5 Horror Stories Based on True Events

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Posted on May 18, 2017

It’s easy to sit back in the comfort of your own home or cinema and watch a movie. Especially, when you can lay in bed that night and tell you that it didn’t really happen. What if you couldn’t tell yourself that because the movie was based on a real-life event? Here are five horror movies where life was more terrifying than fiction.

1. Psycho and Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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Most people have heard of the infamous Ed Gein. He was also known as the “Butcher of Plainfield.” If you have never heard of him, then you should know that there have been a few movies based on this man. The most popular of those movies were Psycho and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The story began in Plainfield, Wisconsin. The neighbors thought that something was not right about Gein. The “village oddball” as he was called, was considered strange but harmless. That was all before people started coming up missing. He was the first suspect, and his farm was searched, where the true evil was revealed. They found four noses, nine masks made from human flesh, numerous decapitated heads, lampshades and bowls made from skin, lips being used as a pull on the window blinds, and a belt made from human nipples. Gain killed two people, and he got the other body parts by digging up bodies at the cemeteries at night.

2. The Hills Have Eyes

In 1977, Wes Craven released this smash thriller. A family is on a road trip, and they become stranded on an atomic testing zone. The area is inhabited by a deformed cannibalistic family that wants to make them their next prey. The film seems a bit far-fetched to be based on a true story. However, it is based on the real-life events of Alexander Sawney Beane and his family. Born in Edinburgh, he was the leader of a Scottish clan that lived with their own 14 children and 32 grandchildren, which were born from incest. They lived in a cave, which was cut off from the rest of the world. Those wandering through the area were captured, and they were cut into parts where they were pickled for later consumption.


3. The Rite


This movie tells the story of a funeral director that has a lack of faith. He is advised to travel to Italy, to take an exorcism course, in hopes of strengthening his Christianity. The movie is based on a book and the life of Father Gary Thomas and his experiences when he was in Rome. The reality of evil was overwhelming as he recognized firsthand the reality of demonic possession.

4. The Silence of The Lambs


When it was released in 1991, this movie was an instant hit. It is based on three world characters, two of which committed some of the world’s most heinous crimes. Thomas Harris used these characters as the inspiration for the book, which inspired the movie. Hannibal Lecter was based on the serial killer Ted Bundy, who killed at least 36 people in the 1970’s. Buffalo Bill was the other serial killer in the film. He was a real life serial killer who chose larger ladies as his victims. Clarisse was also based on a woman that was working with the FBI to learn to profile serial killers. What kind of injury could have caused these men to be such monsters?

5. The Shinning

In 1983, Stephen King checked into the Stanley Hotel in Colorado. He and his wife were the only guests there on his one night stay. Booked into room 217, King felt that he wasn’t alone in the hallways. He saw children wandering around and a paranormal party in the ballroom. His seclusion in the hotel sparked feelings of fear, paranoia, and violence. This grand mountain resort, built in 1909, has had many strange occurrences. Just three years after opening, a maid was electrocuted in room 217. This room is the hot spot for many paranormal incidents, but it is not the only place where activity can be seen.


These are five, technically six, horror movies that are based on real life. Though some are only loosely based on true stories, it is terrifying that these events happened, nonetheless.




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