30 Horror Movies Based on True Stories

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A fan of horror movies? What if I say that there are so many horror movies based on true stories! Hard to believe? Sit back because I have a whole list of movies that will scare you to death. 

Watching a horror movie late at night with your friends and curling up in the bed when something scary comes up is amazing. But knowing that the movie is based on real-life events is totally messed up. If movies like these intrigue you and you are ready to spoil your sleep for life, then watch ahead. 

There are many horror movies based on true stories that you easily find on the internet. Almost everyone has watched “The Conjuring” or “ Annabelle”. But that is not where this genre ends. There are movies like Wolf Creek, Silent House, Curse of the Zodiac, and many more that will give you more than just a few scarce jumps. 

Read further to find out the best 30 horror movies based on true stories. A Disclaimer: Do not watch these movies alone at night. Find a friend or watch it with your family. 

Horror Movies Based on True Stories 

1. The Conjuring (2013)

The Conjuring (2013): Horror Movies based on True Stories
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People who are into horror movies, already know about Ed and Lorraine. The Conjuring universe is based on their ghost hunting cases. You will find a lot of horror movies based on true stories that are Ed and Lorraine’s cases. In an interview, both the ghost hunters claimed that this case was the hardest of all. 

The Conjuring deals with a possessed doll. Ed and Lorraine leave no leaf unturned to hunt the ghost and stop all the paranormal activities. The movie also has a sequel based on Ed and Lorraine’s cases.

Also, read 5 Best TV Series Based on Real-Life Events That You Must Watch 

2. The Conjuring 2 

The Conjuring 2: Horror Movies Based on True Stories
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The Conjuring 2 is another and the latest movie in the series. Similar to the first part, this movie also deals with a real-life investigation of Ed and Lorraine Warren. This horror movie is based on the real-life case of the Enfield Council house. The movie revolves around the investigation of Warrens. The victim’s family is experiencing poltergeist activities. The Conjuring 2 have some scary jumps and I would recommend not to watch it alone. 

3. Wolf Creek (2005)

Wolf Creek (2005): Horror Movies Based on True Stories
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One of the most creepy movies is Wolf Creek. The plot of the movie is very similar to the real-life murders of backpackers by Ivan Milat in the 1990s. The movie shows the story of two men, Ivan Milat and Bradley Murdoch. This movie will make you shiver all over the body. 

4. The Dentist (1966)

The Dentist (1966): Horror Movies Based on  True Stories
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If you decide to watch this movie, please do not blame us for spoiling your dentist visits. The Dentist is a movie about a dentist (stating the obvious) who turns out to be a serial killer. Next time when you make your dentist appointment, just be very very careful! 

5. Annabelle (2014)

Annabelle (2014): Horror Movies Based on True Stories
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One thing we all have to admit is that if in a parallel universe, there is a world of ghosts and spirits then Annabelle is the Queen! The opening scene of the movie is very similar to The Conjuring. 

Annabelle is a possessed doll (the scariest doll) ever seen in a movie or real life. Even today, it is said that the doll is kept in the Warren Museum of occult things. The box in which the doll is captured must not be opened ever. Even there is a priest who has to perform regular prayers to keep the evil soul intact. Intrigued or scared? 

Also, read 10 Best Horror Movies on Netflix That You Must Watch in 2021

6. Silent House (2011)

Silent House (2011): Horror Movies Based on True Stories
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The Silent House is one of the best horror movies based on true stories. This movie is a remake of 2010 Uruguayan movies, La Casa Muda. The movie is based on an actual incident that occurred in Uruguay in the 1940s. One of the best things about this movie that you will get to see “real-time” footage as well. 

7. Curse of the Zodiac (2007)

Curse of the Zodiac (2007): Horror Movies Based on True Stories
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This movie is based on a serial killer named “Zodiac”. If you love cryptic horror movies and can easily decode secret messages, then this is the right movie for you. A disclaimer again: Watch it at your own risk. 

8. Fire in the Sky (1993)

Fire in the Sky (1993): Horror Movies based True Stories

Fire in the Sky is another spooky movie that is based on a real-life story. Imagine getting captured by aliens? I know how unrealistic! But this movie is inspired by a man, Travis Walton who claims that he was captured by aliens in 1975. 

The movie talks about his encounters and experiences. You need to watch the movie to find out if it is as absurd as it sounds or true. 

9. Eaten Alive (1980)

Eaten Alive (1980): Horror Movies Based on True Stories
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Keep this movie on the list of the best horror movies based on true stories. Just read the movie, isn’t it spooky enough? The movie is based on a man Joe Ball who killed 20 women and feed them to an alligator. The fact that this happened for real is very disturbing. 

10. Deliver Us From Evil (2014)

Deliver Us From Evil (2014): Horror Movies Based on True Stories
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Add some goofy and scary music with a touch of old tricks and lots of exorcisms, and you will get “Deliver Us From Evil”. The movie is a book adaptation of Beware The Night. Read the book if you wish to and watch the movie if your dare to. 

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20 Spooky Movies Based on Real-Life Stories

  1. The Possession (2012)
  2. The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
  3. The Entity (1982)
  4. The Strangers (2008)
  5. Borderland (2007)
  6. The Haunting In Connecticut (2009)
  7. The Rite (2011)
  8. Ravenous (1999)
  9. Deranged (1974)
  10. The Girl NextDoor (2007)
  11. Psycho (1960)
  12. The Amityville Horror (2005)
  13. Child’s Play (1988)
  14. A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
  15. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
  16. The Exorcist (1973)
  17. The Birds (1963)
  18. Jaws (1975)
  19. Poltergeist (1982)
  20. The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)

Final Verdict

These are some of the best horror movies that are based on True Stories. I hope you have a great time watching these movies. Also, a kind reminder again to not watch these movies again. Do let us know in the comment section below, which movie you liked the most. Stay connected for more such content.

Have a great day and an amazing life!

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