We are currently in the midst of a glut in terms of wonderful horror and terrifying horror film releases. The unfortunate news (or fortunate, if you’re into this sort of thing), is that the real world keeps turning up terrifying stories as well. This year, we had no trouble finding seven more entries into our continuing Halloween series of seven real life stories that would make great movies. Let’s get started…

1. Japanese Ghost Boat

Since October of last year, dozens of wooden boats washed onto the shores of Monzen, a quiet Japanese fishing village, carrying a total of 30 partially skeletized corpses. At least two of the bodies were also beheaded.

The most common theory places the boats as North Korean fisherman who sailed into tragically unfavorable conditions, but the frequency of the boats washing ashore is made all the more creepy by Monzen’s history of being something of a suicide hot spot and of the pier’s fabled haunting by a ghostly female figure.

Given the image of the shoreline and the winter storms that weather and tear the boats, it’s safe to assume that a skilled cinematographer could make unbearably haunted frames of the boats coming ashore to construct a story of implied political heft.

Tips for Filmmaking: Hire Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson. Just kidding. Kiyoshi Kurosawa, whose 2000 film Kairo (Pulse) is one of the best ghost stories I’ve ever seen on screen, would be a perfect fit for the material.

Source: LA Times

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