Nothing makes a horror movie scarier than the fact it was based on true events or simply inspired by it. The list of horror movies inspired by true events is way longer than you might think. Horror movies like The Possession or Annabelle (2014), Child’s Play, Dahmer and Scream are known to have been inspired by true events. But even movies including The Blob, The Entity, Jaws, Wolf Creek, The Rite and The Mothman Prophecies are also inspired but true events. On this list, we are mentioning 10 of the most popular Horror movies Inspired By True Events.
1. The Exorcist:
The 1973 horror movie The Exorcist, directed by William Friedkin, is considered one of the best horror movie of all time. A few people even fainted while watching the movie. The movie is based on a book which was inspired by the real-life of a boy named Roland Doe. In 1949 Roland Doe was possessed by demons. There are even books who were written on people who witnessed the exorcism in real life.
2. The Conjuring:
The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2 both are inspired by true events. Both the movies were based on cases investigated by Ed and Lorraine Warren, a real-life couple of paranormal investigators. The Conjuring is based on the horrific incidents that took place at the home of the Perron family in 1971. The events of The Conjuring 2 took place in Peggy Hodgson’s home in 1977.
3. The Girl Next Door:
The movie The Girl Next Door is based on a novel by Jack Ketchum of the same name. The novel is based on the murder of a 16-year-old girl, Sylvia Likens, from Indiana. In 1965, Sylvia with her sister Jenny was left in the care of Gertrude Baniszewski. Gertrude Baniszewski was a family friend of their parents. Sylvia died of a brain haemorrhage and malnutrition after Baniszewski, her children and a few neighbourhood kids, locked her up in the basement and tortured and abused her.
4. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre:
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is based on the murders of Ed Gein. The serial killer used to murder, snatch bodies, and even play with his victim’s parts. Ed Gein was an inspiration for a bunch movies including Psycho and The Silence of the Lambs.
5. The Exorcism of Emily Rose:
The Exorcism of Emily Rose is based on the real-life story of a girl named Anneliese Michel. Anneliese had devoutly German parents and epilepsy at the age of 16. She was to suffer from depression. She developed a strange aversion to religious symbols and used to bang her head against the floor. Father Ernst Alt and Arnold Renz performed 67 exorcisms between 1975 and 1976. Anna passed away in 1976 and her parents and the priests were charged with negligent homicide.
6. The Amityville Horror:
The 1979 movie that gave everyone nightmares was also based on true events. At the real house in the south shore of Long Island, New York, Ronald DeFeo Jr. shot and killed six members of his family on the night of November 13, 1974. And the Lutz family moved into the same house a year later and left 28 days later. They claimed that they were terrorized by paranormal beings.
7. A Nightmare On Elm Street:
Director Wes Craven revealed that he came up with the movie after reading an article about a family that moved to the USA after surviving the Killing Fields in Cambodia. But the young boy in the family was haunted by the terrible nightmares he had from then. One night after falling asleep the boy died in his sleep after screaming at the top of his lungs.
The Poltergeist was loosely based on the experiences of the Hermanns family in New York. The family used to experience weird activities like bottles exploding, caps flying across the room, mirrors breakings and even when the police were called an officer was nearly hit by an airborne globe. They later called the local priest. Reportedly the house was build top of a Native American burial ground.
9. The Hills Have Eyes:
The Hills Have Eyes is also based on true events. In the 15th-century legend of Alexander Sawney Bean, son of a landscaper, left his father and took his wife and lived in a coastal cave in Scotland. He lived there for many years and raised a big family of children and grandchildren and most of them were a product of incest. He would rob and murder travellers by ambushing. Then he would dismember their body parts and attempt the act of cannibalism.
10. The Haunting In Connecticut:
In 1986, the Snedeker family rented a house in Southington. And from the moment they moved in, the family started to experience paranormal things. The house had been a mortuary for many years and even had a graveyard in the backyard. Spirits and terrifying visions became frequent. Then Ed and Lorraine Warren got involved and claimed the house was plagued by demons.