Thought haunted houses and possessed dolls were just the stuff of nightmares? Do you believe in the supernatural? We count down our picks for the top 10 horror movies inspired by true events.
While most horror movies are complete works of fiction, the genre occasionally offers up stories that are based on terrifying and jaw-dropping real-life events, like this 10 collected here.
Killer doll Chucky is inspired by „Robert the Doll“, a red toy reportedly possessed by a spirit. Robert allegedly talks, runs around and tried to attack a servant with a knife.
09The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
17 years old Anneliese Michel allegedly became possessed by a demon in 1968. She barked like a dog and ate spiders and birds. She was exorcised but died shortly after.
08The Hills Have Eyes (1977/2006)
A family are ambushed by mutants when their car breaks down in the desert. Based on a tribe of Scottish cave-dwelling cannibals, who ate around one thousand people in the 1700s.
07Amityville Horror (1979)
With demons, slamming doors, and swarms of flies, Amityville recounts the story of newlyweds George and Kathy Lutz. They discovered that their new house named "High Hopes' was haunted.
06Open Water (2003)
Based on the true story of Eileen and Tom Lonergan, who were stranded at sea in the great barrier reef. The couple's dive boat left them behind in shark- infested waters- their bodies were never found.
05The Conjuring (2013)
The Conjuring is inspired by a haunted Rhode Island house in the 1970s that stank of rotten flesh. Paranormal investigators claimed angry spirits appeared every day at 5:15 am.
04The Girl Next Door (2007)
Tells the tale of Gertrude Baniszwski who tied Sylvia likens up in her cellar in 1965. She then beat, burned and starved 16 years old Sylvia until she died.
Bloodsucking vampire Dracula is based on Romanian Prince Vlad the Impaler. He impaled victims on spikes to perforate their vital organs, meaning a slow and painful death.
Women - hating murdered Norman Bates is based on American serial killer, Ed Gein. In the 1950s, Gein visited cemeteries to dig up graves of women he thought looked like his mom.
01The Silence of The Lambs (1991)
The character of serial killer Buffalo Bill is partially based on real Psychopath and necrophile Ted Bundy. Like Bill, Bundy feigned injury to lure women to his side, before kidnapping and murdering them.