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The True Story That Inspired ‘Scream’ Is Scarier Than You’d Expect

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Making over $604 million worldwide, Scream has become one of the biggest horror movie franchises ever. The series, which stars Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox, cemented the Ghostface mask into pop culture forever. While it shines with satirical writing, the story behind Scream stems from a true tale of horror.

A Vile Situation

Danny Harold Rolling’s upbringing wasn’t pleasant. Years of neglect from his parents forced him down a dark path. In the summer of 1990, the Louisiana native did the unthinkable and murdered five college students in a Gainesville, Florida robbery spree. His crimes earned him the nickname Gainesville Ripper.

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Brought To Justice

Weeks after his final murder, Rolling was captured by police in Ocala. 1994, he was brought to trial where he pleaded not guilty. The murderer wanted to gain fame like Ted Bundy. Rolling got his wish and much more. Just like Bundy, he was given the death sentence. By the time of his death in 2006, he was able to see his murder influence the Scream franchise.

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A New Face Of Fear

One parallel between Scream and the Gainesville murders revolve around the murderer. In the past, murderers in horror films had a distinct evil look. Rolling looked like your everyday person from down the street. Scream producers capitalized on that by really giving the film a realistic feel. They wanted you to believe that an unexpected person can be capable of such evil.

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A Case Of Mistaken Identity

Before Rolling was arrested, the police mistakenly took the wrong person into custody. Edward Humphrey, who was mistaken for Rolling, served a year behind bars before being let go. In the first Scream film, Sidney’s boyfriend Billy was originally accused of being the killer. Unlike Edward, Billy was released the next day.

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Gone So Young

Another way that Scream and the Gainesville Ripper are somewhat identical involves the victims. Rolling’s victims were college students, so the film had to emulate this tragedy of the loss of young life. This time, the victims were from Woodsboro High School. Throughout the franchise, 13 students and two staff members were murdered.

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According To Avengers 4 Director, Chris Evans “Isn’t Done” With Captain America Role Quite Yet

Despite a sad goodbye from the Avengers' own Chris Evans, director Joe Russo says that the Captain America actor is not yet finished. So what's the deal? An Exit? After shooting for the upcoming fourth installment of Marvel's flagship Avengers series Chris Evans tweeted what appeared to be a goodbye. After all he called the last day on set "emotional" and even...

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Tom Hanks Could Be Playing Geppetto In Disney’s Live-Action ‘Pinocchio’

Disney is making even more live-action adaptations of the classic animations, including Aladdin, Dumbo, Lion King, and now Pinocchio. But the classic family favorite is getting a new puppeteer, and legendary actor Tom Hanks is in early talks to play Geppetto. Most fans would agree Hanks is the best choice for the role. Retelling Of A Disney Classic Pinocchio, released...

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It Looks Like Sylvester Stallone Might Be Finished With The “Rocky” Franchise

A post from actor and long time Rocky mainstay Sylvester Stallone has hinted that he will no longer be a part of the boxing movie franchise. This news would certainly come as a let down to fans of the movies but as Stallone himself stated, "Sadly all things must pass... and end." A Telling Post Stallone recently posted a video that was...

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