Horror movies are not everyone’s cup of tea. The ones who do enjoy watching them are keenly aware that the horror is only being inflicted on screen and it is not real. But with the advancement in sound and visual technology, movies are beginning to look more real, which makes horror movies scarier. What’s even more frightening is that filmmakers are choosing to make horror movies based on real stories. So if you’re not a fan of this genre, you must avoid these seven horror movies based on true events at all costs.

The Exorcist

We bet you didn’t know that this horror film portraying the exorcism of a 12-year-old girl by two priests was actually based on a real story. The plot was inspired by the accounts mentioned in a pastor’s diary that detailed the exorcism of a young boy thought to be possessed by his late aunt.

Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video

The Conjuring

Movies in The Conjuring series are based on the real cases of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The first movie explores the Perron family’s haunting when they move into a new farmhouse while the sequel focusses on a poltergeist’s possession of a young girl in England.

Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video


Set in the same universe as The Conjuring movies, Annabelle has also been inspired by the doll that possessed an evil spirit of a 7-year-old girl named Annabelle Higgins. Like in the movie, Ed and Lorraine Warren were called for help and the doll was ultimately locked up in their museum.

Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video


Ouija boards are not uncommon in horror movies, but the events of this particular film are inspired by the Vallecas case in Madrid. The parents of a dead teenage girl are convinced that the séance their daughter had performed with friends led to strange occurrences in the house, ultimately killing her.

Streaming on: Netflix

The Amityville Horror

We have seen endless horror movies and even television shows that are set in a haunted house. But this particular one and its many sequels and remakes are based on the accounts of the horrors faced by the Lutz family after they moved into a house where a man had earlier killed his entire family.

The Rite

Another movie revolving an exorcism, this one is based on the accounts of Father Gary Thomas who was once asked to treat a female patient thought to have been possessed. The priest detailed that the woman would distort her face every time he prayed and even hiss at him in foreign tongues.

Streaming on: Netflix

The Hills Have Eyes

It’s easy to believe that the plot of this movie is true as there is no supernatural entity in it. Instead, it is inspired by the Bean clan who lived in a cave back in 15th century Scotland, from where the family ambushed travelers, killed them, and then ate their remains before they were found and executed.

Streaming on: YouTube

Do you have the nerve to rewatch these horror movies now that you know the real stories behind them? If not, click on the link below for more movie recommendations.

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