I’m a huge fan of horror movies and they get even more creepy when you find out that they’re supposedly based on a true story. We just want to believe scary things are real so badly! What is it about human nature that makes us always want to believe that darkness exists? I guess it does make things a little more exciting. Here’s 6 modern horror movies that want us to believe that this crazy spooky crap can really happen. The people in these stories said so!

 The Conjuring

The Conjuring made a big deal about promoting the film as being  “based on the true case files of the Warrens.” This real-life couple, Ed and Lorraine Warren, founded the New England Society for Psychic Research and are two of the most famous paranormal investigators out there. This film focuses on the case of the Perrins, a family that moved into a haunted farmhouse. The Perroins were actually used heavily on promoting the movie, one of the daughters had this to say about the movie “it’s a fair reflection of the chaos and danger we faced at the farm. There are liberties taken and a few discrepancies, but overall, it is what it claims to be—based on a true story, believe it or not.” With elements like a witch named Bathsheba and a villainous doll named Annabelle (yes that Annabelle!) what’s not to believe!?

The Rite

According to Wikipedia The Rite is

 “loosely based on Matt Baglio’s book The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist, which itself is based on real events as witnessed and recounted by American then-exorcist-in-training Father Gary Thomas and his experiences from being sent to Rome to be trained and work daily with veteran clergy of the practice.”

Loosely based on a book that is based on recollections of a priest who wants to look like a badass exorcist expert? Sounds like a recipe for things to be probably not true. Maybe we love believing in possessions for a reason. If it wasn’t for the excuse that you were possessed by the devil, how else would we get out of taking responsibility for our crappy actions?


The Haunting in Connecticut

According to Wikipedia The Haunting in Connecticut  is

“about Carmen Snedeker and her family, though Ray Garton, author of In a Dark Place: The Story of a True Haunting (1992), has publicly distanced himself from the accuracy of the events he depicted in the book. The film’s story follows the fictional Campbells as they move into a house (a former mortuary) to mitigate the strains of travel on their cancer-stricken son, Matthew. The family soon becomes haunted by violent and traumatic events from supernatural forces occupying the house.”

WHY DO PEOPLE MOVE INTO FORMER MORTUARIES!?! Seems like the last place I’d want to move with my cancer-stricken son, but maybe that’s just me. Even if you don’t belive in haunted houses, living in a former mortuary would still be creepy af. I bet they were regretting that ‘good deal’ pretty fast.


The Exorcism Of Emily Rose

The Exorcism Of Emily Rose is part horror movie, part courtroom drama about an attorney who defends a priest on trial for negligent homicide after an exorcism gone wrong.  According to Wikipedia:

The character of Emily Rose was inspired by the story of Anneliese Michel, a young German Catholic woman who died in 1976 after unsuccessful attempts to perform an exorcism upon her with psychotropic drugs. Two priests involved in the exorcism, as well as her parents, were found guilty ofmanslaughter resulting from negligence and received prison time generating controversy.”

The most unbelievable thing about this story is that actress Jennifer Carpenter was really able to contort her body into all of those crazy positions!



Annabelle is both a prequel to and spin-off of The Conjuring and was inspired by a story of a doll named Annabelle told by Ed and Lorraine Warren. The story revolves around a doll that gets posessed when a woman is holding it while she murders someone. Just when you thought getting murdered couldn’t get any creepier. The doll keeps being tossed out and resold, wreaking havoc to whoever possesses it.  According to the end of the movie, ” the real Annabelle doll resides in a case in Ed and Lorraine Warren’s museum and that it is blessed by a priest twice a month to keep the public safe from the evil that the doll possesses.”  Dude, I need to go to this museum ASAP.


The Possession

Moving on from possessed dolls and people, we bring you The Possession.  This true story of a possessed wine cabinet which is haunted by a dybbuk, a demon spirit. According to Wikipedia:

The owner of the dybbuk box, Jason Haxton, offered to send it to producer Sam Raimi, who was both interested and reluctant. Raimi laughingly told an Entertainment Weekly interviewer, “I didn’t want anything to do with it. I’m scared of the thing.” Jeffrey Dean Morgan felt similarly: “In the research I did, I started getting creeped out. My girlfriend was like, ‘Let’s just make sure that we don’t actually go near the real Dybbuk Box.’ “We were like, ‘Hell, no,'” recalls screenwriter Juliet Snowden. “‘We don’t want to see it. Don’t send us a picture of it.”

I agree, I mean even if I think something is complete BS, why risk it? My imagination is out of control already. It took me two weeks to sleep after seeing Paranormal Activity.

Have you seen any of these?


6 Modern Horror Movies Supposedly Based On True Stories

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