Best Horror Movies Based On Real Stories

The Top Ten

1 Psycho (1960)

The character Norman Bates was inspired by Ed Gein, a Wisconsin man who was arrested in 1957 for committing two murders and digging up the corpses of countless other women who reminded him of his dead mother. He skinned the bodies to make lamp shades, socks and a "woman suit" in hopes of becoming a woman. He was found to be insane and spent the rest of his life in a mental institution. - Hernandez1614

2 The Exorcist (1973)

The Exorcist, was inspired by an article he read in college at Georgetown University about an exorcism performed on a 13-year-old boy in Mount Rainier, Maryland in 1949. The story's details have been muddled through the years -- perhaps intentionally so, in order to protect the family -- but the boy's actual home lay in Cottage City, Maryland, and the exorcism was performed in St. Louis. Evidence points to the boy's behavior not being nearly as outrageous or supernatural as was portrayed in the film. - Hernandez1614

3 The Amityville Horror (1979)

Perhaps the most notorious horror movie "based on a true story, " the film is based on a self-proclaimed nonfiction book describing what George and Kathy Lutz experienced during their four weeks in the house, including disembodied voices, cold spots, demonic imagery, inverted crucifixes and walls "bleeding" green slime. Most, if not all, of the events portrayed in both the book and the movie have been called into question by investigators, and it is widely believed that the entire incident was a hoax. - Hernandez1614

4 The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

The movie was inspired by the legend of Alexander "Sawney" Bean, a Scottsman of the 15th or 16th century who reportedly headed a 40-person clan that killed and ate over 1, 000 people, living in caves for 25 years before being caught and put to death. His life has inspired numerous stories and films worldwide, including The Hills Have Eyes and the British film Raw Meat, but most serious historians today don't believe that Bean ever existed. - Hernandez1614

5 Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

Inspired by serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, who had an accomplice named Ottis Toole and a romantic relationship with Otis' young relative (his niece, Frieda Powell). However, the movie's killing spree is based more on Lucas' confessions than on actual fact. Lucas confessed to 600 murders, in part because the confessions led police to offer him improved conditions in jail. Most of his confessions were disproved, but Lucas was still convicted of 11 murders, including that of Powell, and spent the rest of his life in prison. - Hernandez1614

6 The Grudge (2004)

Scariest movie I've ever seen! - Userguy44

Scaryest movie ever that chick is crepy! - Peebz2010

7 A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
8 Jaws (1975)
9 The Conjuring (2013)
10 Wolf Creek

The Contenders

11 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
12 Child's Play (1988)
13 The Blob (1958)
14 The Entity (1983)
15 Fire In the Sky (1993)
16 Scream (1996)
17 Conjuring 2 (2016)
18 The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
19 The Possession (2012)
20 Sinister (2012)
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