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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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5 Celebrities Who Are Actually Friends With Their Fans

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Matt Smith Added To Cast Of New “Morbius” Movie

Actor Matt Smith has been cast in a new movie starring Jared Leto. The film is of the Marvel Comics genre and is titled Morbius after the infamous Spider-Man villain. Leto is set to play the main role of Dr. Morbius himself. Interesting Characters It is still unknown which character Smith will be playing but a rumored source connected to Variety has described his...

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The Glorious Transformation Of Catherine Zeta-Jones’ Daughter Carys Zeta

Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones has the best life alongside husband Michael Douglas. Something they're both proud of are their two kids Dylan Michael and Carys Zeta. For Zeta-Jones, her daughter was something she wanted since she was a young adult. Nowadays, the two can be mistaken as twin sisters! Born Into Royalty Carys Zeta came into the world on April 20, 2003 in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Growing...

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