Horror kicks in for real when you are aware that such events have actually taken place in the past with someone. Your interest in the movie soares up to an all-time high imagining the plight of the people who have actually gone through the stuff which has given you some serious goosebumps. Here, you can find the information about top horror movies based on true incidents. You will be keen to know the plight of the actual person who suffered the human spirit or supernatural forces. Psychological horror when comes out of this background is an absolute feast to watch, you will feel the same way after going through the Best Psychological Horror Movies.
Some people only believe that ghosts and witches are just imaginary and they just exist in the movies and dramas. But what if we put evident horror stories in front you, would you make an exception on your thoughts about the paranormal world. Yes, some horror films were shot, inspired by real-life incidents. Most events manifested in the films were evinced from the actual life stories.
All right! Brace yourself for the Best Horror Movies Based on True Events:
10. The Mothman Prophecies(2002):
Initial Release- 22 January 2002
Director – Mark Pellington
Curse of the Zodiac is an American mystery horror film that is based on the attested events which took place in late 1966 and lasted for about a year. The story is about a reporter who heads on to unveil the mysteries about the unknown flying figure who is believed to appear from time to time at Point Pleasant. Strangely, he discovers that this “Mothman” somehow has a connection with his dead wife. On finding out that Mothman has something to do with his late wife, he becomes more determined to investigate the case.
Initial Release – 19 March 1999
Director – Antonia Bird
Ravenous is an American western horror film following the concept of cannibalism which was inspired by the real experiences of Donner-Reed and Alfred Griner packer who solicited cannibalism for survival. The story revolves around the soldier of the US Army who is punished by his seniors to exile at a remote military outpost in the Sierra Nevada for acting cowardly in the battle against Mexico. There he meets a stranger who recites to him about the group who were reduced to cannibalism because of starvation. And the myth behind it about a person turning into a demon with an increased hunger for human flesh after consuming his enemies flesh.
8. Child’s Play(1988):
Initial Release – 9 November 1988
Director – Tom Holland
The scariest of em all! Yes, this movie is arguably the scariest doll horror movie you will ever come across. Child’s Play is the slasher mystery horror film of the late ’80s. It is the first installment of the child’s play franchise. The film is inspired by the real-life story of Robert the Doll, a creepy straw-stuffed doll that was gifted to Gene by his family’s servant who put a curse on the doll through black magic.
The film features a serial killer who is chased by police and during hiding, he dies in a toy shop where he transfers his soul into a good guy doll. Later this doll comes in possession of a little boy who is haunted by a serial killer.
7. The Haunting in Connecticut(2009):
Initial Release – 27 March 2009
Director – Peter Cornwell
The Haunting in Connecticut is a supernatural horror film made under American production. The film supposedly consists of the real story of Carmen Snedker and her family who moved to a house near the hospital where her child was receiving cancer treatments. Later they learn that previously the land was a funeral cemetery where their house is built and their cancer-stricken child starts behaving abnormally.
The film stars the Campbell family who moves to the house near the hospital for convenience. And soon the family experiences traumatic and violent events that seem to occur by supernatural forces.
Initial Release – 3 October 2014
Director – John R. Leonetti
What wrong possibly a doll can bring to you? Well you won’t be asking this question again after watching Annabelle. This movie will satisfy your fright chills for sure. The 2014 supernatural/ horror film written by Gary Dauberman and produced by peter Safran and James Wan, is the second installment in the Conjuring Universe Franchise. A couple begins to face supernaturally terrifying events involving a vintage doll soon after their home is trespassed by satanic cultists.
Gordon the male protagonist fells he has found the perfect gift for his pregnant wife , Mia, its only after the arrival of this doll that the things start getting ahmm horrifying . The doll’s demonic possession is later on revealed after a series of unfortunate incidents.
5. The Exorcist(1973):
Initial Release – 26 December 1973
Director – William Friedkin
It is a classic horror based on the 1971 novel that goes by the same name as the movie, written by Peter Blatty. Movie shows the demonic possession of a young girl, followed by her exorcism as an attempt to save her, by her mother and two priests.
The movie has such brilliantly shot horrifying scenes that, it gives goosebumps to the watchers. It also had some disturbing and obscene scenes that just added to its terrifying storyline. As per some reports, some of the viewers had a really hard time watching the movie as few cases of heart attacks and miscarriages were noted. The movie got the likes of Ellen Burstyn, Max Von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb and Kitty Winn, who are capable enough to sway the mobs on their own.
Initial Release – 25 August 2015
Director – Paco Plaza
Veronica is a Spanish drama horror thriller film based on the true story of the girl called Estefanía Gutiérrez who died mysteriously in Vallecas in 1991 while using an ouija board. The synopsis of the film involves a girl who is responsible for taking care of her siblings in her mother’s absence. Veronica and her two friends decide to summon a spirit of their lost ones by using an ouija board on the solar eclipse. But things go wrong and an unknown evil spirit sticks to Veronica making her experience scary and unpleasant things that are not only harmful to her but also her siblings.
3. The Amityville Horror(2005):
Initial Release – 15 April 2005
Director – Andrew Douglas
The Amityville Horror is a supernatural horror film which is the remake of the 1979 film of the same name. Both the films are based on the book titled The Amityville Horror: A True Story by Jay Anson which too is inspired by the real-life story of Ronal DeFeo who shot his entire family living in the outer area of Amityville in 112 Ocean Avenue. The film is about a Lutz family who moves in 112 Ocean Avenue at Amityville and soon strange events take place.
The family learns about the previous residents of the house and the murder incident committed by Ronald DeFeo. Soon they realize that the house is haunted when the behavior of the family members change.
2. The Conjuring:
Directed by James Wan, Chad Hayes
Initial release: 2 August, 2013.
Nobody would have imagined that this movie will lay the foundation for a fan favorite movie series that will capture the heart of the audience in the time to come.
It is the first installment in the entire Conjuring Universe Franchise. Produced by Warner Bros, the movie is based on a real-life investigation case of the renowned demonologists, Ed Warren and Lorraine Warren, played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, respectively.
Set in the early 1970s, the story revolves around the family of Roger and Carolyn Perron and their five daughters, who move into a farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island, with their dog. The family start experiencing paranormal incidents, beginning with the mysterious death of their dog. The story ends with Ed and Lorraine helping the family, saving them from being totally devastated by the evil spirit. The story of the movie is intriguing and at some scenes, will give you jump scares for sure!
1. The Exorcism of Emily Rose(2005):
Initial Release – 9 September 2005
Director – Scott Derrickson
A very intriguing movie is what you can take The Exorcism of Emily Rose as, it will make you indulge deeper and deeper in the story, with your curiosity raging with each passing minute. The likes of Laura Linney and Tom Wilikson play the lead roles in the movie. The film is based somewhat on the real life story of Anneliese Michele and follows a self proclaimed defense counsel, Linney who represents the parish priest (Wilkinson) , charged by the state with negligent homicide following the exorcism of a 19 year old Emily rose.
The movie mixes well courtroom drama with big lunged , big screamer demonic cinema. The most notable being Jennifer carpenter’s performance as Emily rose, the actress perfectly portrays a strangling person, victim of a horrible demonic possession.
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