Horror Movies That Are Based On Real Life Incidents

These horror movies were based on real life events...

There’s no better thing than curling up in the bed at night and watching a great horror flick. And what’s even better than that is watching a horror movie based on true events.

Here are a couple of horror movies that are based on real-life incidents:

1. The Exorcism of Emily Rose – 2005


This spine-chilling movie was based on the real life incident involving a German girl called Anneliese Michel. She underwent not one, but 67 exorcism rites, but to no avail. Not soon after her last exorcism, Anneliese passed away.

However, the cause of her death, determined by coroners, wasn’t demonic possession, but malnourishment and pneumonia. However, there are people who believe even today that the cause of her death is demonic possession.

2. The Strangers – 2008

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The director of this horror flick got inspired by the gruesome murders committed by serial killer Charles Manson. This movie tells us the story of a family whose home was all of a sudden invaded by what seems to be a group of masked murderers.

3. Psycho – 1960

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The legendary film director Alfred Hitchcock drew inspiration for “Psycho” from the gruesome murders committed by Ed Gein, you know the “Leatherface,” as well as from the famous Wisconsin murders.

This horror flick is so legendary that several of its scenes were described as the best scenes in the history of film.

4. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – 1974


This movie that involves a masked maniac slaughtering people with a chainsaw was loosely based on the heinous crimes committed by Ed Gein, a murderer, and an avid collector of human corpses from Wisconsin.

5. A Nightmare on Elm Street – 1984

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All “A Nightmare on Elm Street” are loosely based on a strange event that involved mysterious deaths of 18 Hmong refugees. Those 18 Hmong refugees whose deaths were an inspiration for this movie died of unknown causes in their sleep in 1981.

Some doctors believe that the cause of their death is a bizarre medical phenomenon called “Oriental nightmare death syndrome.”

6. Fire in the Sky – 1993


“Fire in the Sky” is, by far, the best movie about alien abduction the world has ever seen. What even adds more to the greatness of this terrifying horror flick is the fact that it was completely based on the story of Travis Walton, a logger from Arizona.

Travis claims that he was abducted by aliens while he was working with his logging crew in one of the biggest Arizonan forests, the Apache-Sitegreaves National Forest. During the time the aliens held him captive, they performed various “experiments” on him.

7. The Girl Next Door – 2007

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This movie that will probably make you terrified of your neighbors was inspired by the gruesome murder of a 16-year-old Indiana girl, Sylvia Likens. The poor girl was brutally tortured by Gertrude Baniszewski, Gertrude’s children, and as well as other neighbors while her parents were far away from home.

8. The Haunting in Connecticut – 2009


The movie was based on a real-life incident experienced by Carmen and Al Snedeker, a couple who bought a house in the center of a funeral parlor.

9. Borderland – 2007


The cult that sacrifices people in this movie isn’t a work of fiction. It’s based on an actual cult run by Adolfo de Jesús Constanzo, one of the most gruesome cult leaders in history, a man who killed and tortured dozens of people together with his cult.

Torturing people was a piece of cake for Adolfo and his followers. They were known to chop off fingers and toes of their victims. Some of their victims even had their brains removed.

10. Eaten Alive – 1980


This movie isn’t recommended for people with a weak stomach. “Eaten Alive” is one of the goriest and bloodiest films out there.

The movie is heavily based on the story of Joe Ball, a psychopath who killed a dozen of women, and watched every single of them getting eaten by crocodiles.