18 Creepy Documentaries That Will Haunt You Forever!

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Sometimes when you watch a scary movie and get the creeps, you tell yourself: "It's only a movie," to calm yourself down. What’s disturbing about these documentaries listed here, however, is that they’re not only movies but real stories based on real life events! Here are those 18 documentaries that will make you want to hide under your bed!

1. There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane, 2011

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The accident made national headlines: a suburban mother drove the wrong way on the Taconic Parkway in upstate New York and crashed head-on into an SUV, killing herself and seven others. In the aftermath, Diane Schuler was portrayed as a reckless drunk and a mother who cracked. But was she the monster the public made her out to be...or the perfect wife and mother that many say she was? Investigating the case six months after the accident, this documentary searches for answers to a mysterious and senseless tragedy.

2. The Cannibal That Walked Free, 2007

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The Cannibal that Walked Free (also known as Cannibal Superstar) is a British documentary produced by Visual Voodoo for Channel Five which explores - through direct access - the bizarre psychology and twisted celebrity fame that surrounds Japanese cannibal Issei Sagawa.

3. Countdown to Zero, 2010

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Interest in the documentary about how the likelihood of nuclear weapons (or fissile materials) usage has increased due to the rise of terrorism and lack of safeguards and verification.

4. The Bridge, 2006

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People suffer largely unnoticed while the rest of the world goes about its business. This is a documentary exploration of the mythic beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge, the most popular suicide destination in the world, and those drawn by its call. Steel and his crew filmed the bridge during daylight hours from two separate locations for all of 2004, recording most of the two dozen deaths in that year (and preventing several others). They also taped interviews with friends, families, and witnesses, who recount in sorrowful detail the stories of their struggles with depression, substance abuse, and mental illness. Questions are rasied about suicide, mental illness, and civic responsibility, as well as the filmmaker's relationship to his fraught and complicated material.

5. Dreams of a Life, 2011

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A filmmaker sets out to discover the life of Joyce Vincent, who died in her studio apartment in North London in 2003. Her body wasn't discovered for three years, and newspaper reports offered few details of her life - not even a photograph.

6. Tickled, 2016

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Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn't stop him from getting to the bottom of a story that is stranger than fiction.

7. Just, Melvin: Just Evil, 2000

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An in-depth look at the director James Ronald Whitney's family history of incest spanning at least three generations and the devastating consequences that include drug abuse and alcoholism.

8. The Nightmare, 2015

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A look at a frightening condition that plagues thousands; sleep paralysis.

9. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About his Father, 2008

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In 2001, Andrew Bagby, a medical resident, is murdered not long after breaking up with his girlfriend. Soon after, when she announces she's pregnant, one of Andrew's many close friends, Kurt Kuenne, begins this film, a gift to the child. Friends, relatives, and colleagues say warm and loving things about Andrew, home movies confirm his exuberance. Andrew's parents, Kathleen and David, move to Newfoundland, Canada where the ex-girlfriend has gone. They await an arrest and trial for the murderer. They negotiate with the ex-girlfriend to visit their grandchild, Zachary, and they seek custody. Is there any justice; is Zachary a sweet and innocent consolation for the loss of their son?

10. Child of Rage, 1992

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Rob and Jill Tyler adopt 2 children named Catherine and Eric. Eric is sweet, quiet and shy, and Catherine is nice at times but has these terrible violent outbursts for no apparent reason. Catherine sticks the dog with needles until the dog bleeds. She smashes Eric's head on the basement floor, causing him to go to the emergency room and tries to stab her new adoptive father with a knife while he's sleeping. Jill and Rob try to find a doctor and they eventually find Dr. Rosemary Myers. She examines Catherine and finds out that she was abused by her biological father and wants Catherine to overcome this rage. Dr. Myers, Jill, and Rob perform holding therapy for Catherine and at first, it doesn't seem to work, but Catherine seems to become more at ease as the therapy progresses.

11. Rats, 2016

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A history of rat infestations in major cities throughout the world.

12. Albert Fish: In Sin He Found Salvation, 2007

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Albert Fish, the horrific true story of the elderly cannibal, sadomasochist, and serial killer, who lured children to their deaths in Depression-era New York City. Distorting biblical tales, Albert Fish takes the themes of pain, torture, atonement and suffering literally as he preys on victims to torture and sacrifice. The documentary includes interviews with artist and Odditorium owner, Joe Coleman, and true-crime author, Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D.

13. Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills, 1996

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Berlinger and Sinofsky's documentary of a gruesome triple murder in West Memphis, Arkansas and the subsequent trials of the three suspects, takes a hard look at both the occult and the American justice system in 'small-town' America. Three teenagers are accused of this horrific crime of killing three children, supposedly as a result of involvement in Satanism. As in their previous documentary, things turn out to be more complex than initial appearances and this film presents the real-life courtroom drama to the viewer, as it unfolds.

14. Jesus Camp, 2006

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Jesus Camp follows several young children as they prepare to attend a summer camp where the kids will get their daily dose of evangelical Christianity. Becky Fischer works at the camp, which is named Kids on Fire. Through interviews with Fischer, the children, and others, Jesus Camp illustrates the unswerving belief of the faithful. A housewife and homeschooling mother tells her son that creationism has all the answers. Footage from inside the camp shows young children weeping and wailing as they promise to stop their sinning. Child after child is driven to tears. Juxtapose these scenes with clips from a more moderate Christian radio host (who is appalled by such tactics), and Jesus Camp seems to pose a clear question: are these children being brainwashed?

15. Into Eternity, 2010

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A documentary on the safety of nuclear storage.

16. Cropsey, 2009

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Realizing the urban legend of their youth has actually come true; two filmmakers delve into the mystery surrounding five missing children and the real-life boogeyman linked to their disappearances.

17. Room 237, 2012

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A subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within 'Stanley Kubrick's film Cinnet (1980). The film may be over 30 years old but it continues to inspire debate, speculation, and mystery. Five very different points of view are illuminated through voice over, film clips, animation, and dramatic reenactments. Together they'll draw the audience into a new maze, one with endless detours and dead ends, many ways in, but no way out.

18. Beware the Slenderman, 2016

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Lurking in the shadows of the Internet, a faceless modern-day bogeyman has attracted the attention and fear of a young generation who whisper his name online. Slenderman lives on the dark pages of the web, where impressionable youth create and cultivate his mythos on message boards, YouTube clips and various other digital incantations. But the online fairy tale becomes a shocking real-life horror as two 12-year-old girls, guided by their devotion to Slenderman, lure their friend into the woods to attempt a seemingly inexplicable, brutal murder. From the depths of one the Internet's most unsettling creations to the court case that must consider the consequences, Beware the Slenderman brings to light questions of accountability in an age where young, growing minds are only a few clicks away from creating and consuming something that may influence them to commit unspeakable crimes.

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