Open Water (2003)
Traveling to the Bahamas turns into a real nightmare for young spouses. They find themselves abandoned in the open sea, teeming with sharks.
A similar story happened in 1998 with the spouses Thomas and Ailen Lonergan. Divers disappeared off the Great Barrier Reef in the Coral Sea. Their bodies have never been found.
By the way, on the set of the film, the company of the actors was made up of real sharks. The main reason for such a radical decision was the film’s ridiculous budget.
The events of the film take place in the middle of the 19th century, during the war with Mexico. An exhausted Calhoun man makes his way to a fort located in the California mountains and tells a grisly story. He and the members of the merchant caravan spent the winter in a cave and watched as his comrades lose their human appearance.
The plot of the film was inspired by the story of the gold miner Alfred Packer, nicknamed the “Colorado Cannibal”. In 1874, he confessed that he killed and ate his fellow travelers during a difficult winter trek through the San Juan mountain range. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison; after serving 18, he was released early.
Rob Reiner’s brilliant psychological thriller about an insane lover of literature who took the writer hostage is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Stephen King. The novel’s plot, in turn, is based in part on real events. Or, more precisely, on the personal experience of the King of Horrors.
The backlash from fans to the experimental novel Dragon Eyes, published in 1984, was so harsh that it inspired King to create another thriller. Of course, the situation in which Paul Sheldon finds himself is only a figment of the imagination of an American writer. But it is possible that at some point, Stephen King was seriously scared of his embittered fans.