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The True Stories Behind Well-Known Scenes of Movie Violence

Updated 14 Jun 2019 79.4k views11 items

Classic scenes of movie violence often have interesting back stories (and, in some cases, interesting hack stories. As in cleavers). To be sure, artistic license helps itself to varying degrees of influence: Martin Scorsese, for example, is famous for basing his films on real crimes (and for depicting said crimes more or less exactly as they happened). Others, like Peter Jackson (who directed Heavenly Creatures), chose to add idiosyncratic, poetic, and even romantic flourishes to famously bloody scandals.

Then you have filmmakers like the creators of the Child's Play series, who opt to base their movies on IRL murders committed by toys; because, when human influence runs out, dolls are always at the ready. And if you think that's made up to lead you on, you need to read these true stories behind classic scenes of movie violence. Below are films (both darkly hilarious and heartbreaking ones) that made the most of true crime inspiration. 

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