Movies that are not really true

by becca141 | created - 12 Mar 2012 | updated - 13 Dec 2014 | Public

This is a list of mockumentaries and movies that claim to be based on or inspired by a true story but are not true at all.

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1. Paranormal Activity (2007)

R | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

68 Metascore

After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.

Director: Oren Peli | Stars: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs, Amber Armstrong

Votes: 200,855 | Gross: $107.92M

2. Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)

R | 83 min | Horror

59 Metascore

In 1988, young sisters Katie and Kristi befriend an invisible entity who resides in their home.

Directors: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman | Stars: Chloe Csengery, Jessica Tyler Brown, Christopher Nicholas Smith, Lauren Bittner

Votes: 82,839 | Gross: $104.01M

3. Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)

R | 91 min | Horror

53 Metascore

After experiencing what they think are a series of "break-ins", a family sets up security cameras around their home, only to realize that the events unfolding before them are more sinister than they seem.

Director: Tod Williams | Stars: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Molly Ephraim, David Bierend

Votes: 89,612 | Gross: $84.75M

4. Paranormal Entity (2009 Video)

Not Rated | 88 min | Horror, Mystery

Prepare to see what is allegedly the "actual footage" of the supernatural events leading up to the 2008 murder of Samantha Finley. Released against the wishes of the authorities, this D.V.D... See full summary »

Director: Shane Van Dyke | Stars: Erin Marie Hogan, Fia Perera, Norman Saleet, Shane Van Dyke

Votes: 4,401

5. In the Dark (II) (2004)

100 min | Horror

In 1984, a hidden crime became a deep, dark secret between friends. Five years later, on Halloween night 1989, the secret got out. Here is the actual footage of the events of October 31 and... See full summary »

Director: Marc Cinquanta | Stars: Marc Cinquanta, Matt Cinquanta, Atom Gorelick, Mara Marini

Votes: 101

This one fooled me, I really thought it was true for a while.

6. Haunting of Winchester House (2009 Video)

Not Rated | 86 min | Horror

A family moves in to look after the Winchester mansion for a few months, and soon find themselves terrorized by vengeful spirits. With the help of a paranormal investigator they'll unravel the mystery of the house.

Director: Mark Atkins | Stars: Lira Kellerman, Michael Holmes, Tomas Boykin, Kimberly Ables Jindra

Votes: 1,104

7. Apollo 18 (2011)

PG-13 | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

24 Metascore

Decades-old found footage from NASA's abandoned Apollo 18 mission, where two American astronauts were sent on a secret expedition, reveals the reason the U.S. has never returned to the moon.

Director: Gonzalo López-Gallego | Stars: Warren Christie, Lloyd Owen, Ryan Robbins, Michael Kopsa

Votes: 49,959 | Gross: $17.69M

8. A Haunting in Salem (2011 Video)

R | 86 min | Horror

In this spine-chilling indie horror flick, a sheriff relocates to Salem, Mass., with his family -- only to discover that the house they've moved into is plagued by an ancient curse and haunted by malicious spirits.

Director: Shane Van Dyke | Stars: Bill Oberst Jr., Courtney Abbiati, Jenna Stone, Nicholas Harsin

Votes: 1,231

9. The Amityville Haunting (2011 Video)

Not Rated | 86 min | Horror

This movie is a 'found-footage' film about the Benson family who move in to the infamous house where the DeFeo family were murdered in the 1970s over 30 years earlier. Things start ... See full summary »

Director: Geoff Meed | Stars: Luke Barnett, Casey Campbell, Devin Clark, Steven Dell

Votes: 1,937

10. The Devil Inside (2012)

R | 83 min | Horror

18 Metascore

In Italy, a woman becomes involved in a series of unauthorized exorcisms during her mission to discover what happened to her mother, who allegedly murdered three people during her own exorcism.

Director: William Brent Bell | Stars: Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quarterman, Evan Helmuth, Ionut Grama

Votes: 32,455 | Gross: $53.26M

Matthew Peterman and Brent Bell first came up with the idea for the movie when they read an article about the Vatican starting a school for exorcism

11. Death Tunnel (2005)

R | 97 min | Horror

For an initiation stunt, five college women are locked in a Kentucky hospital built in 1910 where 63,000 people died from a disease known as the "white plague". Deep under the hospital is the "Death Tunnel" which once were used to secretly remove the dead from the grounds.

Director: Philip Adrian Booth | Stars: Steffany Huckaby, Melanie Lewis, Yolanda Pecoraro, Kristin Novak

Votes: 4,724

12. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

R | 81 min | Horror, Mystery

81 Metascore

Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.

Directors: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez | Stars: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard, Bob Griffin

Votes: 207,689 | Gross: $140.54M

13. Mermaids: The Body Found (2011 TV Movie)

82 min | Sci-Fi

In 2016, when marine biologist Dr Brian McCormick (Sean C. Michael) stumbled across a recording of mysterious underwater sounds, he launched a scientific investigation to uncover the ... See full summary »

Director: Sid Bennett | Stars: Sean Cameron Michael, Andre Weideman, Candice D'Arcy, David Soul

Votes: 1,331

14. The Last Exorcism (2010)

PG-13 | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

63 Metascore

A troubled evangelical minister agrees to let his last exorcism be filmed by a documentary crew.

Director: Daniel Stamm | Stars: Patrick Fabian, Ashley Bell, Iris Bahr, Louis Herthum

Votes: 44,408 | Gross: $41.03M

15. Lake Mungo (2008)

R | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A supernatural drama about grief.

Director: Joel Anderson | Stars: Rosie Traynor, David Pledger, Martin Sharpe, Talia Zucker

Votes: 11,687

16. The Fourth Kind (2009)

PG-13 | 98 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

34 Metascore

A thriller involving an ongoing unsolved mystery in Alaska, where one town has seen an extraordinary number of unexplained disappearances during the past 40 years and there are accusations of a federal cover up.

Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi | Stars: Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton, Hakeem Kae-Kazim

Votes: 67,629 | Gross: $25.46M

According to promotional materials from Universal, the film is framed around a psychologist named Abigail Tyler who interviewed traumatized patients in Nome. However Alaska state licensing examiner Jan Mays says she can't find records of an Abigail Tyler ever being licensed in any profession in Alaska. Ron Adler, CEO and director of the Alaska Psychiatric Institute and Denise Dillard, president of the Alaska Psychological Association say they've never heard of Abigail Tyler. Web sites for an "Alaska Psychiatry Journal" and "Alaska News Archive" containing references to Tyler were created by the film's producers, but were outed as hoaxes when it was discovered they were registered a month before the film's release and the purported author of one of the archived news articles stated she had never written it.

The movie's hoaxed interviews have angered the families of real missing persons in and around Nome, Alaska, for trivializing their loss. Melanie Edwards, Vice President of Kawerak Inc. (an organization representing tribal peoples in Alaska), described the movie as "insensitive to family members of people who have gone missing in Nome over the years". Universal has refused to discuss the movie with that organization or with local journalists.

17. The Last Broadcast (1998)

86 min | Horror, Mystery

A film crew ventures into the forest in search of the mythical 'Jersey Devil'.

Directors: Stefan Avalos, Lance Weiler | Stars: David Beard, Lance Weiler, Stefan Avalos, Jim Seward

Votes: 4,243

18. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)

Unrated | 101 min | Comedy, Horror

A radio host is victimized by the cannibal family as a former Texas Marshall hunts them.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Caroline Williams, Jim Siedow, Bill Moseley

Votes: 22,543 | Gross: $8.03M

19. Lost Tapes (2008– )

30 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Explores the possibility of hidden creatures through "found footage" videos and information provided by experts.

Stars: Loren Coleman, Dallas Santana, Jessica Lynch Alfaro, Craig Stanford

Votes: 747

20. 100 Ghost Street: The Return of Richard Speck (2012)

R | 84 min | Horror

In 2010, paranormal investigators tried to film Richard Speck's ghost at the site of his heinous killing spree. The victims' families have finally released the footage that documents their last days.

Director: Martin Wichmann Andersen | Stars: Steve Bencich, Tony Besson, Hayley Derryberry, Chance Harlem Jr.

Votes: 871

21. Alien Origin (2012 Video)

Not Rated | 88 min | Biography, Horror, Sci-Fi

A movie created from "found footage" of a lost military expedition that exposes the origins of life on earth.

Director: Mark Atkins | Stars: Philip Coc, Eric Darins, Daniela Flynn, Mjr. John Frear

Votes: 1,333

22. Faces of Death (1978)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, Horror

A collection of death scenes, ranging from TV-material to home-made super-8 movies The common factor is death by some means.

Director: John Alan Schwartz | Stars: Michael Carr, Samuel Berkowitz, Mary Ellen Brighton, Thomas Noguchi

Votes: 5,385 | Gross: $35.00M

23. Ghostwatch (1992 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 91 min | Horror, Mystery

The BBC gives over a whole evening to an 'investigation into the supernatural'. Four respected presenters and a camera crew attempt to discover the truth behind 'The most haunted house in ... See full summary »

Director: Lesley Manning | Stars: Michael Parkinson, Sarah Greene, Mike Smith, Craig Charles

Votes: 2,349

24. Head Case (2007)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama, Horror

A pseudo-documentary edited from the home movies of serial killers Wayne & Andrea Montgomery, presenting a look into their quiet, suburban lives...as well as the graphic & disturbing details of their horrific crimes.

Director: Anthony Spadaccini | Stars: Paul McCloskey, Barbara Lessin, Brinke Stevens, Bruce De Santis

Votes: 205

25. Hunting Grounds (2009)

Not Rated | 72 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A group of college students experience the ultimate close encounter of the most ferocious kind in the deserts outside of Roswell, New Mexico in this documentary styled horror film.

Director: Matthew Charles Hall | Stars: James Addison, Adam Beesley, Michael Evans, Daniel Favela-Gary

Votes: 18

26. Incident at Loch Ness (2004)

PG-13 | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Horror

62 Metascore

A documentary exploring the myth of the Loch Ness monster.

Director: Zak Penn | Stars: Werner Herzog, Kitana Baker, Gabriel Beristain, Russell Williams II

Votes: 3,491 | Gross: $0.04M

27. Infection (2005)

R | 81 min | Horror

On May 19, 2004, an unprecedented biological outbreak occurred in Lawton, California. A classified N.S.A.A. report detailed the carnage which ensued that night. This film is based on that top-secret report.

Director: Albert Pyun | Stars: Jenny Dare Paulin, Morgan Weisser, Alan Abelew, Tony Stewart

Votes: 1,249

28. Legend of the Chupacabra (2000 Video)

Not Rated | 81 min | Horror

The Chupacabra (Spanish for "goat sucker")--Is it mere folklore? A government conspiracy? Some weirdo in a latex suit? When the mutilation of her uncle's goats (and her uncle) by the brutal... See full summary »

Director: Joe Castro | Stars: Katsy Joiner, J.T. Trevino, Chris Doughton, Stan McKinney

Votes: 188

29. The Gerber Syndrome: il contagio (2011)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

A new, very dangerous virus, spreading all over Europe in early 2011.

Director: Maxì Dejoie | Stars: Valentina Bartolo, Elisabetta Fischer, Pia Lanciotti, Nicola Marchitiello

Votes: 209

30. Windigo (I) (2011)

93 min | Horror

A group of film students and actors from Toronto camp out on the property of one of this town's only residents. Brandon, the camera man, starts noticing strange things on the tapes, and ... See full summary »

Director: James Hardiment | Stars: James Hardiment, Bran Rainey, Robert Poirier, Nicholas Merizzi

Votes: 138

31. Death of a Ghost Hunter (2007)

Not Rated | 107 min | Horror, Thriller

Renowned "ghost hunter", Carter Simms is paid to conduct a paranormal investigation of a supposedly haunted house. Along with a cameraman, a reporter, and a spiritual advocate, she embarks on a three night journey into terror.

Director: Sean Tretta | Stars: Patti Tindall, Mike Marsh, Davina Joy, Lindsay Page

Votes: 1,809 | Gross: $0.00M

32. Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes (2012)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

After a "Bigfoot Hunter" claims to possess the body of a dead Sasquatch, a disgraced investigative journalist stakes his comeback -- and the lives of his documentary film crew -- on proving the find to be a hoax.

Director: Corey Grant | Stars: Drew Rausch, Rich McDonald, Ashley Wood, Noah Weisberg

Votes: 2,075

33. Shadow People (II) (2013)

PG-13 | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

A radio talk show host unravels a conspiracy about encounters with mysterious beings known as The Shadow People and their role in the unexplained deaths of several hundred victims in the 1980s.

Director: Matthew Arnold | Stars: Dallas Roberts, Alison Eastwood, Anne Dudek, Mariah Bonner

Votes: 2,700

34. Greystone Park (2012)

R | 83 min | Horror, Thriller

In October 2009, the filmmakers went into an abandoned psychiatric hospital to explore the 'haunted' institution, famous for its radical treatment of patients with mental illness. ... See full summary »

Director: Sean Stone | Stars: Sean Stone, Alexander Wraith, Ella Lentini, John Schramm

Votes: 1,474

35. The Haunting of Whaley House (2012)

TV-MA | 89 min | Horror

When a tour guide breaks into America's Most Haunted House, a bit of amateur ghost hunting with friends turns into more than they could have ever imagined.

Director: Jose Prendes | Stars: Alex Arleo, Arielle Brachfeld, Graham Denman, Stephanie Greco

Votes: 1,988

36. Unaware (I) (2010)

Not Rated | 81 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

In July 2010, a vacationing couple discovered something disturbing on a ranch in rural Texas. Armed with a home camcorder, they captured their experience on video.

Directors: Sean Bardin, Robert Cooley

Votes: 864

37. Lord of Darkness (2012)

R | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

Scottish cannibal Sawney Bean and his murderous, inbred family are responsible for over a thousand murders over the centuries.

Director: Ricky Wood | Stars: David Hayman, Samuel Feeney, Gavin Mitchell, William Houston

Votes: 1,092

38. Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County (1998 TV Movie)

93 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

After a mysterious blackout, a son goes out to investigate and captures footage of actual aliens. When the aliens follow him and his brothers back to their home, all hell breaks loose.

Director: Dean Alioto | Stars: Benz Antoine, Kristian Ayre, Gillian Barber, Michael Buie

Votes: 2,876

39. The Bell Witch Haunting (2013)

Not Rated | 91 min | Biography, Horror

Found-footage horror. The Robertson County Sheriff's Department has released videos found on the bodies of the Sawyer family's cell phones and video cameras. What was first thought to be a ... See full summary »

Director: Glenn Miller | Stars: Marissa Lynne Johnson, Laura Alexandra Ramos, Cat Alter, Natalie Burtney

Votes: 1,432

40. Captifs (2010)

Not Rated | 84 min | Horror, Thriller

A group of medical aid workers in Kosovo is kidnapped by a non Slavic gang of organ traffickers.

Director: Yann Gozlan | Stars: Zoé Félix, Eric Savin, Arié Elmaleh, Ivan Franek

Votes: 1,761