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10+ Horror Movies That You Didn't Know Were Based On True Stories

Jake Bean 2 Jul 2019

Spooky spooky!

These dear reader, are the horror movies you didn't know were based on true stories. I only have six words for all of you out there...

Reader beware, you're in for a scare!

1. 'The Exorcist'.

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This story was based off a book, which was based on a young boy who was apparently possessed in Cottage City, MD during the year 1949.

The boy was never identified.

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2. 'Eaten Alive'.

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This movie was supposedly based on the true story of Joe Ball also known as "the alligator killer".

He got his name because he apparently fed his victims to his pet alligators.

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3. 'Audrey Rose'.

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This story about reincarnation was based on a book by Frank De Felitta, who started looking into the phenomenon after his son spontaneously started to play ragtime piano.

Play me off, Johnny!

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4. 'The Amityville Horror'.

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Almost everyone knows the true story of The Amityville Horror.

But just in case you don't, a man named Ronald J. DeFeo Jr. went crazy one night and murdered his family.

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Later...

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People who moved into the house that Ronald J. DeFeo Jr.'s family owned reported strange events.

George and Kathy Lutz moved their family into the home and were driven from it due to supernatural forces.

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5. 'Nightmare On Elm Street'.

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No, Freddy Krueger wasn't actually real... or was he?

Whether he was or not, Wes Craven got the idea from a string of Asian men dying in their sleep during the '70s and '80s.

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6. 'Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer'.

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On a side note, this is one of Michael Rooker's best performances.

As for the true story, this whole movie is a fictionalized version of the life of real-life serial killer Henry Lee Lucas.

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7. 'Child's Play'.

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The story of the creepy doll Chucky was inspired by another creepy doll.

His name was Robert and he apparently drove his young owner into fits of rage.

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8. 'The Exorcism of Emily Rose'.

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The way that the movie presented the story was actually pretty close to how it happened in real life.

A German woman died after being exposed to an exorcism, then her parents and the responsible priests were sentenced to prison.

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9. 'Psycho'.

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The movie is actually based on a book of the same name.

The book is based on the real-life exploits of serial killer Ed Gein who had a fixation on his mother. Sound familiar?

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10. 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre'.

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Speaking on Ed Gein, did you know he was the inspiration for the murderous and terrifying Leatherface?

The rest of the story, however, might not be all that true, despite what the movie says.

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11. 'Deranged'.

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Can you guess who the serial killer Ezra Cobb from the movie Deranged was supposed to be based on?

If you guessed Jefferey Dalhmer, then you haven't been paying attention. It was Ed Gein.

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12. 'Jaws'.

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The character of Jaws the shark was based on the serial killing exploits of Ed Gein...

I'm just kidding. It was based on the five deaths of beachgoers in 1916 at the hands of a killer shark.

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13. 'The Hills Have Eyes'.

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This story is based on the cannibalistic acts of Sawney Bean. His clan apparently killed and ate over 1,000 people in Scotland during the 16th century.

No thanks.

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14. 'The Town That Dreaded Sundown'.

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This story was based on the true serial killings that happened in Texarkana between February and May of 1946.

It was even shot there and some of the townsfolk were even cast as extras.

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15. 'The Serpent and the Rainbow'.

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This story was actually based on the story of real world ethnobotanist Wade Davis.

He went and investigated a person named Clairvius Narcisse who was apparently a real life zombie.

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16. 'Fire in the Sky'.

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So in this movie, a group of friends is being faced with murder charges after one of their own goes missing.

The rub is that the friend was actually abducted by aliens. Psh, if I had a nickel...

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Turns out...

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That this story is actually based off a man named Travis Walton.

In 1975, he claimed to everyone that he was abducted by aliens although, not surprisingly, he was never able to prove it.

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17. 'The Dentist'.

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Who doesn't hate going to the dentist? Especially if your dentist is the dentist from The Dentist.

Phew! Jeez, said that word so many times it's starting to sound weird.

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However...

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Yeah so anyways, this isn't confirmed or anything, but some say that The Dentist was based on the story of Dr. Glennon Edward.

This was a dentist who would convince women to marry certain men, kill them and then the two of them would split the insurance checks.

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18. 'Ravenous'.

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Ah, the sky is blue and all the leaves are green. The sun's as warm as a baked potato.

Just kidding. This is the scary story of Alfred Packer. Ravenous is based on a group of people who went into the mountains and ate each other.

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19. 'From Hell'.

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The movie, which is based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore, is based on the real-life murders of good ol' Jack the Ripper, the English serial killer who was never identified.

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20. 'Dahmer'.

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The 2002 film Dahmer follows a young man who does unspeakable things to 17 male victims. It is, of course, based on the murders done by Ed Gein.

Yeah, seriously. This isn't a fake out, go to the next one.

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Haha, totally faked you out.

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Look at your face! What a goofball.

No, it's obviously based on Jefferey Dahmer's murders. Oh, and that is Hawkeye by the way. Can you say gritty origin story, folks?

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