The truth is, no matter how perfect a fiction content is, it cannot measure up to the perfection of a true-life event. Such is the case with every of the horror movies that have ever been produced.
One reason why a horror movie is more scary and terrifying than another is that it is based on true stories.
Not only do horror movies based on real-life events instill fear, but they are also more realistic than fiction based movies.
Here are 13 horror stories based on true life events.
13 The Conjuring
The Conjuring 1 and Conjuring 2 were based on the true-life experiences of Ed and Lorraine Warren. Ed was a demonologist, and his wife was the link with which he used to communicate with the demons.
Since their self-acclaimed relationship with demons and the establishment of the New England Society for Psychic Research in 1952, the couple gained a lot of clients.
The horror began when the Perron family moved into a farmhouse in Rhode Island in January 1971. Upon moving in, they reportedly began to hear strange noises, perceive odd smells, and even experience strange theft.
They, however, began to take the strange activities seriously when they found out that a number of the family who lived in the house in previous times, died under strange circumstances.
Later on, the Perron family found out that Bathsheba, a Satanist who lived on the property at a time, was the one tormenting them.
To restore peace in the home, Ed and Lorraine met with the family. In one of their Séance sessions, a demon-possessed Carolyn, Peron’s mother children, and she began to speak in demonic tongues.
History has it that the family kept experiencing the strange events until they moved out in the 80s.
Just as with the Perron’s, Warren also had a similar experience with the Hodgson family. However, the Hodgsons didn’t have to leave for the strange happenings to stop.
12 The Exorcist
The 1973’s movie ‘The Exorcist’ was based on the true-life story of a 13-year-old boy, Roland Doe, who began to experience different situations after the death of this aunt.
He could see his mattress move or see a liquid drop on the floor. His parents took him for exorcism, but the ritual could not be completed because Doe hit the priest with his mattress.
He was later taken to St Louis for another exorcism. During the exorcism, Doe became possessed and violent.
At a point, an ‘X’ mark surfaced on his chest, and that made the priest believe that ten different demons possessed him.
As that was also unsuccessful, he was taken to the Alexian Brothers Hospital in St. Louis for another exorcism. That exorcism at the hospital was his last.
11 Slender Man
Although the Slender man was a mythical addition to the horror folklore, it later became real when some girls claimed to have done certain strange things because they wanted to please ‘the slender man’ and show the world that he is real.
People began to run with the reality of ‘the slender man’ when a photograph featuring him was released on the internet. In 2014, some girls stabbed a 12-year-old girl 19 times to please the slender man.
In an interview with Washington post, one of the girls behind the attack stated, ‘Many people do not believe Slender Man is real.
We wanted to prove the skeptics wrong. Other situations include a 13-year-old girl who stabbed her mother and a 14-year old girl who started a fire in her house.
10 Open Water
When released in 2003, the terrifying movie, ‘Open Water,’ became the most-popular horror movie. It was terrifying because the root of the story was what could happen to anyone.
The movie was based on two couples, Tom and Eileen Lonergan, who left Port Douglas with a group of divers and never returned. Along with 24 divers, they dived the St. Crispin’s reef but didn’t return with others.
No one knew that they had gone missing until two days after the scuba diving session when the boat’s skipper saw their unclaimed belongings on the boat.
With that, a massive search was launched. During the search, they found a note written on a driving slate which read, ‘To anyone who can help us: We have been abandoned on Agin court reef Reef 25 Jan 1998 03 pm. Please help us rescue us before we die. Help!!!”
Sadly, their bodies were never found.
The 2014 horror movie was based on a 28-year-old lady who owned a doll that kept changing positions on its own.
Asides that, the lady and her roommate also found several strange notes that contained ‘Help me, help us’ in their room.
After experiencing different strange events, a medium told the ladies that the doll had been possessed by the spirit of a girl named Annabelle Higgins.
As an ‘expert’ in such cases, Lorraine Warren told USA Today, ‘Looks are deceiving. It is not what the doll looks like that makes it scary; it is what has been infused within the doll: evil.’
The Warrens collected the doll, sprinkled holy water on it, and placed it in their Occult Museum.