25 Terrifying Horror Movies Based on True Stories

Sometimes “based on a true story” means “this could happen to you.”

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  • Photo Credit: New Line Cinema

Psycho

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  • Photo Credit: Shamley Productions

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

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  • Photo Credit: Vortex Productions

Borderland

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  • Photo Credit: Lionsgate

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

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  • Photo Credit: Maljack Productions

Ravenous

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  • Photo Credit: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

The Girl Next Door

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  • Photo Credit: Modern Girl Productions

The Amityville Horror

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  • Photo Credit: American International Pictures

The Silent House

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  • Photo Credit: Tokio Films

The Serpent and the Rainbow

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  • Photo Credit: Universal Pictures

Dead Ringers

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  • Photo Credit: Morgan Creek Productions

Open Water

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  • Photo Credit: Lions Gate Films

The Conjuring

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  • Photo Credit: New Line Cinema

The Sacrament

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  • Photo Credit: Magnolia Pictures

Verónica

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  • Photo Credit: Apaches Entertainment

The Exorcist

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  • Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

Dahmer

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  • Photo Credit: Blockbuster Films

Wolf Creek

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  • Photo Credit: 403 Productions

Annabelle

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  • Photo Credit: New Line Cinema

Zodiac

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  • Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures

The Haunting in Connecticut

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  • Photo Credit: Lionsgate

A Nightmare on Elm Street

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  • Photo Credit: New Line Cinema

Child’s Play

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  • Photo Credit: United Artists

Deranged

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  • Photo Credit: American International Pictures

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

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  • Photo Credit: Screen Gems

The Possession

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  • Photo Credit: Lionsgate