5 Horror Movies Based On True Stories That You May Not Know


Horror movies… The movie genre definitely not for faint hearts. While watching horror movies on screens, even a small jump scene can scare the shit out of us. Some movies are so disturbing we can’t really watch them alone.

Now think what would have happened if those movies have happened in real life. All the kills, the possessions or the crimes have actually taken place in reality. We can’t imagine how sadistic those horror scenes would have been in real life.

You have watched many horror movies. Well some of the horror movies based on true stories are actually way more scarier in reality. So, do you want to know the real stories behind such famous and scary movies.

Check out these 5 masterpiece horror movies based on true stories and know the real truth behind them.

Let’s get started…

First starting the list of horror movies based on true stories is:

5. The Amityville Horror (2005)


The Reel Story

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When George Lutz (Ryan Reynolds) and his wife, Kathy (Melissa George), find a beautiful new house in the small town of Amityville, N.Y., they think the place is too good to be true. After they move in with their kids, they find out the cheap price tag is thanks to the house’s sordid history: The former tenant murdered his family after supposedly being possessed by the devil. Believing the home is haunted, the couple find a priest (Philip Baker Hall) to help them rid the place of evil spirits.

The Real story

The house at 112 Ocean Avenue, Amityville is an icon of horror movies. In reality, 24-year-old Ron DeFeo brutally murdered his whole family consisting of his mother, father and 4 younger siblings. They all were killed with a shotgun in 1974.

The house was empty for 13 months, until the Lutz family moved in there. It was reported that they abruptly flee after staying there only for 28 days. They claimed that they had been terrorized by paranormal activities on the house.


The family members said that they hear scary voices, cold spots, demonic faces and walls “Bleeding” something like green slime as opposed to the film where blood is shown.

Well, the question which arises are:

Was the real house used in the Amityville Horror 2005?

No, The house used in the movie was different. Here is the image of both the houses


Did Ronald DeFeo testify that he heard voices that told him to commit the murders?

Yes, Ronald DeFeo testified to hearing voices that told him to kill his family. While in an interview in 2002 Ronald DeFeo explained that he committed the murders because his parents were abusive and he had been drunk and high on heroin at the time.

Does the actual Amityville Horror house still exist?

Yes. The real-life Amityville Horror house is located on Long Island at 112 Ocean Avenue, Amityville, New York. But to discourage tourists from visiting the location, one of the home’s subsequent owners changed the address of the location to 108 Ocean Avenue.

Did they see ghosts of the DeFeo children and family?

No, absolutely not. Chris Quaratino Lutz said, “I saw no children running around that were you know, no dead children. Like what you see in that last 2005 movie, I thought was a disgusting display of Hollywood.” So that’s just Hollywood thing.


4. The Exorcism of Emily Rose


The Reel Story

The Reverand Moore (Tom Wilkinson) is prosecuted for the death of a girl thought to be demonically possessed. Moore administered the church-sanctioned exorcism on the girl that ultimately killed her. Prosecuting attorney Ethan Thomas (Campbell Scott) contends that the young girl, Emily (Jennifer Carpenter), was suffering from Schizophrenia and should have been medically diagnosed.

On the other hand, defense lawyer Erin Bruner argues that Emily’s condition is a bit different and cannot be explained by science alone.

The Real Story

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Anneliese was living the life of a normal girl only till the age of 16 where just in one day her life completely changed. She was unable to control her body. During her illness, Anneliese lost much of her social life and was living a depressive state. After that she began to hear voices.


Her parents believed that their daughter was possessed. Between a time period of just 2 years, her father Ernst Alt and Arnold Renz performed a total of 67 exorcisms on Anneliese. During exorcism she screams, thrash and even bark. Anneliese also stopped eating and many a times bangs her head against the floor.

Anneliese on 1 July 1976 at the age of just 24 passed away. What was unimaginable was her condition. She weighed just 68 pounds and was suffering from pneumonia when she died.


After her death, her parents and priests were sentenced to 6 months in prison, later reduced to 3 months and a fine.

The Catholic Church’s official position on Anneliese was changed to state that she was not possessed, but rather, suffering from a mental disorder. When asked about the case upon the release of the 2005 film, her parents still believed she had been possessed.


3. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)


The Reel Story

Five friends get caught up in a messy situation following the suicide of a hitchhiker in their van. The friends group face a number of brutal killings at the hands of the Leatherface murderer. The murderer uses a chainsaw and wears his victims’ faces over his face to cover up his deformities.


The group tried to seek help from the sheriff and many people. But ultimately found out that they all were linked to the Leatherface. So, there was no way to run. Leatherface takes many of his victims to his basement, hanging them on meathooks like in a slaughterhouse. Out of 5 just one friend was able to escape. The film ends with the information showing “the crime scene was not properly secured by Travis County Police. Two investigating officers were fatally wounded that day. This is the only known image of Thomas Hewitt, the man they call Leatherface. The case today still remains open”.

The Real Story

Well, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is loosely based on the murderer Ed Gein. The Wisconsin serial killer was active from 1954-57. But he was having just 2 victims. Similarity with the movie is, just like Leatherface, Gein actually wears his victims’ face and scalps and also mammary vests (skin sheets of the breasts and vagina). He uses a gun unlike chainsaw in the movie. But one of his victim was found hanging, gutted and decapitated, just like in the movie.


When officials searched Gein’s home, many human remains were found which were transformed to things like utensils for eating, human skin lampshades and belt made of human nipples.

Huff…that’s a real psychokiller. Gein admitted to digging up graves of women who reminded him of his mother to create these items. HE was later sent to a psychiatric facility. He died there.

The main difference with the movie is the chainsaw and number of victims.


Related: 7 Paranormal and Real Horror Stories That Will Surely Give You Chills


2. Annabelle


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John gives a doll to his pregnant wife, Mia. They find themselves in an argument with their neighbours, Annabelle Higgins and her husband. They were revealed to be members of a demonic cult called The Disciples of the Ram. The couple believe in summoning demons by claiming souls. During the altercation, Mia is stabbed (not dead) and Annabelle kills herself. A drop of her blood falls into the doll’s eye which eventually caused the doll to get possessed.

Mia asks her husband to dispose of the doll, because she suspects some strange things happening around them. There were many unexplainable events, Mia gives birth to a baby girl called Lea. The couple move to a new apartment.

While unpacking, Mia notices the doll, now dubbed Annabelle, is back. Mia sees visions of young girls and symbols. She consults a detective. And also took help of Evelyn, a bookstore owner. She discovers that the presence haunting her wants her daughter’s soul. While in the apartment, Mia decided to sacrifice herself for the sake of her daughter.

She grabs Annabelle and prepares to jump from the window. Evelyn stopped her. Instead decides to sacrifice herself, sparing the lives of Mia and her daughter. The film ends by saying Annabelle is in Ed and Lorraine Warren’s museum and that it’s blessed twice a month.

The Real Story


Annabelle in reality was just a run-of-the-mill Raggedy Ann Doll. It was a gift from a mother to her daughter unlike the film where a husband gives it to his wife. The owners had no links to satanic cults and never tried to dispose of the doll. So, the doll never reappeared magically just like movie. However, they claim the doll moved into different positions and rooms on its own.

What appeared to be blood was found on the doll’s head and chest, and the owners called a medium. A seance was performed, and the medium said that the spirit attached to the doll was that of Annabelle Higgins, who had died at the age of 7 and whose body was supposedly found on the site of the family’s apartment.


The Warrens contradicted this later, and said the girl had died in a motorcycle accident outside the apartment building. Before the doll was given to the Warrens, it attacked a friend of the owners by and also once strangling him until he blacked out. The Warrens recount that messages like “help us” would appear on parchment paper in childlike writing around the owners’ home, and claim that Annabelle took the life of one person. A young man who visited the museum years later after this incident got into a vicious motorcycle accident after taunting the doll.

Bottom-line is the doll was never really possessed on the hunt of a young soul. And also no one has given sacrifice. And C’mon it’s not really possible for all to get creeped out by a doll made of just cotton.


1. The Hills Have Eyes (1977)


The Reel Story

A family who were driving through the Southwestern desert in an RV took a wrong turn in search of a shortcut. This ultimately leads them to run headlong into a family of violent cannibals who live in caves in the hills.

The Real Story

The Hills Have Eyes was inspired by the legend of Alexander “Sawney” Bean. He was a Scotsman of the 15th or 16th century who reportedly was the leader of a 40-person clan that killed and ate more than 1,000 people and lived in caves for 25 years. They were later caught and put to death. His life has inspired numerous stories and films worldwide. This not only includes “The Hills Have Eyes” but also the British film “Raw Meat” (1972).


Well, those were 5 horror movies based on true stories. You might have watched all of them. And if not, you should definitely watch them right. There are many more similar horror movies based on true stories like The Exorcist, The Dentist, The Conjuring series and all of them are real dead scary.

Surely, these horror movies based on true stories can definitely make anyone stay awake all night.

Watch this video next on Exorcism of Anneliese. The audio in this clip is real. Listen the full audio of the exorcism:

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