Five Horror Movies and the ‘True Stories’ They’re Based On

With Halloween just around the corner most of us have been partaking in an extra share of scary movies. What could be more scary than knowing the movies are based on true stories? Below is a list of five that freak me the frack out!


The Amityville Horror

Movie :
An unassuming family, plus three children, purchase a Long Island, New York home that was previously the site of a mass murder one year earlier. While stating they don’t believe in ghosts, the family has a priest attempt to bless the home, and just how do you think went?

True story:
George and Kathy Lutz (changed George’s name to “John” in the movie) spent four weeks in the Amityville, New York, house in 1975, 13 months after Ronald DeFeo, Jr. murdered six people in the home.



The Haunting in Connecticut

In order to be closer to care for their cancer-stricken son, the Campbell family moves into a home in Connecticut. The son begins to experience terrifying hallucinations as do the family members later on. Soon the family learns that the home was formerly used as a mortuary. The supernatural events continue in the home and intensify, turning violent.

True story:
In the 1980s, the Parker family moved into a home in Southington, Connecticut, in order to be close to the University of Connecticut where their son was undergoing cancer treatment. Unbeknownst to the family, the building was formerly a funeral home, something they discovered after finding embalming equipment in the basement.

After the discovery, the family reported strange events in the home such as sights and sounds of ghosts. An investigation later revealed the former morticians were involved in necrophilia. The home was excised in 1988 to remove the lingering demons.



Audrey Rose

Audrey Rose, a little girl, dies in a tragic car crash. Two minutes later, Ivy Templeton is born. Fast forward 11 years and Elliot Hoover, father to Audrey, begins to stalk the Templeton family in New York after he become convinced that Audrey was reincarnated into Ivy.

Ivy begins to have nightmares and strange events occur, many similar to the fiery car crash that killed Audrey. Elliot Hoover ends up kidnapping Ivy in an attempt to grant his daughter’s spirit peace, a move that lands him in a highly publicized criminal trial.

True Story:
Frank De Felitta, author of the novel and the 1977 movie, was inspired to create the work by his son, Raymond. The boy suddenly began playing the piano like a pro despite no formal training or lessons. He claimed that his fingers were doing it by themselves.

De Felitta sought to understand how Raymond could have gained such expertise on his own. He consulted an occultist who expressed that it was an “incarnation leak” as in a skill Raymond perfected in a previous lifetime and carried into the next.



The Hills Have Eyes

The Carter family, traveling through the desert in an RV on vacation, fall victim to a trap that causes their vehicle to crash. The father, Bob, heads to a nearby gas station in search of help where he learns of the deranged clan of cannibals living in the nearby hills.

The hill people, led by Papa Jupiter, capture Bob, set fire to the camper and take an infant hostage, among other violent acts like rape, torture and pet-eating.

True Story:
The story goes that Bean was the son of ditch digger who did not want to follow in his father’s foot steps. So, as most young men do, he ran away with a girl and holed up in a cave by the sea. Because neither of the cave dwellers worked, they had to make due with ambushing travelers on the road, stealing from them then killing and eating the corpses. Bean and his wife had many children and grand-children all through incest since they rarely left their cave.

They reportedly murdered and eat more than 1000 people before they were finally caught by King James, who later went on to write a bible I think. Their punishment was almost as wicked as their crime as the men were sentenced to death by blood loss after having their hands, feet and genitals cut off. The women were forced to watch before they were all burned alive.



The Conjuring

Ed and Lorraine Warren, world renowned paranormal investigators, who were called to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most horrifying case of their lives.

True story:
In 1971, Roger and Carolyn Perron moved into a colonial farmhouse in Harrisville, R.I., with their five daughters, and quickly began experiencing what they described as both haunting and spiritual possessions. They invited the Warrens to the farmhouse to investigate. Over the nine years they lived in the house, the Perrons described spirits, both harmless and angry, that “stunk of rotting flesh” and routinely arrived at 5:15 a.m. to levitate their beds.

Did I miss a good one? Let me know in the comments.


  1. Liz
    Twitter: yesnofilms

    Scary!! I will skip most of these. 🙂

  2. June S. says:

    (Five Horror Movies and the ‘True Stories’ They’re Based On) I like all of these great spooky movies, I have seen all of of them too, great one’s for up coming Halloween.

  3. Sherri Lewis says:

    Can you believe I haven’t seen any of these? We have been wanting to check some scary movies out at the library to build up the excitement towards Halloween. I think I will start with theses! If you have any more suggestions, send them my way!

  4. Jenn
    Twitter: 5_dollarshake

    The Haunting in Connecticut has a part 2 that is also very good.

  5. Sunnie says:

    Thanks for posting, this was fun to read!!

  6. Karen Glatt says:

    I have not seen these movies, but I would like to see The Amityville Horror and see what it is all about. I know I will be scared, but it does sound interesting.

  7. I haven’t seen these ones, but I love a good scare.

  8. I’ve seen all of those movies except Audrey Rose. Will definitely have to watch that one. I didn’t know The Hills Have Eyes was based on true events. That’s quite a crazy real-life tale!

  9. Janet W. says:

    This is right up my alley! The Amityville Horror sounds creepy and scary. I can’t wait to see this!

  10. Brenda Haines says:

    And every single one of them, scares the bajeebers out of me!! I have no clue why I watch them lol. I’m just glad that Pet Cemetery isn’t based on a true story!

  11. rochelle haynes says:

    Love them all great movies

  12. Karen Glatt says:

    I do not watch scary movies anymore because I can not sleep after watching. I used to watch really scary movies when I was younger. These do look very interesting.

  13. I loved The Conjuring & The Haunting In Connecticut.

  14. They all sound super creepy.

  15. oooh these do sound good. My favorite book or movie is something based on a true story, even if some of these are more story than true!

  16. Cynthia R says:

    I am so easily scared, I hardly ever watch scary movies, I hate to think of what it would be like to actually live it!

  17. Margot C
    Twitter: AnnaZed

    Oh no! Scary films are bad enough without having to worry that they are true!