Have you ever watched a scary movie and said to yourself, “Imagine if that happened to me?” Well, here are 7 scary movies that are actually based on true stories. Knowing it’s real makes it that much worse.
The Girl Next Door (2007)
Not a ghost story but truly sadistic and gruesome in nature. The story is based on the abuse of Sylvia Likens by Gertrude Baniszewski. Sylvia and her sister were left in the care of Gertrude by their parents. Gertrude, along with the neighbourhood kids, tortured Sylvia in terrible ways. They beat her, raped her, and would repeatedly burn her. The movie focuses on the perspective of a man who witnessed these events, but in reality Sylvia was alone in this. Gertrude truly tortured the poor girl. The movie is equally as disturbing.
Amityville Horror (1979)
The Amityville story is a true account. It happened to the DeFeo family who lived at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, Long Island. On November 13, 1974, 6 members of the DeFeo family were found brutally murdered. The murderer was Ronald “Butch” DeFeo, the eldest son, who stated that he killed his mother, father, sisters, and brothers in self defence. In 1975, the Lutz family moved in and was forced to leave 28 days later, as the children began to be overcome by supernatural disturbances. These disturbances included an excessive amount of flies, the stench of bile, and their daughter making friends with a red eyed pig named Jodie. For the depiction of the Lutz family’s account in the 2005 version of Amityville Horror.
The Conjuring (2013)
The story focuses on the Perron family who actually resided in the Rhode Island home for ten years. They had experienced paranormal activity and believed it to be Bathsheba Sherman. Bathsheba was an alleged witch who in the movie died a painful death, but in reality died of old age. Her body turned into stone but it could have been a rare paralysis and a simile. In Andrea Perron’s book, she writes about how her mother was laying on the couch and felt a severe pain in her calm. Upon looking she saw a perfect circle and blood. It is thought that Bathsheba brought a knitting needle with her to the afterlife. Generations of families had lived and died on the property so it is unsure if Bathsheba is the true culprit. The only thing certain is that new residents of the home always end up leaving, usually screaming.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
The movie is loosely based on the events that happened between 1954-57. Ed Gein was the real Leatherface. If anything the real story is scarier. Although he did not kill individuals with a chainsaw, he was still freaky. He wore a mask of human skin, not due to a skin disease, but because he wanted to be a woman. He even wore a vest of human female breasts and genitalia. He shot his victims in the head with pistols and then would gut them like animals. Sometimes even cut off their heads.
The Exorcist (1973)
The story was based off of a diary of a priest, Fr. Raymond Bishop and other anonymous sources. The exorcism happened to a boy Roland Doe. He was close with his Aunt Harriet who was into contacting spirits. When she died he tried to contact her using a Ouija board. His possession was said to occur shortly after his aunt’s death. During this time a series of events similar to the one’s seen in the movie (minus the stabbing of her genitals with a cross). He was taken to Georgetown University Hospital for an exorcism. During that time, he got a wound and had to mend it. On his way home welts covered his body. Upon reaching his home furniture moved, he repelled sacred items, and spoke in a guttural voice. Words such as “evil” and “hell” were etched into his body during the exorcisms. He was not cured after just one. It took a series of exorcisms over a course of weeks until he was finally “cured”.
The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
Believe it or not, it’s true. Based on a clan of incestuous individuals in Scotland. In the 15th/16th century Sawney Bean was the head of the clan. The clan had 48 members, many believed to be his sons and daughters. For fun and pleasure they would attack little groups of people at night. It gets better. They’d rob them and kill them. As if that’s not enough, they’d take them back to their caves and dismember them. Oh yeah, then they’d cannibalize their victims. Yum. They went undetected for years, until one day they were discovered. Apparently a man and his wife on horseback were returning from a carnival along that route. Upon sensing them, the clan came out. Unfortunately, the wife was attacked by these savages. Luckily, the man got away and told the people of the monstrosities that lay in the caves.
The Silence of the Lambs (1999)
Buffalo Bill was based on Gary Heidnik who had schizophrenic tendencies. Gary was a former army medic. He beat and raped his former wife repeatedly. After their separation, he kidnapped Josefina Rivera who was a prostitute. Locked up in a cellar, Josefina was raped and hidden. He told her he wanted to have children and she was part of the process. Within 4 months, he had kidnapped 6 girls and tied them up in his basement. He constantly raped, beat, tortured and starved them — 2 to the point of death.
Which true story of these scary movie did you find the scariest?
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