Creepy Movies That Are Based on True Stories

Some scary movies are disturbing as it is but knowing that it's based on a true story makes it worse.

Everybody loves curling up in bed on a cold night and watching a scary movie. What makes a scary movie scarier is knowing that even a small part of it is based on a true story. Knowing that somebody went through that terror in reality is scary itself.


1. The Exorcist (1973)

The popular movie the exorcist which was based on William Peter Blatty’s novel is based on a young boy named Roland Doe who was possessed by demons in 1949. When he was young, Ronald started playing with a Ouija Board. It was believed that the ghost of his aunt was one of the first spirits to visit Ronald. Not so long after this friendly spirit turned sinister. The family first noticed angry voices and sound of furniture moving across the room and also saw claw marks on Ronald’s body. The family moved to Missouri, hoping that everything will change if they left the house. Once they saw that nothing changed the family allowed a priest to do an exorcism on the boy. After a week of stressful experience for Ronald, the priest and the parents agreed to a psychiatric ward where they continued with the exorcism. Then on April 18, they were finally able to expel the evil spirit forever.

2. The Amityville Horror (2005)

This movie is based on newlyweds who are terrorized by demonic forces after they moved into a house in which a mass murder occurred. This was based on the Lutz Family who purchased the house at a drastically reduced price of $80,000 due to the murders that occurred by Ronald J. DeFeo Jr. who murdered his entire family while they were asleep 13 months earlier. They only stayed in that house for 28 days due to the paranormal activity that they witnessed. The Lutz family claimed that they would smell strange odors, they would experience cold spots in certain areas in the house and when a priest came to bless the house he heard a voice scream, "Get out."

3. The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)

The 2009 psychological horror film is based on the Snedeker family. A couple and their four children rented a house in Connecticut and soon discovered that the home used to be a funeral parlor. It has been said that the oldest son saw ghosts and that the couple were raped and sodomized by demons. One day while the mother was mopping the floor, the water turned blood red and smelled like decaying flesh. They eventually contacted the infamous "demonologists" Ed and Lorraine Warren, who proclaimed that the house was infested with demons.

4. The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

The hills have eyes is a tale of a family trapped in the Nevada desert and terrorized by a family of inbreed mutants which were exposed to radiation by government testing’s. This movie was based on Alexander “Sawney” Bean who took his wife and headed for a coastal cave in Bennane Head, Scotland where they raised their large family of 14 children and 32 grandchildren, most of which were a product of incest. They would come out of their cave during the night and they would rob and murder travelers and would later take the bodies back to the cave, where they would dismember and eat them. They were eventually caught and murdered but it is believed that the family murdered over a thousand people in 25 years.

5. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

The 1974 horror film was based on the infamous Ed Gein. Although he didn’t use a chainsaw, he murdered a lot of people and the police, after declaring him as a suspect of a missing woman, searched his property and found human remains including a trashcan made out of a human skull, chairs covered in human skin, and skull bedposts. The trait that linked Ed to Leatherface was his fondness for turning human skin into apparel. The police also found a corset, leggings, masks, and a dress all made from the skin of young women.

6. The Girl Next Door (2007)

The movie The Girl Next Door is based on the horrific story of the Sylvia Linkens murder. Sylvia’s parents were carnival workers and had five kids which they had to leave with relatives due to the fact that they travelled a lot with the carnival. After the parents divorced, Sylvia and her sister lived with their mother who was later arrested for shoplifting. Their father, who wasn’t able to take care of them at that moment, gave them to his neighbor, Gertrude, who had seven children of her own. He would give her 20 dollars every week to look after them while he was on the road with the carnival. In that house, Sylvia was terribly abused by Gertrude, her children and the neighborhood children. She was beaten, burned by cigarettes, starved and she was burned by a hot needle. Eventually she died from internal bleeding, shock and malnutrition.

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Creepy Movies That Are Based on True Stories