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10 More Horror Films Based On True Stories

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These horror films will give you something to really be scared of...

The Town That Dreaded Sundown (films)

Release date: December 24, 1976

The Town That Dreaded Sundown is a cult classic. There was also a sequel to this film released in 2014. Both films tell the story of the same creepy hooded man, who stalks people in Texarkana, Arkansas. Unfortunately this film is based on a true story of one of the oddest murder cases in the history of America that took place in 1946. These murders are referred to as the “Texakarna Moonlight Murders.” Quite a few couples were attacked and five people died over a span of less than three months. This 1976 film brought many details from the case to life and it seems to be pretty accurate but of course some creative liberties were taken.

The Amityville Horror (films)

Release date: July 27, 1979

This film is based on the true story of Ronald DeFeo Jr. who shot and killed all six of his family members inside their home in Amityville, New York. After these deaths the Dutch colonial house was lived in by the Lutz family. According to the Lutz family, they dealt with a lot of things depicted in the film. Some of these alleged experiences were scary nightmares, cold spots throughout the home, and odd smells and noises. Even the swarms of flies which are a staple of the movie. It was claimed that George Lutz would wake up each morning at the exact time that the murders took place without meaning to. They ultimately left the house and all of their belongings behind. 

There was a remake of this movie released in 2005 starring Ryan Reynolds, Melissa George, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Jimmy Bennett. Amityville: The Awakening came out in 2017 and, although not trying to portray the Lutz family specifically, the film still uses this same creepy house.

Verónica (films)

Release date: August 25, 2017

This Spanish horror film came out in 2017 and was enjoyed by many. The story told in this film is based on a case from 1991. Estefanía Gutiérrez Lázaro conducted a seance at her school using a Ouija board. In the middle of the ritual a nun came in and broke the board. The girl went on to suffer from seizures and hallucinations for a few months before mysteriously passing. Police said weird things happened upon their arrival to check out the scene and they were never able to figure out exactly what happened to her. The parents of the girl also reported that their house was haunted after she died. 

Fire in the Sky (films)

Release date: March 12, 1993

Fire in the Sky is a film based on an alleged alien abduction that happened to Travis Walton. He vanished for quite a few days. His friends reported him missing and searches were done but he was nowhere to be found. Once he returned he claimed he had been beamed up by a spaceship. He wrote a book with the same title that covers his alien experience. There were people with Walton at the time of his alleged abduction that backed up his story but many well educated individuals are skeptical about it.  

Child’s Play (films)

Release date: November 9, 1988

Child’s Play is one of the most cherished films within the horror genre to be created. Even with its popularity many people don’t know that this film is based on real events. Robert the Doll was given to Robert Eugene Otto as a gift in the early 1900s. The story goes that the doll was gifted from a woman who practiced voodoo and created the doll to get revenge on the family. She worked for them and had been abused by them during this time. The boy was fond of the doll. He gave Robert the Doll his name and would talk about him in first person. Growing up he blamed the doll for any accidents around the house such as broken toys. Others claimed the doll could move freely, blink, and do all of the creepy things dolls shouldn’t be able to do. 

Eugene went on to move out and live his life as people do but he inherited his childhood home from his parents and was reunited with Robert once again. He began to carry the doll around and even set a place for him at the table. After Eugene died in 1974 the doll was eventually donated to a Museum. People go to this museum just to see the doll and some even send him gifts and letters. Those who disrespect him by taking his photo without his permission allegedly become cursed with bad luck. Employees also claim that he moves overnight.

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The Entity (films)

Release date: February 4, 1983

This film is based on the story of Doris Bither. She claimed to have been sexually assaulted by an invisible entity. This happened multiple times and she was assaulted by more than one ghost. This case became the inspiration for a book and then it was made into a movie. The idea of being attacked by something or someone that you can’t see is super scary and the fact that there are claims that this actually happened to someone makes it even more spooky.

Backcountry (films)

Release date: March 20, 2015

Backcountry is a film that tells the story of a couple who was camping when they were attacked by a black bear. Alex and Jenn head off for a weekend of camping. Alex claims to be an expert and when offered a map he refuses to take it as he is confident he will be able to navigate the area all on his own. Of course they end up lost in bear territory. As you can imagine, things quickly take a turn for the worst. 

The real life couple was Mark Jordan and Jacqueline Perry and the events took place in Ontario. They were brutally attacked. Mark tried to save Jacqueline by stabbing the bear with a Swiss Army Knife while it was attacking Perry. He fought off the bear and carried her to their kayak. He tried to get help as quickly as possible and even flagged down a doctor that was on another boat but she ultimately succumbed to her injuries. 

Compliance (films)

Release date: August 17, 2012

This film is based on an upsetting true story of a man that called a fast-food restaurant and pretended to be a cop, claiming he was calling in order to catch a thief. The man convinced the manager to bring a female employee who fit the description he gave into the office. He had the manager take her phone and car keys and lock her inside. It seems ridiculous that anyone would consent to doing these things to another person based on what someone told them to do over the phone, but it happened in real life. This young employee was detained and then stripped. The manager did everything the fake officer told her to do, including sexual assault.

The caller was believed to have pranked quite a few other fast food restaurants across many states. He convinced so many others to do similar acts. This film is disturbing to watch already but knowing that it is based on a phone call that actually happened makes it so much worse. 

The Snowtown Murders (films)

Release date: March 2, 2012 

In 1999 in a rural Australian town, police discovered six barrels filled with acid inside of a former bank vault. The barrels contained the corpses of eight people. As the investigation continued more bodies were found. It turned out that eleven people had been murdered. They all died at the hands of a group of four men. This film portrays the true and disturbing events that shook a town that had never seen anything like this before. 

An American Haunting (films)

Release date: May 5, 2006

This film is based on the only recorded case in US history where a spirit caused the death of a human being. This case took place in Tennessee during the early 19th century. A spirit haunted the Bell family for multiple years. Of course this is a legend but many people in the area still believe in the tale. Who is to say what really happened to this family? 

Check out the trailer for “An American Haunting!”

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