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10 Fictions That Inspired Real Life Crimes

It's not uncommon for fiction to be inspired by real-life events, giving authors and filmmakers plenty of inspiration for 'based on a true story' future projects. Real life can inspire some of the mos

It's not uncommon for fiction to be inspired by real-life events, giving authors and filmmakers plenty of inspiration for 'based on a true story' future projects. Real life can inspire some of the most powerful works of fiction, but what happens when the inspiration is turned around? When art stops imitating life and life starts imitating art? It's a phenomenon that's actually more common than you might think.

There's no doubt that movies can be inspiring. Whether it is the aesthetic, the characters, or the plot, movies can inspire many to change their lives for the better. Surely, every filmmaker and writer hopes to inspire and to entertain. But when a dark movie garners dark followers, the inspiration can turn sour. Many have, horrifyingly, been inspired to do rather dark things after finding intimate inspiration in fiction. Surely, you would think that the will of a human being is stronger than that. Driven by passion, boredom or perhaps morbid curiosity, some criminals have been known to act out the crimes of their fictional heroes. Perhaps those parents who keep calling for less violent video games and movies might be on the right track? This list details some of those shocking real life crimes that were inspired by fiction.

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10 Dexter (2006)

9 Project X (2012)

8 Scream (1996)

7 The Matrix (1999)

6 The Town (2010)

5 Money Train (1995)

4 Saw (2004)

A mother in Salt Lake City turned in her son and his friend after she overheard them discussing a plot to set up games just like Jigsaw with cameras and camcorders, to teach a lesson to two girls and a police officer. Two teenaged girls in Tennessee were charged with phone harassment after calling a woman in her 50s and adapting a Jigsaw-like voice, telling her that her friend was trapped somewhere in her house and a toxic gas would be released, making her choose between her life or her friend’s. The horror of the prank caused the woman to have a stroke - but luckily she survived.

3 Fight Club (1999)

2 Twilight (2008)

1 Birth of a Nation (1915)

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