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The Shocking Truth digs deep into notorious real-life murders and crimes and explores how Hollywood turned them into its most memorable thrillers. The behind-the-scenes stories of how these gruesome events became unforgettable movies is as fascinating as the true crimes themselves. Through cinematic re-enactments and exclusive interviews with the writers, directors and cast members, as well as the detectives, attorneys, and criminologists who investigated the actual crimes, we lay out a compelling story line — how despicable wrong doings became art, creating moments etched in our pop culture.
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.
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.
In 1970, the Perron family moves into its dream home in Rhode Island only to discover that a supernatural presence is there as well.
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 Buffalo Bill in "Silence of the Lambs''; archival interviews with stars Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins.
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; he was also the inspiration for Robert Bloch's 1959 suspense thriller, "Psycho.''
The Zodiac Killer terrorized the San Francisco Bay Area with a string of unsolved murders; director David Fincher turned author Robert Graysmith's non- fiction account of the crimes into "Zodiac''; archival interviews with the stars.
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 film Fargo. Featuring archival interviews with stars Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare and directors Joel & Ethan Coen.
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.
In 1956, 18-year-old Charles Starkweather meets 13-year-old Caril Ann Fugate, and they became inseparable; the pair goes on to execute one of the most bizarre crime sprees in America, which ends with a two-month murder spree and 11 people dead.
Aileen Wuornos, who shot and killed six men in 1989, was the inspiration for the 2003 movie "Monster''; archival interviews with star Charlize Theron, writer/director Patty Jenkins, and musician Steve Perry.
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