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23 Horror Movies Based on True Stories

We are all fond of watching horror movies. But what about movies that are real-life-based horror movies? That adds a different dimension to the level of fear caused by any other horror movie. Let’s get to know what are these horror movies based on a true story.

23 Horror Movies Based on True Stories

1. Child’s Play

Child's Play
Source: iHorror

Are you afraid of dolls being possessed? Then this one is not for you, or maybe you can watch if you have guts. This is one of the real-life-based horror movies to portray a serial killer who would shift his soul into a creepy doll to practice voodoo and kill people.

2. An American Haunting

An American Haunting
Source: NetFlakes

Another one in the list of real-life-based horror movies, where it is an act of spirit to get the protagonist killed. Although there is only one evidence of death by evil spirits, it does not ensure that it will still remain one. This movie shows the dreadful acts of the witch killing John Bell.

3. Nightmare On The Elm Street

Nightmare On The Elm Street
Source: Looper

How worse can a nightmare be? Well, in this real-life-based horror movie, death was the answer. The antagonist, or you can tell him an iconic murderer, Freddy Krueger, who would appear in the nightmare to kill the teens. This caused a boy to stay awake because he was afraid that someone was chasing him and would get him if he falls asleep. Unfortunately, he dies in his sleep while facing this nightmare. Absolutely horrifying!

4. Ragini MMS

Ragini MMS
Source: IMDb

Apart from the erotic adventures, the spooky aura that lived up to the young couple’s life is one of the horror movies based on a true story. The house they chose to spend their quality time in was actually haunted and did not leave even a single soul alive. Although the female protagonist survived physically but probably got traumatized after staying captured in the house, nobody knows how long!

5. The Amityville Horror

The Amityville Horror

One of the terrible real-life-based horror movies because the mansion where a family moved to it was haunted. Six of the family members got themselves killed by the protagonist, who got possessed. It might sound clichéd, but you should always check for the background history of any house you move in.

6. The Conjuring

 The Conjuring
Source: Variety

There is no point in mentioning this being in the list of real-life-based horror movies because a series of expandable branches has been released about the house, the professors, Ed and Lorraine, Warren the doll, and whatnot, about the movie.

7. The Conjuring 2

The Conjuring 2
Source: The Times

Another sequence in the line of real-life-based horror movies, Conjuring 2, also talks about a girl getting possessed. According to the report, the evil spirit used her body to speak and express herself.

8. The Conjuring 3

The Conjuring 3
Souce: DNS India

As the tag line says, “Devil made me do it,” it is actually about the story about the murder. It was caused by the devil who instructed one of his relatives to kill his landlord, and the story continues with a lot of twists and turns.

9. Annabelle

Source: Radio Times

The conjuring franchise is on its spree for making a lot of real-life-based horror movies one after another. Annabelle is based entirely on the doll, which has a famous history behind it.

10. Phoonk


A Bollywood movie to have impacted the audience to a great extent is Phoonk. It is a movie based on superstitious actions, and black magic has been vividly portrayed.

11. Bhool Bhulaiyaa

Bhool Bhulaiyaa
Source: YouTube

Apparently, a comedy movie, which was made so that the audience might find it hard to be one of the real-life-based horror movies. But for real, most of the incidents had happened to a couple who moved into an old mansion.

12. Darna Zaroori Hai

Darna Zaroori Hai
Source: FlixList

One of the most engaging real-life-based horror movies, Darna Zaroori Hai, has it in an interesting way. There was this lady who would narrate six stories to the children. But the twist is whenever the story is ending, one of the children gets disappeared.

13. The Exorcism Of Emily Rose

The Exorcism Of Emily Rose
Source: YouTube

A woman who had faced 67 exorcisms attempts to get rid of the evil spirit who had taken possession of her body. This is one of the most terrifying real-life-based horror movies that will chill you down the spine with visual and sound effects.

14. The Exorcist

The Exorcist
Source: MyGoodTimes

Another incident on the row where not the victim but the one who practiced the exorcism had died a tragic death. If you have your guts left enough after the list of all these real-life-based horror movies, you are welcome.

15. The Road

The Road
Source: YouTube

A road that is haunted by evil spirits is all that it takes to make this movie absolutely bone-chilling. It has received high appreciation from the critics too.

16. 3 A.M.

3 A.M.
Source: YouTube

The unholy hour for all the evil spirits to log into the world of the mortals! Yes, this movie is one of those horror movies where an experiment goes wrong, and almost everyone dies while opting for the horrible adventure.

17. Atma

Source: YouTube

A child gets possessed and connects with the dark world is all this horror movie talks about. However, there are many more things hidden in this movie, only if you dare to explore.

18. The Haunting In Connecticut

The Haunting In Connecticut

A mortuary that has turned into a haunted house! It is nothing new, Not even Ed and Lauren, to spice up the eerie scene in a haunted spot. So, another one on the list of real-life-based horror movies to wrench your guts down.

19. The Haunting In Connecticut 2

The Haunting In Connecticut 2
Source: YouTube

Part one is not just the end because a different plot awaits in this one. The major coincidence is that the girl who befriends a spirit has the same name. And Boom! Haunting begins!

20. The Possession

The Possession
Source: The New York Times

A mysterious, rather evil box, on whom a girl gets obsessed, becomes the root of all the supernatural activities in and around their house. Indeed, this one is a movie that, in the true spirit, can be claimed as one of the most blood-curdling real-life-based horror movies.

21. The Rite

The Rite
Source: Shortlist

This one is different from all other horror movies because this basically focuses on the book about exorcism. Here the catholic priest narrates down how he has performed an exorcism on five people before.

22. Veronica

Source: Vulture

A slumber party that went wrong. A girl who uses an Ouija board and, by mistake, gets connected to a demon. What happens next is predictable but is pretty horrible.

23. The Shinning

The Shinning
Source: Decider

A hotel that numerous spirits have possessed has been portrayed in The Shinning. Although many people did not feel the spooky vibe like other real-life based horror movies, the proclamation of being based on real-life incidents is enough to draw the audience’s attention.

24. Winchester

Source: Chicago Reader

A strange way of getting infected with the thoughts of being possessed has been shown in this movie. An elderly woman believes to have been possessed by the spirits of the men murdered by the riffles manufactured in the same company her husband used to work in.

Therefore, here is the list from Hollywood and Bollywood for real-life based horror movies. Proceed with the name of the Lord!

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