The Shocking Truth
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Tuesday, March 26

The “Scream” movies featuring the iconic Ghostface killer are one of the most popular horror franchises of all time. The four films have grossed more than $330 million dollar in North America alone. It also spawned a successful TV series in 2015. But the roots of the story go back to a horrifying murder in Florida in the early 1990’s. Screenwriter Kevin Williamson was inspired to draft an 18-page script treatment about a young woman, alone in a house, who is taunted over the phone and then attacked by a masked killer. He borrowed elements from the real story of serial killer Danny Harold Rolling, a.k.a “The Gainesville Ripper” who murdered four female college students in Florida in 1990. Williamson changed the location from a college to a high school for the original film. The opening scene of the first “Scream” movie featured the gruesome murder of a young woman played by Drew Barrymore. Her grisly murder closely resembles the first brutal slaying committed by Rolling. Show Less
The “Scream” movies featuring the iconic Ghostface killer are one of the most popular horror franchises of all time. The four film...Show More

The “Scream” movies featuring the iconic Ghostface killer are one of the most popular horror franchises of all time. The four films have grossed more than $330 million dollar in North America alone. It also spawned a successful TV series in 2015. But the roots of the story go back to a horrifying murder in Florida in the early 1990’s. Screenwriter Kevin Williamson was inspired to draft an 18-page script treatment about a young woman, alone in a house, who is taunted over the phone and then attacked by a masked killer. He borrowed elements from the real story of serial killer Danny Harold Rolling, a.k.a “The Gainesville Ripper” who murdered four female college students in Florida in 1990. Williamson changed the location from a college to a high school for the original film. The opening scene of the first “Scream” movie featured the gruesome murder of a young woman played by Drew Barrymore. Her grisly murder closely resembles the first brutal slaying committed by Rolling. Show Less
The “Scream” movies featuring the iconic Ghostface killer are one of the most popular horror franchises of all time. The four film...Show More

Wednesday, March 27

The Best Picture winner for 1972 has several underworld inspirations. Don Vito A. Corleone is based on real mob boss Frank Costello. Don Corleone was born in the same year as Costello, and like Costello earned vast illegal incomes from gambling and bootlegging, and enjoyed unrivalled political clout through friends in the power. Carlo Gambino’s life also inspired Don Corleone’s character. Both were low-key gangsters, and quite different from their contemporaries. Gambino was careful enough never to be imprisoned, and died in his own home. Like Gambino, Don Corleone had three sons and a daughter. Also like Don Corleone, Gambino’s activities came under heavy FBI scrutiny with wiretaps, bugs and lip-readers being employed to gather evidence, but Gambino knew how to conduct his business “in silence” and escaped without any jail time. Show Less
The Best Picture winner for 1972 has several underworld inspirations. Don Vito A. Corleone is based on real mob boss Frank Costello. D...Show More

The Best Picture winner for 1972 has several underworld inspirations. Don Vito A. Corleone is based on real mob boss Frank Costello. Don Corleone was born in the same year as Costello, and like Costello earned vast illegal incomes from gambling and bootlegging, and enjoyed unrivalled political clout through friends in the power. Carlo Gambino’s life also inspired Don Corleone’s character. Both were low-key gangsters, and quite different from their contemporaries. Gambino was careful enough never to be imprisoned, and died in his own home. Like Gambino, Don Corleone had three sons and a daughter. Also like Don Corleone, Gambino’s activities came under heavy FBI scrutiny with wiretaps, bugs and lip-readers being employed to gather evidence, but Gambino knew how to conduct his business “in silence” and escaped without any jail time. Show Less
The Best Picture winner for 1972 has several underworld inspirations. Don Vito A. Corleone is based on real mob boss Frank Costello. D...Show More

Wednesday, April 03

Everybody remembers Norman Bates, the deranged cross-dressing killer from Psycho, but few know the story of the real life killer that inspired the character. Ed Gein was a Wisconsin farm hand who robbed graves and fashioned costumes from the dead bodies of women before turning to murdering his own victims. Gein inspired Robert Bloch’s 1959 suspense thriller Psycho, which was turned into a film classic by “The Master of Suspense” Alfred Hitchcock a year later. Featuring archival material from Alfred Hitchcock and an original interview with one of the few people still alive that grew up with Ed Gein. Show Less
Everybody remembers Norman Bates, the deranged cross-dressing killer from Psycho, but few know the story of the real life killer that ...Show More

About The Shocking Truth

The Shocking Truth digs deep into notorious real-life murders and crimes and explores how Hollywood turned them into its most memorable thrillers. The behind-the-scenes stories of how these gruesome events became unforgettable movies is as fascinating as the true crimes themselves. Through cinematic re-enactments and exclusive interviews with the writers, directors and cast members, as well as the detectives, attorneys, and criminologists who investigated the actual crimes, we lay out a compelling story line — how despicable wrong doings became art, creating moments etched in our pop culture.