HORROR MOVIE NIGHT- Based on a true story collection

It is safe to say that most horror films that are marketed as "based on a true story" are very loosely based on actual fact. But true stories have inspired some great horror movies- and some pretty terrible movies.

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1.
Psycho (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. (109 mins.)
“ Inspired by Ed Gein- man from Wisconsin who was arrested in 1957 for committing two murders and digging up the corpses of other women who reminded him of his dead mother- 'Psycho' started a revolutoin in the horror genre. Gein skinned the bodies to make lamp shades, clothes and the infamous "woman suit" that is so present in films inspired by the killer. Also inspired by Ed Gein was the movie 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' and the serial killer character in 'Silence of the Lambs.' ” - Gonzothefacey
 
2.
The Exorcist (1973)
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When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. (122 mins.)
“ William Peter Blatty- screenwriter and author of 'The Exorcist' was inspired by an article he read in about an exorcism performed on a 13-year-old boy in Mount Rainier, Maryland in 1949. ” - Gonzothefacey
 
3.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two siblings visit their grandfather's grave in Texas along with three of their friends and are attacked by a family of cannibalistic psychopaths. (83 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
“ Loosely based on Ed Gein. ” - Gonzothefacey
 
4.
Deranged: Confessions of a Necrophile (1974)
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Based on the Ed Gein case, a deranged rural farmer becomes a grave robber and murderer after the death of his possessive mother, whose corpse he keeps (among others) as his companion in a decaying farmhouse. (84 mins.)
“ Based on Ed Gein. ” - Gonzothefacey
 
5.
The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
On the way to California, a family has the misfortune to have their car break down in an area closed to the public, and inhabited by violent savages ready to attack. (89 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
“ Inspired by the legend of Alexander "Sawney" Bean, a the 16th century Scottish man who was the reported leader of a 40-person gang that killed and ate over 1,000 people. They allegedly lived in caves for 25 years before being caught and executed. Most historians today don't believe that Bean existed. ” - Gonzothefacey
 
6.
The Amityville Horror (1979)
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Newlyweds move into a large house where a mass murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away. (117 mins.)
“ George and Kathy Lutz move in to a nice new home only to have many paranormal experiences such as hearing disembodied voices, demonic imagery, inverted crucifixes and walls bleeding green slime. The previous owners of the home, the DeFeo family, met a tragic end when son Ronald shot and killed six members of the family. Although the DeFeo murders are true the Lutz's haunted experience is widely believed to be a hoax. ” - Gonzothefacey
 
7.
The Entity (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Supposedly based partially on a true story, a woman is tormented and sexually molested by an invisible demon. (125 mins.)
Director: Sidney J. Furie
“ Paranormal researchers Kerry Gaynor and Barry Taff investigated the case of a woman- believed to be named Doris Bither- in 1974 who lived in Culver City, California and claimed she had been sexually and physically assaulted by an unseen entity. Gaynor and Taff witnessed objects move in her house, but they never saw anything assault the woman. ” - Gonzothefacey
 
8.
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Henry, a drifter, commits a series of brutal murders, supposedly operating with impunity. (83 mins.)
Director: John McNaughton
“ This film is based on the very real serial killer Henry Lee Lucas. ” - Gonzothefacey
 
9.
The Stepfather (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
After murdering his entire family, a man remarries a widow with a teenage daughter in another town and prepares to do it all over again. (89 mins.)
Director: Joseph Ruben
“ Based on John List. ” - Gonzothefacey
 
10.
Dead Ringers (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Twin gynecologists take full advantage of the fact that nobody can tell them apart, until their relationship begins to deteriorate over a woman. (116 mins.)
“ On July 19, 1975, the decomposing bodies of 45-year-old twin gynecologists Stewart and Cyril Marcus were discovered in their apartment. Cause of death was withdrawal due to an addiction to barbiturates but no one will ever really know what really happened. ” - Gonzothefacey
 
11.
Possessed (2000 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
An 11 year old boy starts throwing temper tantrums, vomiting on and attacking people, and swearing uncontrollably... (107 mins.)
“ Based on the actual 1949 case of a Maryland boy which inspired "The Exorcist." ” - Gonzothefacey
 
12.
Ricky 6 (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Based on the true story of drugs, satanism, and murder in the upper class town of Northport, Long Island in 1984. (111 mins.)
Director: Peter Filardi
 
13.
Dahmer (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Biopic about notorious American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, taking place in both the past and the present. (101 mins.)
Director: David Jacobson
“ Based on real life serial killer Jeffery Dahmer. ” - Gonzothefacey
 
14.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
After picking up a traumatized young hitchhiker, five friends find themselves stalked and hunted by a deformed chainsaw-wielding killer and his family of equally psychopathic killers. (98 mins.)
Director: Marcus Nispel
“ Based on Ed Gein. ” - Gonzothefacey
 
15.
The Amityville Horror (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Newlyweds are terrorized by demonic forces after moving into a large house that was the site of a grisly mass murder a year before. (90 mins.)
Director: Andrew Douglas
 
16.
The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A lawyer takes on a negligent homicide case involving a priest who performed an exorcism on a young girl. (119 mins.)
“ Annelise Michel, a German student, was exorcised in 1976. A lot of the facts in her story- eacting bugs, contorting, speaking with dual vocal cords and in different languages- are featured in the movie. Her parents, as well as the priest who performed the exorcism were in fact charged an account of neglect after the ordeal led to her death. ” - Gonzothefacey
 
17.
The Girl Next Door (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Based on the Jack Ketchum novel of the same name, The Girl Next Door follows the unspeakable torture and abuses committed on a teenage girl in the care of her aunt...and the boys who witness and fail to report the crime. (91 mins.)
“ Based on the torture and murder of Slyvia Likens by the woman she was rooming with, Gertrude Baniszewski and other children in the neighborhood. Most of what happens in the film is true and I'd go as far as saying that the real life story is far more brutal. See also 'An American Crime.' ” - Gonzothefacey
 
18.
An American Crime (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The true story of suburban housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, who kept a teenage girl locked in the basement of her Indiana home during the 1960s. (98 mins.)
Director: Tommy O'Haver
 
19.
The Strangers (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A young couple staying in an isolated vacation home are terrorized by three unknown assailants. (86 mins.)
Director: Bryan Bertino
“ Inspired by real events. ” - Gonzothefacey
 
20.
The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)
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After a family is forced to relocate for their son's health, they begin experiencing supernatural behavior in their new home, and uncover a sinister history. (92 mins.)
Director: Peter Cornwell
“ 1986 Allen and Carmen Snedeker rented an old house in Southington, Connecticut that had once been a mortuary. After many paranormal experiences that centered around her son- a cancer victim fighting for his life- they were forced to move from the home. The movie however is like most- extreemely exaggerated. ” - Gonzothefacey
 
21.
Anneliese: The Exorcist Tapes (2011 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.0/10 X  
Documentary covering the famous 'demonic possession' case of Anneliese Michel. The film features authentic... (91 mins.)
“ Claims to be found footage of the exorcism of Annelise Michel but is just another hoax movie. I don't reccomend it at all. ” - Gonzothefacey
 
22.
The Conjuring (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. (112 mins.)
Director: James Wan
 
23.
Annabelle (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A couple begins to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists. (99 mins.)
 
24.
Deliver Us from Evil (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
New York police officer Ralph Sarchie investigates a series of crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest, schooled in the rites of exorcism, to combat the possessions that are terrorizing their city. (118 mins.)