The “based on a true story” tagline is ubiquitous in film advertising, but what is the truth of this tagline? Hollywood is notorious for sensationalizing and bending the truth to make for an entertaining movie. The creative team for Dallas Buyers Club is allegedly based on Texan Ron Woodroof. Is the “based on a true story” tagline a sign of poor storytelling or a lazy marketing strategy?
The Entity (1982) is inspired by the 1974 case of Doris Bither
Inspired by a true story, The Entity is a supernatural horror film based on the story of a woman who claims to be a victim of repeated sexual assault by a group of spirit entities. Directed by Sidney J. Furie, the film tells the tale of Doris Bither, a young single mother who was abused by three men during their time in a mental institution. The film follows her journey from her initial encounter with the spirit to her death.
When investigating Doris Bither’s case, investigators took several polaroids of her face after she alleged encounters with the entity. The polaroids show a ghostly figure with her face partially obscured by a sphere of light. Unfortunately, the polaroid photos of Bither were never recovered. However, the film’s creators were able to find only one photo of her, taken after the Entity had supposedly disappeared. The scratch on the photo makes the image even more ominous. In addition, the closeness of the eyes creates a distance between the apparition and the viewer.
The Entity re-contextualizes rape culture, a term that had only recently been coined to make a case of rape more visible. It focuses on the presence of malevolent spirits in the household, and the aggressive behavior of these entities toward the family. In addition, the premise of the film is very similar to the case of Doris Bither, which has become an icon of sexual harassment.
The Entity is a supernatural thriller inspired by the real-life story of Doris Bither. The plot revolves around a case of sexual assault by a group of spirits. The film also features Barbara Hershey and is based on the real-life case of Doris Bither. The Entity follows the same template as The Exorcist and The Amityville Horror.
The Exorcist is based on the 1991 Vallecas case
The Vallecas case is one of the most famous paranormal phenomena in Spain. The case was well documented by national police officers, who are not known to be impressed by paranormal events. However, they could not dismiss the stories they had heard about Estefania’s apartment. The police conducted a psychological examination of Estefania’s mother, and she showed signs of emotional instability, compulsion, and need for attention. But this was not enough. The investigation ended with a guilty verdict for all four defendants. The recording of this exorcism is still available today.
“Veronica” is also based on the Vallecas case, a real life case from Spain. A Spanish teenager named Estefania Gutierrez Lazaro performed a seance at her school and was caught afterward. She began to experience seizures and hallucinations, and a nun broke a Ouija board during the ritual. Her classmates reportedly reported hearing noises in the house, including an old crucified Jesus figure being removed from a cross. The investigators soon found a body in the hallway.
In real life, the case of Anneliese Michel is very similar to that of Emily Rose. Despite the fact that she was a minor, she suffered from epilepsy, and her parents were accused of neglecting her care. The investigators said that neither of them took her to the hospital. In the meantime, Emily’s family believed she was possessed. Several priests were charged with her death in 1991.
Leatherface is based on a real-life serial killer
If you are a fan of horror movies, you’ve probably wondered whether the popular movie character Leatherface was based on a real-life serial-killer. Although the movie is fictional, it has several similarities with the life of a real-life serial killer. Tobe Hooper’s fictional character is based loosely on Ed Gein, an American who murdered several young people in the town of Plainfield, Wisconsin, between 1954 and 1957.
The film’s opening scene depicts the news report on the arrest of Elmer Wayne Henley in 1973, and it’s obvious that Hooper was influenced by the graphic news coverage of that case. He also drew inspiration from the Vietnam War and the graphic news coverage of Elmer Wayne Henley’s arrest. During the investigation of the case, Hooper learned that Gein had killed at least two women.
While the film doesn’t actually depict the murder of Gein, the real-life killer Ed Gein was inspired by the same circumstances. After his mother died, he became a serial killer. However, he didn’t kill his victims in the same manner as Leatherface. He killed two people before being caught. This is how the movie came about. It’s possible that Gein knew about the real-life serial killer.
In the 1974 film, Gunnar Hansen played Leatherface. His character has an identity crisis. His deformed face makes him look more feminine than the real-life serial killer. He also wears a woman’s dress and a Gein-like female skin suit. He also has painted fingernails and makeup. This is all to disguise his identity and avoid detection. So, the movie demonstrates that a real-life serial killer is not an isolated case.
Dallas Buyers Club is ostensibly based on Texan Ron Woodroof
The story of Dallas Buyers Club is based on the true story of a Texan who began acquiring illegal drugs from all over the world. This network was essentially made up of a variety of people, including doctors, judges, airline employees, and border workers. Woodroof wore elaborate disguises while traveling to sell the drugs to AIDS victims all over the world.
In the movie, Matthew McConaughey plays AIDS sufferer Ron Woodroof, who founded Dallas Buyers Club after being diagnosed with AIDS. Among other things, he sold unapproved drugs to help combat the disease. Although the movie is based on Woodroof’s true story, the film is not a biopic.
While the film is ostensibly based on the life of a Texan, the story veers from the truth in some ways. Ron Woodroof was transgender, but he refused to accept the diagnosis, which was made public through the media. Nonetheless, he still remembered having unprotected sex with an AIDS-infected prostitute, and his AIDS diagnosis shocked him and changed his life. While his AIDS diagnosis was unfounded, the movie does highlight his growth as a person and as an advocate for the LGBTQ community.
After being diagnosed with AIDS, Woodroof starts selling the drugs on the street, mainly to AIDS patients. Then, in Japan, he fills a suitcase with dry ice and bribes the doctor. During his time at the buyers’ club, Woodroof meets gay AIDS sufferers and eventually loses all his friends after discovering the truth.
All the President’s Men is based on the 1974 non-fiction book
While a true story, All the President’s Men is a timely movie about the importance of journalism, being right, and being first. The film has been made meticulously, with performances by Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, and Hal Holbrook at the peak of their powers. Jason Robards was superb as Ben Bradlee, and Hal Holbrook is a hunk who steals the film.
Although “All the President’s Men” doesn’t feature the president himself, the focus is on the reporters who are investigating the story. The film is told from the bottom up, incorporating some pure fiction into the narrative. The movie is based on an early screenplay draft by Bernstein and Ephron. Overall, the film is a good read and should be a must-watch for anyone who likes political dramas.
The film’s early drafts included the major beats of the Watergate investigation, though Woodward didn’t give his script his final approval. He sent drafts of the screenplay to Redford, who wanted accurate storylines. Woodward criticized Goldman’s stylistic choices and questioned his willingness to stray from the truth. Ultimately, Redford overruled Woodward’s suggestions, and the film’s final cut was a much better version than the original.
“All the President’s Men” is a well-made movie based on a 1974 non-fiction book. The movie is a thriller that has a nefarious undercurrent and a complex storyline. In contrast to most Hollywood films of the 1970s, Pakula’s film is a subtle but remarkably engrossing read.