I've watched one of the Amityville movies either this one or the the original. Though I don't remember much of the story.

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    1. If it was this one Ryan Gosling's perfect physique should be a good reminder lol

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  10. I've only seen the R rated Cut of Emily Rose which doesnt really add much. I agree with you on Jennifer Carpenter's performance. SHe was fierce in that flick. The original Amityville Horror still freaks me out while the remake is just kind of bland imo

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    1. I think the R rated cut is what I have on DVD and I agree, there's not much difference between that and theatrical cut.

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  11. It's probably been 10 years or more since I saw Emily Rose but it scared me so much. And I was so impressed with Carpenter.

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    1. It's been a while since I've seen it either, I'm kind of afraid to rewatch it lol

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