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The disturbing real-life events that inspired some of Hollywood's biggest horror films

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Heather O'Rourke screams as she is harassed by evil spirits in a scene from the film 'Poltergeist', 1982.
Heather O'Rourke screams as she is harassed by evil spirits in a scene from the film 'Poltergeist', 1982.
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The key to getting some shut-eye after a scary flick is just reminding yourself that the events that unfolded before your eyes were nothing but the creative outpourings of someone's twisted imagination. That's what works for me, at least.

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