"Based on true events" is one of the most cliche cinematic stamps. However, this comment significantly increases viewers' interest in many films. It seems almost impossible to find such a description of the sci-fi genre or read the same phrase in their movie review. Fortunately or not, this opinion is false. We have prepared a list of sci-fi movies that are based on true events.
One of the most famous fantastic horror films, "The Blob" has a real background — a mysterious event, captured in the reports and records of the Philadelphia Police Department. On September 26, 1950, two patrol officers noticed a strange glow in the sky, the rays from the unidentified object flew over the officers' heads and disappeared in the nearby forest. The policemen considered the accident to be overwhelming and proceeded to the site of an estimated UFO landing. They discovered a purple jellylike pulsating substance that was about the size of a human being on a country road. The police called for reinforcements, but the backup could not confirm the words of the colleagues — within half an hour, the jelly "vaporized", leaving no trace of presence. In the movie (and its remake), a space guest was smaller but showed more interest to humans.
Fire in the Sky
The fantastic horror movie "Fire in the Sky" depicts the story of Travis Walton, one of the most famous victims of alien kidnapping, in quite a free manner. However, that's what films do — they can be misleading even in the most complicated cases. Although, it is necessary to pay credit to the director Robert Lieberman. He displayed a plot that was very close to reality. Walton was really in the company of other loggers when he was watching the UFO in the sky and took the risk of approaching the alien ship. But then the real events are a little different from what is shown in the movie. However, we can judge the reality of these events based on the words of the kidnapper himself, who was not just confused in his statements but also failed to pass the polygraph test. But still, where was Walton missing for five days?
The Mothman Prophecies
Probably every region of the planet has its own legends and creepy stories connected with mysterious creatures that come into contact with people from time to time: Scotland is proud of Nessie, they hunt Bigfoot in the Pamir Mountains, and in Latin America, people are scared of Chupacabra. West Virginia considers Mothman its mysterious creature that usually heralds death. The movie of the same name is dedicated to Mothman featuring Richard Gere. Still, the real story of the Silver Bridge is more impressive and frightening than writers' imagination could have created. In 1967, the collapse of the structure connecting the two states took the lives of 46 people, all in the presence of a terrifying black monster. The official cause of the tragedy is considered to be the "fatigue" of the metal structures of the passage. Still, researchers have repeatedly pointed out to the investigators that several details in different places were exposed to simultaneous destruction on that day. It only increased the rumors. Many witnesses also testified that they had seen a strange creature near the bridge that looked like a butterfly or a bird of human height.
The British series "Black Mirror" has stood out from the beginning as it knows how to keep a hand on the pulse and even looked ahead a little, deliberately exaggerating the problems that do not seem serious today. Today, we will mention just one episode called "Nose Dive", which opened the third season of the show. In it, director Joe Wright talks about technological utopia, where all relationships between people are evaluated in a special application, and users with low ratings become social outcasts. Does it sound insane to you? It's hard to believe, but something like this was introduced comparatively not so long ago at the government level in China. These events inspired the creators of "Black Mirror". According to media reports, the banking system in the Celestial Empire, which keeps track of the population's paying capacity, credit history, and even the intensity of spending has taken over such a practice. Unlike banks in other countries, information collected by China about its citizens is used not only in financial matters. A low credit rating can become an obstacle to obtaining a governing position, and children of "unreliable" citizens can be refused acceptance to elite schools.
Nowadays, when we have all fallen in love with the mysterious and captivating charm of the "Stranger Things" series, we don't even remember that initially, the TV show had another title. It was called "The Montauk Project", and this is a direct reference to the events that inspired the authors to shoot one of the most exciting TV adventures of recent years. The secret project Montauk was launched during World War II. A complex of buildings was constructed for its purposes on Long Island. It included laboratories, polygons, engineering bureaus, and military facilities. There were rumors that America was engaged in psychotronic weapons and experiments with energy fields. In the mid-1980s, several people at the same time made statements that they had had the opportunity to work behind the barbed wire. They claimed that they had seen things that made their blood turn to ice. They mentioned time traveling, opening portals to other worlds, and the extraction of monsters from there. The Duffer Brothers must have been extremely impressed, and although Montauk data is still top-secret, no one can stop us from our fantasies.