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This docuseries takes a look behind the production of some very famous movies. This time, though, the focus isn't on typical on-set secrets, but on the crimes allegedly committed by people tied to the productions. The series debuted on the E! cable network in 2017 and aired for a single season.

Sunday 9:00 PM et/pt on REELZ
2 Seasons, 17 Episodes
May 21, 2017
Crime, Documentary
8.6/10
Cast: Paul Boucher, Paul Day, Rebekah McKendry
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  • The cult classic "Night of the Living Dead."

  • A case from the late 1800s inspired the "Saw" movies.

  • The story that inspired the "Poltergeist" film is explored.

  • Before there was a Freddy Krueger, there was the night terror. The horror icon wasn't born in a boiler room, but he did originate in troubling dreams. A string of real-world deaths inspired the A "Nightmare on Elm Street" films. Witnesses and survivors didn't report a burn-scarred face or a striped sweater. Death came without warning or explanation, while its victims slept. In the late 1970s to the mid 80s, more than 110 men died in their sleep. Until their quiet final moments, they were young and healthy. Their families were stunned. Investigators were bewildered. With the victims all being Asian, medical authorities named the sleep scourge "Asian Death Syndrome." Witnesses and families called it the night terror. The first case was reported in California's Orange County in 1977. By the summer of 1981, 20 people had fallen victim to the night terror. Authorities and medical responders were powerless as men across the country went to sleep and never woke up.

  • "The Godfather" has several underworld inspirations.

  • The story of Aileen Wuornos, depicted in the film "Monster," who became a death row celebrity.

  • As the heir to a billion dollar fortune, John E. du Pont, could buy whatever or whoever he wanted. When the avid wrestling fan persuaded two gold-medal winning brothers to join his team, they thought they were getting the chance of a lifetime. What they got was a deadly shock. In director Bennett Miller's Oscar- nominated film, Steve Carell undergoes a stunning transformation to play du Pont. This chilling story of delusion, paranoia and obsession won international acclaim, taking home top honors at the 2014 Cannes film festival. Featuring archival interviews with stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave and director Bennett Miller.

  • Helle Crafts went missing from her home in Newtown, Connecticut and was never seen again. The court ruled that her husband killed her and disposed of her body using a wood chipper. The Coen Brothers heard that twisted story and used the "Wood Chipper Murder" as inspiration for their 1996 Oscar wining film Fargo. Featuring archival interviews with stars Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare and directors Joel & Ethan Coen.

  • A cold-blooded killer begins his reign of terror in 1969. A panicked San Francisco lies in the grip of fear. Nobody knows where - or when - he will strike next. In his taunts to local police and newspapers, the killer claims to have murdered as many as 37 people. A chilling mystery is about to unfold. How did visionary director David Fincher turn this story into what critics call the gold standard for fact-based serial killing thrillers?

  • On the surface, he looks perfectly harmless. But behind those innocent looking eyes is the soul of a killer. Norman Bates from Psycho is one of the most memorable psychopaths in movie history. But the inspiration for the character was all too real. Ed Gein was known as "the Butcher of Plainfield" a sadistic psychopath who made horrifying souvenirs from the body parts of his victims. His crimes were committed against the living - and the dead. Like Norman Bates, he developed an unhealthy bond with his mother. And his devotion to her - even after her death - led him to commit unspeakable acts that shocked a nation.

  • The Conjuring is one of the scariest movies of all time, but the shocking truth is that the horrifying events that happened in the movie really happened to the Perron Family in their Harrisville farmhouse back in the early '70s.

  • It's 1949 and a strange series of inexplicable events have turned a small brick home in St. Louis into a scene straight from hell. A 13-year-old boy is at the center of a series of bizarre happenings - objects that fly across the room, furniture that levitates and bloody words spontaneously carved onto skin - which become The Shocking Truth behind the horror classic The Exorcist.

  • It's a home right out of a Norman Rockwell painting. But behind the walls of the picturesque three-story house on 112 Ocean Avenue, in lay a deep dark secret. It was the site of brutal mass murder the residents of Amityville thought would never happen in their small town. Six people dead, including four children. Why would someone kill a seemingly innocent family as they slept in their beds? This is the Shocking Truth behind The Amityville Horror.

  • During the summer of 1916, the resort beaches of the Jersey Shore ran red with blood. For 12 days the Jersey man-eater terrorized the Eastern Seaboard. Five people were attacked and only one survived, leaving the public and scientists wondering just what was in the water... and when it would strike again? These real life shark attacks inspired Peter Benchley's best-selling book in 1974 and Steven Spielberg's 1975 hit thriller "Jaws". Featuring archival interviews from Steven Spielberg, and the film's stars Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfus.

  • Henry Hill knew he wanted to be a gangster by the time he was 13 years old. But after 20 years of gambling, arson and drug dealing he had to go into witness protection to avoid getting whacked. Nicholas Pileggi wrote the book on Hill and it caught the eye of director Martin Scorsese. In 1990, Scorsese turned Hill's so-crazy-it-must-be-true story into the Oscar nominated GoodFellas. Featuring archival interviews with stars Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Robert DeNiro, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino, and director Martin Scorsese.

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