Over the years, the cinematic industry has delivered a huge variety of on screen stories ranging across genres. One of the most popular genres, horror has maintained a massive fan base ever since the first horror film from famed French filmmaker Georges Méliès came out back in 1896. Following Le Manoir du Diable which released in the U.S. as The Haunted Castle, we’ve seen a host of spooky tales and none have been more terrifying that the ones based on real-life horrors. Let’s take a look at the scariest true story horror movies to hit the big screen –
The Exorcist (1973)
This film, which went on the spawn a franchise of its own, was based on a book about the true story of Roland Doe who was possessed by demons back in 1949. To this day, it remains as one of the scariest and most iconic movies in the horror film genre.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
We’ve seen plenty of supernatural stories make their way to the big screen. However, every now and then, real life tends to be even more terrifying. This film is loosely based on the horrifying crimes of infamous American serial killer Ed Gein. Gein inspired even more iconic horror films like Psycho and The Silence of the Lambs.
The Conjuring (2013)
This film is easily the beginning of one of the most successful horror film franchises in Hollywood. What’s even more interesting is that its lead characters and their cases are based on the real-life paranormal investigating couple Ed and Lorraine Warren.