15 Horror Movies Based on True Stories

Horror films can be unsettling enough on their own, but knowing that some of the best of them are based on real events can cause some extra shudders. Some are only very loosely based on the events that inspired them. In other cases, though, the scenes closely match actual events, which can make them extra disturbing.

The Conjuring

The Conjuring.
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Considered one of the most terrifying movies ever, this film is about a family living in a haunted house. The paranormal investigators helping them are based on a real pair named Ed and Lorraine Warren, and events are based on their field observances.

The Strangers

The Strangers.
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Not all horror films deal with the supernatural or deranged murderers who just won’t die. Inspired by real-life attacks, this one features a home invasion by masked strangers.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
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Leatherface wasn’t a real person, but a real person did inspire events in this genre classic. Ed Gein, also called “The Butcher of Plainfield”, committed murders that became the basis for this movie.

Psycho

Psycho.
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Alfred Hitchcock based this iconic film on a Robert Bloch novel by the same name. Like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, that novel was loosely based on Ed Gein.

Zodiac

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In the late 1960s, the Zodiac killer terrified Northern California. He was never caught or even identified, and what’s chilling is that there’s a slight chance he’s still alive today.

The Haunting in Connecticut

The Haunting in Connecticut.
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Similar to The Conjuring, this film is about a real-life family who moves into a home and starts to experience strange and terrifying events. An interesting connection between the films is that the actual family did hire Ed and Lorraine Warren for help.

Compliance

Compliance.
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What makes this movie especially disturbing is how closely it follows the events it’s based on. It’s about a man pretending to be a police officer and accusing a female fast-food employee of theft. His demands lead to strip searches, sexual assault, and other abuses.

Monster

Monster.
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Media 8 Entertainment.

 

Charlize Theron won acclaim and an Oscar for her role, which included putting on weight and wearing dentures to more convincingly portray the subject. That subject was Aileen Wuornos, a rare female serial killer. Living in Florida as a prostitute, Wuornos murdered seven clients of hers.

The Hills Have Eyes

The Hills Have Eyes.
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In this film, a suburban family stranded in the Nevada desert becomes the target of a family of cannibals. Director Wes Craven based the film on a Scottish family that allegedly killed and ate more than 1000 people in the 16th century.

Child’s Play

Child’s Play.
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During the early 1900s, a man named Robert Eugene Otto owned Robert, reputedly the world’s most haunted doll which he treated like a real person. Robert was the inspiration for the infamous Chucky.

A Nightmare on Elm Street

A Nightmare on Elm Street
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Freddy Kruger fortunately wasn’t real, but the main idea behind the franchise is frighteningly similar to something that occurred to a Los Angeles boy in the 1970s. He was having terrifying dreams of someone pursuing him. One night, he was screaming in his sleep, and his parents rushed to his room to find him dead; he died during a nightmare.

Poltergeist

Poltergeist (1982).
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Whispering “They’re here” can still induce shivers today. This classic is based on less dramatic but still scary things the Herrmann family experienced in their home in 1958.

The Amityville Horror

The Amityville Horror.
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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).

 

George and Kathy Lutz, along with their three children, moved into a Long Island home where a man murdered six family members in 1974. After a month, the Lutzes moved out, claiming numerous signs of its being haunted. They later admitted it was a hoax, but the murders weren’t.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

The Exorcism of Emily Rose.
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This courtroom drama focuses on a Catholic priest charged with negligent homicide when the teenage girl he attempts an exorcism on dies. It’s based on a German woman who was diagnosed with epilepsy and psychosis but whose deeply religious family believed she was possessed by demons and obtained an exorcism. The young woman ultimately got worse and died of starvation.

The Exorcist

The Exorcist (1973).
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Many people would vote that the best horror film of all time is The Exorcist, which is an adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s novel of the same name. Although the film and novel are about a possessed girl, the inspiration was Roland Doe, a 13-year-old boy who in the late 1940s was the subject of several exorcism attempts.

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Whiplash.
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There are some pretty awesome movies out there so it’s hard to narrow down the absolute best ones. Of course, movies are also subjective – which means the “best” movies on lists from critics don’t always line up with fans. So that’s what we have here: 12 movie fans share the greatest movie they’ve ever watched.

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12 Movies People Say They Can Watch Over and Over Again (Without Getting Tired of It)

Happy Gilmore.
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The 12 Funniest Movies of All Time (According to the Internet)

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While comedy is subjective I’m sure you’ll find at least one movie you like on this list! A few of these are indisputable as comedy gold while others might be your next discovery for a laugh.

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Pictured: Gary Cole as FBI Special Agent Alden Parker in NCIS.
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25 Movies on Netflix Actually Worth Watching

THE LOST DAUGHTER. DAKOTA JOHNSON as NINA.
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While new streaming services are constantly being launched, Netflix remains the most popular choice for viewers worldwide. Its depth of original programming has yet to be matched, and while TV series, documentaries, and standup comedy specials make up a large portion of the service, its feature film library continues to grow. Many Netflix films are now considered modern cinematic masterpieces.

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