October 31, 2018
You have likely heard of Ed Gein. His house of horrors made headlines for years after he was sent to a mental hospital for his actions. Among the items discovered at his Plainfield, Wisconsin farm were masks made of human skin and numerous decapitated heads. The horrors were so memorable, in fact, that he inspired some of the most iconic thrillers of all time: Psycho, The Silence of the Lambs, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
But his was not the only true story to inspire memorable horror films.
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Today's Random Fact:
Child's Play Was Inspired by a Real Event
In 1909, Key West painter and author Robert Eugene Otto claimed that one of his family's servants placed a voodoo curse on his childhood toy, Robert the Doll. Supposedly, the doll would mysteriously move from room to room, knock furniture over, and conduct conversations with Otto. Robert the Doll was left in the attic until Otto's death in 1974, when new owners moved into his Florida home. The new family also claimed mysterious activities would happen in the house connected to the doll. Today, Robert the Doll is on display at the Custom House and Old Post Office in Key West, Florida.
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The Conjuring's Ed and Lorraine Warren Are Real-Life Paranormal Investigators
The Conjuring is based on real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren and their experience with the Perrons, a family who moved into a Rhode Island farmhouse and experienced ghostly and terrifying occurrences in 1971. The Warrens also had a possessed Raggedy Ann doll that was the inspiration for the spin-off film Annabelle.