Frank Fiore – Novelist & Screenwriter

April 30, 2014

True Stories That Would Make Amazing Movies

Filed under: Frank Remarks,On Writing — Frank Fiore @ 11:09 AM

You’ve seen it in the intro of movies – “This film is based on a true story”. Well, here are two that should be made into a film.

H.H. Holmes and the 1893 World’s Fair

Holmes is notorious for being one of the first confirmed serial killers in the history of the United States. He was already considered a murderer when his home town of Chicago became the center of the then biggest event on the planet. Offering his strangely surreal house (consisting of commercial space and several windowless, maze-like rooms) as potential accommodations, Holmes lured tourists into his trap. He eventually confessed to killing 27 people, though police at the time put the count closer to 200.

The Winchester Mansion

In 1862, Sarah Lockwood Pardee married William Wirt Winchester, treasurer of the famed gun makers. When he died of tuberculosis, the newly widowed woman was convinced that the spirits of those her husband’s weapons killed were coming to claim her family (she had lost a baby boy sometime before). So she set about building a structure to confuse the potential ghosts, a mansion outfitted with doors that opened into walls, stairs that went nowhere, and numerous confusing construction designs. In the middle was a séance room where Mrs. Winchester would seek psychic guidance for the next day’s building.

Now. What producers out there want to create a surefire hit.

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