Best horror movies based on true stories

List by john Last updated April 16, 2017

Sometimes reality is much more bizarre that fiction. Here we have a list of the best horror movies that were actually based on real life events, many of the films in this list are only "loosely" based on what really happened but they do depict the true horrific happenings.


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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Horror Thriller
Who will survive and what will be left of them?

Five friends visiting their grandfather's house in the country are hunted and terrorized by a chain-saw wielding killer and his family of grave-robbing cannibals.

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Vote count 452 Vote avg 72 Release date 1974-10-01
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This film features the ideas of cereal killer Ed Gein who had a hobby of creating skin masks from human flesh.

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The Conjuring 2 (2016)

Horror
The next true story from the case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren

Lorraine and Ed Warren travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.

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Vote count 1,410 Vote avg 68 Release date 2016-05-13

This film is directly based on the "Enfield Poltergeist" in Enfield, England 1977.

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Wolf Creek (2005)

Horror Thriller
The Thrill Is In The Hunt.

Stranded backpackers in remote Australia fall prey to a murderous bushman who offers to fix their car, then takes them captive

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Vote count 235 Vote avg 62 Release date 2005-01-01

Based on the killings by Bradley John Murdoch of British backpacker, Peter Falconio in Australia. Murdoch will be eligible for parole in 2032.

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Annabelle (2014)

Horror
Before the Conjuring, there was Annabelle.

John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia - a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia's delight with Annabelle doesn't last long. On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now... Annabelle.

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Vote count 1,066 Vote avg 55 Release date 2014-10-02

The film is based on a real doll owned by Lorraine Warren since the 70's, currently located at Warrens' Occult Museum, Connecticut.

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Silent House (2011)

Horror Mystery
Experience 88 minutes of real fear, captured In real time

Sarah returns with her father and uncle to fix up the family's longtime summerhouse after it was violated by squatters in the off-season. As they work in the dark, Sarah begins to hear sounds from within the walls of the boarded-up building. Although she barely remembers the place, Sarah senses the past may still haunt the home.

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Vote count 106 Vote avg 51 Release date 2011-01-21

What's amazing about this film is that it is one continuous 72min shot, in a similar fashion to Alfred Hichcocks' 1949 film "Rope". What's deeply disturbing is that Silent House depicts a real event that happened in a small village in Uruguay in the 1940's.

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The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

Horror
A nice American family. They didn't want to kill. But they didn't want to die.

On the way to California, a family has the misfortune to have their car break down in an area closed to the public, and inhabited by violent savages ready to attack.

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Vote count 117 Vote avg 60 Release date 1977-07-22

The movie is about a family who are killed by crazy cannibals. The real story comes from a Scottish bloke called Sawney Bean who reportedly ate 1000 people and incestuously fathered 14 children in the 16th century.

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The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

Drama Horror Mystery
What do you see?

Reporter John Klein is plunged into a world of impossible terror and unthinkable chaos when fate draws him to a sleepy West Virginia town whose residents are being visited by a great winged shape that sows hideous nightmares and fevered visions.

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Vote count 258 Vote avg 61 Release date 2002-01-25

Based on real sightings of "the mothman" in Point Pleasant, West Virginia during the late 60's.

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Open Water (2004)

Drama Thriller
Scream all you want.

Two divers are left out at sea without a boat. There’s nothing but water for miles, unless they look at what’s underneath them...

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Vote count 266 Vote avg 54 Release date 2004-08-06

Left behind by the charter boat on a scuba diving vacation. This actually happened to a couple in 1998 for which the movie is based on.

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