13 horror movies based on true stories

Watching horror movies can be quite a frightening activity for some people. And it can be even more horrifying if the story in question is inspired by real-life stories🇧🇷


For this reason, in the list below, you’ll be able to check out some recommendations of productions that looked for terrible facts of everyday life to base their respective scripts. Enjoy!

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13. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

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Without a doubt, this The film has been enshrined in the history of cinema as one of the classics of the genre.🇧🇷 Despite having a totally original plot, some narrative elements were based on a famous case, in this case, the serial killer Ed Gein. According to the authorities at the time, he was arrested carrying about nine masks that would have been made with human skin.

12. Bad Girl.Com (2005)

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The tension provoked in every minute of this feature film was directly inspired by a case watched through the news by producer David W. Higgins. Apparently, in Japan, a young woman had lured some wealthy men into a brutal trap. After arresting them, the torture session began.

11. Wolf Creek – Journey to Hell (2005)

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According to filmmaker Greg McLean, the plot of this production was freely inspired by two famous cases that would have occurred at different times in Australia. The first of them refers to Ivan Milat, who, during the 1990s, would have kidnapped several people on the side of the road to torture them in a forest.

The second involves murderer Bradley John Murdoch, who killed a British backpacker in 2001 near the Australian town of Barrow Creek.

10. the city of horror (1979)

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In 1977, Jay Anson published a book that caught the attention of many people, mainly because it was evident that the writer was based on a true story. It wasn’t long before a film adaptation took place, narrating what would have happened to the Lutz family after moving to a place further away from the city.

9. Evoking Spirits (2009)

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Demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren have dedicated their lives to discovering supernatural cases that could involve the discovery of evil entities. Thus, this film was based on the case reported by the couple, which would have happened in the mid-1980s in the state of Connecticut at the Snedeker family funeral home.

8. Gang of Sadists (1977)

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In 16th century Scotland, Alexander Bean, also known as Sawney, became famous after discovering that his sect, made up of 48 people, would have murdered more than a thousand victims to eat them later.

Although some researchers do not fully trust the veracity of this fact, in 1977, the film Gang of Sadists brought up its history from a more contemporary perspective.

7. The ritual (2011)

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Among the characters that star Anthony Hopkins has played in theaters is Father Lucas Trevant, from The ritualwhose plot was inspired by the stories told by Father Gary Thomas — who even served as a consultant to the screenwriters.

According to Thomas, despite his skepticism about exorcist practices, he had attended a course at the Vatican to solve terrifying cases.

6. The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

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You’ve heard of the figure of the young German Anneliese Michel. In 1968, she was reportedly violently possessed by a demon. Years passed until the Catholic church decided to send two priests to perform his exorcism.

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According to reports, the priests worked for almost ten months around Anneliese. Her case was portrayed in the famous movie The Exorcism of Emily Rosefeaturing Jennifer Carpenter in the lead role.

5. Annabelle (2014)

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The couple Ed and Lorraine Warren, already mentioned in this list, were largely responsible for discovering the Annabelle doll, which would have haunted a family in the United States for a few years. Although the original doll is quite different from the one portrayed in the film in question, its story caught the attention of pop culture fans, having its figure fixed in the social imaginary.

4. Invocation of Evil (2013)

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And the Warrens were in more movies, too. In this case, in 2013, the launch of Invocation of Evil started a horror film franchise telling some of the couple’s most gruesome stories. In the plot of this production, the two travel to follow the strange and supernatural events reported by the Perron family.

3. The Wolf Behind the Door (2014)

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In Rio de Janeiro in the 1960s, a crime shocked the city’s population. By killing the daughter of her lover, Neyde Maria Maia Lopes became known as Fera da Penha. In 2014, filmmaker Fernando Coimbra used this story to compose the script for his first fiction feature film. For this work, Leandra Leal, who plays the contemporary version of the assassin, received several awards.

two. A Killer’s Awakening (2017)

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Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer has been very much in evidence in recent months after the release of the miniseries that tells his story on Netflix. However, years ago, the criminal was portrayed in a film based on the comics by writer Derf Backderf. In this way, it is possible to follow more details of Dahmer’s adolescence in a tense and terrifying way.

1. The Exorcist (1973)

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To close the list, we must talk about one of the most iconic horror films of all time. Despite bringing many original elements, the plot of The Exorcista novel by William Peter Blatty, which gave rise to the 1973 feature film, was inspired by the case of a boy who would have been possessed by a violent demon in 1949 and later freed by priests.

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