‘Girl In The Basement’: Lifetime Movie Based On Sicko Dad Josef Fitzl Who ‘Confined’ Daughter Elisabeth Fritzl In Austrian Cellar

Girl In The Basement, the “inspired by actual events” true-story Lifetime movie, is based on Josef Fritzl and Elisabeth Fritzl. Part of Lifetime’s ripped from the headlines franchise, Girl in the Basement tells the story of daughter Sara who is confined to a basement cellar and held captive for years by her own father. The real names and locations have all been changed. But, true-crime buffs should remember this case well. Under the direction of Elisabeth Röhm, Girl in the Basement stars Stefanie Scott as Sara and Judd Nelson as her diabolical father.



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The true story on which Girl in the Basement is based has to do with Elisabeth Fritzl, an 18-year-old teen who disappeared in the 1980s. Her father, Josef Fritzl, said his daughter ran away. The truth was she was in a basement in Austria, where she was held as a sex slave for decades, without even her mother knowing. Josef Fritzl frequently took advantage of his daughter in that dark, dank cellar, and she bore him seven children. The shocking true crime was eventually exposed after one of Fritzl’s grandchildren fell sick. The hospital staff was so taken aback by the child’s ghostly pale appearance that they investigated. Elisabeth Fritzl and the basement photos revealed her horror story, and Josef Fritzl was eventually arrested and sentenced to life in prison.



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Today, Elisabeth Fritzl has found love with a man named Thomas Wagner, but she lives under a secret identity. The basement where Elisabeth was confined was filled with concrete. Lifetime Television also made another movie based on the case called Confined, according to TV Crime Sky‘s Traciy Curry-Reyes.

Girl in the Basement airs Saturday, Feburary 27 at 8/7 p.m. Central on the Lifetime channel.

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Traciy Curry-Reyes

Traciy Curry-Reyes is the founder and editor-in-chief of TV Crime Sky. She began her career as a true crime & entertainment freelance writer in the 1990's for her website, The Movies Based on True Stories Database/Archives. She has contributed content to other websites, such as Examiner.com and Inquisitr.com. Traciy also appears as a true-crime expert and commentator on TV One's Fatal Attraction, For My Man, and Justice by Any Means; Investigation Discovery's Murder Calls and Scorned; Oxygen's Snapped; FOX's Crime Watch Daily; and Lifetime Television's Killer Kids.