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These 10 movie plots actually became a reality

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 2021-05-01
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The Dead Zone is just one of many movie plots lines that have happened in real life (YouTube/HD Retro Trailers and Getty Images)

You know what they say, life imitates art.

This is definitely the case for certain movie plot-lines that somehow became a reality.

Are these bizarre developments just one of life’s many coincidences, or is our world being controlled by external forces like in The Truman Show?

We’ll let you decide.

Here, we’ve put together some of the film plots that eerily ended up coming true.

Snakes on a Plane (2006)

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A screenshot from the trailer of the 2006 movie Snakes on a Plane (YouTube/MOVIE PREDICTOR)

In January 2017, an Emirates flight flying from Oman to Dubai was canceled after live snakes were found inside the plane’s cargo bay.

A similar incident happened in 2016, when a plane had to make an emergency landing in Mexico after a snake fell from a overhead luggage compartment mid-flight.

Luckily, passengers remained calm as the serpent was safely seized in a blanket.

The Birds (1963)

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A TikTok video showed hundreds of cockatoos swarming a street in Australia (TikTok/justsheff33)

Hundreds of cockatoos filled the skies above an Australian town in scenes reminiscent of a horror film last week.

A resident in New South Wales uploaded a video of the eerie experience to TikTok, sparking thousands of comments.

Some people likened the scenes to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 classic The Birds, which centres on a series of unexplained violent bird attacks on people.

The Dead Zone (1983)

Stephen King’s novel The Dead Zone was made into a film in 1983. The antagonist, Greg Stillson is a ruthless salesman-turned-politician whose eccentric actions and anti-establishment rhetoric awarded him a huge public following.

Remind you of anyone?

King himself has even admitted there was an uncanny likeness of between the two on social media. In an interview with NowThis News he said: “I was sort of convinced that it was possible that a politician would arise who was so outside the mainstream and so willing to say anything that he would capture the imaginations of the American people.”

Political outsider Donald Trump shocked the world when he won the US Presidential Election back in 2016. He was a similarly ruthless businessman who ammassed a big band of loyal followers.

Weekend at Bernie’s (1989)

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A screenshot from 1989 film Weekend at Bernie’s. (YouTube/Movieclips)

Two men in real life actually followed the plot of Weekend at Bernie’s to a tee.

When Jeffrey Young discovered the dead body of his friend, he decided to give him a proper send off...by taking his corpse out for a night out on the town.

Young, his (living) friend Mark Rubinson, and their pal’s corpse visited Teddy T’s Bar and Grill, Viva Burrito, and Shotgun Willie’s Show Club for some post-mortem lap dances, spending $400 on the deceased pal’s debit card.

To be fair, they reported his death to police five hours after they discovered the body – so it wasn’t quite a weekend...

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

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Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 science fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey (YouTube/Warner Bros. Pictures)

Voice-activated assistants such as Siri and Alexa are now an everyday occurrence today, but director Stanley Kubrick predicted them decades earlier.

His film 2001: A Space Odyssey is full of futuristic technology that would eventually exist decades down the line, including iPad-like tablets and a sophisticated (but sinister) AI device.

Up (2009)

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National Geographic’s How Hard Can It Be? (balloon episode) juxtaposed with a screenshot from Disney Pixar movie Up (2009) (YouTube/National Geographic UK and YouTube/Antikythero)

Every kid wanted their own floating balloon house after watching Disney Pixar movie Up, and a group of scientists were able to do just that in 2011.

In National Geographic’s TV series How Hard Can It Be? they built a light weight replica of the house from the movie to which they attached 300 balloons.

Each balloon was eight feet high and filled with an entire tank of helium, sending the house soaring 10,000 feet into the air.

Kick-Ass (2010)

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Kiss-Ass (2010) alongside an image of MMA fighter-turned-superhero, Phoenix Jones (YouTube/Lionsgate Movies and YouTube/ThePhoenixJones)

Around a year after the iconic superhero movie Kick-Ass came out, an MMA fighter hit the streets of Seattle under the masked guise of “Phoenix Jones.”

The self-proclaimed street-fighting hero mostly broke up fights and stopped drunk drivers, but similar to his onscreen counterpart he was also condemned by the police for his violent actions.

Shawshank Redemption (1994)

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Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman in the 1994 movie The Shawshank Redemption (YouTube/MovieClips)

In a similar fashion to Andy Durfresne’s jail escape in Shawshank Redemption, Otis Blunt and Jose Espinosa broke out of a prison in Elizabeth, New Jersey in 2007.

They first loosened and removed a cinder block between their cell walls and just like Andy, covered the hole with a poster. Blunt squeezed through the small gap into Espinosa’s cell. The pair then left through a hole in the wall and found themselves on the roof of an adjacent building. They jumped off the roof, clearing a 30-foot-high fence.

However, unlike the Stephen King film adaptation, both men were caught within several weeks of their escape.

Carrie (1976)

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A screenshot from a clip of 1976 horror movie Carrie (YouTube/Franco Seguer)

A third Stephen King film-to-book adaptation transformed into a real-life event when a sophomore at a Michigan high school was subjected to embarrassing prank similar to the film’s protagonist.

In the horror film, the shy 16-year-old Carrie White is nominated for homecoming queen as a joke.

Bullying happens in all high schools, but the cruelty of this particular prank is reminiscent of the 1976 and 2013 films.

The girl told NBC News, “I felt like I wasn’t worthy. Why even be a part of this community, this world if I’m just going to be tossed around like basically a piece of trash?”

Fortunately, her story didn’t come to such a gruesome end.

The Truman Show (1998)

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Jim Carrey in the 1998 psychological comedy drama The Truman Show (YouTube/Movieclips)

The Truman Show is a psychological film based around a reality television programme that is filmed 24 hours a day via thousands of hidden cameras.

Sound familiar?

Over the past two decades since the 1998 film was released, there has been cultural shift towards reality TV shows such as Big Brother, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and Love Island that keep the cameras constantly rolling and are broadcasted to millions of people.

Still, unlike Jim Carrey’s Truman Burbank, the participants are fully aware that they are being watched and filmed. In fact, many are able to carve a celebrity career out of their appearances and can gain millions of followers and brand deals via social media.

All in all, it appears that movie plot lines have influence our lives a lot more than we first thought (also Stephen King is very good at making predictions).

It’s maybe worth keeping an eye out for what films are being made now to see what the future might have in store...