The B-Movie Gimmick From The '60s (That We Want Back)

We’ve discussed William Castle here at Cracked, the all-time king of horror movie gimmicks. And among all his contrivances to get butts in theater seats to watch B-grade schlock, there's a particularly clever one used in one of his ‘best’ movies, Homicidal.

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We can all take a moment and immediately think of a fictional character we consider iconic. And chances are, that character are heavily influenced by someone who really lived (or currently lives). And it makes sense, someone who seems pretty much larger than life will likely translate well into a fictional setting.

With that in mind, we teamed up with image wizard AuntieMeme to bring you some of pop cultures most famous characters -- and their real-life influences.

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Travis Bickle, the nut-job played by Robert DeNiro in Taxi Driver, was based on actual nut-job Arthur Bremer. OTHLONELY AND AWKWIARD BOTH RuINED RELAT

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KRATOS IS EDWARD NORTON. Specifically, Norton's character in American History X. According to God of War director David Jaffe, his design team based K

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THERE WASA REAL SHREK Maurice Tillet was a French wrestler known as the freak ogre of the ring in the '40s. Tillet suffered from acromegaly, a thick

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POPEYE WAS BASED on A REAL GUY. SE His name was Frank Rocky Fiegel, and he was a tough guy from Popeye creator E.C. Segar's hometown. He was known f

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Eugene Francois Vidocq was an 18th-century French businessman running from his criminal past. He reached an arrangement with the authorities that allo

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When Wes Craven was 11, he looked out the window of his apartment building to see a disfigured homeless man staring at him. Startled, Craven ducked in

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MONTY PYTHON STAYED AT THE REAL FAWLTY TOWERS. It was called the Gleneagles Hotel, and the proprietor was named Donald Sinclair. The Pythons stayed th

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50 FIRST DATES IS BASED on A REAL person. In the movie, Lucy suffers from anterograde amnesia, where she's unable to remember anything that happens af

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