Horror movies that are based on a true story

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Horror movies that are based on a true story

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1. The Conjuring (2013)

R | 112 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

68 Metascore

Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor

Votes: 359,263 | Gross: $137.40M

2. The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, History, Horror

46 Metascore

A lawyer takes on a negligent homicide case involving a priest who performed an exorcism on a young girl.

Director: Scott Derrickson | Stars: Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Campbell Scott

Votes: 106,396 | Gross: $75.07M

3. Dark Water (2005)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

52 Metascore

A mother and daughter, still wounded from a bitter custody dispute, hole up in a run-down apartment building. Adding further drama to their plight, they are targeted by the ghost of former resident.

Director: Walter Salles | Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Ariel Gade, John C. Reilly, Tim Roth

Votes: 54,366 | Gross: $25.47M

4. An American Haunting (2005)

PG-13 | 83 min | Drama, History, Horror

38 Metascore

Based on the true events of the only case in US History where a spirit caused the death of a man.

Director: Courtney Solomon | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Sissy Spacek, Rachel Hurd-Wood, James D'Arcy

Votes: 23,243 | Gross: $16.30M

5. Black Water (2007)

R | 90 min | Action, Drama, Horror

A terrifying tale of survival in the mangrove swamps of Northern Australia

Directors: David Nerlich, Andrew Traucki | Stars: Diana Glenn, Maeve Dermody, Andy Rodoreda, Ben Oxenbould

Votes: 11,006

6. The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)

PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

33 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter Cornwell | Stars: Virginia Madsen, Martin Donovan, Elias Koteas, Kyle Gallner

Votes: 54,421 | Gross: $55.39M

7. The Amityville Horror (2005)

R | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

33 Metascore

Newlyweds are terrorized by demonic forces after moving into a large house that was the site of a grisly mass murder a year before.

Director: Andrew Douglas | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Melissa George, Jimmy Bennett, Jesse James

Votes: 94,308 | Gross: $65.23M

8. The Exorcist (1973)

R | 122 min | Horror

82 Metascore

When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb

Votes: 313,639 | Gross: $232.91M

9. The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

R | 107 min | Horror, Thriller

52 Metascore

A suburban American family is being stalked by a group of psychotic people who live in the desert, far away from civilization.

Director: Alexandre Aja | Stars: Ted Levine, Kathleen Quinlan, Dan Byrd, Emilie de Ravin

Votes: 143,033 | Gross: $41.78M

10. The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (2013)

R | 100 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

26 Metascore

A young family moves into a historic home in Georgia, only to learn they are not the house's only inhabitants. Soon they find themselves in the presence of a secret rising from underground and threatening to bring down anyone in its path.

Director: Tom Elkins | Stars: Abigail Spencer, Chad Michael Murray, Katee Sackhoff, Emily Alyn Lind

Votes: 14,461

11. Wolf Creek (2005)

R | 99 min | Horror, Thriller

54 Metascore

Three backpackers stranded in the Australian outback are plunged in a hellish nightmare of insufferable torture by a sadistic psychopathic local.

Director: Greg McLean | Stars: Nathan Phillips, Cassandra Magrath, Kestie Morassi, John Jarratt

Votes: 60,910 | Gross: $16.19M

12. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

R | 98 min | Horror

38 Metascore

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.

Director: Marcus Nispel | Stars: Jessica Biel, Jonathan Tucker, Andrew Bryniarski, Erica Leerhsen

Votes: 117,962 | Gross: $80.57M

13. From Hell (2001)

R | 122 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

54 Metascore

In Victorian Era London, a troubled clairvoyant police detective investigates the murders by Jack The Ripper.

Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes | Stars: Johnny Depp, Heather Graham, Ian Holm, Robbie Coltrane

Votes: 134,775 | Gross: $31.60M

14. The Girl Next Door (2007)

R | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

29 Metascore

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.

Director: Gregory Wilson | Stars: William Atherton, Blythe Auffarth, Blanche Baker, Kevin Chamberlin

Votes: 20,399

15. Them (2006)

R | 77 min | Horror, Thriller

60 Metascore

Lucas and Clementine live peacefully in their isolated country house, but one night they wake up to strange noise... they're not alone... and a group of hooded assailants begin to terrorize them throughout the night.

Directors: David Moreau, Xavier Palud | Stars: Olivia Bonamy, Michaël Cohen, Adriana Mocca, Maria Roman

Votes: 26,587

16. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

R | 91 min | Horror

78 Metascore

Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. While the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, John Saxon

Votes: 172,260 | Gross: $25.50M

17. Primeval (2007)

R | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

35 Metascore

A news team is sent to Burundi to capture and bring home a legendary 25-foot crocodile. Their difficult task turns potentially deadly when a warlord targets them for death.

Director: Michael Katleman | Stars: Dominic Purcell, Orlando Jones, Brooke Langton, Jürgen Prochnow

Votes: 11,833 | Gross: $10.60M

18. The Possession (I) (2012)

PG-13 | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

45 Metascore

A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl's father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child.

Director: Ole Bornedal | Stars: Natasha Calis, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Madison Davenport

Votes: 51,558 | Gross: $49.13M

19. Borderland (2007)

R | 105 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

On a trip to a Mexican border town, three college friends stumble upon a human-sacrifice cult.

Director: Zev Berman | Stars: Brian Presley, Jake Muxworthy, Rider Strong, Beto Cuevas

Votes: 8,614

20. La casa muda (2010)

Not Rated | 86 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

The plot is based on a true story that happened in the late '40s in a small village in Uruguay. The film focuses on Laura, who, second by second, intends to leave a house, which hides an ... See full summary »

Director: Gustavo Hernández | Stars: Florencia Colucci, Abel Tripaldi, Gustavo Alonso, María Salazar

Votes: 6,922

21. The Zodiac (2005)

R | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

21 Metascore

An elusive serial killer known as the Zodiac terrorizes the San Francisco Bay in the late 1960s, while detectives aim to stop him before he claims more victims. Based on a true story.

Director: Alexander Bulkley | Stars: Justin Chambers, Robin Tunney, Rory Culkin, William Mapother

Votes: 6,575 | Gross: $0.04M

22. Dahmer (2002)

R | 101 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

63 Metascore

Biopic about notorious American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, taking place in both the past and the present.

Director: David Jacobson | Stars: Jeremy Renner, Bruce Davison, Artel Great, Matt Newton

Votes: 8,222 | Gross: $0.14M

23. Ravenous (1999)

R | 101 min | Horror

46 Metascore

In a remote military outpost in the 19th Century, Captain John Boyd and his regiment embark on a rescue mission which takes a dark turn when they are ambushed by a sadistic cannibal.

Director: Antonia Bird | Stars: Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, David Arquette, Jeremy Davies

Votes: 32,895 | Gross: $2.06M

24. Open Water (2003)

R | 79 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

63 Metascore

Based on the true story of two scuba divers accidentally stranded in shark infested waters after their tour boat has left.

Director: Chris Kentis | Stars: Blanchard Ryan, Daniel Travis, Saul Stein, Michael E. Williamson

Votes: 46,259 | Gross: $30.61M

25. Jaws (1975)

PG | 124 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

87 Metascore

A local sheriff, a marine biologist and an old seafarer team up to hunt down a great white shark wrecking havoc in a beach resort.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary

Votes: 479,234 | Gross: $260.00M

26. Child's Play (1988)

R | 87 min | Horror, Thriller

58 Metascore

A single mother gives her son a much sought-after doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer.

Director: Tom Holland | Stars: Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, Brad Dourif

Votes: 71,036 | Gross: $33.24M

27. The Entity (1982)

R | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Horror

35 Metascore

Supposedly based partially on a true story, a woman is tormented and sexually molested by an invisible demon.

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Barbara Hershey, Ron Silver, David Labiosa, George Coe

Votes: 12,507 | Gross: $13.28M

28. The Strangers (2008)

R | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

47 Metascore

A young couple staying in an isolated vacation home are terrorized by three unknown assailants.

Director: Bryan Bertino | Stars: Scott Speedman, Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward, Alex Fisher

Votes: 103,682 | Gross: $52.60M

29. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

Unrated | 83 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

80 Metascore

Henry, a drifter, commits a series of brutal murders, supposedly operating with impunity.

Director: John McNaughton | Stars: Michael Rooker, Tracy Arnold, Tom Towles, Mary Demas

Votes: 26,438 | Gross: $0.61M

30. Dead Ringers (1988)

R | 116 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

86 Metascore

Twin gynecologists take full advantage of the fact that nobody can tell them apart, until their relationship begins to deteriorate over a woman.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Geneviève Bujold, Heidi von Palleske, Barbara Gordon

Votes: 33,536 | Gross: $9.13M

31. Psycho (1960)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

97 Metascore

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.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin

Votes: 496,786 | Gross: $32.00M