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The Shocking Truth (TV-14)

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Natural Born Killers

In 1956, 18-year-old Charles Starkweather met 13-year-old Caril Ann Fugate. The pair became inseparable and went on to execute one of the most chilling and bizarre crime sprees in America, that ended with a 2 month murder spree and 11 people dead, including Caril’s own family. Starkweather died in the electric chair at age 20 and their story went on to inspire the 1994 thriller Natural Born Killers. Featuring interviews from the film’s director Oliver Stone and stars Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, and Robert Downey Jr.

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Psycho

Everybody remembers Norman Bates, the deranged cross-dressing killer from Psycho, but few know the story of the real life killer that inspired the character. Ed Gein was a Wisconsin farm hand who robbed graves and fashioned costumes from the dead bodies of women before turning to murdering his own victims. Gein inspired Robert Bloch’s 1959 suspense thriller Psycho, which was turned into a film classic by “The Master of Suspense” Alfred Hitchcock a year later. Featuring archival material from Alfred Hitchcock and an original interview with one of the few people still alive that grew up with Ed Gein.

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Silence Of The Lambs

Ed Gein and Ted Bundy were already two of the most notorious serial killers in history when author Thomas Harris used them as inspiration for the murderous Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs. With stars Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins on board, the film became a grisly box office hit and surprise Oscar winner for best picture, best director, best actor and best actress. Featuring archival interviews with stars Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins.

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The Amityville Horror

The Amityville Horror is an iconic film about a haunted house that spawned a major film franchise. But behind the Hollywood thriller is the shocking true story of a mass murder. Six members of the DeFeo family were brutally murdered in their beds in the middle of the night. The killer claims the house is haunted and an evil presence made him do it. A year later another family moves in and the hauntings continue, inspiring a best-selling book and a hit movie. Featuring archival interviews with Ryan Reynolds and Margo Kidder, and an original interview with the real-life resident of the haunted Amityville house; Daniel Lutz.

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The Conjuring

In 1970 The Perron Family move into their dream home in Harrisville, Rhode Island only to discover that they are not alone. The children report seeing and feeling the presence of spirits and their mother experiences nightly visits from gatherings of ghosts. The peril intensifies when renowned paranormal experts, Ed and Lorraine Warren, arrive on the scene to try and rid the family of the evil presence they feel inhabits the house. Their story inspires the 2013 hit movie “The Conjuring”. Featuring archival interviews from the films stars Patrick Wilson, Lilli Taylor and Ron Livingston and a never seen before interview with one of the Perron children who lived in the house.

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The Exorcist

In 1949 a Catholic priest is called in to perform an Exorcism on a young boy in St. Louis. It takes months to successfully exorcise the demons that both the Church and the boy’s family believe he is possessed by, and a priest writes a diary detailing the excruciating process. The diary inspires a book written William Peter Blatty in 1971, followed by the release of a movie in 1973. The controversial film is blasted by critics, but is one of the highest grossing films of all time. Featuring archival interviews from the films star Linda Blair and screenwriter William Peter Blatty.

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Zodiac

In the late ’60s, the Zodiac killer terrorized the San Francisco Bay Area with a string of horrific unsolved murders. Visionary director David Fincher turned author Robert Graysmith’s non- fiction account of the crimes into Zodiac, which became the gold standard for fact-based serial killing thrillers. Featuring archival interviews with stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chloe Sevigny, director David Fincher, screenwriter James Vanderbilt, author Robert Graysmith and producer Arnold Messer.

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Fargo

Helle Crafts went missing from her home in Newtown, Connecticut and was never seen again. The court ruled that her husband killed her and disposed of her body using a wood chipper. The Coen Brothers heard that twisted story and used the “Wood Chipper Murder” as inspiration for their 1996 Oscar wining lm Fargo. Featuring archival interviews with stars Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare and directors Joel & Ethan Coen.

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Foxcatcher

As the heir to a billion dollar fortune, John E. du Pont, could buy whatever or whoever he wanted. When the avid wrestling fan persuaded two gold-medal winning brothers to join his team, they thought they were getting the chance of a lifetime. What they got was a deadly shock. In director Bennett Miller’s Oscar- nominated film, Steve Carell undergoes a stunning transformation to play du Pont. This chilling story of delusion, paranoia and obsession won international acclaim, taking home top honors at the 2014 Cannes film festival. Featuring archival interviews with stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave and director Bennett Miller.

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Goodfellas

Henry Hill knew he wanted to be a gangster by the time he was 13 years old. But after 20 years of gambling, arson and drug dealing he had to go into witness protection to avoid getting whacked. Nicholas Pileggi wrote the book on Hill and it caught the eye of director Martin Scorsese. In 1990, Scorsese turned Hill’s so-crazy-it-must-be-true story into the Oscar nominated GoodFellas. Featuring archival interviews with stars Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Robert DeNiro, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino, and director Martin Scorsese.

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Jaws

During the summer of 1916, the resort beaches of the Jersey Shore ran red with blood. For 12 days the Jersey man-eater terrorized the Eastern Seaboard. Five people were attacked and only one survived, leaving the public and scientists wondering just what was in the water… and when it would strike again? These real life shark attacks inspired Peter Benchley’s best-selling book in 1974 and Steven Spielberg’s 1975 hit thriller “Jaws”. Featuring archival interviews from Steven Spielberg, and the film’s stars Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfus.

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Monster

When Aileen Wuornos shot and killed six men in 1989, the story gained national attention and Wuornos became a death row celebrity. In 2003, Charlize Theron “got ugly” and earned an Oscar by gaining 30 pounds to play Wuornos in Monster. Featuring archival interviews with star Charlize Theron, writer/director Patty Jenkins, and musician Steve Perry.