10 Horror Movies Based on True Stories

Nothing strikes more fear in your heart than when you’ve sat down to watch a scary movie and the directors decide to inform you that what you are about to watch is based on a true story. Guaranteed nightmares. Here are 10 movies you will wish weren’t based in truth!

The Amityville Horror

Sitting just over thirty miles outside of New York City, the Amityville house sits pretty on Ocean Avenue in Amityville, Long Island. The reign of terror began in 1974 when Ronald DeFeo Jr. fatally shot his mother, father, two brothers and two sisters. To make matters worse, the family who moved in after DeFeo’s sentencing claimed to have experienced paranormal activity in their home a year later. In february of 2017, the house sold for $605,000 to an undisclosed owner. Let’s hope we never hear another story out of that house.

The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)

Like many paranormal haunting movies, “The Haunting in Connecticut” follows a similar plot line. Married couple shacks up in a new home and is tormented by the ghosts who already live there. Based on the life and stories of Al and Carmen Snedeker, you’ll have to see this one to fully understand their plight.

Borderland (2007)

Zev Berman’s “Borderland” is based on the doings of cult leader Adolofo de Jesus Costanzo. A drug lord and a practicer of human sacrifice, the film depicts a gory array of severed toes, fingers, and even a dislodged brain. If you can’t handle blood, you’re lucky you never ran into this guy.

The Exorcism Of Emily Rose

Exorcism movies always have the staple body disfiguration that makes us scream when we first see it. Walking backwards on hands and feet, necks circled all the way around, eyes rolling back, all red flags toward identifying a possession. Though Emily Rose wasn’t real, she is based on German woman Anneliese Michel who was thought to be possessed.Upon excising her demon, Anneliese passed away the following year at 24 years of age.

Eaten Alive (1980)

Nicknamed the “Bluebird of Texas” and “The Alligator Man”, Elmendorf, Texas native Joe Ball was the inspiration for 1980’s “Eaten Alive”. Ball killed an estimated 20 women in the 1930’s and for his personal entertainment purposes, fed them to alligators and watched as they feasted. Disgusting.

The Town That Dreaded Sundown

During the 1940’s at the border of Texas and Arkansas, the Phantom Killer of Texarkana killed 8 people in a 10 week span. Terrorizing the town and leaving everyone questioning each other, the killer was never found.

The Conjuring

James Wan’s Conjuring series is regarded as one of the best received horror flicks of the past 10 years. While we applaud him for making us quiver with every minute, it is even more frightening to know that he has stuck real images of the Warren’s experiences with the haunted Perrons family.

Nightmare on Elm St.

Now we don’t need to explain to you that the monster director Wes Craven named Freddie is not based in any truth, but Craven did confirm that he was inspired by a series of deaths that happened  to a group of Cambodian immigrants. Said to have died in their sleep from nightmares, the Cambodian tragedy gave us the story of the “Nightmare on Elm St.”

The Hills Have Eyes

If “The Hills Have Eyes” did not scare you, we recommend you watch it again, in the dark, and alone. Based on the true story of Sawney Bean, a 16th century Scottish man who had 14 children, most of which were products of incestuous relationships. Living in caves and with a habit of feasting on human flesh, the Bean family is said to have killed dozens of wandering travelers.

The Mothman Prophecies

Based on the 1960’s sightings of a Mothman in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, the 2002 cinematic recreation “The Mothman Prophecies” documents the strange occurrences that swarmed the town. Serving as an omen of great disaster, the winged creature warned of a terrible disaster that was going to happen in the small town. We won’t spoil the disaster for you, but just know that what you’re viewing really happened!

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