Is 'Break-up Nightmare' A True Story? The Lifetime Movie Deals With Revenge Porn

Lifetime movies have become synonymous with ripped-from-the-headlines stories turned up a notch to the point of full-on guilty pleasure television — and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that! But, just because one of the network's TV movies may seem like it's based on a real tale, doesn't mean it is. So, is Lifetime's newest made-for-TV movie, Break-up Nightmare based on a true story? The actual plot of this movie seems to be completely fictional, but it does feature an element that is all too real for some women.

Like many of Lifetime's original movies, Break-up Nightmare tackles a certain issue that affects women today; in this case it's revenge porn. According to the official synopsis for Break-up Nightmare , a mother and daughter attempt to fight a revenge porn site, but it has consequences:

When Barbara learns that nude photos of her daughter have been posted on a revenge porn site, she tries to get them taken down immediately. When the site’s administrator and his followers not only refuse to remove them, but threaten Barbara’s family in retaliation, Barbara vows not to back down--but in doing so, her and her daughter's lives begin to be systematically destroyed, both online and off.

The film stars Jennifer Dorogi as Barbara, with Celesta Deastis playing her daughter, in what is sure to be a compelling and terrifying look at the reality of revenge porn.

However, Break-up Nightmare won't be the first time a break-up has gone horribly, horribly wrong on film. Between violent stalkers and ghostly ex-boyfriends, women have been plagued with nightmare break-ups in these four movies.

The Boy Next Door

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J. Lo's Claire gets too close to the young guy next door, Noah, and indulges in his feelings for her, but he turns violent when she attempts to put an end to their relationship. His subsequent stalking, blackmailing, and kidnapping certainly put Noah in the running for the most horrific break-up in film history. You can watch The Boy Next Door on Amazon Video.

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Fear

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In one of Mark Wahlberg's first film roles he plays the controlling boyfriend David to Reese Witherspoon's Nicole in Fear. Among many insane things David does throughout the movie (including carving his girlfriend's name onto his chest), he leads a gang in an assault on Nicole's house and family — because nothing screams "take me back" like violence. Spoiler: She doesn't take him back. Don't miss this classic Wahlberg performance; Fear is available on Amazon Video.

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The Perfect Guy

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When Leah's perfect rebound guy winds up being a violent stalker, her life and the lives of those she cares about are put in danger. He stalks and harasses her, taking a sex tape of Leah with another man and sending it to her coworkers, until she takes matters and justice into her own hands. You can check out The Perfect Guy on Amazon Video.

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Of course, while each of these movie break-ups were nightmares in their own right, Lifetime's Break-up Nightmare takes on a serious issue head-on since women deal with revenge porn in their real lives. So, although Break-up Nightmare isn't based on a true story, it may be able to inform viewers about revenge porn while keeping them hooked as an intense, fictional thriller.

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