If you have ever tried to use an Ouija board, looked into the mirror and recited “Candyman”, or simply hid behind the door to scare someone just for the thrill of it, then you need to check this list of famous horror films based on real life incidents to add to your thrill-o-meter. Of course, if you don’t believe in the paranormal, we suggest you take this with a pinch of salt.
Some couples run a business together. Some, run a doctor’s practice together. However, this franchise showed us a real life demon-hunting poltergeist-fighting married couple of Ed & Lorraine Warren, who in the 1970s, became famous for their investigations into anything ‘unholy’
While the original film saw the Warren’s helping the (very real) Perron family handle the Bathsheba witch on their Rhode Island farm, the sequel saw them cross the ocean to help out a single mother and her four children from the ‘Enfield Poltergeist’. The ‘real’ element of the film comes in during the end credits when the director, very convincingly, adds newspaper clippings and audio recordings from the original Warren investigations.
What is scarier than a kid who murders his own family? Moving into the house where it all happened. Based on the mass murders by Ronald DeFeo Jr. in 1974, The Amityville Horror captures the ordeals of the Lutz family who move into haunted 112 Ocean Avenue house a year post the murders.
They experience the whole package- voices from nowhere, doors closing on their own, visions of past residents, etc. A good film to watch on Friday the 13th, especially if you like Ryan Reynolds, who plays one of the protagonists. Oh, The Conjuring 2 also begins with the Warrens in the Amityville house.
Easily one of the creepiest monsters the horror film genre has come across, Freddy Krueger is literally, your worst nightmare. He haunts you in your dreams and when you wake up… wait, you DON’T wake up. That’s the point. Based on a series of newspaper articles reporting something eerily strange: a few Asian refugees dying in their sleep with no apparent cause. Watch the film only if you have someone to sing soothing lullabies to you at night!
At least here, there is a priest present when the demon shows itself. Hands down one of the scariest films to be ever made, it doesn’t help your goose bumps to know that this movie is based on the real-life incidence of a boy in Maryland.
Way back in 1949 when the incident was reported in the newspapers, it was only one of three Church authorised exorcisms.
Is your child demanding a new doll? Don’t want to get them one? Show them this film; they’ll never ask for one. They will never want to play with a doll ever again.
The film about the killer doll is apparently based on the life of author Robert Eugene Otto, who claimed that one of his dolls were cursed by one of his family servants. Now, this doll does everything except play; it haunts, it talks, it kills. If only they had paid the servant well…
If you are now curious to watch these films, let it be pointed out: most characters in horror movies die because of their curiosity to see what the dog is barking at, who’s behind the curtain… and what’s staring at them from behind?