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Horror movies are not just a thing of nightmares. Many movies are based on real life events that people have undergone. With the plethora of haunted houses and buildings in just America alone, let alone the world, it makes sense that horror movies take some of their ideas from these legends. If you are curious about what horror movies are based on real life events, you definitely are reading the right article. Listed are ten of the scariest horror movies that are based on true events.
10. The Amityville Horror
This film is based on the true story of the Lutz Family. They claim that while living in their home, they experienced severe paranormal activity and even had insanely well-known paranormal investigators come into their home to investigate the activity. Although the story is glorified for film purposes, it still is accurate in some ways.
9. A Nightmare on Elm Street
This story in its entirety is fictional, but the idea for the film came to writer Wes Craven when he heard the disturbing story of a group of Cambodians who died while all having the same nightmare.
8. The Conjuring
This movie is based on the story of the Perron family. Not knowing the history of their new home, they moved into a new house in Rhode Island. As they stayed, they noticed strange occurrences. They called in investigations who discovered that the home was being haunted by a witch who lived in the house in the 19th century.
7. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
While the plot is entirely fictional, the mask of flesh is taken directly from the story of serial killer Ed Gein. When he was arrested, he was found with nine masks as well as furniture that was all made from human flesh.
6. The Exorcism of Emily Rose
This movie comes from the story of German girl Annelise Michel. She was said to have been possessed for seven years and that it took ten months and two priests to perform an exorcism successfully.
5. The Exorcist
This movie is based on a novel by William Peter Bradly, which is based on the true story of Roland Doe. The boy took part in a Ouija board session and was then believed to be possessed and the Catholic Church was brought in to perform an exorcism.
4. Child's Play
This movie is based on the story of a nurse who supposedly put a curse on a doll that would come to life and terrorize the author of Child's Play.
This film is based on the story of a cult leader who led human sacrifices. The cult kidnapped and murdered drug cartel members due to them not being allowed in the drug business.
2. The Town that Dreaded Sundown
Based loosely on the Texarkana killing spree of the 1940s. The Phantom Killer, as he was called, left no witnesses or evidence and killed eight people. He was never identified or caught.
This is another film based on the crimes of Ed Gein. A little bit of a repeat, but the story of Ed Gein was that he killed two women and robbed numerous graves. He made masks and furniture out of his victims.
From creatures of the night, to haunted dolls, to exorcisms, to mass murderers, horror movies have a way of frightening us to the point where we scream, cry, and see them in our nightmares. It makes sense that a lot of these ideas are realistic, because what can make us more scared than things that we think are real?
Bonus — I Spit on Your Grave
This movie involves a woman who is a writer who is repeatedly gang-raped and left by four men so she would die. After, she hunts the men down to get revenge. The story is based on writer/directer Meir Zarchi who one day came across a woman who fit the description. But instead of getting revenge, Zarchi took her to the police where she told her story but was not believed. This infuriated Zarchi so he turned the plot and made a movie out of it.