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20 Horror Movies Based On Horrific Real Life Events

When we see the words “Based On A True Story” across the screen at the beginning of a horror movie – we know it just got real. Gone is our only that comfort for when we are scared and can tell ourselves, “Don’t worry it isn’t true.” Filmmakers have to get their inspiration from somewhere and as the saying goes – nothing is scarier than the truth.

What lies ahead are movies that have adapted real life horrific events to tell their story. Over the years, terrible crimes have been committed and people become curious with these tales. What makes matters worse is that your favourite horror film could have actually happened in real life.

20. Haunting in Connecticut (2009) 

The Movie

The film focuses on the Campbell family who discover their new Connecticut home used to be a funeral parlour and morgue. It isn’t long before the dead come back to life, supernatural events occur, and the son, possessed by something evil, goes on a rampage with an axe.

The True Story

The Snedeker family moved into the low rent Connecticut home in 2006. Not long after, son Philip told his mother, “Mom, this house is evil. We need to leave here right away.” His words were ignored and the family experienced the evil first hand.

Their home had previously been a morgue, and the family had visions of funeral workers having sex with the dead bodies. The children claimed they could see and hear the spirits of the dead. Philip became increasingly violent and was sent to a Mental hospital. The parents were sexually assaulted by demons. If only they had heeded Philip’s advice at the beginning.

Famous paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren, were called in. They performed an exorcism and cast out all the evil from within the house until finally the Snedeker’s found peace within their home. 

19. The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

The Movie

Richard Gere stars as John Klein, a journalist, grieving the loss of his wife. Shortly before her death, they had encountered a large flying beast that caused them to have a car accident. He decides to investigate the creature and discovers the myth surrounding the ‘Mothman,’ a giant moth-like creature with large red eyes and huge wingspan. Its appearance is said to coincide with an impending disaster.

True Story

John Keel, a reporter who investigated the ‘Mothman’ legend in Point Pleasant, based the film on a book. John moved there in 1966 and discovered around 100 people had seen the creature.

Eyewitness reports were similar in description. These included sightings of a large white creature with glowing red eyes and ten-foot wings. Some had seen the beast flying overhead, possibly at around 100 miles an hour. After sighting the creature, the witnesses suffered a painful swelling of the eyes, and in one case, bleeding ears, due to a loud noise surrounding the creature.

The sighting of the ‘Mothman’ lead to disaster when in 1967, the Silver Bridge at Point Pleasant collapsed, killing 46 people. Other sightings have since occurred, including one before the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.

About the author

Lee is an accomplished freelance article and creative writer. He contributes to a number of websites on a regular basis, submits book reviews for a publisher, and is currently working on his own novel. For much of his life, Lee has worked with people on the fringes of society. This includes working in socially deprived areas of the UK, mentoring troubled young people, and spending time in a prison giving advice and moral support to prisoners. Lee’s experiences of life underpin his writing, enabling him to write with passion and humour for people of all ages.

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