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 movie poster

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Who will survive and what will be left of them?
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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.

The Conjuring 2 movie poster

The Conjuring 2 (2016)

The next true story from the case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren
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This film is directly based on the "Enfield Poltergeist" in Enfield, England 1977.

Wolf Creek movie poster

Wolf Creek (2005)

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

Annabelle movie poster

Annabelle (2014)

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

Silent House movie poster

Silent House (2011)

Experience 88 minutes of real fear, captured In real time
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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.

The Hills Have Eyes movie poster

The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

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

The Mothman Prophecies movie poster

The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

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

Open Water movie poster

Open Water (2004)

Scream all you want.
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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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