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Old 04-22-06, 01:10 AM
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What's the most far out there use of the phrase "based on a true story"?

We hear "based on a true story" and "inspired by actual/true events" all the time when it comes to the promotion of films. What would you say is the most far out there use of those phrases?

There is one DVD that I always see in the used section at Movie Gallery, and it looks like some sort of cheesy horror movie about a cat/lizard man or something, and it says this sort of thing on the cover. I wish I could remember the title, but I'm sure someone here knows what I'm talking about.

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Old 04-22-06, 01:16 AM
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I'll go with Fargo
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I'll go with the ad on the page that says Hostel.
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Old 04-22-06, 01:39 AM
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I just saw an add for the movie An American Haunting on MySpace, and it said this same sort of thing. The IMDB plot outline for the movie says:

Based on true events validated by the State of Tennessee of the only case in US History where a spirit or entity caused the death of a man. With over 20 books written on the subject, and a town that still lives in fear of the return of the unseen spirit, the story of "An American Haunting" is terrifying. Between the years 1818-1820, the Bell Family of Red River, Tennessee was visited by an unknown presence that haunted the family and eventually ended up causing the death of one its members. Starting with small sounds around the farm, and the siting of a a strange BLACK WOLF with piercing yellow eyes, the sounds escalated into full brutal contact with the certain family members, causing psychological and physical torment. The attacks grew in strength, with the spirit slapping, pulling, dragging, and beating the Bell's youngest daughter. The Bells searched for rational explanations and ways to rid their house of this entity, but to no avail as the spirit began to communicate with them through sounds, and eventually multiple voices that sounded like the wind. The cause of its actions could always be felt, but no being could being seen, and no explanation found- only the promise that one day it would kill one of the family members. Fearing that the haunting was caused by a local woman -branded a witch- who had put a curse upon the family as a result of a land dispute, the Bells tried desperately to find ways of getting rid of the woman's curse, yet the attacks and disturbances only escalated. It was not until a manuscript of the local schoolteacher -who lived on the property during the disturbance- was found in 1998 that the horrifying and shocking answer to what caused this haunting would finally be unveiled.
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

*runs off to find this movie*

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Old 04-22-06, 02:19 AM
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The most recent one I can think of is The Exorcism of Emily Rose. The movie goes in the complete opposite direction of the true story.
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Old 04-22-06, 08:45 AM
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"Macon County Line" - On the commentary, the director admits they said it was based on a true story so audiences would accept the coincidences in the story.
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Radio. They told us it was based on the mentally retarded kid when in fact was based on Cuba Gooding Jr's career. I also think that all Lifetime channel TV movies qualify for this thread.
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"based on a true story"..."Shaun of the Dead" by far!!!!!
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Domino is the first that sprang to mind. (you can tell I'm trying to get off my manic anti-religion phase, right?)
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Old 04-22-06, 09:39 PM
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I'll go with Fargo
That is what first came to mind. My Mom said she enjoys the film more because it is based on a true story. I didn't have the heart to tell her it was a joke by the Coen Bros. Well I did at first until I saw she was letdown then told her I was just kidding.
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Originally Posted by BrentLumkin
I just saw an add for the movie An American Haunting on MySpace, and it said this same sort of thing. The IMDB plot outline for the movie says:

"Based on true events validated by the State of Tennessee of the only case in US History where a spirit or entity caused the death of a man."

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

*runs off to find this movie*
I was curious about that, so I read up on the Bell Witch on the Internet. Apparently what actually happened is that 30 years after the supposed "facts", one of the children in the family who was 5 at time decided to write about his experiences with the Bell Witch. In his biography, he told about how Andrew Jackson and all these other scholars and politicians came to the house and varified that the this was a real haunting. The only problem is neither Andrew Jackson or any of these other people ever wrote about it. No one wrote about it all. The kid's teachers, the family doctor, neighbors, friends, family...no one ever ever wrote so much as a word about the Bell Witch. The first time it was ever documented was 30 years later in this guy's diary.

I would say that casts a bit of suspicion on the whole "validated by the state of Tennessee" thing. Apparently they did put up a historical marker on the site, but it only says something to the effect of this is the supposed location of the Bell Witch hauntings.
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The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things - based on the autobiographical book by JT Leroy. A few months ago, after filming was finished, there were newspaper articles that the whole story was fabricated and JT Leroy didn't exist.

The posters for the film say "based on a true story" at the bottom, with the word true crossed out.
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Fargo is too easy of an answer, so I would say The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
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Originally Posted by Dean Kousoulas
Fargo is too easy of an answer, so I would say The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
That's almost exactly what I was going to say.
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