10 Real Life Movie Monsters

10 Real Life Inspirations Behind Movie Monsters 10) Jigsaw When the first draft of the first Saw was written, the whole movie was vastly different The setting was the same: two people wake up chained in a bathroom with a dead body in the middle

But the idea of Jigsaw, the psychotic killer making people carry out horrible tasks was completely absent In fact, writer James Wan didn’t come up with the character of Jigsaw until months later when he had a cancer scare Wan convinced himself that he had a brain tumour He didn’t, but the fear made him start thinking: what might a psychotic person do if he found out he had a terminal illness For those of you who haven’t seen the film, that’s basically exactly what happens to the main villain Jigsaw

Although he lasts another 2 movies after the first, so presumably ol’ Jiggy wasn’t dying off too quickly 9) Alien Screenwriter Dan O’Bannon knew he wanted to make an alien horror movie But beyond that, he was struggling for inspiration Then, one night, he had a dream In it, an alien jumped into an astronaut’s mouth and came bursting out of his chest

This became the basis of the famous face-hugger and chest-bursting scenes in 1979’s Alien But Dan and the crew still needed a LOOK for the adult Xenomorph You know, once it had finished taking a tour of John Hurt’s insides Plus just “a dream” isn’t really good enough for an entry around here That’s when he found the work of H

R Giger Giger’s art is so explicit, I’m not sure how much we can even show you without getting demonetised Then again, knowing YouTube these videos of fluffy bunnies and puppies will get us that golden dollar sign too Regardless, the Swiss artist specialises in illustrations that turn the intimate into the disturbing And, with Dan already picking the alien’s birth as a twisted take on pregnancy, it was a perfect fit

Eventually, Dan settled on Gieger’s illustration Necronomicon IV as the basis for his alien and brought HR onto the film to help bring it top the big screen 8) The Pale Man The Spanish Civil War was awful Hot take, I know But, from Orwell to Picasso, it’s inspired some of the most famous feats creativity in history And 2006’s Pan’s Labyrinth is no different

Guillermo del Toro likes to shove weird creatures into every film he makes But Pan’s Labyrinth definitely has his most monstrous: hand-eye coordination extraordinaire The Pale Man The villain of the story, Pale Man doesn’t just look horrible He also straight-up eats children So it’s no surprise that he was inspired by another famous scene of child-consumption: Saturn Eating His Son by Francisco Goya In Roman myth, and greek myth since the Romans basically just pinched all the Greek gods, Saturn is afraid of a prophecy claiming his son will one day overthrow him

His does what any good parent would do and starts eating his children That story, and Goya’s horrifying depiction, were the basis for del Toro’s own kid muncher But it wasn’t the only inspiration The director also gave him a baggy, loose-skinned look because he had recently undergone some serious weight loss and was conscious of all the loose skin he had As for the eyes in the hands? No idea

7) Chucky Most children’s dolls are pretty awful, right? I’ll take a teddy bear over one of those eerie dead-eyed nightmare machines any day There’s a reason every fictional teddy bear is an absolute chad Meanwhile, dolls are always depicted as creepy murders And perhaps no evil doll is more famous, or more creepy, than Chucky The main villain of the 8, yes 8, Chucky movies: there’s some debate over what this demented doll was modelled after

Screenwriter Don Mancini claims he based the description on the Cabbage Patch Kids Meanwhile, director Tom Holland, not that one, claimed he wanted them to look like the Hasbro’s My Buddy toys Which just goes to show, there are way too many dolls creepy dolls out there However, what’s certain is that Charles Lee Ray, the serial killer whose soul has supposedly taken over Chucky, was named after three famous killers: Charles Manson, Lee Harvey Oswald, and James Earl Ray 6) Jeepers Creepers The monster of the JC series is a… a… what even is that thing? Amphibian, jowly Van Helsing here is the main villain of all three Jeepers Creepers films

But, wet, scaly Indiana Jones is actually based on a real-life, human, murderer You see, the first movie opens with two teenagers driving past a church and accidentally seeing our boi yeeting a body into a bin That scenario was based on the story of Dennis Depue, a man looks exactly like the sort of man who’d kill his wife and, it turns out, actually did Denny D killed his wife Marylin and then dumped her body in an animal behind a local schoolhouse in Coldwater, Michigan Sidenote: there are only two pictures of this dude on the entire internet

This picture And this picture, which is just a cropped version of the first picture Two passersby in a car spotted him doing it and were chased by Depue in his van, just like the movie The difference is, in real life the two escaped and alerted the local police The police caught Depue who died in a shootout

5) Ursula Just because she’s in a kids movie, doesn’t mean Ursula isn’t a great monster She’s an evil sea witch with tentacles I know some corners of the internet are pretty fond of tentacles, but to me, that’s pretty monstrous Which is part of the reason it’s a little odd to learn that she’s based on a real person The artists behind the film revealed after its release that they’d modelled their early Ursula sketchings off world-renowned drag performer Divine

Yep, it turns out the sea queen was actually a sea Queeeeeeeeeen Everything from Ursula’s figure, to the fact she somehow has perfect eyeshadow underwater, was modelled off Divine Although I should point out that it was just the look that they based on the performer Divine didn’t spend her spare time tricking mermaids and chatting with eels And Ursula isn’t the only plus-sized bad guy based on a real person

Slimy obese mob slug Jabba the Hutt was apparently based on still obese, but decidedly less slimy, actor Sidney Greenstreet Which, seems kinda harsh 4) Jaws Sticking under the sea, let’s talk about the monster so scary it ruined the beach for an entire generation Hitting cinemas in 1975 Jaws was an instant success, with critics and audiences loving the excellent pacing, clever cinematography and, of course, that famous theme tune we can’t play you without getting a copyright strike However, here’s what you get when you type “Jaws” into our royalty-free music source… Hmm, not quite the same

Regardless, the famous fictional giant shark was actually based on a real life… giant shark Surprise surprise In 1916, there was a series of shark attacks on the Jersey Shore 4 people were fatally chomped to pieces, and another dozen were seriously injured in only two weeks: a huge number considering how rare shark attacks actually are These attacks started a national panic, with the government being pressured into spending $120,000 on eradicating sharks from the area

Thankfully if a shark tried to attack people on the Jersey Shore nowadays they’d be instantly poisoned by the layers of spray tan and botox Nonetheless, these shark attacks became the basis for the star of one of the most famous summer blockbusters of all time 3) Leatherface The iconic murderer of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre series is based loosely on the life of 1950s serial killer Ed Gein Gein is only confirmed to have killed two people before he was caught Which in terms of serial killer numbers is pretty low

Come on mate, the Zodiac killer took out way more than that, and still found time to run for President Still, what Gein did with the bodies is pretty top tier serial killer stuff He liked to wear his victims In fact, when police raided his home they found bowls made from human skulls, masks made from skin, a belt made from nipples, four noses just sitting around loose, and a lamp made out of someone’s face Gein’s unique eye for fashion caught the attention of the world’s newspapers, becoming a huge story

Years later he would become the basis for a huge number of film characters, including Norman Bates from Psycho and Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs But the filmmakers behind Chainsaw Massacre drew perhaps the clearest inspiration, with Leatherface using a chainsaw to cut up his victims and wearing dismembered faces over his own 2) Velociraptors Yep, Steven Spielberg’s back There’s a lot of dangerous dinos in Jurassic Park But no other inspires the same fear as the velociraptor

I mean, the T-Rex is cool and all But no predator that can be defeated by standing still is ever gonna be that scary Well, had the raptors been more realistic they probably wouldn’t have been nearly as threatening When writing the Jurassic Park book, Michael Crichton's description of the raptors was actually based on another dinosaur: Deinonychus That’s because he’d read, falsely, in a now-debunked scientific book that the velociraptor was a subspecies of the Deinonychus

The Deinonychus was substantially bigger and more reptilian than the raptor’s real look Which is basically an evil turkey By the time Speilberg made the movie, that belief had been debunked But Speilberg kept that look because, well, it’s just a lot cooler isn’t it 1) Hannibal Lector Imagine being so creepy be around that someone who met you once, briefly, was so freaked out he based a fictional serial killer on you

That’s how menacing Alfredo Balli Trevino was Trevino has the dubious honour of being the man novelist Thomas Harris based world’s most well-read cannibal Hannibal Lector on Harris visited the Monterrey Prison, in North Mexico to research a story about another inmate: Dykes Andrew Simmons While there he got talking to Trevino, who was so eloquent and knowledgeable about medicine that Harris assumed he was a prison doctor Only later did he discover the good doctor was a former army surgeon who’d been locked up for murdering and dismembering his lover

Harris was so struck by his meeting that he wrote a Trevino-based character called Dr Hannibal Lector into his novel Red Dragon It was a hit, and the series continued with Silence of The Lambs and Hannibal All three were adapted into films with Antony Hopkins in the Lector role

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