ByJancy Richardson, writer at
To avoid fainting, keep repeating 'It's only a movie...It's only a movie...'
Jancy Richardson

Let's face it - human beings have never needed help thinking up ways to be incredibly horrible to each other. Sadly, though, it seems that certain unhinged individuals focus on fictional events as a way of expressing their deep-set psychological issues.

Movies are not on trial here. These criminals were drawn to darkness, and that is on them. Take a look at these real-life crimes influenced by horror movies...

Scream (1996)

Killer's Name: Thierry Jaradin, 24

Location: Gerpinnes, Belgium

Details: Jaradin had no criminal history, yet The Guardian reports that in 2001, he stabbed his 15-year old neighbor, Alisson Cambier, 30 times after she refused his advances.

Movie Similarity: Jaradin wore the 'Ghost Face' mask from Scream during the murder, claiming that he planned everything based on Wes Craven's horror.


Interview With The Vampire (1994)

Killer's Name: Daniel Sterling, 25

Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Details: After watching Interview With The Vampire, Daniel Sterling told his sleeping girlfriend, Lisa Stellwagen, 'I’m going to kill you and drink your blood.' He then stabbed her seven times, drinking blood from the wounds. Fortunately, LA Times notes, Stellwagen survived, and Sterling was arrested.

Movie Similarity: Despite the his obvious vampiric fascination, Sterling told the police, 'I was influenced by the movie. I enjoyed the movie. But I cannot sit here and blame the movie.'


Saw (2004)

The knives come out in Saw IV 
The knives come out in Saw IV 

Killer's Name: Two boys, 14 and 15

Location: Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Details: ABC reported that a Utah mother turned her son and his friend over to local law enforcement after she heard them planning to abduct, torture and kill several individuals in the area.

Movie Similarity: The boys aimed to 'teach a lesson' to those who they perceived as bad, just like Jigsaw. They admitted to wanting to create Saw-like challenges, and had obtained camcorders to record their crimes.


The Collector (1965)

Killler's Name: Robert Berdella

Location: Kansas City, MO, USA

Details: Berdella targeted white males aged 18-22, who he would drug, sexually abuse and torture before suffocating them in his basement. He drained the corpses of blood in his bathtub before dismembering them and leaving them in trash bags for garbage men to collect.

Movie Similarity: Berdella was said to have been deeply impressed by the 1965 movie The Collector, about a man who keeps a kidnapped woman in a custom-made basement.


Deliverance (1972)

Killer's Name: Albert Fentress

Location: Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

Details: Fentress lured 18-year old Paul Masters into his basement, where he tied him to a post, sodomized and tortured him. He then shot Masters in the head before cooking and eating various body parts.

Movie Similarity: Fentress claimed that images of rape and torture from Deliverance were 'playing in his head' before, during and after the murder.


These devastating crimes were the work of a few horribly deranged individuals, who sadly perverted movie magic to fit their own sick designs. Let us know below if there are any similarly tragic cases that you have read about.


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