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16 Horror Movies That Lead to Real-Life Death

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"To avoid fainting, keep repeating: 'It's only a movie, only a movie, only a movie...'" reads the tagline to Wes Craven's exploitative horror film The Last House on the Left. For the most part, horror movies are just that: pieces of narrative fiction that only harm the average person by giving them nightmares.

And yet, there are some horror movies that have actually led to deaths in the real world. This in and of itself might sound like the plot to a film (and indeed, this is the exact plot to John Carpenter's Cigarette Burns), but there are a few instances of films being so terrifying they left people literally scared to death. In other cases, the plots and characters of various films inspired disturbed minds to commit horrific murders. You'll find instances of both in this list of 16 horror movies that lead to real-life deaths.

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