20 Terrifying Horror Movies Based On Real Events!
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A lot can be said about the sensational horrors that haunt the big screen. Despite the blood and guts, they’re easy enough to enjoy. After all, they could never occur in real life, right? But what happens when the popcorn horror we watch is rooted in fact?
Below are 20 horror movies based on true stories that left a permanent scar our psyches.
20. An American Haunting (2006)
In 2006, in Red River, Tennessee, a teenager has frequent nightmares. Her mother reads an old letter from 1817 written by her ancestor, Lucy Bell. After a dispute of lands judged by the church, her husband John Bell is cursed by his opponent Kathe Batts, who has the fame of being a witch. From this moment on, an entity threatens John and his daughter Betsy Bell, attacking the girl during the nights. With the support of Betsy's school teacher Richard Powell, who tries to find rational explanations for the manifestation, her brother John Bell Jr., and their friend James Johnston, who unsuccessfully tries to exorcise the entity from the house, the family does their best to protect Betsy.
IMDb rating: 5.0 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0429573/ 19. Open Water (2003)
A couple on a holiday in the Caribbean decide to spend the day on a scuba diving trip. But was it the wrong decision? When a miscount happens on the boat, Susan and Daniel are left behind in the middle of the ocean, the boat long gone. With all their hopes set on the boat coming back to rescue them, they try to keep themselves safe, especially when sharks start to appear.
IMDb rating: 5.7 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0374102/ 18. The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)
Charts one family's encounter with the dark forces of the supernatural. When the Campbell family moves to upstate Connecticut, they soon learn that their charming Victorian home has a disturbing history: not only was the house a transformed funeral parlor where inconceivable acts occurred, but the owner's clairvoyant son Jonah served as a demonic messenger, providing a gateway for spiritual entities to crossover. Now terror awaits when Jonah, the boy who communicated with the dead, returns to unleash horror on the innocent and unsuspecting family.
IMDb rating: 5.9 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0492044/ 17. Dead Ringers (1988)
The Mantle brothers are both doctors - both gynecologists - and identical twins. Mentally however, one of them is more confident than the other, and always manages to seduce the women he meets. When he's tired of his current partner, she is passed on to the other brother - without her knowing. Everything runs smoothly, until an actress visits their clinic, and the shy brother is the first to fall in love. Will they be able to 'share' her?
IMDb rating: 7.4 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094964/ 16. Eaten Alive (1977)
A psychotic redneck who owns a dilapidated hotel in rural East Texas kills various people who upset him or his business, and he feeds their bodies to a large crocodile that he keeps as a pet in the swamp beside his hotel.
IMDb rating: 5.4 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074455/ 15. The Entity (1981)
Carla Moran awakens one night to find herself being beaten and raped by an unseen presence. Terrified of what's happening to her, and shunned by friends and family who think she's lost her mind, she seeks help from parapsychologists. The researchers soon discover that an evil spiritual force has been drawn to Carla and is responsible for the violent attacks. The question now, however, is how do they stop it? Based on a supposedly true story.
IMDb rating: 6.6 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082334/ 14. The Mothman Prophecies (2002)
John Klein is involved in a car accident with his wife, but while he is unharmed, his wife mentions a moth shaped creature appearing. After her death, John begins to investigate the secrets behind this mentioned Mothman. It takes him to a small town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, where he discovers a connection with the same problem. Here he meets Connie Mills, while he continues to unravel the mystery of what the Mothman really is.
IMDb rating: 6.5 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0265349/
13. Psycho (1960)
Phoenix officeworker Marion Crane is fed up with the way life has treated her. She has to meet her lover Sam during lunch breaks and they cannot get married because Sam has to give most of his money away in alimony. One Friday, Marion is trusted to bank $40,000 by her employer. Seeing the opportunity to take the money and start a new life, Marion leaves town and heads towards Sam's California store. Tired after the long drive and caught in a storm, she gets off the main highway and pulls into The Bates Motel. The motel is managed by a quiet young man called Norman who seems to be dominated by his mother.
IMDb rating: 8.6 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054215/ 12. The Possession (2012)
The basketball coach Clyde and his wife Stephanie divorced a couple of months ago and their teenage daughter, Hannah, and the young girl, Emily, live with their mother and spend the weekends with their father. One day, Clyde stops his car at a yard sale and Em buys an antique carved box and becomes obsessed with it. Em finds the hidden lock and releases an evil spirit that possesses her. Soon Clyde discovers that Em has a problem, but his annoying ex-wife and her boyfriend Brett do not pay attention to him and get a restraining order against Clyde. Clyde seeks out Professor McMannis and when he sees the box, he explains that it is a Dibbuk Box, where a fiend is trapped inside. He also explains that the box should not be open; otherwise the person will be possessed by the spirit. Now Clyde travels to a Jewish community in New York and the rabbi's son Tzadok returns with him expecting to exorcise Em to save the girl.
IMDb rating: 5.9 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0431021/ 11. Jaws (1975)
It's a hot summer on Amity Island, a small community whose main business is its beaches. When new Sheriff Martin Brody discovers the remains of a shark attack victim, his first inclination is to close the beaches to swimmers. This doesn't sit well with Mayor Larry Vaughn and several of the local businessmen. Brody backs down to his regret as that weekend a young boy is killed by the predator. The dead boy's mother puts out a bounty on the shark and Amity is soon swamped with amateur hunters and fisherman hoping to cash in on the reward. A local fisherman with much experience hunting sharks, Quint, offers to hunt down the creature for a hefty fee. Soon Quint, Brody and Matt Hooper from the Oceanographic Institute are at sea hunting the Great White shark. As Brody succinctly surmises after their first encounter with the creature, they're going to need a bigger boat.
IMDb rating: 5.9 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073195/ 10. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
En route to visit their grandfather's grave (which has apparently been ritualistically desecrated), five teenagers drive past a slaughterhouse, pick up (and quickly drop) a sinister hitch-hiker, and eat some delicious home-cured meat at a roadside gas station before ending up at the old family home... where they're plunged into a never-ending nightmare as they meet a family of cannibals who more than make up in power tools what they lack in social skills...
IMDb rating: 7.5 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072271/ 9. Audrey Rose (1977)
In New York, Janice Templeton is happily married to executive Bill Templeton and they live in a comfortable and fancy apartment with their eleven-year-old daughter Ivy. One day, Janice is stalked by a weirdo and she tells her husband. Soon afterwards the stranger contacts them and invites the couple to meet him in a restaurant. Elliot Hoover tells Janice and Bill that his daughter Audrey Rose died eleven years ago, burned in a car crash, and her soul has been reincarnated in Ivy's body. Bill and Janice believe that Elliot is nuts, and Bill tells his lawyer to get a restraining order against him. However, Ivy has dreadful nightmares and only Elliot is able to calm her down. When Elliot abducts Ivy, Bill and Janice go to court to have him arrested, but Elliot wants to prove that Ivy and Audrey Rose are the same soul.
IMDb rating : 5.9 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075704/ 8. Wolf Creek (2005)
Three backpackers travel into the Australian Outback, only to find themselves stranded at Wolf Creek crater. Once there they encounter a bushman, Mick Taylor, who offers them a ride back to his place. Little do the three know that their adventure into the Outback would be a complete nightmare after the backpackers find a way to escape.
IMDb rating: 6.3 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0416315/ 7. The Amityville Horror (1979)
Based on a true story that was claimed by writer Jay Anson, The Amityville Horror is about a large house on the coast of Long Island where newlyweds George and Kathy Lutz and their three children move into and that they hope will be their dream house, unfortunately ending up in terror. Despite full disclosure by the real estate agent of the house's history, George and Kathy buy the house. George says, 'Houses don't have memories,' but they turn to their family priest Father Delaney who believes the house is haunted and performs an exorcism. But the evil spirit in the house causes him to become blind and makes him very sick. With the help of another priest, Father Bolen, and a police detective, George and Kathy face the fears of the house, not knowing the spirit is planning to possess George and then the children...
IMDb rating: 6.2 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078767/ 6. The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
Wes Craven produces this remake of his 1977 classic of the same name, about the Carters, an idyllic American family travelling through the great American southwest. But their trip takes a detour into an area closed off from the public, but more importantly from society. An area originally used by the U.S. Government for nuclear testing that was intended to be empty...or so they thought? When the Carter's car breaks down at the old site, they're stranded...or are they? As the Carters may soon realize, what seemed like a car casually breaking down, might actually be a trap perpetrated by the inhabitants of the site who aren't pulling a prank, but are out to set up a gruesome massacre.
IMDb rating: 6.4 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0454841/
5. Deranged (1974)
A man living in rural Wisconsin takes care of his bed-ridden mother, who is very domineering and teaches him that all women are evil. After she dies, he misses her, so a year later he digs her up and takes her home. He learns about taxidermy and begins robbing graves to get materials to patch her up, and inevitably begins looking for fresher sources of materials. Based closely on the true story of Ed Gein.
IMDb rating: 6.6 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1077091/ 4. The Conjuring (2013)
In 1971, Carolyn and Roger Perron move their family into a dilapidated Rhode Island farm house and soon strange things start happening around it with escalating nightmarish terror. In desperation, Carolyn contacts the noted paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren, to examine the house. What the Warrens discover is a whole area steeped in a satanic haunting that is now targeting the Perron family wherever they go. To stop this evil, the Warrens will have to call upon all their skills and spiritual strength to defeat this spectral menace at its source that threatens to destroy everyone involved.
IMDb rating: 7.5 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1457767/ 3. Musallat (2007)
The story of a young couple haunted by mysterious forces and there looks to be a heavy possession element as well. The calm lives of Suat and Nurcan are broken when they begin to be scared by supernatural creatures.
IMDb rating: 6.1 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1077091/ 2. The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
When a younger girl called Emily Rose dies, everyone puts the blame on the exorcism performed on her by Father Moore prior to her death. The priest is arrested on suspicion of murder. The trial begins with lawyer Erin Bruner representing Moore, but it is not going to be easy, as no one wants to believe what Father Moore says is true.
IMDb rating: 6.7 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0404032/ 1. The Exorcist (1973)
A visiting actress in Washington, D.C. notices dramatic and dangerous changes in the behavior and physical make-up of her 12-year-old daughter. Meanwhile, a young priest at nearby Georgetown University begins to doubt his faith while dealing with his mother's terminal sickness. And, book-ending the story, a frail, elderly priest recognizes the necessity for a show-down with an old demonic enemy.
IMDb rating: 8.0 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070047/